In Memoriam: Fallen Stars of 2021
The literary world is mourning the lack of famed writer Anne Rice, the thoughts behind Interview With the Vampire.
The gothic fiction author died on Saturday, Dec. 11, two months after she celebrated her 80th birthday. Anne's son, Christopher, additionally an writer, introduced his mom's passing.
"It breaks my coronary heart to deliver you this unhappy information," he wrote on Anne's social media accounts. "Earlier tonight, Anne handed away because of problems ensuing from a stroke. She left us nearly nineteen years to the day my father, her husband Stan, died."
Anne's husband and Christopher's father, poet and painter Stan Rice, died from mind most cancers at age 60 in 2002. Anne can also be preceded in loss of life by their daughter Michele, who died of leukemia at age 5.
"The immensity of our household's grief can't be overstated," Christopher wrote. "As my mom, her assist for me was unconditional — she taught me to embrace my goals, reject conformity and problem the darkish voices of worry and self-doubt. As a author, she taught me to defy style boundaries and give up to my obsessive passions."
Anne was born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien in New Orleans.
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She was greatest recognized for her e-book sequence The Vampire Chronicles, whose first installment, the 1976 novel Interview With the Vampire, was tailored right into a 1994 movie of the identical identify starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst.
The third e-book, Queen of the Damned, impressed a standalone film starring Aaliyah. It was launched in 2002, six months after the R&B star and actress' loss of life.
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Anne's 13th and final e-book within the Vampire Chronicles sequence, Blood Communion: A Story of Prince Lestat, was launched in 2018. She was additionally recognized for writing serials similar to Lives of the Mayfair Witches, Christ the Lord and Ramses the Damned, whose third e-book Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris, co-written with Christopher, is scheduled for publication in 2022.
Rice can also be recognized for the books The Feast of All Saints—which was tailored right into a 2001 Showtime miniseries—and Cry to Heaven, plus three erotic novels.
Throughout the final few years of her life, Anne opted to advertise her books in individual solely in California, her remaining dwelling, because of well being issues. In her 50s, the writer was identified with the autoimmune illness Kind-1 diabetes, sometimes first found in adolescents, after falling right into a coma.
"I am very brittle. I am unable to have meat in my food plan any extra, and I get very sick once I journey," she instructed the U.Ok. newspaper The Sunday Times in 2009. "There will be no extra e-book excursions. I do Skype appearances as an alternative."
Anne handed away whereas surrounded by her surviving household. In his message, Christopher wrote, "In her remaining hours, I sat beside her hospital mattress in awe of her accomplishments and her braveness, awash in reminiscences of a life that took us from the fog laced hills of the San Francisco Bay Space to the magical streets of New Orleans to the twinkling vistas of Southern California. As she kissed Anne goodbye, her youthful sister Karen mentioned, 'What a journey you took us on, child.' I feel we will all agree."
Christopher mentioned in his message that Anne will likely be interred of their household's mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a personal ceremony, whereas a public celebration of her life will happen in New Orleans in 2022.
The message continued, "Allow us to take consolation within the shared hope that Anne is now experiencing firsthand the fantastic solutions to many nice religious and cosmic questions, the search for which outlined her life and profession."