If you want to get to know another author who is good at writing vampire stories, then you better search for Anne Rice. She is the prolific author that penned the amazing novels such as Interview with a Vampire, The Queen of the Damned, and The Witching Hour.
Birth Date: October 4, 1941
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Pen Names: Anne Rampling, A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rice
Alma Mater: San Francisco State University
Genre: Gothic fiction, Horror, Erotica, Christian fiction, Fantasy
Spouse: Stan Rice (Deceased)
- Her mother believed that by naming her Howard she would have an unusual advantage in life.
- Anne Rice’s novel Interview with the Vampire was based upon one of her earlier short stories. She turned the short story into a novel in 1973. It sold in 1974 to Alfred A. Knopf.
- She wrote four erotic novels under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure including The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, Beauty’s Punishment, Beauty’s Release, and Beauty’s Kingdom.
Notable Characters Created
Birthdate: November 7, 1760
Birthplace: Auvergne, France
Aslo known as: Prince Lestat
Transfiguration date: Early 1780s
Fledglings: Nicolas de Lenfent, Louis de Pointe du Lac, Claudia, Antoine, David Talbot, Mona Mayfair
Lestat de Lioncourt is a prominent vampire in The Vampire Chronicles, appearing in most of them as the lead or to a lesser extent, as a supporting role. Depending on the reader’s point of view, he is the villain or is an anti-hero of sorts known for his boldness.
Lestat stands at six feet, with thick rather curly blonde hair that appears white under fluorescent lighting. He has grey eyes that easily absorb the colors of blue or violet from surfaces around them. His nose is fairly short and narrow, while his mouth is well shaped ‘though slightly too large for his face’, his skin deathly white. The only feature that proves he is not human is his glazed fingernails which give the impression that they are made of glass.
Birthdate: 30 BCE
Transfiguration date: 10 ADE
Maker: Teskhamen the God of the Grove and founder of the Talamasca
Fledglings: Pandora, Armand, Bianca Solderini, Sybelle, Benji, Viktor
Marius was a citizen of the Roman Gallic city of Massilia, born in 30 B.C. He was the illegitimate child of a Keltic woman from the land of Gaul and a wealthy Roman.
Marius was a scholar and chronicler by the age of twenty, traveling quite a lot and visiting all the great European cities. During this time when he was twenty-five, he met a young ten-year-old girl by the name of Lydia whom he wished to marry but was denied by her father due to her young age.
At the age of forty, Marius was abducted by Druids to become the replacement for their dying God of the Grove. Mael, a Druid Priest, educates and prepares Marius to be their perfect God.
Transfiguration date: Circa. 4000 BC
Fledglings: Enkil, Khayman, Rhoshamandes, Nebamun(Gregory), Seth
Cause of death: Decapitation (by Mekare)
Akasha saves a dying Enkil by draining him of his remaining blood before allowing him to drink nearly all of hers, making Enkil the world’s second vampire and Akasha’s first fledgling. Together, they track and kill all the nobles that participated in their assassination attempt. Akasha realizes she and Enkil are now immortal with superhuman strength, but they cannot be exposed to direct sunlight, cannot have intercourse and have an insatiable need to constantly drink blood to survive. She sends Khayman to fetch Maharet and Mekare to explain her nature and why she came to be.
She is known to be a selfish, empty, nihilistic person with no sense of morality or human compassion. Her actions are almost always based on her need to fill her own inner emptiness. Maharet describes her as the only true monster among them because she refuses to acknowledge her own monstrosity.