Anne Rice came to the attention of the world as a great author when she published Interview With the Vampire in 1976, a novel which was to become the first of a series of ‘vampire’ novels, now known as the Vampire Chronicles.
Interview with the Vampire developed a strong readership for Anne, and when the novel was made into a film in 1994, it attracted many others to pick up Anne’s books and read on. Other Vampire Chronicles novels followed: The Vampire Lestat in 1985, The Queen of the Damned in 1988, all the way through to 2003 when the final novel, Blood Canticle was published.
During this time Anne also wrote another series of supernatural novels, called the Mayfair Witches. These three novels were published in 1990, 1993 and 1994, in addition to a number of single novels and two New Tales of the Vampires in 1998 and 1999.
Despite these dark and supernatural novels Anne ‘returned to the Catholic Church’ in 1998, and in 2002 announced that everything she now writes will be written for Christ or about Christ.
Fans of her earlier novels were upset that there would be no more of the vampires or the witches and that perhaps Anne would renounce her earlier work, but in answer to her fans and in answer to her critics who believed she should renounce these earlier works, Anne wrote an essay in August 2007 which she published on her website.
The essay, titled On the Nature of My Earlier Works, describes Anne’s justification for not renouncing novels like the Vampire Chronicles and the Mayfair Witches, explaining that these, like many other famous novels are not advocating evil, but highlighting the battle between good and evil and how a lack of religion can cause a being to live with a lack of direction and purpose.
Anne’s first novel written in this new direction was Christ the Lord, Out of Egypt, published in 2005. This is a fictional portrayal of the childhood life of Jesus, yet is based on the gospels and the New Testament and a great deal of research. It is written in the first person, as Jesus. The second novel, Christ the Lord, The Road to Cana was published in 2008 and follows an older Jesus just prior to his baptism. Both novels have been very well received, both by the religious world and by fans of Anne’s earlier novels.
Anne’s latest literary release was published in October 2008. Titled Out of Darkness, a spiritual confession this is Anne’s memoirs in which she tells the story of how and why she ended her years as an atheist and went back to Christianity.