Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)
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Interview with the Vampire

by Anne Rice
Release date: 1976
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: horror
Tags: vampires

British Fantasy Award nominee 1977.

The time is now.

We are in a small room with the vampire, face to face, as he speaks — as he pours out the hypnotic, shocking, moving, and erotically charged confessions of his first two hundred years as one of the living dead...

He speaks quietly, plainly, even gently... carrying us back to the night when he departed human existence as heir — young, romantic, cultivated — to a great Louisiana plantation, and was inducted by the radiant and sinister Lestat into the other, the "endless," life... learning first to sustain himself on the blood of cocks and rats caught in the raffish streets of New Orleans, then on the blood of human beings... to the years when, moving away from his final human ties under the tutelage of the hated yet necessary Lestat, he gradually embraces the habits, hungers, feelings of vampirism: the detachment, the hardened will, the "superior" sensual pleasures.

He carries us back to the crucial moment in a dark New Orleans street when he finds the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her, struggling against the last residue of human feeling within him...

We see how Claudia in turn is made a vampire — all her passion and intelligence trapped forever in the body of a small child — and how they arrive at their passionate and dangerous alliance, their French Quarter life of opulence: delicate Grecian statues, Chinese vases, crystal chandeliers, a butler, a maid, a stone nymph in the hidden garden court... night curving into night with their vampire senses heightened to the beauty of the world, thirsting for the beauty of death — a constant stream of vulnerablestrangers awaiting them below...

We see them joined against the envious, dangerous Lestat, embarking on a perilous search across Europe for others like themselves, desperate to discover the world they belong to, the ways of survival, to know what they are and why, where they came from, what their future can be...

We follow them across Austria and Transylvania, encountering their kind in forms beyond their wildest imagining... to Paris, where footsteps behind them, in exact rhythm with their own, steer them to the doors of the Théâtre des Vampires — the beautiful, lewd, and febrile mime theatre whose posters of penny-dreadful vampires at once mask and reveal the horror within... to their meeting with the eerily magnetic Armand, who brings them, at last, into intimacy with a whole brilliant and decadent society of vampires, an intimacy that becomes sudden terror when they are compelled to confront what they have feared and fled...

In its unceasing flow of spellbinding storytelling, of danger and flight, of loyalty and treachery, Interview with the Vampire bears witness of a literary imagination of the first order.

(updated 2015-01-12)

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Interview with the Vampire is the first book of The Vampire Chronicles, which is a great horror and dark fantasy series (especially the first three books are good and worth reading; The Tale of the Body Thief is readable, but Memnoch the Devil is a bit weak). I enjoyed reading this book and I can highly recommend it to readers, who want to read interesting horror and dark fantasy stories. Interview with the Vampire is in a league of its own. You can forget all the other vampire books by other writers. This is the only vampire book that you should read. If you like this book, you should read the other parts too.
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