Anne Rice, author of the best-selling Vampire Chronicles novel series, died Saturday.
She passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. Her son, gay author Christopher Rice announced her death on social media.
“Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died…”
Rice’s biggest success was her first novel, Interview with the Vampire, published in 1976. It introduced the character of the vampire Lestat, who would be the central character in the 13-book Chronicles series, the most recent was published in 2018.
Rice said in a talk at Southern Illinois University in 2010.
“I had an idea of Lestat as the man of action, the man who could do things that I couldn’t do.”
Interview with the Vampire was made into a feature film in ’94 starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. It’s success helped to reignite interest in the vampire genre which continued with the TV series The Vampire Diaries and the Twilight film series.
Rice was a native of New Orleans and set many of her stories there.
Rice’s son, Christopher was at his mother’s bedside when she died. Rice will be buried in a private ceremony in New Orleans, with a public memorial planned next year.
Anne Rice was 80.
Earlier tonight, my mother, Anne Rice, passed away due to complications resulting from a stroke. She left us almost nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died. Below is a statement I posted to her Facebook page moments ago. pic.twitter.com/g2VAK2XZjc— Christopher Rice (@chrisricewriter) December 12, 2021
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