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Get an updated guide to all the Anne Rice books in order here to help you decide what to read first or next. This post is meant as a tribute to the beloved #1 New York Times bestselling author of over 100 million books, who recently passed away.

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First, I talk about Anne Rice herself and answer frequently asked questions about her, then I share all of the Anne Rice books in order of chronological publishing date and lastly, I share all of the Anne Rice books in order of each of her many series. Plus, you can download a printable PDF of all her books.

about

American author Anne Rice died in December 2021 at the age of 80 after a stroke. Originally from New Orleans, she has a Master of Arts Degree in English and Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. 

She is a famous book writer who authored over thirty novels and was one of the world’s most esteemed writers of supernatural fiction involving vampires, witches, and mummies. Her most popular book was her 1976 debut book, Interview with the Vampire, which was adapted into a popular movie in 1994.

Read Anne Rice’s biography and obituary for more about Anne Rice.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are answers to a few frequently asked questions about Anne Rice.

What is the real name of Anne Rice?

Anne Rice’s real name is Howard Allen Frances O’Brien. She was named after her father because her mother thought this would help her to get farther ahead in life, but she called herself Anne and later changed her name legally. Anne Rice has also used two pen names: Anne Rampling and A. N. Roquelaure.

Where is Anne Rice from?

Anne Rice is from New Orleans, Louisiana. If fact, many of her books are set in New Orleans.

What is the latest Anne Rice book?

The latest Anne Rice book is Blood Communion, which was published in 2018. It was the thirteenth book in The Vampire Chronicles book series, which began with her first and most popular book, Interview with the Vampire.

What was the last book Anne Rice wrote?

The last book Anne Rice wrote was The Reign of Osiris, the third book in the Ramses the Damned series. Rice wrote it with her son, Christopher Rice, and it is scheduled to be released on February 1, 2022.

All Anne Rice Books in Order of Publishing Date

This section includes all the Anne Rice books in order, with both novels and nonfiction books.

Because I think people coming to this post will specifically be looking for Anne Rice’s fiction and nonfiction books only, this post does not include boxed sets, anthologies in which she wrote, graphic novels, short stories, or books about Anne Rice.

  1. Interview with the Vampire (1976)
  2. The Feast of All Saints (1979)
  3. Cry to Heaven (1982)
  4. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  5. Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  6. Exit to Eden (May 1, 1985)
  7. Beauty’s Release (June 3, 1985)
  8. The Vampire Lestat (October 31, 1985)
  9. Belinda (1986)
  10. The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  11. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (1989)
  12. The Witching Hour (1990)
  13. The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  14. Lasher (1993)
  15. Taltos (1994)
  16. Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  17. Servant of the Bones (1996)
  18. Violin (1997)
  19. Pandora (January 6, 1998)
  20. The Vampire Armand (October 10, 1998)
  21. Vittorio the Vampire (1999)
  22. Merrick (2000)
  23. Blood and Gold (2001)
  24. Blackwood Farm (2002)
  25. Blood Canticle (2003)
  26. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
  27. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (March 4, 2008)
  28. Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession (October 7, 2008)
  29. Angel Time (2009)
  30. Of Love & Evil (2010)
  31. The Wolf Gift (2012)
  32. The Wolves of Mid-Winter (2013)
  33. Prince Lestat (2014)
  34. Beauty’s Kingdom (2015)
  35. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
  36. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra (2017)
  37. Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018)
  38. The Reign of Osiris (2022)

Anne Rice Books in Order of Publishing Date and Categorized by Series

This section is meant for the fans of Anne Rice’s book series. There are no standalone books in this section.

The Vampire Chronicles

The Vampire Chronicles begins with Rice’s most popular book (and movie adaptation) Interview with the Vampire, and it is about Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who turned into a vampire in the 18th century. The series follows Lestat and other characters, but it centers on Lestat.  

  1. Interview With The Vampire (1976)
  2. The Vampire Lestat (1985)
  3. The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  4. The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  5. Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  6. The Vampire Armand (1998)
  7. Merrick (2000)
  8. Blood and Gold (2001)
  9. Blackwood Farm (2002)
  10. Blood Canticle (2003)
  11. Prince Lestat (2014)
  12. Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
  13. Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018)

The Sleeping Beauty Series

The Sleeping Beauty series is Rice’s re-telling of the life of the princess for adults, exploring sexual desires.

  1. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983)
  2. Beauty’s Punishment (1984)
  3. Beauty’s Release (1985)
  4. Beauty’s Kingdom (2015)

Ramses the Damned Series

The Ramses the the Damned series follows Ramses the Great, the former pharaoh of Egypt, who is reawakened by the elixir of life in Edwardian England as an immortal man with a fiance and an enemy in the once-great Queen Cleopatra.

  1. The Mummy or Ramses the Damned (1989)
  2. Ramses the Damned: The Passion of Cleopatra (2017)
  3. The Reign of Osiris (2022)

Lives of the Mayfair Witches Series

The Lives of the Mayfair Witches follows a surgeon who finds out that she is the heir to a family of witches, as she grapples with her new powers and contends with that which has haunted her family for generations.

  1. The Witching Hour (1990)
  2. Lasher (1993)
  3. Taltos (1994)

New Tales of the Vampires

The New Tales of the Vampires begins with vampire David Talbot, who wants to become a chronicler of his fellow Undead. The second book then tells the story of Vittorio, a vampire in the Italian Age of Gold, coping with doomed young love and lost innocence.

  1. Pandora (1998)
  2. Vittorio the Vampire (1999)

Vampire/Mayfair Crossover Series

In the Vampire/Mayfair crossover series, the Mayfair Witches become part of the world of The Vampire Chronicles.


Christ the Lord Series

The Christ the Lord series follows the life of Jesus Christ and is based on the Gospels and on the most respected New Testament scholarship.

  1. Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt (2005)
  2. Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (2008)

Songs of the Seraphim Series

The Songs of the Seraphim series is about a contract killer who is offered the chance to save lives rather than end them.

  1. Angel Time (2009)
  2. Of Love and Evil (2010)

The Wolf Gift Chronicles

The Wolf Gift Chronicles begin with the story of an esteemed journalist who is attacked by and turned into a werewolf. Rice loved the story and characters so much, she continued it in a second books.

  1. The Wolf Gift (2012)
  2. The Wolves of Mid-Winter (2013)

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Conclusion

Those are all the Anne Rice books in order, which I share as a tribute to her. From the Gothic allure of “Interview with the Vampire” to the epic tales of the Mayfair Witches and beyond, following the sequence unveils the evolution of Rice’s unparalleled storytelling, ensuring readers a rich and immersive exploration of her timeless and haunting narratives.

May this beloved literary giant rest in peace.

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17 Comments

  1. I wish there was another in the Wolf Gift series. She was a great writer. I hope her son carries on her stories and his own.

  2. Love the breakdown. I know I am missing The last couple of vampire chronicle books to read. My wife and I are currently rereading all of the Vampire Chronicles & buying the couple that we need in hard copies. Memnoch & Pandora are still my favorites.

    I live outside of New Orleans and shortly after Anne passed, I took my old ‘Interview’ book, drove into town, and read a chapter in Lafayette cemetery in the Garden District, where she would actually sit and write interview with the vampire. Something I’ve always wanted to do for years and just haven’t. By far the best cemetery to visit in town for anyone who does so. Was a pretty intense, bucket list type feeling sitting there, reading interview. Honored to have lived in New Orleans, & have been around many neighbourhoods and haunts that Anne would write about In our novels.

    1. What a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it. I hope I can do the same one day. I was just telling my husband we really need to get back to New Orleans because I think it’s one of the most literary cities in the U.S.A.! P.S. My husband went to Tulane!

  3. Thank you so much for this compilation and “guide” for what/how/in which order to read. Earlyier in life I read several of her masterpieces back to back, but then my life interrupted the continuation of following this master author’s work, so I thank you so much for the guidance in catching up with her work now that I have time. May she always remain immortal in our minds.

  4. Wow! I first read The Witching Hour in 1991!!! A friend gave me a very thick well used paperback copy of The Witching Hour! We were both in Nursing School and no time to read a book that thick. I was sucked in by the end of chapter 1. I could have failed nursing school because of Annie Rice. I fell in love with her stories and her descriptions of NOLA. I walked the garden district pre-Katrina looking for landmarks from Mayfair series and Vampire series! I found the house where deidre sat on the porch. My husband thought I was NUT. I love this list. I don’t think I have read anything published after 2008. Shamefully, I believe I started reading Twilight., sharing a book with my then high school senior daughter. My daughter has read all of the Mayfair and Vampire series. She has all my books (no paperbacks)!! Not sure about the Beauty series though…I think I hid those. LOL. I can’t wait to tell her there are more. books I kinda forgot about all her books until I read your list. (I was searching for the names in the Mayfair series). Very sad to hear of her passing. Hopefully, the new series will introduce Anni Rice to a new generation of fans. 🙂

  5. I was devastated to learn of Anne Rice’s passing. Thank you for this lovely tribute to her ad her work. I am happy she is being recognized in film as well with The young Messiah, Interview with the Vampire series and Mayfair Witches series now out! Rest easy Anne! We miss you.

  6. I read Anne Rice vampire series many years ago. And have started watching the TV series on it plus the Mayfair witches. Thank you for doing this. I didn’t realize I missed so many of her fabulous books!

  7. I have been looking everywhere for a complete and comprehensive list of Anne Rice’s novels. I read the first two mummy books and I am reading interview with the vampire while I wait for the third mummy to arrive. Thank you for this!