Who is Anne Rice
Anne Rice is a best-selling American author of gothic and erotic books. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies.
Anne Rice best known for her Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition.
Anne lives and works in California. Anne’s life experiences and intellectual inquisitiveness provide her with constant inspiration for her work.
Anne Rice Vampire Chronicles and other books
She completed her first book, Interview with the Vampire, in 1973 and published it in 1976. This book would be the first in Rice’s popular Vampire Chronicles series, which now includes over a dozen novels, including 1985′s The Vampire Lestat and 1988′s The Queen of the Damned. Along with several non-series works, Rice has written three novels in the Lives of the Mayfair Witches sequence. Additionally, Rice wrote three novels under the pseudonym “A.N. Roquelaure” which are titled, The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release along with two under the name “Anne Rampling” that are titled Exit to Eden and Belinda.
In 1994, Neil Jordan directed a relatively faithful motion picture adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, from Rice’s own screenplay. The movie starred Tom Cruise as Lestat, Brad Pitt as the guilt-ridden Louis and was a breakout role for young Kirsten Dunst as the deceitful child vampire Claudia.
A second film adaptation, Queen of the Damned, was released in February 2002. Starring Stuart Townsend as the vampire Lestat and singer Aaliyah as Akasha, Queen of the Vampires, the movie combined incidents from the second and third books in the series: The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Produced on a budget of $35 million, the film only recouped $30 million at the domestic(US) box office.
A 1994 film titled Exit to Eden, based loosely on the book Rice published as Anne Rampling, starred Rosie O’Donnell and Dan Aykroyd. The work was transformed from a love story into a police comedy, possibly due to the explicit S&M themes of the book. The film was a box-office failure, and Rice publicly dissociated herself from it.
A film version of Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt was planned but later cancelled.
Anne Rice Bibliography
- Interview with the Vampire (1976)
- The Vampire Lestat (1985)
- The Queen of the Damned (1988)
- The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
- Memnoch the Devil (1995)
- The Vampire Armand (1998)
- Merrick (2000)
- Blood and Gold (2001)
- Blackwood Farm (2002)
- Blood Canticle (2003)
- The Complete Vampire Chronicles (omnibus) (1989)
- The Vampire Chronicles Collection (omnibus) (1992)
- The Vampire Chronicles: Books 1-3 (omnibus) (2003)