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As the momentous, long-awaited day of Lestat’s triumphant return comes ever closer, I am going to request that everyone that either visits this page or regularly frequents the virtual coven halls of the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page shares their fondest memories of either meeting Anne Rice, attending a lively Lestat Ball (hosted by Sue Q. and others) in New Orleans, or any other event in their life that represents some very solid, unforgettable memory of how Anne Rice’s stories greatly impacted their life.
My own discursive, scholarly ramblings, as circuitous as the mad ramblings of a Polonius type character, are not really the most important piece to the quilt that represents the variance of our views, emotional experiences, and indelible impressions that we have had at one time or another, while reading one of the twelve or so volumes that comprise the Vampire Chronicles. Many people may deplore the vindictiveness of Armand, or some may sympathize greatly with his struggle of seeking, meaning purpose, and vital sanity in the long span of eternity (all of the vampires of these books represent this struggle in some part; part and parcel of our own daily existential struggle). In general, everyone has their own favorite vampire character; someone that greatly reflects their own idiosyncratic behavior or vision of the world itself. This wholly complex fabric of different vampire voices-all sharply contrasting with one another- may be one of the more crucial reasons for the popularity of these books (the variety and depth of characters of any story explains the popularity of Game of Thrones, as well).
Each of us have our own story of how we discovered these books, and the way they either overtly or subtly changed our lives, whether they enhanced or altered our psychological landscape of the world, or made the meaning and legacy of our lives much more pronounced and even tangible. Simply put, there is a reason we are awaiting October 28,2014 with unabated, undisguised excitement. Some of us may continue going through the mundane aspect of their lives with a certain shred of resignation, but they know that Anne Rice’s first Lestat novel in the last ten years or so will add color, texture, vibrancy to their lives. It will ground them in someway, and make it known that block of seemingly impermeable meaninglessness or non-interactivity of the world will be temporarily destroyed, when we magically open up to Page One,of Prince Lestat.
Day 1; October 28, 2014- Original Vampire Chronicles Poem
Golden Moment Poem; written by Justin Boyer (coven leader)
With an original drawing by Jo Vee
As we celebrate the 28 brutally exciting days preceding the release of Prince Lestat this October, I am sharing a poem that I wrote, while re-reading “The Vampire Lestat,” and pondering the meaning of the “golden moment,” as expressed in the book.
I wrote it out on a piece of parchment with a black ink pen, for Jo Vee and it was signed and read by Anne Rice herself at this year’s Thrillerfest. Then, it was sent to Jo Vee, who did such an incredible job with coming up with her own gallery of Lestat paintings and drawings (all of those will be published here on one of the #28DaysofLestat post
Golden Moment- An Original Vampire Lestat Poem
Once your heart-rending sonata pierces the chilled air
Dancing mirthfully, from the wings of your soul
Your outstretched violin
The Golden Moment arises
Airily, your soul’s musical cry climbs
In evocative intensity through the
Stuperous,implacable fog and haze
Of my mind, shrouded in angst-ridden mire
Nicholas, play me the songs that exist
Somewhere between heaven and Earth
Let me feel that this euphoria, this sweet, irresistible
Golden Moment exists beyond mere mortal transience
Before I fall deep into the throes of nihilistic woe,
Imbue my ringing ear with your
Musical angelic cries
Lifting me once more, even closer to heavens above
***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.
Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY
**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat) I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop There is also the chance that there may be a special event at the legendary St. Patrick’s Cathedral, in Manhattan, where a live reading of Memonch the Devil will take place, reminding all fans of one of Lestat’s more daunting adventures through heaven and hell that occurred nearly two decades ago
**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.
Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour. I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at email@example.com.
For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:
If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.
*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY (ticket information pending, stay tuned for details on where & how to securely purchase tickets for this signing)
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
*November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
*November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)