And took M.T. Anderson's vampire novel by the same name. Richard is a big fan of Ann Rice, and told a great story of how he once upon a time met her in New Orleans, at a big gathering she threw for her fans. Streets were blocked off, and Rice sat and signed copies of her books for hours. Then at some point she apparently got dressed in Victorian gothic dress, climbed into a glass coffin, and was driven around the city, (all research for a character she was working on, Richard said). That's pretty elaborate research, we're thinking. Richard put in a request for Rice's Lasher, and we're aiming to get that to him this coming week.