Books, Interviews

Interview with Anne Rice (1993)

Anne Rice, 1993.
Confederation Lounge, Hotel Macdonald.
Photo by Gorm Larson.

Anne Rice died last night. I was sucked into The Vampire Chronicles shortly after The Vampire Lestat came out in paperback. My friend Gilbert Bouchard, who was an aficionado of vampire fiction, raved about it and lent me his copy. I read it all in two or three days, which is fast for me. I was really taken by the vampire who was described as a David Bowie-like figure. At that point, I wasn’t used to reading fiction which make reference to niche corners of pop culture. Bowie wasn’t exactly underground, but neither was he usually referred to outside of music and fashion circles. 

Besides that, the story of Lestat, Louis, and the doomed child Claudia had me hook, line, and sinker. I read went back and read Interview with a Vampire after that, and followed up with subsequent books in the series as they were released. They sprawled out of control for my tastes, and I wasn’t a fan Rice’s later war on fan fiction. But before that, I had an opportunity to interview her when she was in Edmonton to promote Lasher in 1993. 

Rice was welcoming, thoughtful, and goth-fashionable. I think she really appreciated the surroundings. We were seated in Queen Anne (a coincidence) armchairs next to to the grand fireplace at the Châteauesque-style Hotel Macdonald. She said she liked my jacket, a black riding-jacket affair with back pleats; I felt this was the highest complement a fan of vampire literature could attain. 

She spoke freely for the better part of an hour. Re-reading the interview, I was surprised by the number topics she discussed. Now I’m tempted to read or re-read all of Anne Rice’s vampire and Mayfair witch books.

Comics, Interviews

What if…?

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Great stories inspire lasting questions. For artist Cindy Gauthier, watching The Night of the Living Dead as a child left her wondering, “What if there’s something coming back from the graveyard down the road?” Now, Cindy is creating horror comics. She’s wrapping up a term as the artist-in-residence at Happy Harbor Comics. I got to interview her about her inspirations and about her work for Sequential Tart: http://www.sequentialtart.com/article.php?id=3255

 

Interviews

From Shipping to “Ship It”: An Interview with Britta Lundin

Happy Pride Month!

This is as good a time as any to share an interview I did with Britta Lundin, with whom I was Twitter-acquainted through Supernatural fandom. She went on to join the writing staff of Riverdale, the CW television network’s adaptation of Archie Comics. This spring, she launched her debut book, Ship It, a YA novel about a young woman who comes to terms with her fandom identity, and through that process, her sexual identity.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

You mentioned earlier about queer ships and queer relationships on a TV show. Do you feel a responsibility for bringing things like that forward?

BL: Yeah. I do. I mean … It’s one of the reasons I got into writing for TV, was because I wanted to tell stories of people who don’t always see their stories on television. A big part of that is seeing more queer characters and queer women on TV. When I was a teenager, I was a young lesbian who didn’t really fully understand myself or my own sexuality, but I knew that I wasn’t straight. I could go on the internet and look at fan fiction, and there was a million stories being written about queer characters online that you weren’t getting on television at that time. This was in the early 2000s, and the gay characters on TV at that point were, you know, Will and Grace, and basically that was it. There were others, not a ton, and not ones that felt like they were written just for me. But what you get in fan fiction is so many stories. These same characters are getting written over and over and over as gay. You can get angsty stories or you can get happy stories. You can get ones where they’re tragic or ones with a happy ending, or fluffy ones or whatever you want.

Read the full interview at Sequential Tart.