The literary world suffered a profound loss last night with the death of prolific and influential author Anne Rice.
Gothic horror was Rice’s primary genre, and she gifted the world with an extensive series of richly atmospheric novels that began with Interview with the Vampire in 1976. The first of a 13-book collection that became known as “The Vampire Chronicles,” this acclaimed book was eventually adapted into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Kirsten Dunst.
“And books, they offer one hope—that a whole universe might open up from between the covers, and falling into the universe, one is saved.” —Anne Rice
Throughout her 80 years of life, Rice lived in many places, but her heart remained with her native New Orleans. Many of her books were set there, and according to her son, Christopher, the city will be her final resting place. Next year, he continued in his statement, a celebration of his mother’s life will take place in New Orleans to allow friends, family, and fans of Rice’s work to gather in appreciation of her valuable contributions to literature and life.
"Let us take comfort in the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the glorious answers to many great spiritual and cosmic questions, the quest for which defined her life and career," wrote Christopher.
Books-A-Million extends our heartfelt condolences to those affected by Rice's passing.