Anne Rice – Wait a second that’s not her original name!

Anne Rice

Anne Rice is an American author of romantic gothic fiction. You may know her work from the popular series of Vampire Chronicles like Interview with a Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and Queen of the Damned. Anne Rice was born October 4th 1941. Anne Rice’s books have sold close to 100 Million copies.

Here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about Anne Rice: Her name isn’t originally Anne Rice. Her name at Birth was Howard Allen Frances O’Brien. This is what Anne Rice had to say about her name – “Well, my birth name is Howard Allen because apparently my mother thought it was a good idea to name me Howard. My father’s name was Howard, she wanted to name me after Howard, and she thought it was a very interesting thing to do. She was a bit of a Bohemian, a bit of mad woman, a bit of a genius, and a great deal of a great teacher. And she had the idea that naming a woman Howard was going to give that woman an unusual advantage in the world.”

Anne Rice changed her name to Anne on the first day of school because she didn’t want to be teased and she thought Anne was a nice name.

Something else that a lot of people don’t know is that Anne Rice had a daughter named Michele that died of leukemia at a very young age. A theory by many readers is that the character Claudia in these books is actually based on her own daughter. Not long after she decided to start writing full time.

Anne Rice was married to Stan Rice who passed away from brain cancer in 2002. They were happily married for 41 years. Christopher Rice her son is also a well known writer.

Interview with a Vampire was written in 5 weeks. Anne Rice likes to describe her ‘alter ego’ as Lestat from the Vampire Chronicles.

Some writing by Anne that you should check out:

The Vampire Chronicles

Interview with the Vampire                              The Vampire Lestat                          The Queen of the Damned

The Tale of the Body Thief                      Memnoch the Devil           The Vampire Armand                         Merrick

Blood and Gold                  Blackwood Farm               Blood Canticle


Lives of the Mayfair Witches

The Witching Hour                       Lasher                            Taltos


Songs of Seraphim

Angel Time            Of Love and Evil


Christ the Lord

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt                                        Christ the Lord:The Road to Cana                          


New Tales of the Vampires 

Pandora                              Vittorio the Vampire


The Wolf Gift Chronicles

The Wolf Gift                                 The Wolves of Midwinter


Other Novels

Violin                    Servant of the Bones                       Cry to Heaven                        The Feast of All Saints

The mummy, or Ramses the Damned


A. N. Roquelaure

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty                          Beauty’s Punishment                       Beauty’s Release


Anne Rampling

Belinda                       Exit to Eden


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    1. Yes! Anne Rice is an amazing writer. Her vampires seem more believable than a lot of the ones you read about these days! I have read all her vampire chronicles novels, I wish she would write more of them.

  1. I’m a big fan of Anne Rice! I can say I almost read all her books (almost ^^). But I still can’t quite get a grasp the fact that she written Interview with a Vampire in a short time. Amazing! Thanks for this! kisses from roro

  2. I’m a huge Anne Rice fan but would never have guessed she was born a Howard. And Interview was written in 5 weeks? Makes it all the more impressive!

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