We have been saddened to learn of the death of horror writer Anne Rice due to complications from a stroke. Her death was announced on the 12th of December by her son, Christopher Rice.
Rice wrote over 30 books during a career which spanned 5 decades. Her debut novel, Interview With the Vampire was published in 1976 and was nominated for the August Derleth Award, presented by the British Fantasy Society for best Novel, in 1977. Although it did not initially achieve critical acclaim, readers enjoyed it and Rice went on to write a further 12 books in the series. She also wrote five other series and four stand alone novels, as well as 6 novels under pseudonyms, A.N. Roquelaure and Anne Rampling.
Known for her lush prose and descriptive imagery, Rice is often credited with changing the face of vampire fiction, by making the reader empathise with the vampire rather than the victims, a departure from tradition at the time of her writing. Many of us who live on the edges of society have found reflections of ourselves in her work and her passing will touch many hearts.
Christopher Rice announced that there would be a public celebration of her life held in New Orleans next year.