Fans of Anne Rice certainly do have a lot to look forward to! Along with the TV series currently in the works based on Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles collection of stories and a new book by the beloved author titled Blood Communion, arriving in October, ANOTHER book has just been announced, which hails from her longtime assistant, Becket, who recently struck out on his own.
Read on to learn more about Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery, which (per EW, who debuted the cover) will be published by Anchor Books on October 23rd.
Compiled and written by Becket, The Alphabettery is described as “an annotated cosmology of Anne Rice’s Vampiredom, from A(kasha) to Z(enobia), gathered from all 15 books in The Vampire Chronicles series. Rice has written the introduction, and Mark Edward Geyer (Who Was Charles Dickens?) has created beautiful illustrations to go along with the entries.”
It’s available for pre-order now; click here to snag a copy from Amazon. And be sure to head over to EW to read an excerpt!
Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles: An Alphabettery gathers together, from all 15 of the books in the series, the facts, details, story lines, genealogies of her characters, vampiric subjects, geographical influences, and cultural and individual histories, all of which Rice painstakingly researched and invented during her 40-year career–to date–through which she has enchanted and transported us. Here are concise, detailed biographies of every character, no matter how central or minor to the cosmology.
Revealed are the intricacies and interconnectedness of characters and subjects throughout. We see how Akasha (Queen of Egypt and the first vampire) is connected to Mekare (the inheritor of the title of the Queen of the Damned), etc., and how these characters connect back to the darkest rebel outlaw of them all, Lestat de Lioncourt…
And we see, as well, the ways in which Rice’s vampires have evolved from warring civilizations to isolated covens to a unified race of blood drinkers led by their hero-wanderer and sole monarch, Prince Lestat.
For devoted and first-time Anne Rice readers alike, An Alphabettery will be the holy grail of lore and revelation for those who have been, and continue to be, mesmerized by the worlds within worlds of these beloved tales of the undead.