Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

Inside CMC, May 2001

CMC, mid-70s. Anne Rice is speaking on the CMC campus as a personal guest of Riley's. No one knows much about her, other than the fact that she is a fledgling writer who is married to Stan Rice — now a celebrated poet and fixture of the Bay Area's literary scene. Several years later one spring afternoon, there is a message in Riley's mailbox to call Anne. He does. They talk. She's just sold her first novel for $12,000. It's called Interview With The Vampire (1976). A few weeks later, there's another note in Riley's mailbox to phone Rice. This time, she's sold the paperback rights to the story for $750,000, and the movie rights for $150,000.