Anne Rice (born Howard Allen O'Brien; October 4. 1941) is best known for writing Interview With the Vampire, the first of a number of books on vampires; she also had a series on witches and under different pen names wrote books with pornographic themes. Rice, who was an avowed atheist, sold 100 million books worldwide, had many fans fascinated by the journeys into dark themes.
In 2002 Anne Rice startled her readers when she announced her return to the Catholic faith of her youth after decades of atheism. She fulfilled her contract for a last vampire novel and has since taken up the cause of writing novels about Jesus. Her novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt, completed in 2005, is the first of a trilogy that she has planned. She has stated that she will not write any more of the dark novels she was known for.
She attended Catholic grade schools in New Orleans until her mother died. The family then moved to Texas. She had renounced her religious upbringing by her teenage years. She married her childhood sweetheart, Stan Rice and moved to California. Both attended and graduated from San Francisco State University. In 1972, Stan and Anne lost their daughter, Michele, to leukemia just before her fifth birthday. Her husband Stan was a renowned poet and a painter earning multiple accolades. Stan died in 2002 of cancer.
She questioned her faith as a young person and became an atheist for 38 years before returning to Catholicism. Stan was also an atheist.
In the 1990s, Rice found herself being pulled back to God. For her, atheism had not been a true expression of logic and reason but an emptiness, even a torment.
"It’s a more strenuous path than the religious path, because you’re then going to say that there is no God, there is no reason (for anything), that people on Earth are the only (way) to provide any meaning. That’s a rough road to travel.
"When you lose a child, you're telling yourself as an atheist, 'I'm never going to see that child again in any form.' That's a hell of a lot harder than a religion, which gives you the consolation that you will see that child again in heaven. It’s hard being an atheist. It’s tough."
This is a list of some books written by Anne Rice after her conversion:
- Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt
- Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
- Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (autobiographical)
As an atheist, Anne Rice wrote Interview With The Vampire and several other vampire-themed novels. Under a pseudonym, she wrote a three-volume pornographic novel called Sleeping Beauty.
Many within her fan base were disappointed by her conversion to Catholicism. While many Catholics applaud her renewed interest in Christ, many still denounce her liberal views. She is noted as a Hillary Clinton supporter. While she is horrified at the practice of abortion, she defends it cannot be eliminated outright. Her son Christopher Rice is a homosexual and she doesn't agree with church teaching on the subject.
While she is an atheist convert to Christ, her wants and her beliefs contradict Christianity. She would post to her Facebook account,
|“||I quit being a Christian. I’m out. In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control. I refuse to be anti-Democrat. I refuse to be anti-secular humanism. I refuse to be anti-science. I refuse to be anti-life. In the name of Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen.||”|
Hours later she would backtrack and say,
|“||My faith in Christ is central to my life. My conversion from a pessimistic atheist lost in a world I didn’t understand, to an optimistic believer in a universe created and sustained by a loving God is crucial to me. But following Christ does not mean following His followers. Christ is infinitely more important than Christianity and always will be, no matter what Christianity is, has been, or might become.||”|
- Annerice.com, The Official Site
- "Anne Rice returns to the religion she knew as a child", Kansas City Star
- Anne Rice and Hillary Renew America, August 20, 2007
- Anne Rice: Follower of Christ Quits Christianity … On Facebook, BigHollywood, July 30, 2010