Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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Travis Heerman






Title: The Dark Romance of Anne Rice
Freelance writer, novelist, award-winning screenwriter, editor, poker player, poet, biker, roustabout, Travis Heermann is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop and the author of The Ronin Trilogy, The Wild Boys, Rogues of the Black Fury, and co-author of Death Wind, plus short fiction pieces in anthologies and magazines such as Apex Magazine, Alembical, the Fiction River anthology series, Historical Lovecraft, and Cemetery Dance’s Shivers VII. He enjoys cycling, martial arts, torturing young minds with otherworldly ideas, and zombies. He has three long-cherished dreams: a produced screenplay, a NYT best-seller, and a seat in the World Series of Poker.

It is difficult to overstate the impact that Anne Rice has made on American speculative fiction. With fifteen novels in her Vampire Chronicles, three on the Mayfair Witches, plus werewolves, the Mummy, and others, she has created a large body of work in the realms of dark fantasy and horror. It is safe to say that her Vampire Chronicles single-handedly spawned an entire sub-genre: urban fantasy. Without Louis and Lestat and the complex mythology they inhabit, we would not have the profusion of sexy vampire protagonists that have come since they first appeared in 1976.

I was in sixth grade when I discovered Interview with the Vampire in my school library. To this day, I can't quite explain how that book ended up there, except to say that the librarian had a soft spot for dark, speculative fiction. The book fascinated me. I had already read Dracula, and was fascinated by monsters, especially the old Universal Monster movies starring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, plus the Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Wolf Man, etc. I ate that stuff up.

When I started reading Interview, though, I was electrified by the idea that vampires were still people. They could be relatable. They had weird food, but they could be heroes. In fact, Louis and Lestat were dark super-heroes with their supernatural powers. In later books, they become the dark heroes who drove back even greater darkness. And this revelation is, I think, part of why we have so many derivative works now, just as Dracula was about breaking out of Victorian sexual repression. That embrace of the "monster within," that push-pull of taboo and desire, that yearning to step outside of human society and become something else, but enough like ourselves that the step is not too far. Anne Rice's vampires are the perfect vehicle for this.

Nowadays, sexy vampire protagonists are an absolute staple of urban fantasy, and their number cannot easily be counted, especially if we include film and television.

And it all goes back to Louis and Lestat in 1976 (Forty-one years?? Really?!). We owe it all to Anne Rice.

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6 comments:

  1. Great comment. Yes, Anne Rice is who introduced me to vampire fiction, first through the movie, and then through the books. I owe a great debt to her and to Louie and Lestat. Lestat's loneliness and Louie's angst have been a definite influence in my own vampire series.

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    1. Great post from Travis for sure, Roh! Anne Rice is a most talented lady!

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  2. It took me some time to warm up to Anne Rice. I really respect what she's gone through over the years.

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    1. Yes, she has had many obstacles tossed along her pathway, Wendy.

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