Anne Rice Brings Lestat Back From the Dead
Vampires: everyone seems to have their favourite, be it the sinister creepiness of Dracula, the sparkly goodness of Edward, or the suave sophistication of Lestat. Those with souls, those without. Young ones, old ones. Killers, survivors, vegetarians, humanitarians. Vampires have played a big part in our culture for hundreds of years, in poems, novels, television programmes and movies.
Anne Rice, the person behind the original Vampire Chronicles, first gave us a taste of the Vampire Lestat in Interview with the Vampire nearly 40 years ago, played by Tom Cruise in the 1994 cult film of the same now. Upon release of the movie, Anne Rice become a household name, and many vampire fans attribute their love for the genre to her.
After following up her first novel with nine more, the last of which was Blood Canticle in 2003, she said she couldn’t write about vampires or Lestat any more. But after 11 years of vampire silence from Rice, she is about to make a triumphant return in the form of Prince Lestat, and maybe some of her other beloved characters, as well.
“I am very happy to announce it because it took me a very long time to write [Prince Lestat],” Rice said. She made the announcement of the impending novel on an internet show, cohosted by her son Christopher Rice called The Dinner Party. “It is all about Lestat and all about the vampires, and what they are doing right now, and how they are coming to terms with everything that has happened to them,” she explained.
After rereading all of the Vampire Chronicles novels, Rice finally felt that she had something that could follow on the story with. However, Rice needed to tackle Lestat’s character because although he is only a fictional character, “I cannot really write novels about that character unless he wants to come through… and suddenly he did… everything went splendidly, and it was very exciting,” she said.
Upon hearing the news Vampire Chronicles fans around the world have gone crazy, unleashing a torrent of pure joy and expectation upon Rice’s Facebook page. “Take your throne back, Mrs Rice!” exclaimed one fan. “Remind the current vampire novelists what a real vampire book is all about.” “I just cried! And squealed!… Thank you Anne! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have missed Lestat so!” posted another.
Although the book was actually finished last year, it was kept quiet at the request of her publisher. Prince Lestat will be a sequel to the first five out of the ten Vampire Chronicles novels, and also the first of its own series.
“I’m not sure what really did it,” said the acclaimed author. “Let’s just say I finally had a novel to write. I had a story to tell… I had [Lestat’s] voice again with me, and it happened.”
Fans are going to have to control their bloodlust until 28 October though, when the novel will be released just in time for all the vampires to come out to play at Halloween…