#28DaysofLestat- Memnoch the Devil Poetry-Heavenly Hallucination, and Happy Birthday to Anne Rice!!

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…

Day 4 (of 28 Total Days) Post:

Picture, Created by Dottie Marie (I hope you don’t mind that I’m re-using this for a post here)
Picture, Property of Becket

Before you read the following poem based off the events of Memnoch the Devil, be sure to wish Anne Rice glad tidings and a very happy birthday on her Facebook fan page wall. She turns 73, but her life has never been more exciting, energetic than with filming for Christ the Lord:Out of Egypt film, plans for a Tale of the Body Thief film, a tv series based off the Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, and a new Lestat novel (which we are abundantly aware of, and nearly dying of extreme excitement while waiting for its release later this month).

I will always be indebted to her  for giving me confidence to write and be willing to have artistic integrity,all thanks to her wonderfully intricate, ingenious stories, frankness with deep philosophical/political questions represented in her books, her audacious Facebook posts, etc. Also, her kindness will always floor me, and her generosity is awe-inspiring, especially in a cynical world where we wish to believe the worst of those that have gained notoriety. Notoriety is a shallow description for someone, who will always be remembered for changing the structure drastically of the way supernatural stories are written. She has taken the campy and pulp-fiction elements, and have allowed them to be imbued with depth, introspection, and intelligence.

All Anne Rice fans here essentially feel the same deep respect for her canon of works that have left their mark on all of us. We may or may not have had the chance to meet her in-person, but through her Facebook posts and other areas of communication, we have been impacted by her genuine sincerity, intellectual and artistic integrity, her irrepressible inquisivity, and empathy.  That is the purpose of this month-long series on this blog- #28DaysofLestat- not just to celebrate the momentous return of our beloved Brat Prince, but really showcase the legacy of an extremely talented artist, and wonderful person!

So, Happy Birthday to Anne Rice!!!! This whole entire page, its writers, and various contributors (who have made this page larger and more ambitious than ever), and all 1,700 or so members of the Lestat Book Coven  wishes you a wonderfully fun, joyous celebration of this very exciting day for you!!!

Vampire-Inspired Poetry-

    **The following poem was published in summer of 2011 long ago when this blog existed as an amauter Blogspot page (which I still have not taken down, but should someday..). It is based off of the events of Memnoch the Devil.**

Heavenly Hallucination
Inspired by Anne Rice’s Memnoch the Devil

He sure was congenial-

That wily Devil

Who adorns himself with so many disguises

Yet, he tells me he can reveal the truths

Hidden beneath the metaphysical

Fabrics of heaven and Earth

Reluctantly, I complied-

But, the devil smiles sardonically

Maybe, it’s all just a lie

No, I’ll never achieve this again

Satan, I am complicit

If only to find validation

Of the deepest yearnings of my

Immortal soul

Upon entering heaven,

I was thrown to the ground

By the magnificent force

Of the rapturous singing

That only Angels create

In the nuances of the tune,

I heard my desire

Rendered into a beautiful symphony

About my intrinsic need for redemption and purpose

I pored over books in heaven which were

Endless, like the scope of heaven

Upon earth, I could never recount

The information

But, I can recall the

Profound elation that

Feels now like a vague sense

Of its true gravity

Suddenly Satan weaved his woeful tale

He had his questions about

The elusive methods of God

It was the reason for his downfall

The grandeur of heaven was too unreal

There had to be some ounce of imperfection

Underpinning the entire grand design

Of this heavenly oasis

Now, he was educating forsaken

Earthly souls and

Educating them to be penitent

In order to escape the infernal

Landscape of hell

He didn’t know if he was still allied with God

For God still appeared divinely angered

At the devil’s inquisitiveness

I’ve seen horrific imagery

Terrifying flashes of perdition

Edifying images of heaven

Yet, I could place my confidence in either of these places

I could only disbelieve

Because all that I’ve seen

Is far above the lowly

Cognitive powers of someone like me

In the end when I awoke,

I felt shaken to the core

Now, I could only fall deep

Into some catatonic state

Till I could rediscover my bearings

Within this Godless prison

***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 narniafanatic@gmail.com 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 narniafanatic@gmail.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 
*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!)

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