Anne Rice, aka Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure, is an American author who is perhaps best known for her popular and influential series of novels, The Vampire Chronicles, revolving around the central character of Lestat. With the publication of the first book in the series, Interview With The Vampire in 1976, Ms Rice thus began her professional writing career, writing sequels to the novel in the 1980s. Several books from The Vampire Chronicles have been adapted as comics by various publishers, and some were the subject of two film adaptations, Interview With The Vampire in 1994, and Queen Of The Damned in 2002.
In addition to her vampire novels, Ms Rice has authored books such as The Feast Of All Saints (adapted for television in 2001) and Servant Of The Bones, which formed the basis of a 2011 comic book miniseries.
Ms Rice's books have sold nearly 100 million copies, placing her among the most popular authors in recent American history. While reaction to her early works was initially mixed, she became more popular with critics and readers in the 1980s. Her writing style and the literary content of her works have been deeply analyzed by literary commentators.