The novelist Anne Rice died aged 80, Saturday, from complications of a stroke. She was well known for the book “Interview With the Vampire,”published in 1976, which became a movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in 1994. Thee book features a solitary vampire named Louis who is telling his life story to a reporter. “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,” Anne said. “What matters to me is that people know that my books are serious and that they are meant to make a difference and that they are meant to be literature,” she declared at a moment. “Interview With the Vampire” became a best seller, and Ms. Rice found herself with a considerable fan base, which she proceeded to entertain with a series of follow-up novels that became known collectively as the Vampire Chronicles.
In an interview Ms. Rice said part of her fascination with vampires as a literary device was that they could be seen as a metaphor for the human condition. She also wrote free-standing novels like “Cry to Heaven” (1982), about the careers of two castrati. Under the name Anne Rampling, she wrote steamy novels including “Exit to Eden” (1985), which featured sex slaves. And as A.N. Roquelaure, she wrote an erotic series known as the “Sleeping Beauty” novels. Howard Allen O’Brien was born on Oct. 4, 1941, in New Orleans to Howard and Katherine O’Brien. (Oddly, she had been named after her father; by the time she was in first grade she had adopted “Anne.”) Anne Rice will be buried in a private ceremony in New Orleans, with a public memorial planned next year.