Summary (Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature)
The Vampire Chronicles shift in time and place from Lestat’s vampire life in nineteenth century New Orleans to his prevampire days in eighteenth century rural France to his escapades in twentieth century United States. Lestat wants to know how vampires were created, mourns the loss of his mortal life, deplores but also adores his killing and bloodsucking, and explores the existence of good and evil. Searching for soulmates, he creates new vampires, but their strong wills oppose his own. Following Memnoch the Devil, Rice explores the lives of vampires who have been affected by Lestat’s story; as they recount their tales, they continue Lestat’s philosophical speculations on the purpose and value of vampire existence.
The first novel in the series, Interview with the Vampire introduces Louis, a vampire Lestat has created, telling his life story to a journalist in late twentieth century San Francisco. Louis grieves for his mortal life and describes the transformation of the child Claudia into Lestat and Louis’s vampire progeny. Trapped forever in a child’s body, Claudia attempts to destroy Lestat—an act that ultimately leads to her own destruction by Armand’s vampire coven in Paris. By the end of Louis’s tale, the young reporter Daniel begs to be made a vampire. Louis refuses, shocked that his story—meant to reveal the agony of his life—should seduce a mortal.
In The Vampire Lestat, Lestat describes...
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