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Interview With the Vampire Read...Discuss...Repeat!
October 2007 Selection: Interview With the Vampire
By: Anne Rice
Copyright: 1976


About the Book:

It's October -- time for our traditional "spooky" or "horrific" fiction seletion for Read...Discuss...Repeat!

In a remote room in a large city, a young reporter sits face-to-face with his most astonishing subject: a onetime New Orleans gentleman plantation owner who, in vividly terrifying and haunting detail, recalls his centuries of extraordinary life -- beginning with his initiation into the ranks of the living dead at the hands of the sinister, sensual vampire Lestat.

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force -- a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

Rice turned the vampire genre on its ear with this first novel, which evolved into one of the most popular literary series in recent history.

Related Web sites:

The Fangs a Lot booklist on the BookGuide site

The Vampire Chronicles page on Anne Rice's web site

Wikipedia page for this novel

Author interview and Study Questions

If You Like Interview With the Vampire, Try:

Dark Prince
By: Christine Feehan. 1999.

By: Lori Herter. 1992.

Seize the Night
By: Sherrilyn Kenyon. 2004.

The Historian
By: Elizabeth Kostova. 2005.

The Dracula Tape
By: Fred Saberhagen. 1975.

Interview With the Vampire Reader Comments:

Rice's book is still the gold standard of vampire fiction. She created not just a cast of characters, not just a series, but a whole sub-genre and even a sub-culture. One could argue that Laurell Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and Stephanie Meyers' Bella and Edward novels could not exist without Lestat, Armand and the rest of the Vampire Chronicles crew. Judging from the continued demand for all the books in the Vampire Chronicles series, Rice is still attracting new readers, as well as holding on to die-hard fans. Though the author herself has moved away from writing about supernatural subjects, the enticing demi-monde of the undead that she created with this tale has taken on a life of its own. Sometimes, it's impossible to improve on the original. It's just regrettable that "Interview" doesn't get more credit for inspiring movies like cult-classic Underworld and television series like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel.

-- Epsie F.
patron of Bennett Martin Public Library.
Customer Review Score - 10


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