On April 21st, “Beauty’s Kingdom”, the fourth novel in iconic author, Anne Rice’s, highly erotic “BDSM” series will be published. In a recent Facebook post from the author:
“Beauty’s Kingdom,” by A.N. Roquelaure (aka Anne Rice) will be published April 21st, in hardcover, from Penguin. This is my follow up to “The Sleeping Beauty” erotica trilogy I did under that pen name. I promise readers of the original series, this is as wild, as uninhibited, and as shocking as Beauty’s earlier adventures. Oscar Wilde said “Nothing succeeds like excess.” Well, we’ll see. I believe completely in erotica, in the right of all to enjoy sexual fantasies and to write them and read them.” – Anne Rice
As always, Mrs. Rice’s fans have varying opinions about her sojourns into any other subject matter besides vampires. Her erotic novels are especially polarizing with opinions that range from “not my cup of tea” to a Facebook page dedicated to the “Beauty” series and the very candid discussions these novels illicit.
Back in the ‘80’s, Anne Rice, famous at the time for “Interview with The Vampire”, “Feast of All Saints” and “Cry to Heaven”, decided to write, what would become called, her “Sleeping Beauty” trilogy, consisting of “The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty”, “Beauty’s Punishment” and “Beauty’s Release”. The BDSM erotic novels, written under her pseudonym A.N. Roquelaure, are set in a fantasy realm reminiscent of the fairytale setting and freely explore the risqué subject matter using both male and female dominants and submissives.
In a 2012 interview with the Anne Rice Examiner, when asked why she decided to write “The Beauty” trilogy, the author said,” I wrote it because I thought most pornography was 1) Victorian classics revived and repackaged or 2) Hack work by people who didn’t share the fantasy. So I decided to write the pornography I wanted to read, to prove that good S&M porn could be done without murder, burning, cutting or any kind of real physical harm; that a delicious pornography of detailed S&M games — dominance and submission, humiliation and love —- could be made, all of it with elegance, refinement, and some romance. I created a fairytale kingdom of luxurious chambers, gorgeous costumes, and handsome and beautiful royal slaves, a world filled with romance, some intrigue and a lot of detail as to sexuality. I wanted it to be fun”.
As to why she decided to continue the series now, the author says, “I thought it was time to take the series further, into new developments and new ideas. It’s always been a cause with me to support authentic pornography … erotica written for others by those who share the fantasy.”
Riding high on the recent success of “Prince Lestat” the next chapter in her “Vampire Chronicles” and hard at work on its follow-up, “Blood Paradise”, the author seems to be on a creative run that have her ravenous fans in a frenzy.
At 73, the author shows no signs of slowing down. It is a pace that many writers would find unbelievably daunting, if not impossible, to maintain. Yet Anne Rice seems to do her best work when she allows all those extremely different voices in her head to take control and tell their incredible and sometimes naughty stories, whenever they need to.
Her fans agree and whether they prefer her vampires, werewolves, witches or erotica, they will continue to await and enjoy them as she completes each one.