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Oct 19

Queen of Horror

Posted on October 19, 2020 at 8:32 AM by Maggie Witte

Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, moving to California for college. While she has spent more of her life in California, New Orleans holds a special place in heart, often becoming the backdrop for her novels. The French Quarter provided the setting for the first book in one of her most popular series, the Vampire Chronicles. Several of her novels have been made into movies, with characters portrayed by high profile actors. One of her novels was even made into a miniseries on Showtime.

Rice continues to write, although nothing has been published in the last couple years. She is highly active on her Facebook Fan Page, answering many questions every day. Discussions on a variety of topics are welcome. Feel free to write her.

Anne Rice novels:
Try one of these to get you in the mood for Halloween.

DB 61222 Interview with a vampire
Frightening world of vampires as told to a young boy who tapes the story on cassette. Follows the fortunes of Louis, a gentle vampire; Lestat, a vengeful and bloodthirsty vampire; and Claudia, a little demon with the face of a doll. 1976.

DB 28034 The queen of the damned
In this continuation of the Vampire Chronicles, Queen Akasha is awakened from her 6000-year sleep by a kiss from Lestat. She immediately begins the slaughter of most of the world's vampires, sparing only a few (including Lestat) who she expects will join in her crusade against male mortals. All this because of her desire to organize a world where peace reigns--no matter the cost. Sequel to "The Vampire Lestat." Bestseller.

DB 79887 Prince Lestat
The vampire world is in crisis: the undead have been proliferating out of control, huge massacres are carried out, and a voice is persuading older vampires to slay young ones. They turn to Lestat, who reluctantly agrees to deal with the new threat. Sequel to Blood Canticle (DB 57172). Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2014.

DB 35448 The witching hour
Generations of the New Orleans Mayfair women have possessed unusual powers accompanied by the ghost-like presence of Lasher. Separated from her family, neurosurgeon Rowan Mayfair has the powers but is unaware of her family history. When she saves the life of Michael Curry, he also obtains power and, with a historian's guidance, helps Rowan unravel the mystery of Lasher. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex.

DB 50880 Merrick
One of the most dangerous yet trusted vampires, David Talbot, recounts his involvement with Merrick, an octoroon descendent of the Mayfair Witches, and tells what happens when he asks her to call up the ghost of a monster child. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller. 2000.

DB 74480 The wolf gift
Newspaper reporter Reuben Golding falls for Marchent Nideck while researching a story about her long-lost uncle's Northern California estate. But their tryst ends in tragedy and Reuben barely survives, saved by a mysterious creature whose bite leaves Reuben a changed man. Violence and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2012.

Find more books by Anne Rice, check out our online catalog.

More Authors
Anne Rice is not the only female author of horror. Check out this selection of authors who have written horror novels and short stories.

Shirley Jackson
DB 21679 The haunting of hill house
During his scientific investigation of the ghosts in an old abandoned house, Dr. Montague invites a young man and two women to participate in his experiments.

Joyce Carol Oats
DB 38775 Haunted: tales of the grotesque
Macabre stories explore themes that evoke nightmares. In the title story, an old woman wonders about a childhood visit to an abandoned house and the murder of her best friend. "Thanksgiving" is about a thirteen-year-old girl's introduction to holiday frenzy when her mother becomes ill. "The Premonition" finds a man checking on his brother's family and questioning matters beyond his control. Some strong language.

Octavia Butler
DB 62744 Fledgling
Shori Matthews, a juvenile vampire who resembles a young girl, awakens injured and with amnesia. Drawn to a burned-out enclave, she learns her identity as the sole survivor of a massacre and sets out after the killers. Some explicit descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2005.

Daphne du Maurier
DB 25812 Jamaica Inn
A tale of an old inn on the desolate moors of Cornwall, where Mary Yellen, left alone in the world at her mother's death, takes refuge with her aunt. Her uncle, the landlord, directs a crew of smugglers, and the inn is a place of horror and mystery.

Tananarive Due
DB 58397 The good house
African American talent agent Angela Toussaint returns to her late grandmother's house in Washington state where Angela's son committed suicide two years earlier. With her high school sweetheart, Angela investigates the tragedy and battles ancient supernatural forces that possessed her family. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2003.