Vampire Craze That Began With Author Anne Rice

The iconic novel that kicked off a generation of vampire lover’s turns 46 this year! Let’s take a dive into the 1976 Anne Rice debut novel that started it all.

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The iconic Gothic horror novel that started it all is turning 46 this year! We’re going to take a deep dive into Interview With the Vampire and the cult-classic Anne Rice was able to create. Just remember we aren’t talking the sparkly vampires, but nonetheless you better hold on tight for this one, spider-monkey!

Interview With the Vampire, Anne Rice

Cover of "Interview With the Vampire: A Novel" by Number One New York Times Bestselling Author, Anne Rice. The spellbinding classic that started it all. 
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Interview With the Vampire is the first of a thirteen book series by American author Anne Rice. Interview With the Vampire is exactly what it sounds like, an interview with the vampire, Louis de Pointe du Lac. The premise of the book is an interview conducted by a human to learn about Louis’ expansive life. During which, the readers learn of Louis’ time as a plantation owner (and subsequently a slave owner as well) and all the way into that traditionally angsty vampires we know and love today.

Rice originally fashioned Interview to be a short story, but it was quickly lengthed into the almost four-hundred page monster that it is now. Though the narrative follows Louis, it also introduced the world to Rice’s Prince Brat, the vampire who turned Louis, Lestat de Lioncourt. The yin-yang balance of Louis and Lestat keep the reader invested and desparate to know the vampires next moves.

Lestat de Lioncourt (pictured left, played by Tom Cruise) and Louis de Pointe du Lac (pictured right, played by Brad Pitt) from 1994 movie adaptation of the Anne Rice novel, "Interview With the Vampire."
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If you’re like me and you want a little visual to go along with your reading (after you’ve read the book because we aren’t savages) then be sure to check out Interview With the Vampire 1994 movie adaptation. Starring Tom Cruise as the bloodthirsty Lestat and Brad Pitt as the soul-searching Louis you’re sure to find the core of your vampire obsession.

And last I heard, the rest of The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice should be getting their TV adaptations, as well. AMC+ tweeted the first trailer mid-April teasing a Fall 2022 release date. It’s safe to say that yet another streaming service will be receiving money from me.

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