Anne Rice’s literary journey has been a fascinating one. Even if you put aside her attitudes towards reviews (something we’ll return to later on the site), her career trajectory has taken more twists and turns than most authors will ever experience. After returning to her Christian faith after a prolonged absence, Rice renounced her most famous series, the Vampire Chronicles, and vowed to only write for Jesus. A few years later, after two relatively well received books about Christ’s life, Rice left the Church again and wrote about werewolves. Now she’s returning to the old faithful undead that helped secure her over 100m sales.
Rice announced on her son, writer Christopher Rice’s internet variety show “The Dinner Party Show” that she would be releasing a sequel to the first 5 books in the Vampire Chronicles (the best books before they went dramatically downhill), called Prince Lestat. The eponymous Brat Prince, Rice’s most beloved character, had to be “wrestled to the ground” by the author in order for her to get a story from him, Rice says. The book will also feature many of the series’s other vampires (pulling for more Louis because he was always better than Lestat. You know it’s true). A sequel will soon follow. Further details can be found in Rice’s interview with her son, which is nothing if not rather sweet.
Prince Lestat will be released on October 28th from Knopf. The cover will be revealed soon so stay tuned for further developments.