"But in humility, I have attempted something transformative which we writers dare to call a miracle in the imperfect human idiom we possess."—Anne Rice, on one of her own books
An American horror/erotica/religious stuff writer. Infamous for going from a fairly succesful cult author to pretty much the posterwriter for Fallen Creator.
In the mid-seventies, Rice published the influential Interview with the Vampire, which became popular enough to kickstart a series and get adapted into a movie twenty years later. Meanwhile, she published a BDSM trilogy and started another horror trilogy about witches. Things weren't bad, right?
In fact, things were going so well, Anne Rice decided (as she let us know on a later web post) that she had had it with those editors. The result wasn't pretty. Most of the Vampire Chronicles fandom considers her first editor-free book in that series, The Tale of the Body Thief, the shark-jumping point. (And most who don't, think it's the next book, Memnoch the Devil.) This, and the reaction of some people who felt she was to fault for the Draco in Leather Pants treatment of vampires in popular fiction, landed her a Hatedom.
Don't think she minds too much, though. Currently, she has disowned the vampire books and moved on to write about Jesus, but her torch has passed on to Laurell K. Hamilton and Stephenie Meyer among others. In 2010, according to her Facebook page she has renounced organized Christianity, (while remaining committed to Christ) on the grounds that she refuses to be "anti-gay, anti-feminist" and "anti-artificial birth control".
Her son, Christopher Rice, is quite popular himself, especially with the GLBT crowd. He writes thrillers but hasn't done anything with supernatural themes (yet), and can do without comparisons to his mother.
- Creator Breakdown
- Dear Negative Reader
- Fanwork Ban
- The Film of the Book: In addition to Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, and Exit to Eden.
- Gender Blender Name: Her true name is Howard Allen.
- Purple Prose
- Our Monsters Are Different: The obvious Our Vampires Are Different, but also witches, ghosts and mummies.
Works by Anne Rice:
- Exit to Eden (first published as Anne Rampling)
- The Vampire Chronicles
- Lives of the Mayfair Witches
- The Sleeping Beauty Series (as A. N. Roquelaure)
- Christ The Lord