Anne Rice denotes an American woman of letters whose birth name is Howard Allen Frances O’Brien. Rice, who is a septuagenarian, was born in October 1941. Rice’s birth place is New Orleans upon Louisiana, in the United States. Her niche ranges from horror to romance to fiction, particularly gothic, Christian, and historical fiction. Rice has other noms de plume: she writes erotic books under the pseudonym Anne Rampling while the penname A. N. Roquelaure is used on BDSM books.
Order of The Vampire Chronicles Series
|1||Interview with the Vampire||1976|
|2||The Vampire Lestat||1985|
|3||The Queen of the Damned||1988|
|4||The Tale of the Body Thief||1992|
|5||Memnoch the Devil||1995|
|6||The Vampire Armand||1998|
|8||Blood And Gold||2001|
|12||Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis||2016|
Order of New Tales of the Vampires Series
Order of The Wolf Gift Chronicles Series
Order of Sleeping Beauty Series
|1||The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty||1983|
Order of Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series
Order of Christ The Lord Series
Order of The Songs of the Seraphim Series
Order of Anne Rice Standalone Novels
|1||The Feast of All Saints||1979|
|2||Cry to Heaven||1982|
|3||The Master of Rampling Gate||1982|
|6||Servant of the Bones||1996|
|8||The Wolf Gift||2014|
|9||Ramses the Damned||2017|
Order of Anne Rice Non-Fiction Books
|1||Called Out of Darkness||2008|
Anne Rice, who had a Catholic upbringing but has since denounced Christianity, was most notably influenced by American scribbler Charles Dickens and English penmen Ernest Hemingway and William Shakespeare. Rice is an alumna of San Francisco State University wherein she went for her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Rice pursued political science for her undergraduate studies and received a bachelor’s degree from the said institution. For her master’s degree, Rice pursued English and creative writing.
In the early 1970s, Anne Rice did a fix-up which later on became her debut book titled Interview with the Vampire. Rice’s debut was inspired by the 1936 movie named Dracula’s Daughter. After publishers rejected the said manuscript, Rice got obsessive-compulsive disorder. She chanced upon a literary agent at a writer’s conference who influenced the publication of the manuscript in an impressive book deal.
Anne Rice debuted in the mid-1970s and the debut has since been expounded to form the acclaimed The Vampire Chronicles series that has 12 major works. There are about 185 editions of Rice’s debut book and the first edition was initially published in April 1976, titled Interview with the Vampire; this book is shelved under the fantasy (particularly paranormal sub-genre) and fiction (specifically horror fiction sub-genre) genres.
Louis de Pointe de Lac is the featured protagonist in Anne Rice’s book Interview with the Vampire. Born in the 1700s, Louis is initially a mortal person but his life soon segues into that of a vampire. The watershed moment in Rice’s debut is when Louis feels remorseful for the death of his brother. To escape the tribulations associated with mortals, Louis is made into a vampire by a seductive vampire called Lestat. The ensuing story as Louis finds a sense of belonging in his new vampiric way of life is mesmerizing in this British Fantasy Award-nominated book.
Anne Rice Awards
In 1977, Anne Rice was nominated for the British Fantasy Award courtesy of her 1976 book Interview with the Vampire. In 1986, Rice’s 1985 book titled The Vampire Lestat–second book in the said series–was nominated twice: for the Locus Award, in the Best Fantasy Novel category; and Fantasy Award in the Best Novel category.
In 1993, Anne Rice’s 1992 book The Tale of the Body Thief—fourth in the serialized The Vampire Chronicles—was nominated for the Lambda Literary Award in the Gay Men’s Science Fiction/Fantasy category. In 2014, Rice’s 2014 book Prince Lestat and which is the eleventh book in the aforementioned series clinched the Goodreads Choice Award in the Horror category.
In 1991, Anne Rice clinched the Locus Award, in the Best Dark Fantasy/Horror Novel category, in virtue of her 1990 novel called The Witching Hour which is the first one in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches series. In 1989, Rice was nominated for the Bram Stoker Awards for her book The Queen of the Damned. In 1986, Rice was nominated for the World Fantasy Awards for her book The Vampire Lestat. In 1991, Anne Rice’s book The Witching Hour clinched the Locus Awards, in the Horror/Dark Fantasy Novel category. Rice bagged World Horror Grandmaster in 1994.
Anne Rice Books into Movies and TV Shows
These are the film adaptations of Anne Rice’s books. There is a 1994 movie called Interview with the Vampire; the starring actors are Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, appearing as Lestat and Louis, respectively. Rice’s 1988 book Queen of the Damned has a similarly titled 2002 film; the starring are Stuart Townsend alongside Aaliyah who appear as Lestat and Akasha, respectively. Rice’s 1985 book Exit to Eden has a similarly titled 1994 movie; the starring actors are Dana Delany and Paul Mercurio, acting as Lisa Emerson and Elliot Slater, respectively. Rice’s 2005 book Christ the Lord was made into a 2016 film called The Young Messiah, starring Adam Greaves-Neal who acts as Jesus. There is a TV series in development based on revered he Vampire Chronicles.
Best Anne Rice Books
The best books of Anne Rice are the aforementioned Interview with the Vampire, The Witching Hour, and the award-winning Prince Lestat.
The Witching Hour: This book revolves around a brilliant and psychic San Francisco-based female neurosurgeon.
Prince Lestat: This hit book is all about a blood-sucking heroic vampire mandated to bring together and protect other vampires against annihilation.
Other Book Series You May Like
Readers who liked Anne Rice’s books also liked the following series. “Hunger” series, a trilogy authored by Whitley Strieber, predominantly features protagonist-cum-vampire Miriam Blaylock who converts people into vampires in her quest for timeless love. “James Asher” series is penned by Barbara Hambly; it features protagonist James Asher who is a London-based professor and former undercover agent. “The Last Vampire” series, a trilogy authored by Christopher Pike, recounts the exploits of the rearmost vampire that is aged five millennia.