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Fang Shui: In the Wake of Her Husband's Death, Anne Rice Rearranges Her Life-And Says She's Done Writing about Vampires

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Fang Shui: In the Wake of Her Husband's Death, Anne Rice Rearranges Her Life-And Says She's Done Writing about Vampires

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HORROR MAVEN ANNE RICE completed Blood Canticle, her new vampire novel--and perhaps her final vampire novel--last fall, just a couple of months before the death of her husband, the poet and artist Stan Rice. Stan was Rice's most trusted editor and the inspiration for her character Lestat. Rice says the last year has been difficult, but she's been busy working on a mysterious new book ...

You recently claimed that your writing was about to take a radical turn of some sort, but you didn't go into detail.

No, I'm not prepared to do that yet.

Did your husband's death prompt this in any way?

Well, kind of. But the decision to change my writing really came before [Stan] got sick. I had made that decision that I wanted to move away from the witches and vampires altogether. I wanted to write something completely different. I no longer really wanted to write about people who were damned or who were condemned. …

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