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By Stephanie E. Ponder
EVERY INDUSTRY HAS its royalty, people of such illustrious status
that to merely say their names is to offer up a shorthand for their talents.
Within the book-publishing world, the names Stephen King and Anne
Rice are sure to conjure up specific writing styles and genres.
King’s stories stick with readers—often in the form of sleepless
nights—because they’re populated with recognizable everymen. From the
bullied prom queen to the isolated writer, and from the townspeople cut
off from the rest of the world to the nomadic musician of his November
release, Revival, we know these people. We could be these people.
At the opposite end of the everyman spectrum lie Rice’s novels, which
give readers a look at fantastical characters—witches, werewolves, mum-mies and, of course, vampires. Later this month, Prince Lestat, her first
vampire novel in more than a decade, will be released.
These authors’ influence on pop culture is undeniable. More than
two decades before the Twilight series or True Blood, Rice created a world
of vampires that not only feed on humans, but also struggle with bigger
questions of right and wrong. As for King, just hearing names such as
Cujo, Pennywise and Christine brings to mind the most evil incarnations
of everyday aspects of life—pets, clowns and cars, respectively.
Between the two of them, they’ve written more than 80 novels that
have sold more than 450 million copies. Their work has been turned into
films, TV series, graphic novels and even musicals.
Fans can rejoice knowing that, within a few weeks, both authors will
have their new books on Costco’s book tables. To help fuel the anticipation,
The Connection had the opportunity to catch up with the writers and talk
about their industry, their work and more. CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
In our digital editions
Click here for a video of Anne Rice talking
about writing her first novel, Interview with
the Vampire. (See page 12 for details.)