Anne Rice (born October 4, 1941) is a best-selling American author of horror/fantasy books. She was born Howard Allen O'Brien, the second daughter in a Catholic Irish-American family. Her works have had a major influence on the "Goth" movement, and she has also published a number of works with sado-masochistic themes. Rice is currently working on a trilogy about the life of Jesus. She was married to the late poet Stan Rice and is the mother of novelist Christopher Rice. Her daughter, Michele, was born on September 21, 1966 and died of leukemia on August 5, 1972.