"It's an awful truth that suffering can deepen us, give a greater lustre to our colours, a richer resonance to our words."
Anne Rice (1941- ) is an American horror/erotica/religious fiction writer.
In 1976, Rice published the influential Interview with the Vampire
, which became the first in the popular Vampire Chronicles
series, followed by The Vampire Lestat
in 1985. Around the same time, she published a BDSM trilogy
and started another horror trilogy, The Lives of the Mayfair Witches
, set in the same universe as The Vampire Chronicles
. A few Religious Conversions later
, she moved on to write new series' on the Life of Jesus, Angels, and Werewolves, as well as a few stand-alones (Cry to Heaven
, Servant of the Bones
Beginning with 1992's Tale of the Body Thief
, Rice decided to forgo using an editor
. How it's impacted the quality of her work since is debated by her fanbase
Her son, Christopher Rice
, is quite popular himself.
Works by Anne Rice:
Anne Rice is known for:
- Author Appeal: New Orleans, Neo-Classical Architecture, Renaissance Art, Goth fashions, and, most of all, Lestat himself.
- Beige Prose: "The Story of Baby Jenks and the Fang Gang" in Queen of the Damned employs this to jarring and hilarious effect; if there's anyone less likely to use Beige Prose, it's Anne Rice
- Dear Negative Reader: Did this after negative reaction to Blood Canticle.
- Dysfunction Junction: Ubiquitous.
- Fan Work Ban: Not that it stops many...
- The Film of the Book: Interview with the Vampire, Queen of the Damned, and Exit to Eden.
- God Is Evil: A common theme in her pre-Born Again years, when everyone isn't raging against the concept.
- Hollywood Atheist: How Anne came to regard her younger days.
- Meaningful Rename: Her parents named her Howard at birth. Unsurprisingly, she was very self-conscious about this and took the first opportunity she had to get rid of it. On her first day of school, she said her name was Anne because she thought it was very pretty and from then on, that's what everyone she knew called her.
- Our Monsters Are Different: The obvious Our Vampires Are Different, but also witches, ghosts and mummies.
- Raised Catholic: Anne Rice was raised in a strict Irish Catholic household where they went to Mass every day, and when she was a teenager, Anne thought kissing a boy would send her straight to hell. Unsurprisingly, she left the faith when she married her husband, Stan. Most of her novels until the mid-90's contained a hardline atheist/Anti-Theist message, until she spontaneously regained her Catholic faith in 1998. After writing a trilogy of novels about the Life of Christ, she again abruptly renounced her faith in 2010. What her exact beliefs are now tends to change from interview to interview.
- Pacing Problems: A consequence of her intensely detailed prose. It can to greater immersion, though.
- Purple Prose: Like H.P. Lovecraft before her, a well-done example.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Common in her Atheist Days, obviously less so one she became born-again. Where she'll go after renouncing religion again is anybody's guess.
- Rule of Drama: No exceptions.
- Straw Nihilist: A common character type. Anne actually characterized her younger self as this after she reconverted to Catholicism.
- Southern Gothic: Emphasis on the "Gothic" part. Many of her works feature that decayed Old South feel.
- Your Vampires Suck: Discussed. Typical aversions to silver, garlic and Crucifixes are condemned, as are abilities like turning into mist, bats, etc.