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Vampire Lestat returns in Anne Rice’s “The Realms of Atlantis”

Best-selling author Anne Rice is publishing the 12th title in her “Vampire Chronicles” series, “Price Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.”
Best-selling author Anne Rice is publishing the 12th title in her “Vampire Chronicles” series, “Price Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis.” Courtesy of Alfred A. Knopf

Anne Rice has written about vampires, witches, ghosts, spirits, demons, werewolves, and the reanimated mummies of Ramses II and Cleopatra. She’s notoriously eccentric, once arriving for a signing at a New Orleans bookstore in a coffin, throwing confetti to the crowd as she emerged.

Now she continues her 12-title mega-selling “Vampire Chronicles” series with “Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis” (Knopf, $29, 480 pages; on sale Nov. 29).

Fans will know that Lestat de Lioncourt was given the “dark gift” of immortality in the late 1700s and has been a recurring central character throughout the “Chronicles.”

The phenomenon began in 1976 with the novel “Interview With the Vampire,” based on Rice’s short story. The 1994 film version starred Tom Cruise as Lestat. The second entry in the series was “The Vampire Lestat,” which became a short-lived Broadway musical in 2006, composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

In the new “Realms of Atlantis,” Lestat becomes entwined with a powerful spirit that reveals to him “the hypnotic tale of a great sea power of ancient times; a mysterious heaven on earth situated on a boundless continent that thrived and ruled in the Atlantic Ocean.”

What does that have to do with vampires? Come this way ...

Allen Pierleoni: 916-321-1128, @apierleonisacbe

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