Anne Rice

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Novelist Anne Rice discusses her book "The Wolf Gift," and whether or not she fears an eternity of being poked in the hiney with a hot pitchfork. (5:56)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, MY GUEST TONIGHT HAS A NEW NOVEL CALLED THE WOLF GIFT.

QUICK TIP, REMEMBER TO KEEP YOUR WOLF GIFT RECEIPT.

PLEASE WELCOME ANNE RICE.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: THANK YOU,

MS. RICE, THANKS SO MUCH FOR COMING ON.

ALL RIGHT, MADAME, YOU ARE THE AUTHOR OF 31 NOVELS THAT HAVE SOLD OVER A HUNDRED

MILLION COPIES WORLDWIDE.

MANY DIFFERENT LANGUAGES.

EVERYBODY OF COURSE KNOWS YOU FROM THE VAMPIRE NOVELS.

THEY ARE PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING PEOPLE KNOW YOU FROM.

NOW YOU HAVE A NEW NOVEL CALLED THE WOLF GIFT.

NOW I ASSUME FROM THE TITLE THIS IS ABOUT A WOLF WITHOUT LEARNS THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS.

(LAUGHTER) TRUE?

>> NO, NO, ACTUALLY, HE JUST LEARNS HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF,

A MAN LEARNS HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF.

>> Stephen: HOW DO YOU LEARN HOW TO BE A WEREWOLF, AREN'T YOU BITTEN BY ANOTHER

WEREWOLF TO BECOME A WEREWOLF.

>> THAT IS WHAT HAPPENS TO THIS YOUNG MAN, RUBIN GOLDING, MY HERO.

HE IS 23, HE IS A REPORTER.

AND HE GETS BITTEN.

>> Stephen: RUBIN GOLDING,

IS HE JEWISH.

>> WELL, ACTUALLY, NO, HE ACTUALLY ISN'T JEWISH.

BUT HE MIGHT BE HIS BACKGROUND.

I HAVEN'T GOTTEN INTO THE BACK STORE EVE THE ANCEST REE YET.

I MIGHT DO THAT IN THE SECOND BOOK.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE IF MAN FLESH IS KOSHER.

>> WELL, IT THAT WOULD BE A PROBLEM BECAUSE HE DOES DEFINITELY GET CARRIED AWAY.

AND HE DOES EAT MAN FLESH.

>> Stephen: HE DOES EAT PEOPLE.

>> HE DOES.

>> Stephen: NOW THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR ME.

WELL-- I HOPE THIS IS A PROBLEM FOR HIM.

(LAUGHTER)

>> IT IS DEFINITELY A PROBLEM.

HE WANTS TO FIGURE OUT WHY THIS HAPPENED AND WHAT HE CAN DO WITH HIS POWER.

AND HE ENDS UP FEELING THAT IT IS A KIND OF A GIFT.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

HERE'S MY PROBLEM.

(LAUGHTER) I READ ALL YOUR VAMPIRE NOVELS.

I LOVED THEM.

THEY, YOU KNOW, THEY-- I FELT AFTER I READ INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE, THE FIRST

ONE, I KIND OF FELT LIKE I,

MY MULTIWAS FULL OF BLOOD.

HONEST TO GOD FROM READING IT.

I'M NOT SURE WHETHER I SHOULD RECOMMEND IT TO MY BROTHER.

I DID, I RECOMMENDED IT TO MY BROTHER, I GOT TO LET YOU KNOW, I KIND OF FEEL LIKE

I'M A VAMPIRE NOW.

BUT WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THOSE IS THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE DAMNED.

IT'S NOT A HAPPY EXPERIENCE FOR THEM.

BUT NOW-- THE SPARKLEY VAMPIRES WE HAVE NOW, IT'S ALL JUST GLAMOUR, GLAMOUR,

LET'S GET MARRIED.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: DOW FEEL LIKE THESE NEW VAMPIRE NOVELS PERVERT THE GOOD STORY OF VAMPIRES?

IT'S A DEAL WITH THE DEVIL.

>> WELL, I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS A DEAL WITH A DEVIL.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> I THINK VAMPIRES ARE A METAPHOR FOR ALL OF US, THE OUTSIDER.

>> Stephen: VAMPIRES ARE OBVIOUS LEIGH A METAPHOR FOR GAY PEOPLE.

>> TRUE.

>> Stephen: BUT WHAT ARE WEREWOLFS, WEREWOLFS ARE HISPANICS.

>> NO (LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: BUT MONSTERS-- MONSTERS ARE ALWAYS-- MONSTERS ARE A METAPHOR FOR OURSELVES.

>> YES, THAT'S IT.

THAT'S IT THEY'RE A METAPHOR FOR US.

WE'RE OUTSIDERS.

WE'RE PREDATORS AT HEART.

>> Stephen: O OH YEAH.

>> AND WE'RE OUTKASTS AND THE WEREWOLF HE IS A GOOD METAPHOR FOR THAT JUST LIKE

THE SRAM PAIR WAS A GOOD METAPHOR FOR THAT.

>> Stephen: CAN WE TALK ABOUT OUTKAST FORCE A SECOND.

>> SURE.

>> Stephen: YOU MADAME VER FAMOUSLY REEMBRACED CATHOLICISM.

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: ABOUT A COUPLE 10, 15 YEARS BACK, RIGHT.

>> I DID.

>> Stephen: AND YOU SAID YOU'RE TO THE GOING TO WRITE ANY MORE VAMPIRE NOVELS YOU

ARE ALL, YOU KNOW, CHRISTIAN AT THIS POINT.

AND HOW LONG DID YOU DO THAT.

>> 12 YEARS.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

NOW YOU ARE NO LONGER A CHRISTIAN, CORRECT, NO LONGER A CATHOLIC.

>> THAT'S RIGHT, THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Stephen: NOW YOU REALIZE YOU WERE A CATHOLIC LONG ENOUGH TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE

GOING TO HELL, RIGHT?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY, YOU WILL HAVE PLENTY OF MONSTERS TO WRITE ABOUT FIRSTHAND WHEN

ONE OF THEM IS STABBING YOU IN THE HINEY WITH A RED HOT PITCHFORK.

YOU REALIZE THAT.

RED HOT IRON COFFIN FOR ALL ETERNITY, YOU ARE A HERETIC.

>> MAYBE THAT WILL HAPPEN.

AND MAYBE IT WILL NOT.

>> Stephen: DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT, OH, REALLY.

>> MAYBE THERE IS NO HELL.

AND MAYBE THERE IS NO DEVIL.

>> Stephen: MAYBE THERE IS NO DEVIL, MAYBE THERE IS NO HELL.

COIN TOSS, OH, HEADS, I WIN.

TAILS, YOU LOSE THE BIGGEST THING YOU CAN.

YOUR I MORTAL SOUL, WHY, WHY WOULD YOU RISK THAT, ANNE RICE.

>> I DON'T THINK I'M RISKING IT, MR. COLBERT.

>> Stephen: YOU YOU COULD BE WRONG.

>> I COULD BE, THAT'S TRUE.

>> Stephen: WHY NOT WEIGH A DOUBT AGAINST A CERTAINTY.

>> IT'S NOT A CERTAINTY FOR ME, THAT THINGS EXIST.

IT'S JUST NOT A CERTAINTY AT ALL.

I DON'T-- I CAN'T BELIEVE THE CHRISTIAN BELIEF SYSTEM.

>> Stephen: REALLY.

>> I CAN'T BELIEF THERE IS A DEFINITE WHILE GOES AROUND THE WORLD TRYING TO GET

PEOPLE TO COMMIT SIN.

I CAN'T IMAGINE THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE DEVIL.

I CAN'T IMAGINE WHAT HIS DAY IS LIKE.

>> Stephen: BUT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY-- BUT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE

PSYCHOLOGY-- HE'S BUSY.

HE'S BEEN VERY BUSY WITH YOU,

I CAN TELL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: YOU CAN'T UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE DEVIL AND HISTORICAL

FIGURE, BUT YOU CAN UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF A WEREWOLF AND A VAMPIRE.

>> FICTIONAL FIGURES, YES, I CAN.

I K ABSOLUTELY.

>> Stephen: OKAY, ALL RIGHT,

WHATEVER LETS YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT.

(LAUGHTER) NOW HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT COMBINING ALL YOUR DIFFERENT NOVELS, VAMPIRES, WEREWOLFS

AND JESUS BECAUSE WHAT ABOUT JESUS WHO IS A WERE SAVIOR AND HE HAS TO FIGHT A VAMPIRE JUDDAS.

>> NO, NO, I WOULD RATHER PASS ON THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PASS ON THAT.

I HAVE DONE TWO NOVELS ABOUT JESUS THAT I PUT MY HEART AND MY SOUL INTO.

>> Stephen: YOU DON'T HAVE A SOUL.

(LAUGHTER)

>> I DID AT THE TIME.

>> Stephen: YOU DID AT THE TIME.

>> YOU'RE STILL LOOKING FOR THAT THING.

>> Stephen: ANNE RICE, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING ME.

THE WOLF GIFT.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE) AM

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