Called Out of Darkness (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
In October, 2004, Anne Rice shocked her legions of loyal readers by announcing that she would never again pen the American gothic novels that had catapulted her to the top of best-seller lists. Proclaiming that she had renewed her commitment to Jesus Christ and returned to the Catholic faith of her childhood, she insisted that she would write “only for the Lord.”
At the time of her announcement, she had published twenty books that had dealt with the supernatural, beginning with Interview with the Vampire, which appeared in 1976. The main character, Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who became a vampire in the eighteenth century, rivaled Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula in fame, and to the delight of Rice’s adoring fans, he appeared in subsequent books of the Vampire Chronicles series. In addition to writing about vampires, witches, mummies, and other beings of the occult, Rice wrote adult and erotic fiction under the pseudonyms Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure. She is one of the most popular authors in modern history, and more than one hundred million copies of her novels have been sold. Several of her books have been adapted for film, television, and the stage and have also inspired musical compositions by various artists.
In spite of warnings that she was committing career suicide, Rice kept her promise to confine her writing...
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