Violin by Anne Rice


Violin, Anne Rice, 1997

My favorite quote: “Dig deep, deep, my soul, to find the heart – the blood, the heat, the shrine and resting place.”

Notable characters: Triana, a grieving widow; Stefan, the ghostly violinist; Katrinka, Triana’s sister; Karl, Triana’s deceased husband

Most memorable scene: When Triana lies down with Karl for the last time. Ye gads! I couldn’t get through that scene the first time I read it and had to put the book down. I finally continued at the insistence of a dear friend who’d highly recommended it — and I’m glad I did. But damn. Rough stuff

Greatest strengths: Its ability to invoke emotion 

Standout achievements: This book is slow, dark, and complicated. It’s gruelling, torturous, overly-visceral, and at times, downright gross. But it’s also beautiful and uplifting. For these reasons and more, readers can largely be divided into two groups: those who love it and those who hate it. I’m someone who loves it. I don’t understand why it impacts some folks so negatively, but just read the reviews and you’ll see how angry it makes people. It’s remarkable — and I consider that kind of audience response a major standout achievement. Well done, Ms. Rice

Fun Facts: My collaborator and podcast partner, Tamara Thorne, and I had the pleasure of meeting Anne not so long ago. I asked her about Violin, and as I suspected, this one is very special to her

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: This book is uncomfortably intimate with death — the imagery, the emotions, all of it — and if it taught me anything, it’s that a good writer won’t shy away from the difficult, unpleasant stuff

How it inspired me: When I introduced Father Scarlotti in the Vampires of Crimson Cove series, I deliberately gave him echoes of Stefan, the violin-playing ghost, as a kind of homage to Violin

Additional thoughts: This is the only book I’ve ever read that ripped my heart out by its bloody roots … then turned around and gave me hope. It’s one of the best — if not the best — books I’ve ever read

My rating: 5 of 5

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

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