This interview we had with Anne Rice in 2014 originally ran in Fortean Times, and was held on occasion ofthe publication of Prince Lestat, and the 20th anniversary of the movie of Interview with the Vampire.
In 2003 Blood Canticle was published as the final volume of the Vampire Chronicles. What made you return to the vampires?
After an absence of ten years, I found I had a fresh take on the characters and their ongoing story, new ideas, etc. I started to reread the Chronicles and I was soon bubbling over with new things to write. In retrospect I think the long absence from the characters was an excellent idea. I could not have written a book like Prince Lestat in 2003.
You’re planning for Prince Lestat to be the first in a new vampire series – how will it differ from the Chronicles?
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