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Chapter Seventy-One

Anne Rice and Christopher Rice

Blood Bond

Zachary Petit

If you try to envision the family tree of mother-and-son bestsellers Anne and Christopher Rice, it might seem fitting to picture, say, a live oak—one of those great, gorgeous Southern behemoths they both grew up under in New Orleans, the same moss-draped giants that occasionally populate their novels.

But if you were to envision their lives as writers, they might seem to have come from different seeds entirely. Consider:

Anne’s initial subject matter: Vampires. Erotica. Christopher’s: Crime. Gritty mystery.

Her writing style: Elaborate, ornate, philosophical. His: Stark, unembellished, masculine.

Her first book: the iconic Interview with the Vampire, published when she ...

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