Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat: midnight book launch

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The Queen of the Undead is back, with her first Vampire Chronicle in over a decade – marking the return of one of the most popular vampires of all time.

‘I'm Gentleman Death in silk and lace, come to put out the candles. The canker in the heart of the rose.’

Anne Rice is among the best-selling authors in the world and the master of modern gothic. Her novel Interview with the Vampire was published to huge success in 1976, transforming the vampire genre and becoming the first of the dangerously enticing Vampire Chronicles series.

Prince Lestat, the much anticipated next instalment, and successor to the series, is set for publication, over a decade since the last, and at the stroke of midnight, this eagerly awaited book will be made available.

Come to the British Library to be one of the select group that gets a copy before anyone else – personally hand-signed by Anne Rice herself.

At 10pm, the British Library doors will open. You will have a unique after-dark opportunity to explore the extraordinary treasures gathered in the Library’s new exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination, packed with delights such as the original manuscripts of Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde contrasted with modern art and photography, costumes and movies, from the Chapman Brothers to Stanley Kubrick. The bar and shop will be open.

And, as the clock strikes midnight, you will receive your copy of Prince Lestat.


An exclusive reading from Prince Lestat will be given by acclaimed actor Matthew Macfadyen – who appears at the Library at Anne Rice’s special request. Matthew is a familiar face from numerous roles on film and television. He has  starred in Spooks, Criminal Justice and Ripper Street, and the BBC films Little Dorrit and Enid. His major film roles include Pride and Prejudice (as Mr Darcy), Frost/Nixon and Anna Karenina.

Ticket price includes a signed book and entry to the exhibition Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination.

Please note that Anne Rice will not be appearing at this event in person.


Name: Anne Rice’s Prince Lestat: midnight book launch
Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Price: Full Price: £28.00
Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546