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Anne Rice, who gave new life to vampires, has died at the age of 80

New York (AP) – Ann Rice, a green, best-selling Gothic fairy tale, including “Interview with a Vampire,” the author who rediscovered bloodthirsty immortals as tragic anti-heroes, has died. He was 80 years old.

Rice died Saturday night of complications from a stroke, her son Christopher Rice said on Facebook and Twitter.

“As a writer, he taught me to push the boundaries of the genre and surrender to my obsessive passions,” writes author Christopher Rice. “In his last hours, I sat next to the hospital bed, afraid of his success and courage.”

Rice’s 1976 novel Interview with a Vampire was later adapted by Rice into a 1994 film starring Neil Jordan’s Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. It will also be adapted again in the next TV series AMC and AMC + will premiere next year.

Interview with Vampire by journalist Daniel Molloy Louis de Pointe du Lac was Rice’s first novel, but over the next fifty years he wrote more than 30 books and sold more than 150 million copies worldwide. Thirteen of them were part of the Vampire Chronicles, which began its 1976 debut. Long before Twilight, or True Blood, Rice introduced luxurious romance, female sexuality, and the unnatural – many considered “Interview with a Vampire” as an allegory for homosexuality – to the supernatural genre.

“I’ve written novels about people who have lost their lives for a variety of reasons,” Rice wrote in her 2008 memoir, Called Out of the Darkness: A Spiritual Confession. “It has become a great theme in my novels – how a person suffers as an alienated person, how he is deprived of different levels of meaning, and ultimately, human life itself.”

Howard Allen Francis O’Brien was born in 1941 and grew up in New Orleans, where he is featured in many novels. His father worked in the postal service, but next to him he made sculptures and wrote fiction. Her older sister, Alice Borchardt, also wrote fiction and horror fiction. Rice’s mother, Rice, died when she was 15 years old.

Growing up in an Irish Catholic family, Rice initially imagined herself as a priest (before she realized that women were not allowed) or a nun. Rice often wrote about her changing spiritual journey. In 2010, he declared that he was no longer a Christian, “I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to control artificial birth.”

“For a long time, I believed that disagreements and quarrels between Christians were not important to a person, that you could live your own life and stay away from it. But then I realized it wasn’t going to be easy, “Rice told the Associated Press. “I’ve come to the conclusion that if I don’t make that statement, I’ll lose my mind.”

Rice married poet Stan Rice in 1961, who died in 2002. They lived on the scene of the Bohemian Heath Ashbury in San Francisco in the 1960s, where Rice described herself as a “square”. everyone else celebrated. Together they had two children: Christopher and Michelle, who died of leukemia in 1972 at the age of five.

While Rice was grieving over Michelle’s death, she wrote “Interview with a Vampire” and turned one of her short stories into a book. Rice’s passion for vampires dates back to 1934’s “Dracula’s Daughter,” which she saw in her youth.

“I’ve never forgotten this movie,” Rice told the 2016 Daily Beast. “I’ve always had the impression of what vampires are like: natives who are highly sensitive and can appreciate life.”

Although Rice initially struggled to publish it, “Interview with a Vampire” was a huge hit, especially on paper. He did not immediately expand the story, but continued it with a couple of historical novels and three erotic novels written under the pseudonym AN Roquelaure. But in 1985, he published “Vampire Lestat” about the protagonist of “Interview with a Vampire,” which runs until 2018’s “Unity of Blood: The Tale of Prince Lestat”.

In Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, some critics saw only cheap eroticism. But others, including millions of students, have seen the most effective interpretation of vampires since Bram Stoker.

“Let’s offer one reason why books have a mass audience. Their hearing and visual experiences were written by the person who shaped the prose, ”Rice wrote in her memoirs. “I’m a terrible reader. But my mind is full of these auditory and visual lessons and with their help I can write five times faster than I can read.

Rice’s longtime editor, Victoria Wilson, described her as “a ruthless storyteller who wrote great works, lived quietly, and imagined the world on a large scale.”

“He called the feelings of a century long before we knew what they were,” Wilson said in a statement. “As a writer, he was decades ahead of his time.”

Rice will be buried in a private ceremony at a family cemetery in New Orleans, her family said. A public holiday is also planned in New Orleans next year. Rice’s novel, Cursed Ramses: The Reign of Osiris, written with her son Christopher, will be published in February.

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