Anne Rice, Author Of Gothic Novels, Dead At 80

Anne Rice, Author Of Gothic Novels, Dead At 80

Anne Rice, the gothic author best known for “Interview with the Vampire,” died late Saturday at the age of 80.

Rice died as a result of stroke complications, her son Christopher Rice reported on her Facebook and Twitter pages.

“In her dying hours, I sat alongside her hospital bed in amazement of her accomplishments and bravery,” Christopher Rice said in a statement.

Anne Rice wrote the 1976 novel “Interview With the Vampire,” which was subsequently made into the 1994 film “Interview With the Vampire,” directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. It will also be adapted for a new TV series on AMC and AMC+, which will debut next year.

Rice’s debut novel, “Interview With the Vampire,” in which reporter Daniel Molloy interviews Louis de Pointe du Lac, was her first novel, although she would go on to publish more than 30 books and sell more than 150 million copies worldwide over the following five decades. Thirteen of them were part of the “Vampire Chronicles,” which began with her debut in 1976.

In this April 25, 2006 file photo, writer Anne Rice arrives to the opening night of the new Broadway musical "Lestat," in New York. AP FILE PHOTO

Howard Allen was born. Frances O’Brien was born in 1941 in New Orleans, the setting for several of her works. Her father was a postal worker who also sculpted and wrote novels on the side. Alice Borchardt, her older sister, also published fantasy and horror novels. Rice’s mother died when he was 15 years old.

Rice, who was raised in an Irish Catholic household, writes about her changing spiritual journey in her memoir “Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession,” which was published in 2008. However, in 2010, she declared that she was no longer a Christian, stating that “I will not be anti-gay. I will not be anti-feminist. I refuse to be an opponent of artificial birth control.”

“For a long time, I felt that the disputes and quarrels among Christians didn’t mean much to the person, that you live your life and keep out of it. But then I realized that it wasn’t going to be simple “Rice revealed this to The Associated Press at the time. “I realized that if I didn’t make this announcement, I was going to lose my sanity.”

According to the statement, Rice was to be interred in a private ceremony in a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an unspecified date. The next year, a public celebration of life was planned.

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