Thursday, September 4, 2014

Anne Rice and Son Will Chill Your Blood at Mark Twain House

 The Mark Twain House and Museum will present a hair-raising visit with gothic novelist Anne Rice and her son Christopher Rice, a New York Times-bestselling author in his own right. 
The evening will celebrate Anne's return to the scene of her greatest success, Interview with a Vampire, with her new novel Prince Lestat.  Christopher will share his thoughts about his new paranormal thrillers, The Heavens Rise and The Vines.  Of course, everyone will learn more than a little about their shared bond as writers and family. 
The event takes place Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 7 pm at Hartford Stage, 50 Church St., Hartford.  
Tickets for this event are $35 ($30 for Mark Twain House members and Hartford Stage subscribers).  Please call the Hartford Stage Box Office at (860) 527-5151 or
Anne Rice was born and raised in New Orleans, whose French Quarter provided the setting for her first novel, Interview with the Vampire. And her ante-bellum house in the Garden District was the fictional home of her imaginary Mayfair Witches. She is the author of more than 30 books, most recently her new book Prince Lestat.  Interview with the Vampire was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. She continued her saga of the Vampire Lestat in a series of books, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles, which have had both great mainstream and cult followings. 

By the age of 30, Christopher Rice had published four New York Times bestselling thrillers, received a Lambda Literary Award and been declared one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive. His latest novels are The Heavens Rise, a supernatural thriller about a young woman who is exposed to a mysterious parasite in the Louisiana swamp that gives her the power to control minds and unleash living nightmares, and The Vines, a paranormal story of Spring House, a beautifully restored plantation mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans where something sinister lurks beneath the soil of the old estate. 
Christopher's first novel, A Density Of Souls, was published when he was just 22. The controversial bestseller was greeted with a landslide of media attention, much of it due to who his mother is. He served as a contributing columnist to The Advocate for many years and his additional criticisms and witticisms have been featured in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and more. He recently served on the board of directors of the West Hollywood Library Fund, which was instrumental in securing private funds to build a brand new state-of-the-art library in the heart of the city he now calls home.

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