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Anne Rice (Anne Rampling, Howard Allen O'Brien)

Rice gained a vast cult readership for her supernatural novels.

Background

  • Born Howard Allen O'Brien on October 4, 1941in New Orleans,Louisiana. Named after her father, Anne changed her first name in 1947 on her first day of school.

  • Career

    • After a variety of jobs, including waitress, cook, and insurance claims examiner, she began her career as a writer of erotica and vampire novels.

      Her first, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976. The book was the first in her popular Vampire Chronicles series, which includes 1985's The Vampire Lestat and 1988's The Queen of the Damned. Interview with the Vampire was made into a film in 1996

      starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. Rice was also known for her sadomasochistic erotica, including Beauty's Punishment (1984). Later novels include Servant of the Bones (1996) and Vittorio the Vampire (1999). She also writes mainstream fiction using the pen name of Anne Rampling. Much to the chagrin of her fans, Rice renounced her vampire novels after her return to the Catholic faith in

      1998. It was then that she published Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, her first novel in a trilogy chronicling the life of Jesus. She has since left New Orleans to live in Southern California in an effort to escape her fame as a novelist and live a simpler life.

    Major achievements

    • (1995) Novel: "Memnoch the Devil"

      (1996) Novel: "Servant of the Bones"

      (1997) Novel: "Violin"

      (1998) Novel: "Pandora"

      (1998) Novel: "The Vampire Armand"

      (1999) Novel: "Vittorio the Vampire"

      (1976) Novel: "Interview with the Vampire" (filmed as Интервью с вампиром (1994))

      (1979) Novel: "Feast of All Saints"

      (1982) Novel: "Cry to Heaven"

      (1983) Novel: "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty"

      (1984) Novel: "Beauty's Punishment"

      (1985) Novel: "Beauty's Release"

      (1985) Novel: "Exit to Eden" (filmed as Exit to Eden (1994))

      (1985) Novel: "The Vampire Lestat"

      (1986) Novel: "Belinda"

      (1988) Novel: "Queen of the Damned" (filmed as Королева проклятых (2002))

      (1989) Novel: "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned"

      (1990) Novel: "The Witching Hour"

      (1992) Novel: "The Tale of the Body Thief"

      (1993) Novel: "Lasher"

      (1994) Novel: "Taltos"

      (2000) Novel: "Merrick"

      (2001) Novel: "Blood and Gold"

      (2001) television commercial: Sci-Fi Channel

      Fiction: "The Tale Of The Body Thief", "Playboy" (United States of America), October 1992, p.74-76+98+176.

      (2002) Novel: "Blackwood Farm"

      (2005) Novel: "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt"

      (2008) Novel: "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana"

      (2009) Novel: "Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim," New York City, New York, Published by Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN1-4000-4353-8.

      (2010) Novel: "Of Love and Evil"

      (2012) Novel: "The Wolf Gift"

    Views

    Quotations: Personal quotes:

    To write something, you have to risk making a fool of yourself.

    The vampire is that glittering, dazzling rule-breaker and outsider who has gained ascendancy over time and place.

    The vampire is always presented as someone who is living a heightened existence and that is very seductive. He is also someone who is able to satisfy all of his cravings. I don't see this as a time of weakness at all. The vampire image reflects the enormous leap in visual perspective. This is the time of Federal Express, long-distance calls and faxes. Someone can get up in the morning and call New York or Paris. All kinds of business transactions and close book deals can be made -- it's like flying all over the world. Vampires are superhuman magnifications of us, of the way we feel in these powerful times.

    Vampires have always been part of our culture. There have always been superstitions surrounding death and burial in western Europe and the idea that the dead will come back. When you write a story about good and evil using a vampire, you are reaching back to the Renaissance for a figure as powerful as God and the devil. What I love about my readers is that they really understand what my books are about.

    On connecting: We're frightened of what makes us different.

    Evil is always possible. Goodness is a difficulty.

    Personality

    Interests

    has a collection of several hundred pairs of black button-up shoes

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    Nationality
    • 1959 - 1960
      Texas Woman's University

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      • Anne Rampling
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    • Major Achievements
      • (1995) Novel: "Memnoch the Devil" (1996) Novel: "Servant of the Bones" (1997) Novel: "Violin" (1998) Novel: "Pandora" (1998) Novel: "The Vampire Armand" (1999) Novel: "Vittorio the Vampire" (1976) Novel: "Interview with the Vampire" (filmed as Интервью с вампиром (1994)) (1979) Novel: "Feast of All Saints" (1982) Novel: "Cry to Heaven" (1983) Novel: "The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty" (1984) Novel: "Beauty's Punishment" (1985) Novel: "Beauty's Release" (1985) Novel: "Exit to Eden" (filmed as Exit to Eden (1994)) (1985) Novel: "The Vampire Lestat" (1986) Novel: "Belinda" (1988) Novel: "Queen of the Damned" (filmed as Королева проклятых (2002)) (1989) Novel: "The Mummy or Ramses the Damned" (1990) Novel: "The Witching Hour" (1992) Novel: "The Tale of the Body Thief" (1993) Novel: "Lasher" (1994) Novel: "Taltos" (2000) Novel: "Merrick" (2001) Novel: "Blood and Gold" (2001) TV commercial: Sci-Fi Channel Fiction: "The Tale Of The Body Thief", "Playboy" (USA), October 1992, p.74-76+98+176. (2002) Novel: "Blackwood Farm" (2005) Novel: "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" (2008) Novel: "Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana" (2009) Novel: "Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim," New York City, NY, Published by Alfred A. Knopf, ISBN1-4000-4353-8. (2010) Novel: "Of Love and Evil" (2012) Novel: "The Wolf Gift"
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