The Vampire Lestat
Author: Anne Rice
Title: The Vampire Lestat
Publication Date: 1985
Number of Pages: 496
Geographical Setting: Louisiana, France
Time Period: Modern Era/ Pre-Revolutionary France
Series: Part Two of the Vampire Chronicles
Plot Summary: This story follows the vampire Lestat, going from his mortal years through his transformation and present day. Lestat awakens after fifty years of being asleep and decides not to lead a secretive vampire existence, but to become a rock star! He also tries to find the origin of his vampire species and to waken those who are still asleep. Lestat was originally introduced in the first book of the Vampire Chronicles, Interview with a Vampire.
Subject Headings: France – Fiction; Rock — Fiction; Vampire– Fiction; Super-Natural – Fiction; Horror – Fiction
Appeal: Super-natural, Psychological, Thrilling, Action, Adventure, Dangerous, Dark, Creepy, Suspenseful, Character-Driven, Even-Paced, Philosophical
Three appeal terms: Super-Natural, Creepy, Dark
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