Happy Birthday, Anne Rice!
Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Anne Rice is a prolific author whose works, under various pen names, range from Christian fiction to historical novels, but she is best known for her Vampire Chronicles series, which began with her first novel, Interview with a Vampire.
Born October 4th, 1941, Rice was raised in New Orleans, and would go on to draw frequently upon the city's history, architecture, and culture in creating her atmospheric novels. Becoming a writer was a goal throughout her early life, though she initially struggled to find a publisher for Interview with a Vampire. When it was released in 1976, despite its poor reception among critics, the book quickly gained a cult following among readers. Subsequent Vampire Chronicles novels, including The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned, rapidly became bestsellers. Two--Interview with a Vampire and Queen of the Damned--have been made into major motion pictures. In 2003, she received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Anne Rice's popularity isn't limited to her supernatural fiction. Her more than 30 novels include works of historical and Christian fiction as well. One such, Feast of All Saints, a historical novel set in New Orleans, was the basis for a Showtime miniseries in 2001.
Rice continues to write, both on her own, and occasionally in collaboration with her son, the novelist Christopher Rice. Her most recent addition to the Vampire Chronicles was Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.