The son of Anne Rice, Christopher Rice posted on social media that legendary author Anne Rice has passed away aged 80.
This truly saddens me, she was my all-time without question favorite author. Her books have gotten me through some tough times in my life. I will never forget this woman.
Rest in peace #AnneRice. 😢
Thank you for everything you have done. You will be truly missed.
Her son Christopher broke the sad news writing:
“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.”
Anne Rice was an American author of gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotic literature. She is best known for her series of novels The Vampire Chronicles. Books from The Vampire Chronicles were the subject of two film adaptations—Interview with the Vampire and Queen of the Damned.
Rice’s books have sold over 150 million copies, making her one of the most popular and best-selling authors of all time.
In addition to her vampire novels, Rice authored books such as The Feast of All Saints (adapted for television in 2001) and Servant of the Bones, which formed the basis of the 2011 comic book miniseries. Several books from The Vampire Chronicles have been adapted as comics and manga by various publishers. Rice has also authored erotic fiction under the pen names Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, including Exit to Eden, which was later adapted into a 1994 film.
Following the publication of Interview with the Vampire, while living in California, Rice wrote two historical novels, The Feast of All Saints and Cry to Heaven, along with three erotic novels (The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, and Beauty’s Release) under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure, and two more under the pseudonym Anne Rampling (Exit to Eden and Belinda). Rice then returned to the vampire genre with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned, her bestselling sequels to Interview with the Vampire.
Shortly after her June 1988 return to New Orleans, Rice penned The Witching Hour as an expression of her joy at coming home. Rice also continued her popular Vampire Chronicles series, which later grew to encompass ten novels, and followed up on The Witching Hour with Lasher and Taltos, completing the Lives of the Mayfair Witches trilogy. She also published Violin, a tale of a ghostly haunting, in 1997.
Rice calls Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, published in 2005, the beginning of a series chronicling the life of Jesus. The second volume, Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, was published in March 2008. The third book in the series, Christ the Lord: Kingdom of Heaven, has been postponed.
After moving to Rancho Mirage, California, in December 2005, Rice wrote Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana, Angel Time, and Of Love and Evil (the latter two being the first two books in her Songs of the Seraphim series), in addition to her memoir, Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession.
On March 9, 2014, Rice announced on her son Christopher’s radio show, “The Dinner Party with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn”, that she had completed another book in the Vampire Chronicles, titled, Prince Lestat,] a “true sequel” to Queen of the Damned. The book was released on October 28, 2014. In 2015, a sequel to the Beauty trilogy, “Beauty’s Kingdom,” was released.
A true master of her craft and an amazing writer.