Pseudonyms: ‘Anne Rampling’ and ‘A.N. Roquelaure’
Best known for her vampire novels – Interview With The Vampire, The Vampire Lestat and so on – and more recently for a controversial series about the early life of Jesus, Anne Rice used pseudonyms in a mid-‘80s splurge writing sadomasochist erotica. There’s sex in the vampire books, but you would not believe what goes on in the Sleeping Beauty trilogy.
As Anne Rampling, Rice wrote Belinda and Exit To Eden (and yes, that is the same Exit To Eden that somehow became a comedy cop movie with Dan Aykroyd and Rosie O’Donnell). The latter is about a woman running a BDSM sex-slave holiday resort, and the former concerns a dodgy relationship between a 44-year-old author and a teenage girl. As A. N. Roquelaure meanwhile, Rice went for a very particular kind of fairy tale fantasy. The Claiming Of Sleeping Beauty starts with the titular heroine woken from her 100-year slumber by rather more than a kiss, and she’s then subjected to any number of fleshly adventures and submissive humiliations by the kinky wicked queen over subsequent instalments Beauty’s Punishment and Beauty’s Release.
Rice reportedly ended this phase of her career when she actually met some real BDSM exponents and got freaked out. Her husband Stan has said that in real life she’s “no more a sadomasochist than she is a vampire”.