Anne Rice, who increased our interest in vampires, dies at 80

“You’re the hunter, the warrior. You’re stronger than anyone else here, that’s your tragedy.”

― Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

American writer Anne Rice, who earned fame thanks to the stories about vampires, died in December 11, 2021 at the age of 80. This shocked not only loyal fans, but also those who only once heard about her literature.   

Anne Rice’s son Christopher told the public that the cause of death was complications after a blood-stroke. The writer was buried in her native New Orleans, in the home city  for the vampires she once created.

The first literary work – a novel about two children from Mars who committed suicide – was already written by Anne Rice in the fifth grade of the school.

The writer’s real name is Anne Howard Allen. She was born in New Orleans in the family of a postal employee who was also engaged in creativity.

He was a novelist and sculptor as well. After graduating from San Francisco State University and Berkeley University, Anne Rice worked as a waitress, cook, insurance agent, and then became a writer. 

Anne Rice’s works are immortal, like their heroes. Most often, she is recognized by the book “Interview with the Vampire.” The story of the vampire, told by himself in violation of all the commandments, is fascinating from the first pages. It was published in 1976 and became the first book in the Vampire Chronicle series.

The vampire psychodrama, created by Anne Rice, has become truly a classic not only of the genre, but also of world literature.

Ms. Rice’s 1976 book “Interview With the Vampire” became a popular film starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.Credit…Allstar Picture Library Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo

The origins of his eternal existence are trying to find another vampire, the hero of the cult cycle created by Anne Rice “Vampire Chronicles” Lestat. He describes the history of his bicentennial life, starting from the 80s of XVIII century and until the 80s of XX century and his revival from an impoverished rural aristocrat to a vanity and arrogant Parisian vampire. Readers are shown how Vampire Lestat rises from the grave to re-find those whom he once loved and hated.

The present in the novel “Vampire Lestat” is organically intertwined with the past. Book shows us France from the time of Louis XIV, ancient Egypt, Renaissance Italy and the French colonies of the New World. 

Anne Rice wrote Gothic prose under this name. However, few people really know that the writer from New Orleans also created so called mainstream novels under the pseudonym Rampling. Surprisingly she even wrote erotic literature. She signed it with the name “E.N. Rockeler.” 

Her romantic stories about vampires love the whole world and screenings based on her books became legendary, as did Anne Rice.

Autor-correspondent from Baku, Azerbaijan – Esmira Hammett

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