When you think of iconic literary authors, Anne Rice is one of the top names of the modern age. Rice created dark and atmospheric landscapes in which her vampiric protagonist, Lestat, dwelled in an excited fans of the genre.
Sadly, this pass weekend, Rice passed away at the age of 80.
Her son, Christopher Rice, wrote on social media that the cause was complications from a stroke.
Ms. Rice was a largely unknown writer when she turned a short story she had written in the late 1960s into “Interview With the Vampire,” her first published novel. It features a solitary vampire named Louis who is telling his life story to a reporter, but Ms. Rice said the tale was her story as well.
“I really got into the character,” she told The New York Times in 1988. “For the first time, I was able to describe my reality, the dark, gothic influence on my childhood. It’s not fantasy for me. My childhood came to life for me.”
Rice’s son, Christopher Rice, said he was at his mother’s bedside when she died.
Anne Rice will be buried in a private ceremony in New Orleans, with a public memorial planned next year, he said.