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(Aka A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rampling)
[October 4, 1941 - ]
In 2005, Anne Rice startled her readers with her novel Christ the
Lord: Out of Egypt, and by revealing that, after years as an
atheist, she had returned to her Catholic faith.|
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana followed.
And now, in her powerful and haunting memoir, Rice tells the story of
the spiritual transformation that produced a complete change in her
She begins with her girlhood in New Orleans as the devout child in a
deeply religious Irish Catholic family. She describes how, as she grew
up, she lost her belief in God, but not her desire for a meaningful
She writes about her years in radical Berkeley, where her career as a
novelist began with the publication of Interview with the Vampire,
soon to be followed by more novels about otherworldly beings, about
the realms of good and evil, love and alienation, pageantry and
ritual, each reflecting aspects of her often agonizing moral quest.
She writes about loss and tragedy (her mother’s drinking; the death of
her daughter and, later, her beloved husband, Stan Rice); about new
joys; about the birth of her son, Christopher; about the family’s
return in 1988 to the city of New Orleans, the city that inspired so
much of her work. She tells how after an adult lifetime of
questioning, she experienced the intense conversion and consecration
to Christ that lie behind her most recent novels.
For her readers old and new, this book explores her continuing
In the grand manner of Interview with
the Vampire, Anne Rice's new novel moves across time and the
continents, from nineteenth-century Vienna to a St. Charles Greek
Revival mansion in present-day New Orleans to dazzling capitals of the
modern-day world, telling a story of two charismatic figures bound to
each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture,
seduction, and liberation.
Servant of the Bones
The Mummy or Ramses the Damned
It begins in the early 1900's when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford
discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does
he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the
Damned, has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal;
only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life.
Transported to London, the mummy dispenses with his wrap and takes on
a human guise. As Reginald Ramsey, he immediately captures the heart
of Stratford's daughter, Julie, who is privy to his unnatural secret
but can't resist his stunning good looks. All goes well until Reginald
comes across Cleopatra, his long-lost love, under glass in a museum.
Unable to bear the sight of this once-glorious Queen now on gruesome
display, he decides to bring her back to life...a decision he will
live forever-to regret.
The ancient world collides with the modern one in Anne Rice's richly
erotic yet sentimental love story that resonates with the macabre.
Cry to Heaven
In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of The Vampire
Chronicles and the Lives of the Mayfair Witches makes real
for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the
eighteenth-century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos
whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation
of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men who lived as
idols, concealing their pain as they were adored as angels, yet
shunned as half-men.
As we are drawn into their dark and luminous story, as the crowds of
Venetians, Neopolitans, and Romans, noblemen and peasants, musicians,
prelates, princes, saints, and intriguers swirl around them, Anne Rice
brings us into the sweep of eighteenth-century Italian life, into the
decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity
of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius. It is a
novel that only Anne Rice could have written, taking us into a
heartbreaking and enchanting moment in history, a time of great
ambition and great suffering--a tale that challenges our deepest
images of the masculine and the feminine.
The Feast of All Saints
(1980)Set in New Orleans before the American Civil
War, this is the story of the "Free People of Color", descended from
slaves, and their French and Spanish owners. Among their number is
Marcel, an artist in the making, also his gentle sister Marie and Anna
Bella, a beautiful young courtesan.
A vampire tale.
Nicholas and Jean (1966, unpublished)
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Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated
readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense
set in time past—a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins.
The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O’Dare—a contract
killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A
soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of
aliases—just now: Lucky the Fox—and takes his orders from “The Right
Into O’Dare’s nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a
mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather
than destroy lives. O’Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest but
instead came to embody danger and violence, seizes his chance. Now he
is carried back through the ages to thirteenth-century England, to
dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against
Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear . . . In this primitive
setting, O’Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of
danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love.
Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has
devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most ambitious and
courageous book, a novel about the early years of Christ the Lord,
based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament
The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the
writing and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the
words of Jesus who tells the story.
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
It's a winter of no rain, endless dust, and talk of trouble in
Judea. All who know and love Jesus find themselves waiting for some sign
of the path he will eventually take. After his baptism, he is at last
ready to confront his destiny. At the wedding at Cana, he takes water
and transforms it into red wine. Thus, he's recognized as the anointed
one and called by God the Father to begin a ministry that will transform
an unsuspecting world.
Christ the Lord: the Kingdom of Heaven
Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding stoyrtelling, Anne
Rice makes real a family of witches--a family given to poetry and
incest, to murder and philsophy, a family that is itself haunted by a
powerful, dangerous and seductive being.
The Witching Hour
Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and
chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing
force--a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and
resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses.
Interview With The Vampire
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The Vampire LeStat
Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now
Lestat is a rockstar in the demonic, shimmering 1980s. He rushes through
the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the
mystery of his terrifying exsitence. His story, the second volume in
Anne Rice's best-selling Vampire Chronicles, is mesmerizing,
passionate, and thrilling.
The Queen of the Damned
And now, this world of dark pleasures and glorious decadence comes to
life in a tale that takes us back 6,000 years to the shacking creation
of the first vampire - Akasha, Queen of the Damned. Akasha's
story unfolds across the ages and around the world - from the dawn of
civilization to the present day, from Egypt to the Himalayas, to Paris
Peru, and finally to California. There Akasha faces her ancient,
vengeful enemy, and the fate of all the living dead - and the living as
well - is decided.
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The Tale of the Body Thief
Lambda Literary Award for
In another feat of hypnotic storytelling,
Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with
the now classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with
The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned.
Lestat speaks. Vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For
centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing
universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his
vampire rationale--everything he has come to believe and feel safe
with--is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his
doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous
enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long
Memnoch The Devil
In the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice
summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand --eternally
young, with the face of a Botticelli angel.
The Vampire Armand
Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his
boyhood--a ruined city under Mongol dominion--and to ancient
Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a
magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him
emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius,
who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and
who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood.
As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and
elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth-century Paris
and today's New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic
hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation
of his immortal soul.
Lambda Literary Award for
In this mesmerizing new novel, Anne Rice
demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the
creation of myth and magic, as she weaves together two of her most
compelling worlds -- those of the Vampire Chronicles and the
Lives of the
Mayfair Witches series.
Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, Marius is kidnapped and forced
into that dark realm of blood, where he is made a protector of the Queen
and King of the vampires–in whom the core of the supernatural race
resides. Through his eyes we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor
Constantine, the horrific sack of the Eternal City at the hands of the
Visigoths, and the vile aftermath of the Black Death. Ultimately
restored by the beauty of the Renaissance, Marius becomes a painter,
living dangerously yet happily among mortals, and giving his heart to
the great master Botticelli, to the bewitching courtesan Bianca, and to
the mysterious young apprentice Armand. But it is in the present day,
deep in the jungle, when Marius will meet his fate seeking justice from
the oldest vampires in the world. . . .
Blood and Gold
In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne
Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative -- her
Vampire legend and her lore of the
Lives of the Mayfair
witches -- to give us a world of classic
deep-south luxury and ancestral secrets.
Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing
rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar
Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man
haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin,” a spirit
from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from
belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is
rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger
becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.
As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood
on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to
19th-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the
hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back
to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.
A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of
secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing
by its brooding swampscape, Blackwood Farm is alive with the comings and
goings of the bewitched and the bewitching. Among them is the ageless
vampire Lestat, vainglorious enough to believe that he can become a
saint, weak enough to fall impossibly in love.
Gripped by his unspeakable desire for the mortal Rowan Mayfair and
taking the not so innocent, new-to-the-blood Mona Mayfair under his
wing, Lestat braves the wrath of paterfamilias Julien Mayfair and
ventures to a private island off the coast of Haiti. There, Saint Lestat
will get his chance to slay his dragon. For Mona and the Mayfairs share
an explosive, secret blood bond to another deathless species: a
five-thousand-year-old race of Taltos, strangers held in the throes of
Note: This novel contains characters from
Lives of the
Mayfair Witches series.
The novel opens in present-day Paris in a crowded
café, where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child
of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David
persuades her to tell the story of her life.
Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion,
to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from
Imperial Rome to eighteenth-century France to twentieth-century Paris
and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world
of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is
where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic,
lighthearted, still-mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to
flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the
city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is
destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his
vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on
the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries
Vittorio the Vampire
With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent
new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the
Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the
Italian Age of Gold.
Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de' Medici, trained in knighthood at
his father's mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly
splendor and country pleasures--a world suddenly threatened when his
entire family is confronted by an unholy power.
In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire
Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies. As he sets out
in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby
Grail, increasingly more enchanted (and confused) by his love for the
mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war and
Against a backdrop of the wonders--both sacred and profane--and the
beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate
and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty
Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure. In the traditional folk tale
"Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and
everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince.
Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken
implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable
connection to sexual desire.
This sequel to
The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne
Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit,
teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having
indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious
slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of
the castle. Once again Rice's fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares
to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.
In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic
trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her
the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic
confines of the harem. In Beauty's Release, Anne Rice makes the
forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the
psyche and the heart.
"Who was she?" That was the first thought that came into my mind when I
saw her in the bookstore.
Who was she really?
She's Belinda. She's sixteen years old. She's the object of one man's
ultimate fantasy. And she's one of the most "uniquely sensual and
provocative" heroines to emerge from the "fearless" imagination of
New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice.
Exit to Eden
They call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless
sexual adventurer, Lisa is founder and supreme mistress of The Club—an
exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh.
Here eager participants who can afford life's most exquisite luxuries
can experience the breathtaking pleasures of surrender and submission.
Here nothing is taboo.
A thrill-seeking photojournalist, Elliott risks his life daily in the
most dangerous, war-torn regions on Earth. Now he has come to Paradise
to explore his darkest sexual self, committed to the ultimate plunge
into personal risk.
Together, their journey to the limits of erotic pleasure will take them
farther than they ever dreamed they'd go . . .
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