The Queen of Gothic Horror to Present at the Savannah Book Festival


Savannah is a storyteller’s dream world. With the haunted history, luxurious old homes and the mysterious Spanish moss hanging high in the trees, a writer’s imagination can go wild. It doesn’t surprise me that authors use Savannah and the South as their muse.

As an aspiring writer, I have a love for gothic and suspenseful storytelling. When Stephen King came to the Savannah Book Festival a few years ago, it was a childhood dream for me. I recently learned that Anne Rice will be part of the closing ceremonies for the Savannah Book Festival this year. I cannot contain my excitement, as I am an avid fan of her work.

Rice is known for The Vampire Chronicles, which became two film adaptations: Interview with a Vampire (1994) and Queen of the Damned (2002). I’m sure we all remember Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise in Interview with a Vampire. I am interested to hear what she will have to say about her current release, Prince Lestat, which will bring fans of The Vampire Chronicles back into her mysterious world.

Rice is not coming alone- her son Christopher will be attending the festival with her. It seems his love for mystery and suspense was inherited, as his best-selling novels follow his mother's themes of gothic literature. 

Anne and Christopher Rice will present their closing address on February 15 at 3 p.m. in the Trustees Theater. Tickets are $15 per person and a book signing will follow the address.

Other best-selling authors that are part of the festival this year are Janet Evanovich, who will kick things off with her opening address on February 12 at 6 p.m. in the Trustees Theater, and P.J. O’Rourke will present his keynote address on February 13 at 6 p.m. Each of the authors will have a book signing after their panels.

The main festival will be held on February 14 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares will be filled with books and featured authors. It is a perfect time to come out and meet local and national authors. The main festival is free to the public.  For more information about the Savannah Book Festival click here


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