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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.