Remembering Anne Rice (Biting Tom Cruise’s Neck Edition)

Popular and prolific author Anne Rice died last week at the age of 80, as noted in this New York Times obituary.

Anne Rice, Who Spun Gothic Tales of Vampires, Dies at 80

She wrote more than 30 novels, including the best seller “Interview With the Vampire,” which became a hit movie starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt.

Anne Rice, the Gothic novelist best known for “Interview With the Vampire,” the 1976 book that in 1994 became a popular film starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt, died on Saturday at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif. She was 80 . . .

Ms. Rice was a largely unknown writer when she turned a short story she had written in the late 1960s into “Interview With the Vampire,” her first published novel. It features a solitary vampire named Louis who is telling his life story to a reporter, but Ms. Rice said the tale was her story as well.

Full disclosure: The hardworking staff has never read any of Anne Rice’s novels, but we did write about her in one of our 1994 Boston Globe Ad Hoc columns, which introduced the term I-vertising – individuals running full-page ads about themselves in major daily newspapers.

Rest in peace, Anne Rice. Your work is undead for the ages.

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