Anne Rice, beloved author of gothic novels such as Interview with the Vampire passed away on Saturday, December 11th, at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, California, due to complications from a stroke. She was 80 years old.
Rice was the author of the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire, which was later adapted into the 1994 movie directed by Neil Jordan and starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. It’s also set to be adapted again in an upcoming TV series on AMC and AMC+ set to premiere next year.
In her 50 year career as an author, Rice published nearly 40 books that have sold over 150 million copies worldwide. Some of her works have been published under pseudonyms, which allowed her to break into other genres, like erotic fiction.
Victoria Wilson, Anne Rice’s longtime editor, remembers the author as “a fierce storyteller who wrote large, lived quietly, and imagined worlds on a grand scale.”
Her son Christopher Rice wrote in a statement, “in her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage.”
Rice will be interred in the family’s mausoleum at Metairie Cemetery in New Orleans in a private ceremony. A public celebration of the author’s life is being planned for next year in New Orleans. According to Christopher Rice’s statement, “This event will be open to the public and will invite the participation of her friends, readers and fans who brought her such joy and inspiration throughout her life.”