So you’re a diehard Anne Rice fan, and while you love everything she writes, in your heart of hearts, your favorite vampire will always be Lestat de Lioncourt. Well, you’re in luck: Not only is Rice releasing a new Vampire Chronicles novel, but it’s starring Lestat! On The Dinner Party Show, an Internet radio show hosted by her son Christopher Rice and author Eric Shaw Quinn, Rice revealed the exciting news and a title: Prince Lestat.
We were introduced to our beloved “brat prince” in Interview With the Vampire (which was adapted into a film starring Tom Cruise as Lestat), and the last time we glimpsed him was in Blood Canticle. However, Prince Lestat will be a direct sequel to 1998’s The Queen of the Damned.
The novel comes out October 28, 2014, though you can preorder it as early as March 16. As Rice explains, the book is “all about Lestat, and all about the vampires and what they’re doing right now—how they’re coming to terms with everything that’s happened to them and how Lestat is dealing with the demand from all sides that he steps forward and become some sort of leader of the tribe.”
Rice has had the novel finished since fall 2013, but only now has she been allowed to share the news. Considering the canon she established with Interview With the Vampire, writing Prince Lestatwas quite the process: She had to reread all of her Vampire Chronicles novels in order to get back into that headspace. “I don’t want to be irritating or pretentious talking about a character as though he’s a living being,” she said, “but I really had to wrestle Lestat to the ground and beat him and say, ‘Hey, you’ve got to talk to me.'”
Check out the full announcement below:
Follow along with updates on the novel through the hashtag #PrinceLestat, and check back here for more news as October approaches.