Cover HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA - DECEMBER 06: Anne Rice attends the book signing and in conversation with Christopher Rice for "Prince Lestat and The Realms of Atlantis" at Barnes & Noble on December 6, 2016 in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images)

The late Anne Rice wrote some of gothic literature's best works. Here are a few that are still worth reading to this day.

If you are a fan of gothic literature and delight in vampire lore, chances are you know Anne Rice. The author has written various novels that involved supernatural creatures while tackling themes, ultimately helming the portrayal of literary vampires in a new light.

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Revisit some of the classics by reading some of her works below:

1. Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire follows bicentennial vampire Louis's story as he narrates to a biographer how he became one. He reveals that his creator, Lestat, made him choose between taking his own life and reliving it as an immortal. But as readers delve into this tale, they soon realise that there is more to being a blood-sucking creature of the night.

The novel, which was well-received by readers, is the first book from Rice's Vampire Chronicles. It was followed by more titles such as The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The Tale of the Body Thief, Memnoch the Devil, The Vampire Armand, Merrick, Blood and Gold, Blackwood Farm, Blood Canticle, Prince Lestat, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, and Blood Communion.

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2. The Witching Hour

Rice eventually wrote The Witching Hour and further proved herself an incredibly prolific writer of the supernatural. It revolves around the struggles of Dr Rowan Mayfair and her love, Michael Curry, as they work against the spirit demon Lasher from terrorising the town of Mayfair.

The book was part of a new series she began in 1990. Other books in the series include Lasher and Taltos.  

3. Angel Time

After living most of her years denouncing her faith, Rice returned to Catholicism. In 2009, she wrote Angel Time, the first book from the Songs of the Seraphim series. In the book, we learn of assassin Toby O’Dare who was offered by a seraph a chance to save lives. O'Dare, who once thought of pursuing priesthood, agrees and is transported to thirteenth-century England where he takes on a journey to salvation and love.

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4. The Wolf Gift Chronicles

Rice also wrote of werewolves. She began a new collection and first wrote The Wolf Gift, another fantasy book that the writer made her own. The author marvellously presents the mythical creature in a new perspective while tackling sexuality, romance, and humanity. We see this through the story of Reuben, a journalist who transforms into a werewolf by night and is being hunted down by the authorities and the media.

5. Pandora

Soon, Rice created a new vampire series, New Tales of the Vampires, where readers are reintroduced to David Talbot who meets Pandora. The two-thousand-year-old Child of the Millennia tells her story to David. Further in the novel, we see Pandora fall in love with Marius, a mortal. There is more to discover in the novel that eventually urges her to follow Marius to New Orleans. What follows is a story that was Rice's version of Romeo and Juliet.

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