It didn’t take any time at all for iconic author Anne Rice to make her first major announcement of 2014. In the past couple of days, Mrs. Rice, whose over 30 novels include “The Vampire Chronicles”, “The Lives of the Mayfair Witches” and her latest, “The Wolves of Midwinter” (the 2nd in her “Wolf Series”) has posted her intentions on her popular Facebook page to write another erotic novel under the name A.N. Roquelaure.
Back in the ‘80’s, Anne Rice, famous at the time for “Interview with The Vampire”, “Feast of All Saints” and “Cry to Heaven”, decided to write, what would become called, her “Sleeping Beauty” trilogy, consisting of “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty”, “Beauty’s Punishment” and “Beauty’s Release”. The BDSM erotic novels, written under her pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, are set in a fantasy realm reminiscent of the fairytale setting and freely explore the risqué subject matter using both male and female dominants and submissives.
In a 2012 interview with the Anne Rice Examiner, when asked why she decided to write “The Beauty” trilogy, Anne Rice says,” I wrote it because I thought most pornography was 1) Victorian classics revived and repackaged or 2) Hack work by people who didn't share the fantasy. So I decided to write the pornography I wanted to read, to prove that good S&M porn could be done without murder, burning, cutting or any kind of real physical harm; that a delicious pornography of detailed S&M games --- dominance and submission, humiliation and love ---- could be made, all of it with elegance, refinement, and some romance. I created a fairytale kingdom of luxurious chambers, gorgeous costumes, and handsome and beautiful royal slaves, a world filled with romance, some intrigue and a lot of detail as to sexuality. I wanted it to be fun”.
She continues, “My interest in pornography started early. I came of age in the sixties when there was more interest. At that time Grove Press re-issued many Victorian porno works, including Victorian S&M materials, and they also took the world by storm by publishing" The Story of O", a new work from France".
"When the" Story of O" came out in the sixties that was an underground event. I loved it. But I found it grim. I wanted with my pornography to write something that was not grim, some playful fantasy in which the "slaves" were presumably enhanced by their "service" and admitted they enjoyed it, where the relationships between the dominated and the dominating were fluid. I think I achieved it with the Trilogy. I don't think anyone sees it as grim. That was one very strong impulse. I was dissatisfied with all I read; I was striving for a more comfortable, flexible, durable fantasy".
"They also had the Evergreen Review which championed free sexual expression. Those years saw the great popularity of D.H. Lawrence, and Henry Miller and other writers who had previously been banned in America. But after the sixties and seventies there was a decline in such interest. Elements of the woman's movement were deeply offended by pornography and saw it as something that victimized women and were against it. By the 80's I wanted to write my own pornography, arguing against "political correctness" that an independent or liberated woman had a right to her fantasies, that she had a right to her pornography if she wanted it. That's when I wrote the first Beauty book and discovered fast enough how politically incorrect it was deemed to be. I received an occasional nasty letter from a feminist. I ignored all this. I continued to believe that free people should have access to non-politicized pornography and imagination if they want it. ---- The Beauty books always did well. There was quiet and consistent support for them from gays and straights. But now the pendulum has again swung. Fifty Shades of Gray proves it. Independent women, a generation that takes feminism and its liberation achievements for granted, is entirely open now about "liking" S&M porn or fantasy. Men have been open about it for years. By the way, the Beauty books always had their supporters who pointed out the differing gender combinations in the books, and that they were in their own way politically correct because they made no biased statement whatsoever about one gender or the other "subconsciously" desiring to be passive. On the contrary, they invite members of both genders to enjoy the fantasy”.
And her legions of fans couldn’t be happier. The comments to the recent news of a new erotic novel by Anne Rice have ranged from unbridled excitement to eternal gratitude.
Never one to disappoint, this news guarantees that the talented author is once again back at her keyboard, spinning stories that will continue to shock, entertain and thrill her followers.
One can only imagine what’s to come. At this point, anything is possible from Anne Rice.
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