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ANNE AND CHRISTOPHER RICE TALK ABOUT THE RETURN OF RAMSES THE DAMNED

In 1989, soon after the release of her novel The Queen of the Damned, author Anne Rice released another supernatural page turner about another immortal (but not vampiric) hero from ancient Egypt called The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned. Much more of a period high adventure than her vampire novels, The Mummy was a success and instantly found fans. The tag at the end of the novel promised more adventures of Ramses to come, but for various reasons, those adventures never came.

Now 28 years later, the sequel has finally arrived in the form of Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra. This novel is special for another reason besides being a sequel long in the making: it’s Anne Rice’s first writing collaboration with another author, and the author just happens to be her son, novelist Christopher Rice.

“Fans had been asking me for a sequel to The Mummy for years,” Anne said, “And I got this idea that I thought it would be wonderful if Chris and I could collaborate. As it turns out, he did most of the writing on the book and most of the heavy lifting in terms of the plotting. We had a meeting and made a road map of the plot, and he produced the first draft and the final draft. And then I went over it and added a number of things, particularly with the older characters from the first book. His focus was very much on the newer characters that he created for the sequel. Except for Cleopatra…he wrote a lot about her. He really came to understand that character, and it worked out really well.”

On collaborating with his mom, Christopher Rice told us, “I wrote a draft, I submitted it to her, and she did a really intensive read. Then we sat down together and pulled it apart, talked about what was working and what wasn’t, and she sent me off with marching orders to write the next draft. And a lot of those marching orders were to emphasize the mysterious nature of immortals and not have them flinch or react in the same way an ordinary human character would.”

Of all of Anne Rice’s worlds–vampires, witches, ghosts and werewolves—they chose a sequel to The Mummy as their first mother/son collaboration because of the fans. According to Christopher, “The reason it’s The Mummy is that everyone wanted a sequel to that book, and there wasn’t one. I was present, for year after year at my mother’s book signings, and saw people come up and ask, ‘When is the next Mummy book?’ And her attitude was, ‘I don’t have the time to do it on my own.’”

Much like Anne Rice’s second vampire novel, The Vampire Lestat, expanded upon the backstory of the vampires, it seems this second Ramses novel will expand upon the mythology introduced in the first book in a big way. “We do explore the origin of the Elixir of Life and where it came from, and the backstory of how Ramses got a hold of it” said Anne, “We love exploring the mythological background. Christopher was responsible for writing a lot of that.”

The elder Rice has made a name for herself over the past 40 years writing about various kinds of immortal beings, but the kind of immortality Ramses has is more of a “no strings attached” kind of immortality. Anne explained, “It’s very different. The vampires are very much a metaphor for the outsider and the outcast, and for people who walk in darkness, and that’s not true for Ramses. The vulnerability for Ramses is that he can be captured, and somebody could force him to tell them the formula for the Elixir of Life and make other immortals. And also, he can’t biologically have a child. He has to decide when to give this Elixir to someone, and it’s not something that can be done lightly. To me, it’s just a different way of writing about immortality.”

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https://nerdist.com/anne-rice-christopher-rice-ramses-the-damned-passion-of-cleopatra/

After Three Decades, Anne Rice’s Mummy Sequel Is Finally Here

Good things come to those who wait and if you’re a fan of Anne Rice’s beloved book, The Mummythe nearly 30-year wait for the sequel is over.

In Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, authors Anne Rice and Christopher Rice (Anne’s son and the author of 12 books) take readers on a fantastical throwback frolic through Edwardian England (circa 1914) after Ramses the Great, the former pharaoh of Egypt is awakened.

Here is an exclusive, chilling excerpt to sample from the book.

 

Synopsis:
From the iconic and bestselling author of The Mummy and The Vampire Chronicles, a mesmerizing, glamorous new tale of ancient feuds and modern passions.

Ramses the Great, former pharaoh of Egypt, is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England. Now immortal with his bride-to-be, he is swept up in a fierce and deadly battle of wills and psyches against the once-great Queen Cleopatra. Ramses has reawakened Cleopatra with the same perilous elixir whose unworldly force brings the dead back to life.

But as these ancient rulers defy one another in their quest to understand the powers of the strange elixir, they are haunted by a mysterious presence even older and more powerful than they, a figure drawn forth from the mists of history who possesses spectacular magical potions and tonics eight millennia old. This is a figure who ruled over an ancient kingdom stretching from the once-fertile earth of the Sahara to the far corners of the world, a queen with a supreme knowledge of the deepest origins of the elixir of life. She may be the only one who can make known to Ramses and Cleopatra the key to their immortality—and the secrets of the miraculous, unknowable, endless expanse of the universe.

 

 

Catching up with Anne Rice ahead of her fan club’s annual Halloween ball

When Sue Quiroz met horror author Anne Rice at a book signing in 1988, Quiroz got more than an autograph in her copy of “Queen of the Damned.” 

“I remember vividly what happened that day,” said Rice from her home in Palm Desert, California. “Sue came up to me and asked if she could start a fan club for me, and I said, ‘Not for me. But Lestat would love to have a fan club.’ ”

Quiroz became chief of the fictional vampire’s official fan club, and Rice got a lifelong friend and sometime personal assistant who heads up the annual Anne Rice Lestat Vampire Ball, now celebrating its 29th year in New Orleans.  

 

The exact name of the ball can change to reflect Rice’s most recent work: This year it’s the Atlantis Ball, Oct. 27 at the Republic. The name is a nod to 2016’s “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis,” the latest in the 12-volume “Vampire Chronicles.”

The road to Rice’s megawatt writing career began with the 1976 novel “Interview with the Vampire,” which grew from a short story she wrote on a whim.  “When it became so successful, I realized that the vampire was a perfect metaphor for the outsider, something many people can relate to,” Rice said.

“The Vampire Lestat” emerged in 1985, launching the wildly successful “Vampire Chronicles” franchise.  Paramount Pictures has just optioned “The Vampire Chronicles” for an upcoming television series.

These days, Rice lives in California and collaborates with son Christopher Rice, a well-known author of 12 books in his own right. The pair are working on a sequel to “The Mummy,” the novel that ended with a cliffhanger when it was published in 1989.

“Fans had been clamoring for a sequel, but the vampire world so took off that there wasn’t the space or time to continue on with ‘The Mummy,’ ” Chris Rice said. “Collaborations can be tricky, and every author is different, style-wise, but I was noticing more and more that famous authors were collaborating in the mystery and romance world.

“Author James Patterson is the most obvious. He has numerous collaborators. He couldn’t crank out novels at the pace readers are hungering for them without collaborators. But a collaboration with my mom meant entering a world that had already been built and involved keeping a certain tone that longtime fans related to.”

Added Anne Rice: “Our first step was to hammer out a plot with sketch pads and felt tips. It’s never more than a tentative roadmap, but from this, Chris wrote the first draft of what would eventually become ‘Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra.’ ”

 

“The core of how we did it was passing it back and forth,” Chris Rice said. “I don’t think either of us could have endured sitting side by side in a room writing together. So we went back and forth, making modifications along the way. …

“There was one place where Mom was certainly right. I thought Cleopatra should be a villainess, saying we had to have a monster in the story, but Mom thought she was much too complex a character to put her in a box like that … and she was right. If left to my own devices, I could progress a whole story through action and violence, but that is not entirely what smacks of an Anne Rice novel.”

Added Anne Rice: “There’s been an incredible appreciation of my work, as evidenced by the wonderful fans, like those who come out for the Halloween balls in New Orleans. One year, we had around 8,000 people in the ballroom. People came from all over the world dressed as characters from my books. When I attended in 2014, I was just so impressed.”

The mother-and-son duo are on a publicity tour for the new book, so she won’t be at the ball this year. Quiroz is expecting about 1,200 people at this year’s event at the Republic.

For fans of both the costume balls and the novels, there’s not much longer to wait. This year’s Atlantis Ball (tickets at arlsfc.com) takes place Oct. 27, and the new Rice collaboration, “Ramses the Damned,” hits bookshelves Nov. 21.

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http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_87703000-ad3c-11e7-a454-0bb88eb11d0b.html

Check out the first excerpt from Anne Rice’s upcoming sequel to The Mummy

Anne Rice has been on a roll lately when it comes to revisiting her classic supernatural series and reviving them for a new generation of readers. First she resumed her ever-popular The Vampire Chronicles series with two new Lestat novels (complete with a strange new origin for the vampires) and counting, a Vampire Chronicles TV series is developing, and now she’s finally continuing her mummy story after a nearly 30-year wait.

Earlier this month, Rice announced that the long-promised sequel to her novel The Mummy, or Ramses The Damned will arrive this fall. Titled Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, the novel is a collaboration between Rice and her son and fellow novelist Christopher, and returns us to the tale of the Egyptian immortal Ramses as his adventures in 1914 London continue.

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At the end of he last novel (spoilers for a book that came out in 1989), Ramses believes that the imortal Cleopatra was killed in an explosion, leaving the world free of her madness-infused wrath. But Cleopatra is still very much alive, licking her wounds and swearing revenge against Ramses. As The Passion of Cleopatra picks up, both immortals are still searching for the ecret behind the magical elixir that made them both immortal, but another ancient being has arrived in the story. Like Cleopatra, she’s a queen, but she is much, much older, and she holds secrets to magical potions that go far beyond the Elixir of Life. The excerpt from the novel, released Thursday by Entertainment Weekly, follows this queen in ancient Jericho, when she’s already hundreds of years old, and reveals an old betrayal that helped make her the wanderer that she’s become. Check out a snippet: 

“We are being followed, my queen.”

She had not been a queen for centuries, but her two loyal servants still referred to her as such. Both men flanked her now as they approached the great stone city of Jericho on foot.

They were the only members of her royal guard who had refused to take part in an insurrection against her. Now, thousands of years after freeing her from the tomb in which she’d been placed by her traitorous prime minister, these former warriors for a lost kingdom remained her constant companions and protectors.

No one does immortals quite like Rice, and this novel seems to be taking the already epic scope of the first Mummy novel and multiplying it, taking us back millenia and potentially opening up a whole new universe of secrets for future stories. Check out the cover below, and head over to EW to read the rest of the excerpt. Ramses The Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra arrives Nov. 21.

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http://www.blastr.com/2017-3-16/check-out-first-excerpt-anne-rices-upcoming-sequel-mummy

Why Anne Rice Is Still in Love with Lestat 40 Years Later

Today, we think of vampires as sexy Byronic figures accompanied by a heady aura of sex, tragedy, and mystery. But without Anne Rice, their fascinating human qualities would still lurk in the shadows. When Rice first published Interview with the Vampire in 1976, she singlehandedly transformed the age-old myth. Without Lestat, there would be no Angel or Spike, no Eric Northman or Edward Cullen, no Only Lovers Left Alive or Penny Dreadful. Bram Stoker might have given widespread life to the vampire myth, but their modern legacy belongs to Anne Rice.

Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series has continued in the ensuring years, with over ten novels and several film adaptations, the most famous being Interview with the Vampire starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise. Her latest work is Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. Rice spoke to Inverse about how she’s seen the genre change, what keeps her coming back, what she likes to read and watch in her spare time, and more.

The vampire genre has changed a great deal since you first wrote Interview with the Vampire. How have you seen it evolve during your career?

The concept of the vampire is rich and powerful, and I have been delighted to see so many authors unpacking that concept in so many different ways. I suspect we’ll continue to see new and distinctive “vampire” novelists. I love seeing it go in the romantic direction, as I have always found vampires to be intensely romantic. Twilight made me think of Bronte’s Jane Eyre in a way — the innocent young girl attracted to the powerful “dark” figure with whom she feels safe even though he is potentially menacing.

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It’s been 40 years since I published Interview with the Vampire, and I never dreamed that there would be a series of novels growing out of that experience or that Lestat would become the hero of that series. I’m marveling at how things have worked out. I love writing from Lestat’s point of view, and I’ve been profoundly grateful for the reception to this latest novel, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis. I am at work on a new “Prince Lestat” novel which might make something of a “Prince Lestat” trilogy out of the reboot of the series that began with Prince Lestat in 2014. I never plan these things. I see them in retrospect.

What’s been the most challenging part of following Lestat, on and off, for 40 years of your career? The most rewarding part?

It’s been absolutely wonderful. Lestat is my soul, my hero, my inner self, my ideal self. I feel an intensity when writing about him that I get with no other character … almost. Lestat reflects my ups and downs, so I would have to say writing about him as defeated, despairing, miserable — that’s the hardest challenge.

 Source:
https://www.inverse.com/article/25608-anne-rice-lestat-vampires