Interview With The Vampire Author Anne Rice Died At Age 80
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Anne Rice Died at Age 80, Queen Of Supernatural Fiction With Classics Like ‘Interview with the Vampire’

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BY December 13, 2021

Anne Rice – beloved author of The Vampire Chronicles and The Lives of the Mayfair Witches – has died in New Orleans. She was 80 years old. The news was announced on social media by her son Christopher Rice, an author himself who has collaborated with his mother several times. Rice died due to complications from a stroke, according to reports.

Anne Rice Was a Tenacious and Creative Individual

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Born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien in 1941, she changed her name to Anne as a child when asked by a nun what she’d like to be called on her  first day of school. From this early age, she demonstrated her tenacity and willingness to go against the grain. She married childhood sweetheart Stan Rice in 1961, and adopted his surname when she began publishing fiction. Rice’s life was marked by death and grief from these early years. Her mother died when she was fifteen, and Rice’s first child – Michele – died as an infant from leukemia. Anne Rice worked through her grief over her daughter’s death by writing Interview With The Vampire. The child vampire Claudia in the book was based on her lost daughter.

A larger-than-life figure in the world of literary genre fiction, Anne Rice was a highly prolific author. Over the course of her career, she wrote 30 novels as Anne Rice. She also penned several books of erotica under the pseudonyms Anne Rampling and A.N. Roquelaure. With over 150 million copies of her books sold worldwide, Anne Rice was one of the most popular best-selling authors of all time.

Rice’s Stories Were Marked by Real Life Grief

The Witching Hour Image via Penguin Random House

Rice was also marked heavily by the death of her beloved husband Stan Rice in 2002. He was a painter, poet, professor, and her muse. She took his death extremely hard, and pivoted towards conservative Christianity. At that time she famously denounced her earlier works of fiction about vampires and witches. However, after her son Christopher came out as gay she had another change of heart. Rice distanced herself from the Church and returned to writing about vampires and witches. Towards the end of her life, she identified as a secular humanist.

Throughout much of Anne Rice’s work is a heavy vein of spiritualism. There are often themes about life after death, and explorations of big theological questions. As he broke the sad news on her social media pages, her son Christopher eloquently said that his mother “is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career.”

Anne Rice died almost 19 years to the day of the anniversary for her husband Stan’s death. She will be remembered for her prolific body of work – which will soon see new life as television shows on AMC. Although she will not be around to act as consultant or executive producer, we are heartened by the fact that Christopher will still be involved in these adaptations.

Wherever she is now, we hope that Anne Rice has been reunited with all of her lost loved ones and has finally found the answers she sought through her writing for so many years.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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