I'm curious if Anne Rice ever featured Dracula in a work of fiction, i.e. in her vampire novels or in a short story? If not, why?

I haven't read all of her vampire novels, but I Googled around and reviewed a list of characters and saw no mention of him.

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    By "portrayed", you mean "featured" I presume? Otherwise the imagery is kind of... giggle-inducing.
    – Mr Lister
    Feb 23 '17 at 9:12

No. She has not.

Her Vampire Chronicles books

  • Interview with the Vampire (1976)
  • The Vampire Lestat (1985)
  • The Queen of the Damned (1988)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
  • Memnoch the Devil (1995)
  • The Vampire Armand (1998)
  • Merrick (2000)
  • Blood and Gold (2001)
  • Blackwood Farm (2002)
  • Blood Canticle (2003)
  • Prince Lestat (2014)
  • Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)

None of which feature the character Dracula. Dracula is not an Anne Rice character - he doesn't exist in Anne Rice's world, or if he did, it would only be as he exists with us, through books. Dracula's weaknesses as a vampire which are said in the book to be shared with all other vampires are not characteristic to Anne Rice's vampires. For one Dracula does not cast a shadow nor does he appear in mirrors. Both things any vampire from the Anne Rice world can do. Below are some excerpts from Wikipedia

He does not cast a shadow or have a reflection from mirrors. He is immune to conventional means of attack; a sailor tries to stab him in the back with a knife, but the blade goes through his body as though it is air. The Count can defy gravity to a certain extent and possesses superhuman agility, able to climb vertical surfaces upside down in a reptilian manner. He can travel onto "unhallowed" ground such as the graves of suicides and those of his victims. He has powerful hypnotic, telepathic and illusionary abilities. He also has the ability to "within limitations" vanish and reappear elsewhere at will. If he knows the path, he can come out from anything or into anything regardless of how close it is bound even if it is fused with fire.

He can command animals such as rats, owls, bats, moths, foxes and wolves.

Dracula can also manipulate the weather and, within his range, is able to direct the elements, such as storms, fog and mist. Dracula can shapeshift at will, able to grow and become small, his featured forms in the novel being that of a bat, a wolf, a large dog and a fog or mist. When the moonlight is shining, he can travel as elemental dust within its rays. He is able to pass through tiny cracks or crevices while retaining his human form or in the form of a vapour

Granted some of these Lestat could do, but only because he is Lestat and he is an especially strong vampire with extra supernatural abilities. It is extraordinary for a vampire in Anne Rice's world to have these abilities, it's the norm in the Dracula world. There are other things you can find like Lestat&co did not have to sleep in coffins and all the rest of it...

Dracula and Anne Rice do not belong to the same universe.

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