Anne Rice, Gothic And Erotic Lit Author, Dead At 80

Anne Rice, the author of the ‘Interview With A Vampire’ series, died at 80, leaving behind an unparalleled legacy in gothic and fantasy.

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Anne Rice was an American author best known for her book series Interview With A Vampire. According to a post on her FaceBook page authored by her son Christopher Rice, she died of complications from a stroke 20 years after the death of her husband Stan Rice in 2002.

She leaves behind a legacy of writers, with her son Christopher Rice specializing in crime and horror, and her sister Alice Borchard in historical fiction and fantasy. Along with Christopher, she also co-authored the book Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, a historical horror novel serving as a sequel to her book The Mummy.

Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra by Anne Rice Christopher Rice
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Influenced by authors such as Virginia Woolfe, Stephen King, and Shakespeare, she leaves behind a large body of work that will serve as an influence for many a future author.

She didn’t just write books, Rice also wrote the story for a television pilot titled ‘Rag and Bone,’ and had her book Interview With A Vampire turned into a movie starring Tom Cruise and introducing Kristen Dunst.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) Anne Rice
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She also wrote erotic novels under the pseudonyms A. N. Roquelaure and Anne Rampling after receiving bad reviews regarding the first Interview With A Vampire novel.