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Anne Rice Announces Return To The Vampire World In PRINCE LESTAT

Stand back, all you other bloodsuckers, the Vampire Lestat is back. Before Twilight, before True Blood, before The Vampire Diaries or Underworld or even Buffy the Vampire Slayer, author Anne Rice changed the way we think about vampires with her legendary series of novels collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, starting in 1976 with the publication of Interview with the Vampire all the way through to 2003’s Blood Canticle, which at the time Rice swore would be the last book about vampires she would ever write. A few years before that, Rice had returned to the Catholic Church of her youth, and had decided to dedicate all her future writing to religious-themed novels (she wrote two historical novels about Jesus during this time, as well as two Angel themed novels). But in 2010, Anne Rice publicly quit Christianity (via Facebook) and slowly returned to the world of classic supernatural fiction with two werewolf novels, The Wolf Gift and The Wolves of Midwinter. Fans started to wonder if a return to the world of the undead was imminent.

Last night on The Dinner Party Show, a podcast hosted by Anne’s son, novelist Christopher Rice, and Eric Shaw Quinn, Anne Rice revealed that her vampires were indeed returning after eleven years in a new novel called Prince Lestat, which Rice says is a sequel to the first five installments in The Vampire Chronicles, but more specifically would be a sequel to the third book in the series The Queen of the Damned. According to Rice, this is a “big Vampire Chronicle about Lestat and the other vampires, and what they are doing right now. How they are coming to terms with everything that’s happened to them and how Lestat is dealing with the demand from all sides that he step forward and become some kind of leader of the tribe”

On the show she dropped a few not-too-spoilery tidbits, including that almost all the vampires from the early books would be returning, some old relationships might be rekindled (Lestat + Louis 4 EVA!) and that this book is merely novel #1 in an all-new incarnation of The Vampire Chronicles. Rice added that she has already signed a deal for a second book in this new series, which is (tentatively) titled Blood Paradise. She also talked about the possibility of movement on a big-screen adaptation of the fourth vampire novel, The Tale of the Body Thief, which would be combined in part with elements from the second novel The Vampire Lestat. She revealed a few more things hardcore fans might be interested in, so if you’re one of them, click on the above link and give the episode a listen.

Prince Lestat will come out on October 28th, 2014, just in time for Halloween. Pre-orders start Sunday, March 16th.

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  1. khayman says:

    1 Rowan will be turned into a vampire?
    2 what about Mirabelle, Merkyn & Oberon?
    3 what about St Ponticus forest?
    4 what about Mona& Quinn?

  2. DAN says:

    As much as I am excited about the return of Lestat and the Vampire Chronicles, the snippets of information around the movie adaption sounds like it will be another dreadful mash up like the OoTD movie was. Why don’t they just make the movie of The Vampire Lestat?!

  3. Amanda says:

    Where do you pre-order this?!

  4. Joe says:

    The Brat Prince returneth!!
    Cant wait!

  5. I am so happy to hear she is finally bringing b ack lestat because I felt it was left unfinished…I have read all your books.also I hope you will write a second part to the mummy I also felt it was not finished…thank you from a fan

  6. peggy says:

    thank you thank you thank you!!! I have waited so long for this, love all your books! <3

  7. Draconis de LePage says:

    If there is another film made Tom Cruise should definitely return as Lestat (not that other.. Wrong hair and eye coloured.. Thing.. But I heard Brad Pitt day he would never play Louis again so someone else would need to be found. Maybe this time Armand and Marius can be right too.

  8. Frank Jones says:

    I cant believe it about time!!!

  9. Robert S. says:

    Ms Rice… All I can say is ‘Thank You’. Like all of your fans, I am super excited to hear that your characters continue to ‘live’ and that we will be hearing from them shortly! Again thank you for all you give to us, your fans!

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  11. Nicole Y says:

    Anne Rice. Writing about vampires before it was cool.

  12. Deena says:

    Very exciting news! I think my Kindle just smiled too. 🙂

  13. Vicki Ponichera says:

    I have all of her vampire/witch/werewolf books. I didn’t want to even read her religious books and am so glad that she gave up that notion. I hope the announcement of this new series doesn’t mean that she won’t continue with Wolves books. I’ve loved them!

  14. Renee Armstrong says:

    Queen of the Damned was my favorite of the books. Hated the movie, they couldn’t even get the hair on Marius and Lestat right. :p

  15. kathy says:

    I can’t wait have been wanting a new Lestat book. As far as vampires go his by far the best one and he is full of mystery.

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  17. calvin says:

    queen of the damned was a farce for a movie, i sure hope Anne was appalled by that movie. i was insulted by it. poorest acting and just a complete raping of the book. The book was the best one of the series by far i thought. The movie was disgusting!

  18. Tia Jenkins says:

    or shoud I say who will be taking preorders starting March 16

  19. Tia Jenkins says:

    I wonder how long before Prince Lestat will be on audio book. and does anyone know who is taking preorders on it

  20. Bobbi Jo says:

    can’t wait…It’s about time!!

  21. Nikki says:

    It’s about time Lestat came back and showed these sparkly douchebags who is in charge!

  22. shanila ahmed says:


  23. Gloria Flores says:

    I always have had a fascination for vampires too Anne. I love your vampires books.

  24. Marissa says:

    I can’t wait!!!!!!! Im so excited. all my fave vampires are coming back!!!

  25. Kim Hamilton says:

    Loved her vampire series but my favorite one was Memnoch the Devil (1995)

  26. Scott Nosek says:

    As long as for the movie shes involved with the script like she was for Interview. I was sorely disappointed in the Queen movie. There was only vague references to the book and it was poorly scripted. Loved the books and loved the Interview movie.

  27. I am so happy to hear this!! I love your vampire novels. NONE of the ones that have come after could even hold a candle to yours! 🙂 Thanks Anne! I am working on my debut novel. It is exciting! Lots of work, but I can’t wait until I can see my name in has been a lifelong dream for me!

  28. Rick says:

    The worlds that Anne creates with her novels are worlds that I thoroughly enjoy living in for a while. I’ve read her ‘Vampire Chronicles’ many times and to tell the truth, I’m not surprised at all that Miss Rice is digging her wonderful characters back up and giving them new life. This is going to be a thrilling ride. Can’t wait!

  29. Rick says:

    ‘Tale of the Body Thief’ was so good I’ve read it 3 times. I think it would make an awesome movie!

  30. Shelka says:

    As long as that shitty actor Stewart Townsend doesn’t play Lestat again.. I think Tom was magnificent as Lestat! …. so super excited about these books!!

  31. Pam Morris says:

    Thank you Ms. Rice for penning another addition to the Vampire Chronicles!!!!! Can’t wait to have it in my hands and read all night long. I have been reading all of your witch and vampire books for 25 years, they are the best off all the vampire series that have come after. Oh how I have missed something new from Lestat.

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  33. Adrienne says:

    this is seriously the BEST NEWS EVER. i cant wait!!! I’ve missed reading about Lestat!

  34. shawn says:

    My affair with Anne Rice’s books started with The Witching Hour
    which led to the others. I have all of her books except for the
    Wolf one’s. I truly love the way she writes and her stories.
    A return to the vampire’s is wonderful and I’m sure welcome by all
    her fans.

  35. Jodie Pierce says:

    Sooooooo glad Ms. Rice is going back to the vampires we know and love so well. She was my inspiration as an Author & is my idol! I’ve read & still own all her vampire books & can’t wait to get the new one to add to my collection! Thank you Ms. Rice!!!!!

  36. Sharon says:

    So very excited I have missed Lestat very much

  37. Missy Cowan says:

    the Anne Rice has b the Anne Rice has blessed us with another novel I have read every one of her single books and I will continue to read anything that she puts out I love the damn Pires they’re all my favorite I’ve never read a book like that my whole life and I’m looking forward to being able to read Prince Lestat and once again I want to thank Anne Rice for blessing us with another

  38. John says:

    If you read that Facebook announcement, she quit organized religion but not faith. She did decide to go back on her promise to “write only for the Lord,” but I don’t think she’s become a non-Christian per se.

  39. Lynda Jo says:

    I hope you will consider recasting Stuart Townsend as Lestat if this ever goes to screen. He did a marvelous job in the movie “Queen of the Damned”.

  40. Kathleen says:

    I have been in love with the “Vampires” from the beginning. I am thrilled ReagAn’s Rice has decided to begin writing of them again.

  41. jimmy vamp says:

    Can’t wait! The Queen of the Damned was the best of the original quartet IMO, and so hearing the new book will be a sequel to that is exciting.