Anne Rice discovered her strong suit early. Written in five weeks, Interview with the Vampire introduced the themes of compulsion, exoticism, and eroticism that would inform her later works. Although she has explored these themes against a wide variety of backdrops, it is her revival of the gothic—and of the vampire in particular—that both brought her critical attention and transformed her into a popular cultural icon. In 2005, Rice took on a dramatically new approach in her work as she dedicated herself to explication, through historical fiction, of the life of Jesus.
Interview with the Vampire is the first of the books that Rice produced in her series known as the Vampire Chronicles. The books in the series shift back and forth in time, from the prevampire life of Lestat in eighteenth century rural France to his escapades in twentieth century New Orleans and then, in Memnoch the Devil, to the time of the creation of heaven and hell.
Interview with the Vampire introduces Lestat through the narrative of Louis, a vampire Lestat has “made.” Louis relates his story to Daniel, a young reporter. Even as Louis grieves for his mortal life, Daniel craves Louis’s power and immortality. Daniel has to overcome his initial horror and skepticism before he can accept the truth of what Louis says, but by the end of Louis’s long story, Daniel is begging to be made a vampire...
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