Anne Rice, author of gothic novels, dead at 80 | Book reviews and short stories

Author Anne Rice, known for writing gothic vampire novels, has shifted gears for her new book “Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt.” (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)


Anne Rice, the gothic novelist widely known for her bestselling novel ‘Interview with the Vampire’, died Saturday night at the age of 80.

Rice died of a stroke, her son Christopher Rice announced on her Facebook page and Twitter page.

“In his final hours, I sat next to his hospital bed impressed with his accomplishments and courage,” Christopher Rice wrote in the statement.

Anne Rice was the author of the 1976 novel “Interview with the Vampire”, which was later adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994. It was also to be portrayed in a television series on AMC and AMC+ in 2022.

Rice was to be buried in a private ceremony at a family mausoleum in New Orleans on an undisclosed date, the statement said. A public celebration of life was due to take place next year.

Alycia R. Lindley