Christopher Rice

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Christopher Rice
Anne and Christopher Rice on Thanksgiving 2005.jpg
BornChristopher Travis Rice
(1978-03-11) March 11, 1978 (age 42)
Berkeley, California, U.S.
OccupationAuthor
NationalityAmerican
GenreSuspense, crime, supernatural thriller, erotic romance, historical
RelativesAnne Rice (mother)
Stan Rice (father)
Website
christopherricebooks.com

Christopher Travis Rice (born March 11, 1978) is an American author. Rice has written novels including A Density of Souls, The Snow Garden, Light Before Day, Blind Fall, The Moonlit Earth, The Heavens Rise, The Vines as well as the novels in his Burning Girl series. His work spans multiple genres, including suspense, crime, supernatural thriller, and erotic romance.[1] With his mother Anne Rice he also co-authored the historical horror novel Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra.[2]

Biography[edit]

Christopher Rice comes from a family of authors. His parents are renowned horror novelist Anne Rice and the late poet Stan Rice;[3] his aunt, Alice Borchardt, was a noted writer. Rice had an older sister named Michele, whom he never met as she died at the age of five years old, six years before he was born.

Rice has lived in New Orleans, Louisiana and is a 1996 graduate of the Isidore Newman School. Rice went on to attend Brown University and the Tisch School of the Arts. He did not graduate from either school; instead, he moved to Los Angeles to explore writing screenplays.

As of 2020, Rice lived in Los Angeles, California.[4]

His sexuality and its role in his work[edit]

Rice is gay,[5] and his works consist of descriptions of contemporary American life for the gay male. When asked in 2002 about "being pegged a 'gay writer,'" he replied:

That's not what I do. I might be more open to that label if I hadn't introduced ensemble casts of characters. Granted, A Density of Souls is as close to a gay book as you can get. It revolves around a character's homosexuality, and others are described in terms of their reaction to the one character's sexuality. In that sense it's at the core of the book. The Snow Garden is about identity. With this book, I'm trying to shrug off the term "gay" author.[6]

Nonetheless, Rice is proud of the reaction of the gay community to his writing, explaining "it was incredibly rewarding when I got a huge positive response from the character Stephen in The Density of Souls. More than a thousand young gay men contacted me and said that I captured what it was like for them going through those years. That means everything to me."[7]

Work[edit]

In December 1998, Anne Rice suffered a medical crisis and nearly died when she fell into a diabetic coma. Her son Christopher wrote his first novel, A Density of Souls, upon returning home to New Orleans during her recuperation. Published the following year, Souls generated buzz in the gay and mainstream press, and became a New York Times Best Seller.[8]

Early in his career, Rice distinguished himself by saying that unlike his famous mother, he did not write horror novels, instead considering his books to be thrillers. However, as years went by, Rice became more comfortable experimenting in different genres, exploring his own version of the supernatural with works such as The Heavens Rise and The Vines. Both of these novels met with critical acclaim, and each were nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel but lost to Dr. Sleep by Stephen King and Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem, in their respective years.[9][10]

In 2012, Rice launched a streaming Internet radio show called The Dinner Party Show.[11] Eric Shaw Quinn, his producing partner and co-host, was known for having ghost written two books by celebrity Pamela Anderson and a 1992 novel about gay adoption called Say Uncle. The show describes itself as "the Internet's first live comedy variety show" and became known for its hard-hitting satire and celebrity interviews[12] Guests have included Patricia Cornwell, Dan Savage, transgender activist Chaz Bono and Tales of the City author Armistead Maupin.[13] In 2019, after placing the show on hiatus to begin development of The Vampire Chronicles television series, Christopher and his producing partner and co-host Eric Shaw Quinn returned with a new podcast entitled 'TDPS Presents CHRISTOPHER & ERIC', which included a regular series focused on true crime television documentaries they called Christopher & Eric's True Crime TV Club.[14]

In 2014, Rice announced through his social media channels that he was scheduled to publish several works of erotic romance. The first of them, The Flame, was published in November 2014 as part of the 1,001 Dark Nights series.[15]

For many years, Rice wrote a regular column for the LGBT-related biweekly news magazine The Advocate called "Coastal Disturbances," in which he discussed various topics.[16]

On November 26, 2016, Anne Rice announced that the film and television rights to her entire Vampire Chronicles franchise had reverted to her after unsuccessful attempts to launch them as a film franchise with Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Her announcement included the detail that she and Christopher would be executive producers on a planned TV series based on the franchise.[17]

In early 2020, it was reported the project had effectively moved to AMC Studios when Anne revealed she had sold the studio the rights to both The Vampire Chronicles book series as well as her Lives of the Mayfair Witches series, with her and Christopher once again slated to be executive producers on all films and television series produced under the deal. [18]

On February 28, 2017, the Rices announced their first novel written in collaboration, Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra, slated for publication on November 21, 2017.[19][20]

Bibliography[edit]

Early novels
  • A Density of Souls (2000)
  • The Snow Garden (2001)
  • Light Before Day (2005)
  • Blind Fall (2008)
  • The Moonlit Earth (2010)
  • The Heavens Rise (2013)
  • The Vines (2014)
Erotic romance (1,001 Dark Nights / The Desire Exchange series)
  • The Flame (2014)
  • The Surrender Gate (2015)
  • Kiss The Flame (2015)
  • Dance of Desire (2016)
  • Desire & Ice (2016)
Collaborations with Anne Rice
The Burning Girl series
  • Bone Music (2018)
  • Blood Echo: A Burning Girl Thriller (2019) [21]
  • Blood Victory (August 2020)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Christopher Rice". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  2. ^ "Anne and Christopher Rice Announce Sequel to THE MUMMY: RAMSES THE DAMNED | Nerdist". Nerdist. 2017-02-28. Archived from the original on 2018-11-24. Retrieved 2017-08-03.
  3. ^ "Christopher Rice leaves Anne Rice off list of '5 Scariest Reads for Halloween'".
  4. ^ "Issue Number 948 - Death and rebirth - Advocate.com". February 26, 2006. Archived from the original on February 26, 2006.
  5. ^ "Friends Like These" ~ The Advocate November 8, 2005. Archived.
  6. ^ "Christopher Rice - Identity Theory". March 15, 2002.
  7. ^ "Wordsmith Profile: Christopher Rice - Entertainment - The Empty Closet Archives". February 11, 2006. Archived from the original on February 11, 2006.
  8. ^ Walsh, Jeff (December 4, 2000). "Christopher Rice Makes a Name for Himself with Amazing First Novel". AlterNet.
  9. ^ "Bram Stoker Awards Nominee List - Horror Writers Association BlogHorror Writers Association Blog".
  10. ^ Publications, Locus. "Locus Online News » 2014 Bram Stoker Awards Winners".
  11. ^ "A Fairy Home Companion With Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn" ~ The Advocate
  12. ^ "A Fairy Home Companion With Christopher Rice and Eric Shaw Quinn". The Advocate. Feb 21, 2013. Archived from the original on Feb 21, 2013. Retrieved Oct 20, 2020.
  13. ^ "Guests - The Dinner Party Show". thedinnerpartyshow.com.
  14. ^ "The Dinner Party Show Podcasts".
  15. ^ "The Flame (Desire Exchange, #0.5)".
  16. ^ "Author Christopher Rice". September 30, 2007. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
  17. ^ "Anne Rice Plotting 'The Vampire Chronicles' TV Series Adaptation". November 26, 2016.
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (May 13, 2020). "Anne Rice 'Vampire Chronicles' Lands At AMC". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved Oct 16, 2020.
  19. ^ Moore, Debi (February 28, 2017). "Anne Rice and Christopher Rice Announce Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra". Dread Central. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  20. ^ Anne, Rice (February 28, 2017). "An important announcement" (Video). Facebook. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  21. ^ "Coming Soon: Blood Echo". GoodReads.com. Retrieved September 21, 2018.

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