Anne Rice: An Interview with the Vampire Writer For a quarter-century, novelist Anne Rice has created a supernatural realm that often features her native New Orleans at its center. Her latest novel is Blood Canticle with another appearance by her most vivid character, the vampire Lestat. NPR's Liane Hansen visits with Rice at the author's Louisiana home.
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Anne Rice: An Interview with the Vampire Writer

Anne Rice: An Interview with the Vampire Writer

The Author Returns, Still at Home with Lestat, in 'Blood Canticle'

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For the past quarter-century, novelist Anne Rice has created a supernatural realm centered around her native New Orleans. She gained fame in 1976 with Interview with the Vampire, a book that introduced Lestat — one of the liveliest undead characters in fiction, a Louisiana aristocrat made immortal by a vampire's kiss.

Rice's latest novel is Blood Canticle, and Lestat plays a major role. So does the author's stately Greek Revival mansion, where NPR's Liane Hansen sat down for a conversation with Rice.