Although the greats of classical literature are undeniably collectible, there is currently a wealth of very influential writers who are well known and well-respected, who have informed the reading habits of our current generation, but who are often neglected by professional antiquarians and collectors. These authors are themselves the collectible greats of the next generation, who others will be searching for, and will return to for literary inspiration.
One such writer, perhaps surprisingly, is the vampire-novelist Anne Rice. She has made a profound mark on her literary landscape by re-invigorating the gothic novel from its roots with Bram Stoker, and wedded the genres of horror, romance and adventure seemingly forever in her Vampire Chronicles. Since her writing in the early eighties we have seen the 'supernatural romance' genre grow from strength to strength, now branching out to include Dark Fantasy, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.
So, are those early bodice-rippers from Rice collectible now? The short answer is yes, if you are lucky and careful with your acquisitions. A true first edition of An Interview With A Vampire (1976, Alfred A Knopf, hardcover with its original gold foil dust jacket) is worth today somewhere in the region of hundreds of dollars, and a signed or advance copy in mint condition is easily worth two thousand dollars.
However, we are not all so lucky as to have a signed first edition hardcover of this writer's most famous work! This is where you might be interested to consider book club editions, or more commonly called BCE's. BCE's are the limited-run editions of well-known stories reprinted by subscription magazine book clubs such as Readers Digest, sent out to their members and especially printed on the anniversary of a books arrival on the market. They are routinely looked down upon by collectors as not having intrinsic value because they are not the first true printing of a book - they are all essentially reprints. However, as one commentator mentions, one BCE of The Interview With a Vampire was so limited, so rare that recently they managed to sell it at auction for over a couple hundred dollars. Not bad for a discounted book club reprint!
Rice, Howard C. American Campaigns of Rosenbeau's Army. Princeton University Press and Brown University Press (1972). Brown, Anne S; 1780, 1781, 1782, 1783 Volume I: The Journals of Clermont-Crevecoeur, Verger and Berthier; Volume II: Itineraries, Maps and Views
Roquelaure, A.N. The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty. E.P. Dutton and Co, New York (1983). An Erotic Novel of Tenderness and Cruelty for the Enjoyment of Men and Women
Roquelaure, A.N. Beauty's Punishment. MacDonald, London (1984). Further Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty.
Roquelaure, A.N. Beauty's Punishment. E. P. Dutton, Inc, New York (1984). The Further Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty
Rice, Anne. Vampire Lestat. Alfred a Knopf Inc, Westminister (1985). The Second Book In The Vampire Chronicles
Roquelaure, A.N. Beauty's Release. Dutton, New York (1985). The Continued Erotic Adventures of Sleeping Beauty
Rice, Anne. Belinda. Arbor House, New York (1986). A Novel By Anne Rice Writing as Anne Rampling
Rice, Anne. The Queen of the Damned. Macdonald, London (1988). 150 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Mummy. Chatto and Windus, London (1989). Or Ramses The Damned.
Rice, Anne. The Vampire Chronicles. Random House, Incorporated (1990). Limted Box Set: Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lesat, Queen of the Damned; 750 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. The Vampire Chronicles. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1990). Queen Of The Damned, Vampire Lestat and Interview With The Vampire; 5000 copies printed.
Wiater, Stanley. Dark Dreamers. Underwood-Miller, Novato (1990). Conversations With the Masters of Horror; 350 total copies; [introduction by Philip Nutman] [Clive Barker, Robert Bloch, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Dean R. Koontz, Joe R. Lansdale, Richard Laymon, Richard Matheson, Robert R. McCammon, Anne Rice, John Saul, Gahan Wilson, Whitley Strieber, et al]
Rice, Anne. The Vampire Lestat. Innovation Books (1991). 14 issues; Limited edition contain 500 copies; Adapted By Perozich, Faye
Rice, Anne. Taltos. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1994). Lives of the Mayfair Witches; 500 copies.
Rice, Anne. Memnoch the Devil. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1995). THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES; Edition issued by B.E. Trice; 425 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Servant Of The Bones. Knopf (1996). 425 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Interview With The Vampire. Alfred A. Knopf Incorporated, New York (1996). 20th Anniversary Signed Limited Edition
Rice, Anne. Servant of the Bones. Knopf, New York (1996). Cover Illustration by Stan Rice; 425 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Violin. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1997). Limited B. E. Trice Edition; 500 copies.
Rice, Anne. Pandora. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1998). Limited B.E. Trice Edition; 250 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. The Vampire Armand. Alfred A. Knopf, New York (1998). Limited B.E. Trice Edition; 250 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Interview With the Vampire. Easton Press (1999). 3,000 Limited Edition copies
Rice, Anne. THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES. Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut (1999). Interview with the Vampire; The Vampire Lestat; The Queen of the Damned; The Tale of the Body Thief; Memnoch the Devil (5 Volume Matched Set); 3000 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Vittorio, the Vampire. Franklin Library, Franklin Center (1999). NEW TALES OF THE VAMPIRES; 1700 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Interview with the Vampire. The Easton Press, Norwalk (1999). 3000 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. Vittorio, the Vampire. B.E. Trice, New Orleans (1999). 250 copies printed.
Rice, Anne. The Vampire Lestat. Easton Press, Connecticut (2001). The Vampire Chronicles
Rice, Anne. CHRIST THE LORD. Knopf, New York (2005). OUT OF EGYPT
Rice, Anne. Called Out of Darkness. ALFRED A KNOPF, NEW YORK (2008). A Spiritual Confession