Author Anne Rice dead at 75

Author Anne Rice, best known for her “Interview with the Vampire” series, has died, the publisher of her HarperCollins imprint has confirmed to The Guardian. Rice was 75.

“I am devastated at the loss of my best friend,” Rice’s niece, Antonia De Sancha, said in a statement to the British newspaper. “Anne Rice, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and mother-in-law to me, was a unique, brave, uncompromising creative force.”

As one of the most acclaimed novelists of the 1980s, Rice became best known for her best-selling, quartet of Vampire Chronicles, best known as the iconic “Interview with the Vampire” which was first published in 1976 and became a mini-industry phenomenon. The stories garnered Rice a cult following and, in 2009, an even greater one: A screen adaptation titled “Queen of the Damned” was released to critical acclaim and raked in $150 million at the box office.

However, Rice didn’t write about vampires very much after the 1970s; her last novel, The Romanov’s Curse, was published in 2003. However, Rice did continue to write for the press, her most recent book, The Shadow Princess, was published in 2016.

“Regrettably, despite being several years in the making, she will remain a force for good in the world in ways we cannot even begin to imagine,” The Shadow Princess co-author, Callie Brugman, said in a statement to The Guardian. “Ann and I will miss her very much.”

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