UK Anne Rice fans are getting an early Halloween present on 29 October, when Prince Lestat, the next installment in her Vampire Chronicles, will be released in a special midnight launch, and all of the copies will be personally hand-signed by Ms. Rice herself!
If you’re in or around London, the place to be on Wednesday the 29th is the Entrance Hall at the British Library (96 Euston Road, St. Pancras, London NW1 2DB, England), where a select group will be able to get a copy of Prince Lestat before anyone else (the general public release is 30 October).
The price is £28, which includes a signed book and entry to the exhibition “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.”
At 10pm, the British Library doors will open. You will have a unique after-dark opportunity to explore the extraordinary treasures gathered in “Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination,” which is packed with delights such as the original manuscripts of Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde contrasted with modern art and photography, costumes, and movies from the Chapman Brothers to Stanley Kubrick. The Library’s bar and shop will be open.
And, as the clock strikes midnight, you will receive your copy of Prince Lestat.
For more info, including advance ticketing, visit the British Library website. Please note that Ms. Rice will not be appearing at this event in person.
A stunning departure, a surprising and compelling return… From Anne Rice, perennial best seller, single-handed reinventor of the vampire cosmology—a new, exhilarating novel, a deepening of her vampire mythology, and a chillingly hypnotic mystery-thriller.
“What can we do but reach for the embrace that must now contain both heaven and hell: our doom again and again and again…” —from The Vampire Lestat
Rice once again summons up the irresistible spirit-world of the oldest and most powerful forces of the night, invisible beings unleashed on an unsuspecting world able to take blood from humans, in a long-awaited return to the extraordinary world of The Vampire Chronicles and the uniquely seductive Queen of the Damned, a long-awaited novel that picks up where The Vampire Lestat left off more than a quarter of a century ago to create an extraordinary new world of spirits and forces—the characters, legend, and lore of all The Vampire Chronicles.
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis… vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned… Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
As the novel moves from present-day New York and the West Coast to ancient Egypt, 4th century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all The Vampire Chronicles—Louis de Pointe du Lac; the eternally young Armand, whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet; Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true Child of the Millennia, along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures—come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who—or what—the Voice is and to discover the secret of what it desires and why…
And, at the book’s center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw—the great hope of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat…