Anne Rice: A Critical Companion

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The Vampire Lestat
(1985)

Anne Rice wrote six more nonsupernatural books after Interview with the Vampire, but in 1984, she went back to the vampire who had been haunting her imagination, Louis’s maker, lover, and enemy, the great Lestat. Having worked through the tragedy and helplessness in her life that made her identify with Louis the victim, Rice now wanted to write about Lestat the defiant outcast. She has called Lestat the bad part of her, the character that takes action at all costs (‘‘Charlie Rose,’’ 5). And in his story, The Vampire Lestat, he certainly takes action, moving the plot through the sheer energy of his character.

The Vampire Lestat begins with Lestat as protagonist or central character in the twentieth century, determined to become a rock star so that he can call all the world’s vampires to one last hellacious showdown at a great rock concert in San Francisco. Having set his plans in motion, Lestat then sits down to write his autobiography, the book that will correct the lies that his vampire companion Louis told about him in Interview with the Vampire. Lestat also hopes it will annoy all the vampires left in the world and alert mortals to the presence of evil. The majority of The Vampire Lestat is this autobiography, spanning from his youth in eighteenth-century France to the 1980s. Only eighteen pages at the beginning of the 550-page book and thirty-four pages at the end take place in the present or the now of the story. All the rest is flashback of Lestat

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Advisory Board vi
  • Contents vii
  • Series Foreword ix
  • 1 - The Life of Anne Rice 1
  • 2 - Supernatural Genres: Horror, Gothic, and Fantasy 9
  • 3 - (1976) 21
  • 4 - (1985) 43
  • 5 - (1988) 63
  • 6 - (1992) 83
  • 7 - (1995) 99
  • 8 - (1989) 115
  • 9 - (1990) 133
  • 10 - (1993) 151
  • 11 - (1994) 159
  • Bibliography 171
  • Index 187
  • About the Author 195
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