Best-selling author Anne Rice announced on Sunday that her next novel will see the return of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt in Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles, and will be a sequel to her first five vampire books through the fifth novel, 1995?s Memnoch the Devil and is a “true sequel” to 1988?s Queen Of The Damned.
The new book, which will be released on October 28, 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf, will be part The Vampire Chronicles, Rice’s book series which began with 1976?s Interview With The Vampire. The author broke the news on The Dinner Party with Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn, a podcast co-hosted by her son and fellow author Christopher Rice.
Rice revealed that she completed writing the new book in August 2013, but wasn’t able to announce the news until now. The upcoming novel, according to Rice, will be all about Lestat and the vampires and what they’re all doing now right now and how they’re coming to terms with what’s happened to them so far. It also tackles how Lestat is dealing with the demand for him to step forward to be some kind of leader of the vampire tribe. Rice also said that Prince Lestat feels like it’s the start of a new incarnation of The Vampire Chronicles.
You can listen to the entire podcast episode with Rice here.
Pre-orders for the upcoming book begin on March 16, 2014.