Anne Rice: Biography

Anne Rice

04 okt 1941

Anne Rice (born on October 4, 1941) is an American author of vampire and erotic fiction, and of Christian literature. Her books have sold nearly 100 million copies, making her one of the most widely read authors in modern history.

She was raised Catholic in a working-class family in New Orleans, Louisiana, which forms the background against which most of her stories take place. Her interest in gothic stems from a childhood spent reading Dickens, the Brontës, and ghost stories from the New Orleans public library.

Rice has had an intense, on-again-off-again relationship with the church. After spending most of her adult life as a self-described atheist, she had a religious awakening in 1998 and began to write exclusively Christian-themed novels, like Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt. Her tumultuous religious history took a new turn in 2010, when Rice officially rejected the Roman Catholic Church.

Nevertheless, Rice has come to be known for vampires, blood lusts, the intricate mores of the dark and imaginary other-world. Since the publication of her notorious novel Interview with the Vampire in 1976 (later made into a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt), she has continued her gothic chronicles with The Vampire Lestat (1985) and The Queen of the Damned (1988), to name just a few of her huge sellers.

The success of Rice's novels is in their combination of loopy fantasy and the solid, technical underpinning of conventional storytelling: thematic coherence, good characterisation. Despite the subject matter, they are not mere horror stories: richly written and set in the most dreamlike cities in the world -New Orleans, Paris, San Fransisco-, these books use the metaphor of a vampire's immortality to explore the themes of loss and change.

The renowned author has also written erotica. Initially published under the pen name A. N. Roquelaure, her Sleeping Beauty trilogy is an explicit sadomasochistic fantasy.