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The Witching Hour by Anne Rice
Lives of the Mayfair Witches Trilogy: Book 1
The literary world lost a gothic erotica writing legend this past December. More than a decade before Buffy The Vampire Slayer and almost thirty years before Twilight, there were The Vampire Chronicles, and I devoured them like Lestat on a gaggle of girls. The difference being I didn’t feel guilty about it for a second.
The vampires were wild, but I preferred the Mayfair Witches, the tragic spirit Lasher, and their trilogy of supernatural fantasy. With psychic detectives working for secret societies, and 500 years of paranormal history and lore, you will get swept away to another land, and who couldn’t use that right now?!
Pictured above is a house that Anne Rice used to own in The Garden District, where some say the The Witching Hour was conceived. For those that love the richness of detail, Rice’s depictions of New Orleans and its historic neighbourhoods are vivid escapes to the true beauty of the city-parish. Be forewarned though, this is an elaborate accounting, so if descriptions aren’t your thing you might want to skip this series.
I’ll be sharing a MEme Collection for The Witching Hour on my Peachy Books social media platforms over the next few days; feel free to join me, or stay tuned for when I share a compilation post next week on the blog.
Anne Rice was afraid of the dark! Watch this fun interview from 1995, conducted by a Canadian great, Dini Petty, and hear some more interesting factoids about the Queen of Gothic Fiction. You have to hear what she thought about the famous actor that played Lestat in the movie adaptation. 😆
Is there a book from Anne Rice’s collection that you point to as her best?
Do you prefer books with a lot of detail, or does that turn you off?