The hook of the Body Thief is that the story concerns body-switching. Lestat, depressed and lonely after centuries as a vampire, decides to transfer souls for a day with a psychic, who after the transfer reveals that he has no intention of switching back. Lestat, now in a human body and with the help of some friends, must track the man down and get his body back.
Time for a confession: I’ve never read an Anne Rice book. I really don’t know much about her outside of Interview With A Vampire and Queen Of The Damned – the latter of which is poorly acted crapola in my book – but I know she has a huge following and I’m surprised she hasn’t had more of her work adapted for the big or small screen.
There was talk of an NBC mini-series based on her Mayfair Witches series, consisting of The Witching Hour, Lasher and Taltos, but that fell through after the Peacock lost interest. James Duff, co-creator of TNT’s The Closer, is picking up the reigns, though it’s unknown whether this is going to be a telefilm, mini or traditional series.
“We watch and we are always here” is the motto of the Talamasca, a saintly group with extrasensory powers which has for centuries chronicled the lives of the Mayfairs–a dynasty of witches that brought down a shower of flames in 17th-century Scotland, fled to the plantations of Haiti and on to the New World, where they settled in the haunted city of New Orleans. Rice ( The Queen of the Damned ) plumbs a rich vein of witchcraft lore, conjuring in her overheated, florid prose the decayed antebellum mansion where incest rules, dolls are made of human bone and hair, and violent storms sweep the skies each time a witch dies and the power passes on. Newly annointed is Rowan Mayfair, a brilliant California neurosurgeon kept in ignorance of her heritage by her adoptive parents. She returns to the fold after bringing back Michael Curry from the dead; he, too, has unwanted extrasensory gifts and, like Rowan and the 12 Mayfairs before her, has beheld Lasher: devil, seducer, spirit. Now Lasher wants to come through to this world forever and Rowan is the Mayfair who can open the door. This massive tome repeatedly slows, then speeds when Rice casts off the Talamasca’s pretentious, scholarly tones and goes for the jugular with morbid delights, sexually charged passages and wicked, wild tragedy.
Thank God the Mistress of Macabre novels has come around from the days of religion laced pop fiction and proto-erotic experimentation (That last part may or may be yet to be determined, because there has been a definite hole in the genre since then. Doesn’t seem like to long ago that Anne Rice was on top of the horror world alongside Stephen King, but thankfully there has been a resurgence of great writing from the horror icon in recent years, and now IDW Publishing is looking to expand on it with “THE SERVANT OF BONES”. The six-part mini-series begins this August, but below…Well, you know the drill.
WRITTEN BY: Anne Rice and Mariah Huehner
ILLUSTRATIONS BY: Renae DeLiz and Ray Dillon
COVERS BY: DeLiz.
“Anne Rice, among the most iconic creators in horror, brings one of her richest stories to IDW in this six-part tale of murder, demonic revenge, and the redemptive power of faith. When a beautiful young woman is brutally slain in the streets of New York City, the demon Azriel sets out to discover who killed her, only to find a far more sinister plot that could end the world. Once a human in ancient Babylon, Azriel is a spirit of rage and terror that gradually rediscovers his humanity through holy vengeance and spiritual love.”
“ANNE RICE’S SERVANT OF THE BONES” Issue #1 Drops This August From IDW Publishing! (MSRP – #3.99)
With all of the fuss over the ‘new wave’ of quoteunquote horror novelists such as Stephanie Meyer, L.A Banks, and Charlaine Harris it is easy to overlook the woman who came before them and paved the way for their stories to become such huge successes. Of course I am talking about Anne Rice (“INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE”) who after swearing off of horror for a more ‘religious’ approach to literature(Whatever that meant), decided to make her return to the genre a few years back. Well now it has been announced that her story ‘FEMALE FORCE’ will be getting treated into comic form just in time to join in on the big vampire blitz that is going on this Summer. Inside you can see the first 5 (unlettered) pages of the story that goes on sale June 30th. Read on for the skinny.
The vampire Lestat becomes a rock star whose music wakes up the queen of all vampires.
It hadn’t even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis had lost his wife, and now he had lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis’ mortal blood and then replaces it with his own turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire.