Anne Rice became famous for her bestselling “Vampire Chronicles,” which began with the 1976 bestseller Interview with the Vampire.
Her new novel is The Wolf Gift, her first book featuring a werewolf.
From the author's Q & A with Alexandra Alter for the Speakeasy blog:
What appealed to you about the werewolf myth?Learn what Anne Rice thinks about Twilight and True Blood.
What I always do is write from the point of view of the monster or the supernatural character, whether it’s Jesus or a vampire or whatever. Of course, what I’ve found disappointing in werewolf literature is that werewolves often don’t remember becoming werewolves. The classic Lon Chaney movie [the 1941 film “The Wolf Man”] shows him waking up with no memory of turning into a ferocious man wolf and no memory of participation of it. That story almost always ends with the silver bullet. There’s nothing for him to do but die. As a werewolf, he’s just a rabid monster. I thought, “What if I have a hero who’s completely conscious during the transformation?”
Werewolves have been pretty popular lately—were you worried that werewolf bubble might be about to burst?
I was warned. People said, “How can you write about this? Look at the field. It’s too crowded.” Well, what does that mean to me? When I wrote “Interview with the Vampire” in 1973, vampires were a late-night horror movie, comic-book subject. People said, that’s crazy to write a book in which everybody’s a vampire. Nobody’s going to read that. Yes, there are a lot of werewolves out there running around in “True Blood” and “Twilight,” and there always have been. But...[read on]