The Vampire Chronicles Books In Publication Order
- Interview with the Vampire (1976)
- The Vampire Lestat (1985)
- The Queen of the Damned (1988)
- The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
- Memnoch the Devil (1995)
- The Vampire Armand (1998)
- Merrick (2000)
- Blood And Gold (2001)
- Blackwood Farm (2002)
- Blood Canticle (2003)
- Prince Lestat (2014)
- Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
- Blood Communion (2018)
Sleeping Beauty Books In Publication Order
- The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
- Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
- Beauty’s Release (1985)
- Beauty’s Kingdom (2015)
Ramses the Damned Books In Publication Order
- The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (1989)
- Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra (With: Christopher Rice) (2017)
- The Reign of Osiris (With: Christopher Rice) (2022)
Lives of the Mayfair Witches Books In Publication Order
- The Witching Hour (1990)
- Lasher (1993)
- Taltos (1994)
New Tales of the Vampires Books In Publication Order
- Pandora (1998)
- Vittorio, The Vampire (1999)
The Life of Christ Books In Publication Order
- Out of Egypt / Young Messiah (2005)
- The Road to Cana (2008)
The Songs of the Seraphim Books In Publication Order
- Angel Time (2009)
- Of Love and Evil (2010)
The Wolf Gift Chronicles Books In Publication Order
- The Wolf Gift (2012)
- The Wolves of Midwinter (2012)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- The Feast of All Saints (1979)
- Cry to Heaven (1982)
- Exit to Eden (1985)
- Belinda (1986)
- Servant of the Bones (1996)
- Violin (1997)
Graphic Novels In Publication Order
- The Wolf Gift (2014)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- Called Out of Darkness (2008)
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Anne Rice Books Overview
Packaged in a deluxe gold case, Interview with the Vampire, on Compact Disk.2 CDs / 3 hoursRead by F. Murray Abrahamalso available on cassetteInterview with the Vampire is a novel that evokes the brilliance, the decadence, the horror of The Vampire’s world as he pours out the erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead. It is the first of the famous ‘Chronicles of the Vampires’ by Anne Rice.’From the beginning we are seduced, hypnotized by the voice of the vampire.’ Chicago Tribune’A supernatural thriller raised to the level of literature.’ Philadelphia Inquirer’If you surrender, you will find that you have surrender to enchantment, as if in a voluptuous dream.’ Boston Globe
Returning to the hypnotic world she so brilliantly created in Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice demonstrates once again her power to enthrall. With the same richness of drama, atmosphere and incident, she tells the fantastic story of The Vampire Lestat, whom we first perceived as the seductive devil vampire of Interview with the Vampire and whom we now follow through the ages as he searches for the origin and meaning of his own dark immortality. And who, more and more, engages our sympathy until he stands revealed as a questing romantic, a vampire hero with his own strange and passionate courage and morality. As the novel opens, Lestat, having risen from the earth after a fifty five years’ sleep, and infatuated with the modern world, presents himself in all his vampire brilliance as a rock star, a superstar, a seducer of millions. And, in this blaze of adulation, daring to break the vampire oath of silence, he determines to tell his story, to rouse the generations of the living dead from their slumbers and to penetrate the riddle of his own existence. As he speaks we are plunged back into eighteenth century France, into the castle where we meet the young Lestat: child of impoverished aristocrats, heroic hunter of wolves, at odds with his tyrannical father, running away to join a traveling troupe of actors. We see him in the licentious Paris of the day, first apprentice at a boulevard theater, then its most celebrated actor, idolized, adored by many and night after night watched by one…
until, in a sleep filled with dreams of the wolves he killed as a boy, he is shocked awake by a dark figure and suddenly, horribly, eternally joined to the unholy brotherhood. We follow Lestat as he searches for others like him in churches and brothels, in gambling houses, huts and palaces sometimes joined by the vampire angel Gabrielle, who is bound to him both by blood and by passion; sometimes traveling with his adored Nicolas, the violinist whose music and beauty are equally transcendent. We follow Lestat as he travels from the snowcapped mountains of the Auvergne and the primeval forest of ancient Gaul to Sicily, Istanbul, Venice and Cairo, searching for his origins, sometimes finding clues to the birth of the vampire race, knowing always that the central truth eludes him. But all the while, throughout his travels, through many lands and many times, Lestat has made enemies among his brethren vampires who are in terror of his questions, who fear he will disturb the uneasy balance in which they exist with the mortal world, and who suspect in him a desire to rule. And when, in the caves below a craggy Greek island, in a sanctuary whose walls are covered with gold flecked murals, the very first of the living dead awake, the truth at the heart of his quest is at last revealed. Ancient forces held immobile through the ages are irreversibly set in motion, and as the novel rushes to its stunning climax, Lestat’s vampire foes converge in pursuit of him on the demonic freeways of the twentieth century.
In 1976, a uniquely seductive world of vampires was unveiled in the now classic Interview with the Vampire…
in 1985, a wild and voluptous voice spoke to us, telling the story of The Vampire Lestat. In The Queen of the Damned, Anne Rice continues her extraordinary ‘Vampire Chronicles’ in a feat of mesmeric storytelling, a chillingly hypnotic entertainment in which the oldest and most powerful forces of the night are unleashed on an unsuspecting world. Three brilliantly colored narrative threads intertwine as the story unfolds: The rock star known as Vampire Lestat, worshipped by millions of spellbound fans, prepares for a concert in San Francisco. Among the audience pilgrims in a blind swoon of adoration are hundreds of vampires, creatures who see Lestat as a ‘greedy fiend risking the secret prosperity of all his kind just to be loved and seen by mortals,’ fiends themselves who hate Lestat’s power and who are determined to destroy him…
The sleep of certain men and women vampires and mortals scattered around the world is haunted by a vivid, mysterious dream: of twins with fiery red hair and piercing green eyes who suffer an unspeakable tragedy. It is a dream that slowly, tauntingly reveals its meaning to the dreamers as they make their way toward each other some to be destroyed on the journey, some to face an even more terrifying fate at journey’s end…
Akasha Queen of the Damned, mother of all vampires, rises after a 6,000 year sleep and puts into motion a heinous plan to ‘save’ mankind from itself and make ‘all myths of the world real’ by elevating herself and her chosen son/lover to the level of the gods: ‘I am the fulfillment and I shall from this moment be the cause’…
These narrative threads wind sinuously across a vast, richly detailed tapestry of the violent, sensual world of vampirism, taking us back 6,000 years to its beginnings. As the stories of the ‘first brood’ of blood drinkers are revealed, we are swept across the ages, from Egypt to South America to the Himalayas to all the shrouded corners of the globe where vampires have left their mark. Vampires are created mortals succumbing to the sensation of ‘being enptied, of being devoured, of being nothing.’ Vampires are destroyed. Dark rituals are performed the rituals of ancient creatures prowling the modern world. And, finally, we are brought to a moment in the twentieth century when, in an astonishing climax, the fate of the living dead and perhaps of the living, all the living will be decided. From the Hardcover edition.
In another feat of hypnotic storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now classic Interview with the Vampire and continued with The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned. Lestat speaks. Vampire hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals. For centuries he has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale everything he has come to believe and feel safe with is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger haunted years of his long existence. The Tale of the Body Thief is told with the unique and mesmerizing passion, power, color, and invention that distinguish the novels of Anne Rice. From the Hardcover edition.
In Anne Rice’s extraordinary novel, the Vampire Lestat outsides, canny monster, hero wanderer is at last offered the chance to be redeemed.
He is brought into direct confrontation with both God and the Devil, and into the land of Death.
We are in New York. The city is blanketed in snow. Through the whiteness Lestat is searching for Dora, the beautiful and charismatic daughter of a drug lord, the woman who arouses Lestat’s tenderness as no mortal ever has.
While torn between his vampire passions and his overwhelming love for Dora, Lestat is confronted by the most dangerous of adversaries he has yet known.
He is snatched from the world itself by the mysterious Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil. He is invited to be a witness at the Creation. He is taken like the ancient prophets into the heavenly realm and is ushered into Purgatory.
He must decide if he can believe in the Devil or in God. And finally, he must decide which, if either, he will serve.
In the first four Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summoned up for us worlds that are fantastic and distant, making them as resonant, real, and immediate as our own. In this, her most daring and darkest novel, she takes us, with Lestat, into the mythical world that is most important to us into the realms of our own theology.
See the difference, read 1 bestselling author Anne Rice in Large Print About Large PrintAll Random House Large Print editions are published in a 16 point typefaceIn the latest installment of The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice summons up dazzling worlds to bring us the story of Armand eternally young, with the face of a Botticelli angel. Armand, who first appeared in all his dark glory more than twenty years ago in the now classic Interview with the Vampire, the first of The Vampire Chronicles, the novel that established its author worldwide as a magnificent storyteller and creator of magical realms. Now, we go with Armand across the centuries to the Kiev Rus of his boyhood a ruined city under Mongol dominion and to ancient Constantinople, where Tartar raiders sell him into slavery. And in a magnificent palazzo in the Venice of the Renaissance we see him emotionally and intellectually in thrall to the great vampire Marius, who masquerades among humankind as a mysterious, reclusive painter and who will bestow upon Armand the gift of vampiric blood. As the novel races to its climax, moving through scenes of luxury and elegance, of ambush, fire, and devil worship to nineteenth century Paris and today’s New Orleans, we see its eternally vulnerable and romantic hero forced to choose between his twilight immortality and the salvation of his immortal soul. From the Trade Paperback edition.
In her mesmerizing new novel, the author of The Vampire Chronicles and the saga of the Mayfair Witches demonstrates once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of myth and magic. Here, in a magnificent tale of sorcery and the occult, she makes real for us a hitherto unexplored world of witchcraft. At the center is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de couleur libres, a society of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo, who reign in the shadowy world where African and French the dark and the white intermingle. Her ancestors are the great Mayfair witches, of whom she knows nothing and from whom she inherits the power and the magical knowledge of a Circe. Into this exotic realm comes David Talbot hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick‘s haunting tale a tale that takes us from the New Orleans of past and present to the jungles of Guatemala, from the Maya ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored. Anne Rice’s richly told novel weaves an irresistible story of two worlds: the witches’ world and the vampires’ world, where magical powers and otherworldly fascinations are locked together in a dance of seduction, death, and rebirth.
Read by 12 cassettes13 hoursThe Vampire Chronicles continue with Anne Rice’s spellbinding new novel. Out of the pages of the Vampire Chronicles steps the golden haired Marius, true Child of the Millenia, once mentor to the Vampire Lestat, always and forever the conscientious slayer of the evildoer, and now ready to reveal the secrets of his two thousand year long existence in his own intense voice. Born in Imperial Rome, imprisoned and made a ‘blood god’ by the ancient Druids, Marius is the baffled yet powerful protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the race resides. We follow his through his tragic loss of the vampire Pandora, his lover and fledgling creation. Through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Christendom of Constantine, and the sack of the Eternal City by the Visigoths. We see him sailing to the glittering city of Constantinople. Worlds within worlds unfold as Marius, surviving the Dark Ages and the Black Death, emerges in the midst of the Italian Renaissance to create magnificient paintings and a vampire the boy Armand. Moving from Florence, Venice, Dresden, Paris, and the English castle of the secret and scholarly order of the Talamasca, the novel reaches its dramatic finale in a jungle paradise where the oldest of the vampires reigns supreme.
In her new novel, perennial bestseller Anne Rice fuses her two uniquely seductive strains of narrative her Vampire legend and her lore of the Mayfair witches to give us a world of classic deep south luxury and ancestral secrets. Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelg nger, Goblin, a spirit from a dream world that Quinn can t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelg nger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself. As the novel moves backwards and forwards in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present day New Orleans, from ancient Athens to 19th century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the spectre that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.A story of youth and promise, of loss and the search for love, of secrets and destiny, Blackwood Farm is Anne Rice at her mesmerizing best. From the Audio Cassette Unabridged edition.
Anne Rice continues her astonishing Vampire Chronicles in a new novel that begins where Blackwood Farm left off and tells the story of Lestat’s quest for redemption, goodness, and the love of Rowan Mayfair. Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair, who s come to the farm to die and is brought into the realm of the undead; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family, determined to forever torment Lestat for what he has done to Mona; Rowan Mayfair, brilliant neurosurgeon and witch, who finds herself dangerously drawn to the all powerful Lestat; her husband, Michael Curry, hero of the Mayfair Chronicles, who seeks Lestat s help with the temporary madness of his wife; Ash Templeton, a 5,000 year old Taltos who has taken Mona s child; and Patsy, the country western singer, who returns to avenge her death at the hands of her son, Quinn Blackwood. Delightfully, at the book s centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil. He struggles with his vampirism and yearns for goodness, purity and love, as he saves Patsy s ghost from the dark realm of the Earthbound, uncovers the mystery of the Taltos and unselfishly decides the fate of his beloved Rowan Mayfair.A story of love and loyalty, of the search for passion and promise, Blood Canticle is Anne Rice at her finest. From the Hardcover edition.
From bestselling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure. In the traditional folktale of ‘Sleeping Beauty,’ the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind’s unconscious. Now Anne Rice’s retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty’s complete and total enslavement to him as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.
An erotic novel of discipline, love, and surrender for the enjoyment of men and women. This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice’s elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of ‘the village,’ as her education in love, cruelty, dominance, submission, and tenderness is turned over to the brazenly handsome Captain of the Guard. And once again Rice’s fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well hidden desires of the human heart. Read by Genvieve Bevier and Winthrop Eliot.
For the uninhibited listener of adult fairy tales…
the conclusion of Anne Rice’s exquisitely erotic trilogy. An unforgettable journey to the forbidden side of passion. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty and Beauty’s Punishment took readers and listeners only partway through Anne Rice’s explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now her elegantly written, erotically charged retelling of the Sleeping Beauty myth concludes, taking listeners through a doorway that leads to the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart. In Beauty’s Release, Beauty’s adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. As this voluptuous adult fairy tale moves toward conclusion, all Beauty’s encounters with the myriad variations of sexual fantasy are presented in a sensuous, rich prose that intensifies this exquisite rendition of love’s secret world, and makes the Beauty series an incomparable study of erotica.
Anne Rice, bestselling author of The Vampire Chronicles, now delves into the mysterious legend of the mummy in this original and poetic tale of romance and horror. It begins in the early 1900’s when archaeologist Lawrence Stratford discovers a perfectly preserved mummy in a tomb in Cairo. Little does he know that the mummy, one Ramses the Great, a.k.a. Ramses the Damned, has consumed an extraordinary potion that makes him immortal; only the powerful rays of the sun are needed to bring him to life. Transported to London, the mummy dispenses with his wrap and takes on a human guise. As Reginald Ramsey, he immediately captures the heart of Stratford’s daughter, Julie, who is privy to his unnatural secret but can’t resist his stunning good looks. All goes well until Reginald comes across Cleopatra, his long lost love, under glass in a museum. Unable to bear the sight of this once glorious Queen now on gruesome display, he decides to bring her back to life…
a decision he will live forever to regret. The ancient world collides with the modern one in Anne Rice’s richly erotic yet sentimental love story that resonates with the macabre. Michael York made his film debut in 1966 opposite Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Taming Of The Shrew. The well known actor has since appeared in many movies, including Cabaret and Murder on the Orient Express. His extensive television credits include the CBS miniseries SPACE, an ABC After School Special Are You My Mother? for which he was nominated for an Emmy Award, and a series of guest appearance on CBS’s Knots Landing. Other Anne Rice titles available as Random House AudioBooks: Interview With The Vampire and The Queen Of The Damned
From the author of the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles comes a huge, hypnotic novel of witchcraft and the occult through four centuries. Demonstrating, once again, her gift for spellbinding storytelling and the creation of legend, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of witches a family given to poetry and to incest, to murder and to philosophy; a family that, over the ages, is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being. On the veranda of a great New Orleans house, now faded, a mute and fragile woman sits rocking…
and The Witching Hour begins. It begins in our time with a rescue at sea. Rowan Mayfair, a beautiful woman, a brilliant practitioner of neurosurgery aware that she has special powers but unaware that she comes from an ancient line of witches finds the drowned body of a man off the coast of California and brings him to life. He is Michael Curry, who was born in New Orleans and orphaned in childhood by fire on Christmas Eve, who pulled himself up from poverty, and who now, in his brief interval of death, has acquired a sensory power that mystifies and frightens him. As these two, fiercely drawn to each other, fall in love and in passionate alliance set out to solve the mystery of her past and his unwelcome gift, the novel moves backward and forward in time from today’s New Orleans and San Francisco to long ago Amsterdam and a ch teau in the France of Louis XIV. An intricate tale of evil unfolds an evil unleashed in seventeenth century Scotland, where the first ‘witch,’ Suzanne of the Mayfair, conjures up the spirit she names Lasher…
a creation that spells her own destruction and torments each of her descendants in turn. From the coffee plantations of Port au Prince, where the great Mayfair fortune is made and the legacy of their dark power is almost destroyed, to Civil War New Orleans, as Julien the clan’s only male to be endowed with occult powers provides for the dynasty its foothold in America, the dark, luminous story encompas*ses dramas of seduction and death, episodes of tenderness and healing. And always through peril and escape, tension and release there swirl around us the echoes of eternal war: innocence versus the corruption of the spirit, sanity against madness, life against death. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us, through circuitous, twilight paths, to the present and Rowan’s increasingly inspired and risky moves in the merciless game that binds her to her heritage. And in New Orleans, on Christmas Eve, this strangest of family sagas is brought to its startling climax.
From the day her first Vampire Chronicle was published, critics and readers readers by the hundreds of thousands have been mesmerized by the writings of Anne Rice. And with the publication of The Witching Hour, she created for us yet another world and legend, and both the chorus of praise and the multitudes of her readers once more increased. Now, Anne Rice brings us again even more magically into the midst of the dynasty of witches she introduced in The Witching Hour. At the center: the brilliant an beautiful Rowan Mayfair, queen of the coven, and Lasher, the darkly compelling demon whom she finds irresistible and from whose evil spell and vision she must now flee. She takes with her their terrifying and exquisite child, one of ‘a brood of children born knowing, able to stand and talk on the first day.’Rowan’s attempt to escape Lasher and his pursuit of her and their child are at the heart of this extraordinary saga. It is a novel that moves around the globe, backward and forward through time, and between the human and demonic worlds. Its many voices of women, of men, of demons and angels, present and past haunt and enchant us. With a dreamlike power, the novel draws us through twilight paths, telling a chillingly hypnotic story of occult and spiritual aspirations and passion.
‘ANNE RICE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH THE AGES OF LITERATURE.’ San Francisco Chronicle’Taltos IS THE THIRD BOOK IN A SERIES KNOWN AS THE LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES…
Their haunted heritage has brought the family great wealth, which is exercised from a New Orleans manse with Southern gentility; but of course such power cannot escape notice…
Rice is a formidable talent…
Taltos is a curious amalgam of gothic, glamour fiction, alternate history, and high soap opera.’ The Washington Post Book World’AN INTRICATE, STUNNING IMAGINATION.’ Los Angeles Times Book Review’SPELLBINDING…
Anne Rice is a pure storyteller.’ Cosmopolitan’BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN.’ Kirkus Reviews starred’Her power of invention seems boundless…
. She has made a masterpiece of the morbid, worthy of Poe’s daughter…
. It is hard to praise sufficiently the originality of Miss Rice.’ The Wall Street Journal
6 cassettes / 9 hoursUnabridgedRead by Kate ReadingAlso available abridged and abridged on CDAnne Rice, creator of the Vampire Lestat, the Mayfair witches and the amazing worlds they inhabit, now gives us the first in a new series of novels linked together by the fledgling vampire David Talbot, who has set out to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead. The novel opens in present day Paris in a crowded caf , where David meets Pandora. She is two thousand years old, a Child of the Millennia, the first vampire ever made by the great Marius. David persuades her to tell the story of her life. Pandora begins, reluctantly at first and then with increasing passion, to recount her mesmerizing tale, which takes us through the ages, from Imperial Rome to eighteenth century France to twentieth century Paris and New Orleans. She carries us back to her mortal girlhood in the world of Caesar Augustus, a world chronicled by Ovid and Petronius. This is where Pandora meets and falls in love with the handsome, charismatic, lighthearted, still mortal Marius. This is the Rome she is forced to flee in fear of assassination by conspirators plotting to take over the city. And we follow her to the exotic port of Antioch, where she is destined to be reunited with Marius, now immortal and haunted by his vampire nature, who will bestow on her the Dark Gift as they set out on the fraught and fantastic adventure of their two turbulent centuries together.
With Pandora, Anne Rice began a magnificent new series of vampire novels. Now, in the second of her New Tales of the Vampires, she tells the mesmerizing story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold. Educated in the Florence of Cosimo de’ Medici, trained in knighthood at his father’s mountaintop castle, Vittorio inhabits a world of courtly splendor and country pleasures a world suddenly threatened when his entire family is confronted by an unholy power. In the midst of this upheaval, Vittorio is seduced by the vampire Ursula, the most beautiful of his supernatural enemies. As he sets out in pursuit of vengeance, entering the nightmarish Court of the Ruby Grail, increasingly more enchanted and confused by his love for the mysterious Ursula, he finds himself facing demonic adversaries, war and political intrigue. Against a backdrop of the wonders both sacred and profane and the beauty and ferocity of Renaissance Italy, Anne Rice creates a passionate and tragic legend of doomed young love and lost innocence.
Having completed the two cycles of legend to which she has devoted her career so far, Anne Rice gives us now her most thoughtful and powerful book, a novel about the childhood of Christ the Lord based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book’s power derives from the passion its author brings to the writing, and the way in which she summons up the voice, the presence, the words of the young Jesus who tells the story. From the Hardcover edition.
The Road to Cana, Anne Rice’s second book in her hugely ambitious life of Christ, begins before his baptism in the Jordan and concludes with the miracle at Cana. It is a novel in which we see Jesus, the man, living quietly in Nazareth as he has for many years. He is still known as Yeshua Bar Joseph. And he is enduring a winter of no rain, endless dust and looming trouble in Judea. Legends of a virgin birth have long surrounded Yeshua, yet for decades he has lived no differently than the others who come to the synagogue on the Sabbath. All who know and love him find themselves waiting for some sign of the path he will eventually take. And at last we see this quiet man emerge from his baptism to confront his destiny and the Devil. We see what occurs when he takes the water of seven great limestone jars and transforms it into cool red wine; when he is recognized as the anointed one; when he is urged to call all Israel to take up arms against Rome and follow him as the prophets have foretold. Like Out of Egypt, the first novel in Anne Rice s series on the life of Christ, The Road to Cana is based on the gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship. The book s power comes from the profound feeling its author brings to the writing and the subtlety with which she summons up the presence of Jesus.
Anne Rice returns to the mesmerizing storytelling that has captivated readers for more than three decades in a tale of unceasing suspense set in time past a metaphysical thriller about angels and assassins. The novel opens in the present. At its center: Toby O Dare a contract killer of underground fame on assignment to kill once again. A soulless soul, a dead man walking, he lives under a series of aliases just now: Lucky the Fox and takes his orders from The Right Man. Into O Dare’s nightmarish world of lone and lethal missions comes a mysterious stranger, a seraph, who offers him a chance to save rather than destroy lives. O Dare, who long ago dreamt of being a priest but instead came to embody danger and violence, seizes his chance. Now he is carried back through the ages to thirteenth century England, to dark realms where accusations of ritual murder have been made against Jews, where children suddenly die or disappear…
In this primitive setting, O Dare begins his perilous quest for salvation, a journey of danger and flight, loyalty and betrayal, selflessness and love. From the Hardcover edition.
I dreamed a dream of angels. I saw them and heard them in a great and endless galactic night. I saw the lights that were these angels, flying here and there, in streaks of irresistible brilliance…
I felt love around me in this vast and seamless realm of sound and light…
And something akin to sadness swept me up and mingled my very essence with the voices who sang, because the voices were singing of me…
Thus begins Anne Rice’s lyrical, haunting new novel, a metaphysical thriller of angels and assassins that once again summons up dark and dangerous worlds set in times past. Anne Rice takes us to other realms, this time to the world of fifteenth century Rome, a city of domes and rooftop gardens, rising towers and crosses beneath an ever shifting layer of clouds; familiar hills and tall pines…
of Michelangelo and Raphael, of the Holy Inquisition and of Leo X, second son of a Medici, holding forth from the papal throne…
And into this time, into this century, Toby O Dare, former government assassin, is summoned by the angel Malchiah to solve a terrible crime of poisoning and to search out the truth of a haunting by an earthbound restless spirit a diabolical dybbuk.O Dare soon discovers himself in the midst of dark plots and counterplots surrounded by a darker and more dangerous threat as the veil of ecclesiastical terror closes in around him. As he embarks on a powerful journey of atonement, O Dare is reconnected with his own past, with matters light and dark, fierce and tender, with the promise of salvation and with a deeper and richer vision of love. From the Hardcover edition.
A daring new departure from the inspired creator of The Vampire Chronicles unrelentingly erotic…
unforgettable The Washington Post, Lives of the Mayfair Witches Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature San Francisco Chronicle, and the angels of The Songs of the Seraphim remarkable Associated Press. A whole new world modern, sleek, high tech and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history: the making of a werewolf, reimagined and reinvented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create. The time is the present. The place, the rugged coast of Northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest. A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer…
An older woman welcoming him into her magnificent family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency…
A chance encounter between two unlikely people…
An idyllic night shattered by horrific unimaginable violence, the young man inexplicably attacked bitten by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness…
A violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation, as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing what he will become, soon experiences the thrill of The Wolf Gift. As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and surprising capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as the Man Wolf by authorities, the media, and scientists evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence…
As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there may be others like him who are watching guardian creatures who have existed throughout time who possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge. And throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations, and the fraught, exhilarating journey, still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man. From the Hardcover edition.
Before the Civil War, there lived in Louisiana, people unique in Southern history. For though they were descended from African slaves, they were also descended from the French and Spanish who enslaved them. In this dazzling historical novel, Anne Rice chronicles four of these so called Free People of Color men and women caught periolously between the worlds of master and slave, privilege and oppression, passion and pain.’Anne Rice seems to be at home everywhere…
. She makes us believe everything she sees.’THE NEW YORK TIMESFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men who lived as idols, concealing their pain as they were adored as angels, yet shunned as half men. As we are drawn into their dark and luminous story, as the crowds of Venetians, Neopolitans, and Romans, noblemen and peasants, musicians, prelates, princes, saints, and intriguers swirl around them, Anne Rice brings us into the sweep of eighteenth century Italian life, into the decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius. It is a novel that only Anne Rice could have written, taking us into a heartbreaking and enchanting moment in history, a time of great ambition and great suffering a tale that challenges our deepest images of the masculine and the feminine.’To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time.’ San Francisco Chronicle’Dazzling in its darkness…
Spellbinding.’ The New York Times
‘The same kind of skillful writing that brought respectability to the erotic works of Henry Miller, Ana’s Nin, and D. H. Lawrence.’ UPIThere is Lisa: They call her the Perfectionist. A stunning, mysterious, and fearless sexual adventurer, she is founder and supreme mistress of The Club an expensive, exclusive island resort where forbidden fantasy meets willing flesh. There is Elliott: A thrill seeking photographer who has risked his life in war zones around the world. Now he is committed to the ultimate plunge into personal risk exploring his darkest sexual self. Join them on a journey to the limits of erotic pleasure and beyond. Surrender to the tantalizing wonders of the imagination behind the spellbinding sensuality of The Vampire Chronicles. Take leave of the world you know and step into Eden…
. ‘To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time.’ San Francisco Chronicle’Anne Rice seems to be at home everywhere…
. She makes us believe everything she sees.’ The New York Times’No one writing today matches her deftness with the erotic.’ Atlanta Journal & Constitution
‘Who was she?’ That was the first thought that came into my mind when I saw her in the bookstore. Who was she really?She’s Belinda. She’s sixteen years old. She’s the object of one man’s ultimate fantasy. And she’s one of the most ‘uniquely sensual and provocative’ hero*ines to emerge from the ‘fearless’ imagination of New York Times bestselling author Anne Rice.’Call her the It Girl of contemporary fiction. Whatever the venue, she’s never too squeamish to reach out and touch it.’ Rolling Stone’Her voluptuous prose draws readers into an erotic landscape where the sensual delights are dark edged…
and utterly compelling.’ Village Voice’A wry and richly textured diary of ‘forbidden love.’ A compelling blend of mystery and romance.’ Kirkus Reviews’Easily one of the most natural storytellers on the modern scene…
Belinda is certainly her most controversial to date.’ San Francisco Chronicle
Anne Rice carries us into the realms of the occult, the mystical, and the magical, and into the presence now and through centuries of a dark and luminous new hero: the powerful, witty, smiling Azriel, Servant of the Bones. Azriel is ghost, demon, angel in love with the good, in thrall to the evil and he pours out his heart to us, telling us his astonishing story. He takes us back in time to his own mortal youth in the magnificent city of Babylon. In a time of bloody wars and religious upheavals, he falls victim to a royal plot only to be plucked from death by evil priests and sorceresses and transformed into a genii commanded to do their bidding. Challenging these forces of destruction Azriel embarks on his perilous journey through time leading, ultimately, to his crucial confrontation with the twentieth century embodiment of all that he has struggled against. As Azriel’s quest approaches its climax, he dares to use and to risk his supernatural powers in the hope of forestalling a world threatening conspiracy, and redeeming, at last, what was denied him so long ago: his own eternal human soul.
4 cassettes / 4 hoursRead by Maria TucciIn the grand manner of Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice’s new novel moves across time and the continents, from nineteenth century Vienna to a St. Charles Greek Revival mansion in present day New Orleans to the dazzling capitals of the modern day world, telling a story of two charismatic figures bound to each other by a passionate commitment to music as a means of rapture, seduction, and liberation. At the novel’s center: a uniquely fascinating woman, Triana who once dreamed of becoming a great musician and the demonic fiddler Stefan, tormented ghost of a Russian aristocrat, who begins to prey upon her, using his magic Violin first to enchant, then to dominate and draw her into a state of madness through the music she loves. But Triana understands the power of the music perhaps even more than does Stefan and she sets out to resist Stefan and to fight not only for her sanity but for her life. The struggle draws them both into a terrifying supernatural realm where they find themselves surrounded by memories, by horrors, and by overwhelming truths. Battling desperately, they are at last propelled towards the novel’s astonishing and unforgettable climax. Violin is crowded with the history, the drama, the invention, and the romantic intensity that have become synonymous with Anne Rice at her incomparable best.
In 2005, Anne Rice startled her readers with her novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, and by revealing that, after years as an atheist, she had returned to her Catholic faith. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana followed. And now, in her powerful and haunting memoir, Rice tells the story of the spiritual transformation that produced a complete change in her literary goals. She begins with her girlhood in New Orleans as the devout child in a deeply religious Irish Catholic family. She describes how, as she grew up, she lost her belief in God, but not her desire for a meaningful life. She writes about her years in radical Berkeley, where her career as a novelist began with the publication of Interview with the Vampire, soon to be followed by more novels about otherworldly beings, about the realms of good and evil, love and alienation, pageantry and ritual, each reflecting aspects of her often agonizing moral quest. She writes about loss and tragedy her mother’s drinking; the death of her daughter and, later, her beloved husband, Stan Rice; about new joys; about the birth of her son, Christopher; about the family s return in 1988 to the city of New Orleans, the city that inspired so much of her work. She tells how after an adult lifetime of questioning, she experienced the intense conversion and consecration to Christ that lie behind her most recent novels. For her readers old and new, this book explores her continuing interior pilgrimage.