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Blood Communion
A Tale of Prince Lestat
By (author): Anne Rice
9781524732646 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Occult & Supernatural Oct 02, 2018
$36.95 CAD
Active 6.77 x 9.53 x 1.21 in 272 pages 10 ILLUSTRATIONS & ENDS BY MARK EDWARD GEYER Alfred A. Knopf Knopf
The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga—part adventure, part suspense—of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.

In this spellbinding novel, Lestat, rebel outlaw, addresses the tribe of vampires, directly, intimately, passionately, and tells the mesmerizing story of the formation of the Blood Communion and how he became Prince of the vampire world, the true ruler of this vast realm, and how his vision for all the Children of the Universe to thrive as one, came to be.
     The tale spills from Lestat’s heart, as he speaks first of his new existence as reigning monarch—and then of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha; Rhoshamandes, a demon spirit who refuses to live in harmony at the Court of Prince Lestat and threatens all that Lestat has dreamt of.
     As the tale unfolds, Lestat takes us from the towers and battlements of his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific’s untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine…

The author herself: Anne Rice is an American cultural icon.

The Vampire Chronicles themselves: The best-selling series, consisting of now fifteen novels of the vampire world. Sales to date: more than 26 million copies.

The deepening of Anne Rice’s vampire mythology as BLOOD COMMUNION brings together the beings of the Vampire Chronicles and opens up to us a new realm in the cosmology of the undead—demons and monsters and others who travel the Devil’s Road, and beyond.

The critical success of the Vampire Chronicles—and Rice’s continuing on with the saga of that world with PRINCE LESTAT (“Rice has offered us a tale of tremendous ambition”—BookPage) and PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS (“Bloody marvelous,”—Time; “The thinking person’s vampire story…Reads like a house on fire.”--Book Reporter; “Reminds us just how immense and rich…Rice’s universe of poetic, morally questioning vampires is.”—Elle)

The recent success of Rice’s long-awaited return, after three decades, to the ancient and Edwardian worlds of her best-selling THE MUMMY (almost two million copies sold) with the publication (Anchor) of RAMSES THE DAMNED: The Passion of Cleopatra, written with her son, Christopher. (“An enthralling story rendered with the full flourish of a classic Rice tale…A superb, philosophically deep sequel to 1989’s THE MUMMY. This mother/son team-up is a resounding success and leaves us eager for more.”—Andrea Sefler, Pop Mythology; “This thrilling read blends historical fiction, fantasy, and romance into a book readers will not be able to put down.”—Booklist)

ANNE RICE’S SOCIAL PLATFORM Rice is adored by her hundreds of thousands of readers and fans and has almost 1.2 million likes on Facebook and a Twitter following of 140,000.

ANNE RICE is the author of thirty-six books, including the fifteen books in the Vampire Chronicles series. She lives in La Quinta, California.

Author Residence: La Quinta, CA

Marketing: National Print Advertising

Online Advertising Campaign, including BookRiot

Newsletter Advertising Campaign, targeting entertainment and women’s magazines

Major Goodreads Advertising Campaign

Major Facebook and Instagram Advertising Campaigns, directly targeting Anne’s extensive fanbase

Pre-Publication Campaign, including Goodreads giveaways

Major Social Media Promotion, including social shares, giveaways, and influencer outreach

Kindle E-Ink Advertising

Book Trailer

Promotion at major genre conventions, including San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con

Features on PRH Verticals, including Unbound Worlds, Signature, and Read it Forward

Jacket blow-ups available

Publicity: National Media Attention including a Late Show, NPR and Print Features

Coverage in and on Sci Fi & Fantasy Publications, Blogs and Sites

Coverage in and on Thriller, Horror & Genre Fiction Publications, Blogs and Sites

Comic Con Promotion

Select author appearances, such as NY Comic Con

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