Author Birthday: Anne Rice

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Born Howard Allen Frances O’Brien on October 4, 1941, this famous author is better known as Anne Rice, queen of the vampires. Just in time for Halloween!

The author of Gothic fiction, Christian literature, and erotica is best known for The Vampire Chronicles including Interview With  the Vampire in 1994, and Queen of the Damned in 2002. She’s written several things since then, but nothing quite as spectacular as the classic vampires readers know and love.

Let’s celebrate her birthday with an early “getting to know the author” Halloween—something we’re sure she’d enjoy.

Life of Anne

The Early Years

  • Born in New Orleans, Rice eventually moved to Texas and then San Francisco.
  • She was raised in an observant Catholic family and later became agnostic as a young adult.
  • She was living in California in 1976 when she published Interview With the Vampire. This was the start of her professional writing career.


  • Throughout the years, Rice has changed her religious views quite substantially. After becoming an agnostic, she reverted back to Catholicism and published a few fictitious accounts of the life of Jesus.
  • A few years later, she distanced herself from Christianity once more. She disagreed with the Church’s stances on social issues, so she kept her faith, but broke free from organized religion.
  • She is now a secular humanist.

Writing Success

  • She’s sold over 100 million copies, making her one of the most famous and successful American authors of the modern age.
  • Her career blossomed in the 80s, perhaps because it was culturally acceptable to be dark and “strange.”
  • She’s written other books since then, including The Feast of All Saints, which was adapted for TV in 2001.
  • Servant of Bones turned into a comic book series in 2011.
  • Writing genres have branched out into erotica, with her using pen names such as Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure. One of her erotic novels is Exit to Eden, which touches on the subject of BDSM.

Personal Life

  • Anne Rice was married to poet and painter Stan Rice for 41 years. He died from brain cancer in 2002, at the age of 60.
  • They had two children: Michele, who died of leukemia at the tender age of five, and Christopher Rice, who is also an author in his own right. His latest book, The Vines, was published in 2014. He is openly gay, and his work tends to be a reflection of the life of the typical adult gay male.


With Halloween just around the corner, it makes sense to get to know the talented Anne Rice a little more. She’s been writing for decades, and it shows in her dark, twisted, intricately told work. A symbol of darkness and religious temptation, Rice has cultivated a career breaking boundaries. Capable of writing dark vampiric fiction and erotica, as well as religious fiction, isn’t exactly the normal everyday life of most people, including other authors.

Perhaps this shows something far deeper, and far more frightening than the typical Halloween night: you can accomplish your dreams, even the strange ones, if you just set your mind to it. With a ton of hard work, networking skills, and creativity, you can also make a living writing about bloodthirsty vampires.

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