Gothic Novel Author Anne Rice Dead at 80
Anne Rice, the popular gothic author, famed for “Interview with the Vampire,” died late Saturday at the age of 80. According to her son Christopher Rice’s Facebook and Twitter pages, Rice died due to complications from a stroke.
The Snow Garden author said, “In her final hours, I sat beside her hospital bed in awe of her accomplishments and her courage” in a statement. The popular gothic author wrote the novel “Interview with the Vampire” in 1976, making it into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. In 2022, it was also slated to be adapted into a TV series for AMC and AMC+.
According to the statement, Rice was laid to rest in a private ceremony in a family tomb in New Orleans on an unannounced date. Next year, there was to be a public memorial service.
The Interview with the Vampire author converted a previously written short tale into her debut novel in 1973 while still suffering the loss of her daughter (1966–1972). “It established to me what vampires were—these gorgeous, sad, sensitive individuals,” she says of Gloria Holden’s character in Dracula’s Daughter.
Furthermore, Rice attended the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference, directed by writer Ray Nelson, in August 1974, following a year of therapy for her OCD. Anne met her future literary agent, Phyllis Seidel, at the conference.
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