Interview with the Vampire

by

Author: Anne Rice

Title: Interview with the Vampire

Genre: Horror, literary fiction

Publication Date: 1976

Number of Pages: 274

Geographical Setting: New Orleans, Europe

Time Period: 1790s to 1960s/70s

Series: First book in the Vampire Chronicles

Plot Summary: A vampire tells the story of his first 200 years to a reporter one night. He shares in detail how he became a vampire, his living with his maker, Lestat, and Claudia, the 5 year old that they made to be their vampire daughter.

Soon (only a vampire would call 65 years soon), Claudia and Louis tired of Lestat’s demands, hostility and cruelty. Claudia devises a plan to kill Lestat and, together, she and Louis would search Europe for other vampires. In Paris they join a coven, reluctantly, and make a mother figure for Claudia. When Lestat arrives, not as dead as they thought, he seeks revenge, attempting to kill them all.

Interview with the Vampire was beautifully written, much higher quality than most of today’s best seller list vampire stories. She writes as elegantly as would be expected from the highly educated, 17 th century born, socialite narrator.

Subject Headings: Vampire, New Orleans, Europe, Paris, Lestat, morality, mortality, 17th century
Appeal Terms: Atmospheric, bleak, character-driven, creepy, descriptive, dramatic, lyrical, nostalgic, reflective, leisurely pace, strong sense of place, suspenseful, thought-provoking, violent, desolate, memorable

3 terms that describe this book: New Orleans, Vampire, Paris

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

Anne Rice: A Critical Companion by Jennifer Smith (analysis of characters, themes, and use of genres)
Vampires in Their Own Words: An Anthology of Vampire Voices by Michelle Belanger (explains vampire myths and history through the voice of vampires throughout literature, as Interview with the Vampire is told through Louis the vampire’s voice).
The French Quarter: An Informal History of the New Orleans Underworld by Herbert Asbury (stories from the darker side of New Orleans’ colorful history, including gambling and prostitution, which give the vampires in Rice’s novel plenty of dinners).

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dracula by Bram Stoker(the original vampire novel, literary writing)
Fiends by John Farris (atmospheric, questions morality behind immortality)
Southern Vampire Series by Charlaine Harris (the vampires act and react similarly to those in Rice’s novel)

Name: Angela

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