‘Vampire’ Author Anne Rice Says Climate Change Influenced New Book

December 23rd, 2016 9:51 AM

Like stories of vampires, climate change is nothing new.

Interview with the Vampire author Anne Rice suggested as much in a Dec. 22, interview with the Daily Beast. While answering questions about her book Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, Rice cited a history of catastrophes on earth and their impact on the climate.

“I do a lot of reading about catastrophes in earth history and how they changed the climate, and whether there was a cataclysm 12,000 years ago that destroyed civilizations that don’t exist today. That directly relates to climate change,” Rice told the Daily Beast.

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Rice said that the threat posed by climate change influenced her book about a vampire possessed by a spirit from a centuries-old empire.

Beast entertainment editor and writer Marlow Stern tried to get Rice to comment on Donald Trump and one of his sons.

“It’s been a very long, very trying year—and much of the credit for that goes to Donald Trump, who is exhausting. What are your thoughts on the election of Trump?” Stern asked.

Rice did not comment on Trump himself, but said people should be more resistant to “fake news.”

Stern also suggested that Trump’s son Eric resembled a vampire. “I really don’t associate the Trumps with vampires,” Rice responded.