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Since 2008, Big Think has been sharing big ideas from creative and curious minds. The Think Again podcast takes us out of our comfort zone, surprising our guests and Jason Gots, your host, with unexpected conversation starters from Big Think’s interview archives.

Anne Rice is the author of over 30 novels. Her first, Interview with the Vampire, was published in 1976 and has gone on to become one of the best-selling novels of all time. Her latest book, Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, continues the story of Lestat while also reaching back millennia to a mysterious, vanished empire -- the lost realms of Atlantis. A past that is inextricably linked to the fate of Lestat and the Vampire kingdom he rules. 

In today's episode, Anne shares many thoughts on superstition, science, and why she thinks Freddie Mercury was a vampire.  

 

Anne Rice Quote: I was able to create a hero in Lestat who’s…rebelling against being called an abomination. And that’s how many of us feel about being human beings. That’s how women feel about being women, that’s how gay people feel about being gay…Many people identify with the dilemma of the vampire and the desire to be powerful at the same time. To see ourselves triumph as the outcast.

 

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