On February 14, 2012, Anne Rice releases her 29th novel entitled, “The Wolf Gift”. This time, the woman who gave new life to the un-dead tale of the vampire, brings us her take on the age-old story of the werewolf.
It is described as, “ A whole new world — modern, sleek, high-tech, and at its center, a story as old and compelling as history — the making of a werewolf, re-imagined and re-invented as only Anne Rice, teller of mesmerizing tales, conjurer extraordinaire of other realms, could create it.
The time is the present .The place, the rugged coast of northern California. A bluff high above the Pacific. A grand mansion full of beauty and tantalizing history set against a towering redwood forest. A young reporter on assignment from the San Francisco Observer… an older woman, welcoming him into her magnificent, historic family home that he has been sent to write about and that she must sell with some urgency… a chance encounter between two unlikely people… an idyllic night — shattered by horrific unimaginable violence… the young man inexplicably attacked — bitten — by a beast he cannot see in the rural darkness… a violent episode that sets in motion a terrifying yet seductive transformation as the young man, caught between ecstasy and horror, between embracing who he is evolving into and fearing who — what — he will become, soon experiences the thrill of the wolf gift.
As he resists the paradoxical pleasure and enthrallment of his wolfen savagery and delights in the power and (surprising) capacity for good, he is caught up in a strange and dangerous rescue and is desperately hunted as “the Man Wolf” by authorities, the media, and scientists (evidence of DNA threatens to reveal his dual existence). As a new and profound love enfolds him, questions emerge that propel him deeper into his mysterious new world: questions of why and how he has been given this gift; of its true nature and the curious but satisfying pull towards goodness; of the profound realization that there are others like him who may be watching — guardian creatures who have existed throughout time and may possess ancient secrets and alchemical knowledge; and throughout it all, the search for salvation for a soul tormented by a new realm of temptations and the fraught, exhilarating journey still to come, of being and becoming, fully, both wolf and man”.
Some of her more ardent fans have questioned her return to the supernatural genre without the characters they have come to know and love. However, Mrs. Rice has repeatedly stated that, while she loves those creations and realizes they will always be with her, she feels compelled to move on to new immortals with their own histories and own tales to tell.
According to Anne, “I had a lot of fun. I really did. I’ve really been sort of dying to do my own werewolf thing for a long time and went into this with tremendous passion”.
The countdown is on … literally. Not a day goes by when one of her fans doesn’t post the amount of days left till February 14th. And, it’s not only the idea of a new Anne Rice book that has everyone in an uproar; there is also the prospect of an Anne Rice book tour to promote “The Wolf Gift” and the idea that they might, actually, meet their life long favorite author, that keeps the excitement growing. So far, definite appearances have been announced for Philadelphia and Toronto, with more to come.
A visit to the Anne Rice Facebook page, where she reigns as the, unofficial, Queen of Facebook and receives thousands upon thousands of queries and comments daily, stands as a testament to the devotion of her fans and the brilliance of her work. Each and every “Person of the Page” is just waiting for the gift of “The Wolf Gift”.
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