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In a darkened room a young man sits telling the macabre and eerie story of his life - the story of a vampire, gifted with eternal life, cursed with an exquisite craving for human blood. Anne Rice's compulsively readable novel is arguably the most celebrated work of vampire fiction since Bram Stoker's Dracula was published in 1897. As the Washington Post said on its first p ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 346 pages
Published 1976 by Ballantine Books
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Jackie I admire people who actually made it all the way through at a young age. I found it mind-numbingly boring as an adult, and can't imagine reading it as…moreI admire people who actually made it all the way through at a young age. I found it mind-numbingly boring as an adult, and can't imagine reading it as a child. There are so many fantastic books written for kids these days. Why not read them, and then if you feel like you have to read this book, do it as an adult. (less)
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I hate Anne Rice's writing so much that if it and I were in a romantic comedy together we'd be destined to fall in love and be married by the end of the movie.
Kat Kennedy
If you would kindly look at my shelves, you might notice that I've read a good chunk of vampire novels written in the past two decades. It seemed strange to me, though, that I still hadn't read one of the more important ones.

Now, I don't think it's because this book is particularly brilliant or a masterpiece. Yet it does represent an important paradigm shift in the representation of vampires in modern literature. Whilst Vampires are still unaccountably evil in this novel, they are also relatabl
One of the rare few books I couldn't finish. I could not empathize with the lead character at all - once he turned into a vampire I would be regularly bombarded with paragraphs describing how goddamn beautiful everything was now that he could see them with his vampire eyes. The forest was beautiful, the night sky was beautiful, the homeless people were beautiful...not normally, mind you, only when seen through vampire eyes.

These special vampire eyes might be the reason why Louis (narrator) and L
I first read this book in High School and my sad gothic self immediately fell in love with its beautiful, damaged characters. For years this book haunted me. The rest of the Vampires books were pulpy fun but this book really had something. She captured something here and her almost baroque prose really carries the story.

Later in life, I came to realize that Interview is a kind of Catcher In The Rye for goths. Louis is turned into a vampire and continues his search for the answers: who he is, wh
Jun 24, 2009 C. rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to C. by: Books not bongs
Shelves: fantasy, 2009
You begin.
It seems like it might be fun.
A little bit trashy, but fun.
Not so well written.
Already, you know it won't be up to much.
You keep reading.
Why this way?
You read, wondering why.
It seems pointless.
You are bored, your mind wanders.
You keep reading.
You cannot stop.
It is dark.
So dark.
The atmosphere.
Dark. Macabre. Gothic. Haunting.
You are trapped.
Trapped in someone's twisted fantasy.
Until pain and suffering and anguish and loneliness are beautiful.
Mar 08, 2012 Shovelmonkey1 rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who think that the history of Vampirism starts and ends with edward cullen
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Poor vampires. Such a bad press over the years what with all the blood sucking, neck snapping and general ravaging of virgins, maidens and anyone with a taste for Gothic-style bedroom furniture and an open window.

Still, now that Edward Cullen and his pan-faced fan base of moody teens have infiltrated popular culture, replacing the stereotypical images of pale, foppish young men in lacy cuffs and brocaded velvet jackets with a utilitarian Gap-Style wardrobe of urban wear (and a slightly sulky lo
I am going to confess that I didn't read this book until 1993, after I'd seen the movie. I couldn't handle horror movies or scary books at the time, but Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas and a surprisingly good Tom Cruise really got my attention.
Now I'm a bona fide fan. I'm working toward reading everything Rice has written, and now I enjoy many other authors who write about vampires.
It wasn't just that the vampire dudes were soooo totally hot in the movie. As is usually the case, the book turned ou
Damn you straight to hell, 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, for what you made me do. You made me read a goddamn vampire book. Not only that, you made me read a vampire book with a cover made entirely of shiny ostentatious material that shouted to everyone in the library as I checked this out, "Look everyone! Madeline is reading a book about vampires! SHINY SHINY SHINY LOOK AT ME! I CONTAIN SEXY BROODING VAMPIRES AND I AM SO EFFING SHINY."

(I cannot stress how shiny-gold this cover is. Li
Jason Pettus
Okay, I confess, I've actually read the first three of the novels in this fantastical series; but that they declined in quality so rapidly and profoundly that I just couldn't continue after that. Still, though, this first book of the series continues to be surprisingly strong, even if it single-handedly brought about an entire "goth industry" that threatens to turn all of Rice's original material into parodies of itself. A sprawling epic that is as much a vivid fictional history of the multicult ...more
Bookworm Sean
I really regret seeing the movie version of this prior to reading it because it spoiled the ending of the book. Anne Rice has Louis tell his entire life story to some idiot journalist that reflects the reader's supposed ignorance to the world of the vampire. This device worked to an extent, but I just knew how it was going to end so a lot of the magic was wasted on me. I sincerely regret watching the movie because it hindered my enjoyment of the novel. That being said though, the ending was as b ...more
I thought it was slow, difficult to read. I finished it only by sheer determination, not out of pleasure.
Jan 24, 2009 Brad rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ruzz and anyone who wants to feel the world more intensely
Recommended to Brad by: Pat Gulmick
Shelves: horror, vampire, faves
Twenty winters ago I read Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire for the first time. I read it again just before Neil Jordan's film version came out, and then I let it slip into the recesses of my personal mythology, only letting the memory of it pop out once in a while for some wistful nostalgia and a vow to read it again.

This year's glut of filmed Vampire adaptations -- HBO's True Blood, based on Charlaine Harris's Sookie Stackhouse books, and Stephanie Meyer's Twilight -- got me longing for
Okay Twilight fans, and fans of all other modern vampire novels, THIS IS WHAT VAMPIRES ARE SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE! They are not supposed to sparkle, they are not supposed to be teenagers, they are not supposed to be angsty, and they DO NOT fall in love with bland, whiny, seriously mentally handicapped girls. They are supposed to be scary, they are supposed to be mysterious, they are supposed to be mesmerizing (not as a romantic interest, but in their interest of you being their next meal).

Louis and
Oy... Can a book be disappointing if I expected not to like it? Or, rather, can I be disappointed in it?


This was seriously boring. And repetitive. And boringly repetitive. And unexciting and also it rehashed the same things over and over. And over. Did I mention it was boring? Because it was. Even more than I expected. At about 100 pages in, I was like "OK, this isn't terrible, that's good." And then... It just stayed right there. At "Not Terrible" level. Nothing interesting happened, noth
Aug 15, 2013 Cecilia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire lovers
Shelves: anne-rice, vampires
Este fue el libro que hizo que, durante varios años de mi vida, anne rice fuera una de las escritoras que más leía. Y no tenía nada que ver con ser "gótico", si no que, simplemente sus personajes me parecían sumamente reales. La soledad, la miseria, el odio y el amor, son emociones humanas, no vampíricas, por lo tanto, no es difícil comprender por qué tantas personas se "enamoraron" de sus vampiros y siguieron toda la saga de novelas vampíricas que esta mujer creo. Otro de los puntos importantes ...more
You need to get here right away. This whole event has a Lovecraftian feel. But when you get here it will have an Anne Rice feel. Because you're gay.

The above quote, which is recited as well I can remember it, is from John Dies at the End by David Wong. I quote it in this review of Interview With the Vampire because it evokes a certain atmosphere that Rice has created in her version of vampire lore. Not that I think Louis, Lestat or anyone who reads Ann Rice is gay. Well, I always wondered about
This is my first Anne Rice novel and her writing reminds me of Stephen King - they both drag you into their worlds and keep you there, making you race though it to the end as fast as possible to find out what happens.
Interview with the Vampire is the story of Louis mostly, how he became a vampire at the hands of Lestat, how they together made the child vampire Claudia, how Claudia and Louis parted ways with Lestat and went out into the world to search for other vampires and finally found what t
May 05, 2011 Rumi rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rumi by: Vennie
"Interview with the Vampire" is a truly remarkable book. Without claiming to be a fantasy know-it-all, I'd like to say that the characters in this book are probably some of the most well-developed fantasy creatures out there. Each one has their own doubts, fears, hopes, and a whole system of values. They might not always act as expected from them, but then again, do they have to be perfect, all-knowing, wise and so very distant from humans every single time? What Anne Rice has created is not onl ...more
Paul Bryant
Oh God, I'm going to have to do this. Oh well, here I go. Hmm – he looks a bit fierce.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."

Silence… erm – now what am i supposed to say ? oh yes…

"I confess to God almighty, to blessed Mary, ever Virgin, to all the Saints, and to you Father, that I have sinned very much in thought, word, deed and omission, by my fault, my fault, my most grievous fault. Especially since my last confession which was ....... approximately 23 years and several months ago. Er. Hmm. I
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
*** 4.5 'Shut Up,Louis' Stars ***

. .. . . Okay, okay, I haven't actually read the twilight series but you have to admit Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt make a much hotter couple than Robert Pattison and Kristen Stewart. . . Or not. ** liars!**

To those who haven't read the Interview with the Vampire ( 'the' ?.. . all this time I thought it was 'a') because you've already watched the film---> READ IT. While Hollywood managed to capture the essence of the story to a cinematic degree, in my humble o
Crystal Starr Light
“The world changes, we do not, therein lies the irony that kills us.”

Louis approaches a young reporter and begins to tell the boy his tale - how he became a vampire, back in the 18th century by the hands of Lestat, his growing love for Claudia, a vampire woman stuck in a 5 year old body, and his desire to learn more about the beast he had become.

This is one of those modern classic vampire tales, one that I've been meaning to read ever since I got interested in vampires back with "Twilight". But
Nov 17, 2008 Tracy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who tends to read a little slower
This book was a slow read, and I didn't find it very interesting. The narrative drifts in and out of metaphorical prose, making it difficult to understand what was really happening and what was artistic expression. The author became so caught up in the love of her own prose that she afflicted the reader with the mental haze of her storyteller. I tend to read at a faster pace, and many passages required re-reading to grasp what really was going on. If this was the only problem with the book, I mi ...more
As a lover of vampires I am a bit embarrassed to say that I had not read Rice's Interview with the Vampire until now. But better late than never, right? I started reading the book during this 2014-2015 school year, and as any high school English teacher, I felt I had to put it aside for a while because of the ominous gray cloud of guilt that hovered above my head any time I did something that wasn't related to grading papers or preparing lessons.

I own a copy of Neil Jordan's 1994 film based on t
Daniel Marcos
I really wanted lo like this book, my hopes where high, because I LOVE vampire books and this is one of the most important, and it is without a doubt, the most boring one.

I hate Anne Rice's writing, it makes me want to cut my veins.

Let me give you an example:

My keyboard is very beatiful, I like how the "Q" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "Q" I also like how the "E" feels underneath my finger when I press the button to type the letter "E" I also like how the
Cristal Marie
Louis's world is somber, lush, beautiful and heartbreaking. This wasn't the first book in The Vampire Chronicles I read, I picked up Merrick first and immediately was most intrigued by Lestat de Lioncourt, so I purchased Tale Of The Body Thief and then read The Vampire Lestat, Queen of The Damned and the rest of the series in order.

This book, the first in the saga, was ironically the last one I read. I guess I avoided it because Louis struggles so much with being a vampire, while Lestat makes b
Matt Garcia
Magnificent novel filled with passion and unrelenting emotion on every page. Anne Rice manages to give the vampire mythos her own unique twist while still acknowledging the others that have come before it. Character development is top notch and the mysterious nature of many of the characters' origins only adds to their appeal and allure. The vampire world beckons to the reader similar to a nightmare that you fear but still wish to continuously experience. The prose is velvety and rich and combin ...more
Brooke Hargett
Interview with a Vampire was a completely different kind of book than anything I have ever read. I probably never would have picked it up, but it was the book of choice for bookclub this month. I was very surprised by how much I liked it because typically I don't read vampire books (with the exception of the Twilight saga, and come on, EVERYONE read those) and I would have thought this book would be too slow for my liking. But for some reason, I found myself really enjoying it.

The way it is writ
El Marcapaginas
Esta fue una relectura interesante. Descubrí un Louis sincero y a un Lestat perverso pero muy humano. Hubo momentos demasiado pastelosos para mi gusto pero algunos fueron justificados. Anne Rice supo escribir una buena historia y hacer que envejezca bastante bien con los años. Quiero continuar con la saga pues quiero saber más sobre estas crónicas vampíricas, que tras la publicación este año del último volumen, siguen más vivas que nunca.
It's hard to admit that a movie with Tom Cruise in it could actually be less boring than a book.
But there you go.
I read this when I was a teen, and I had a much higher tolerance for meandering bullshit plots than I do now, so my review was originally 3 stars. However, on reflection...
Yeah. This was pretty much crap.
Sorry if this offends any Rice fanatics.
Hmmm. No, on reflection I really don't care who it offends.
This was a reread and I'm keeping my rating at 3 stars even tho I remember liking the book better when I was younger.
It's a good story, well written (if you like Anne Rice's style) and with interesting characters. I just think the movie was better. Simple as that.
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Anne Rice (born Howard Allen Frances O'Brien) is a best-selling American author of gothic, supernatural, historical, erotica, and later religious themed books. Best known for The Vampire Chronicles, her prevailing thematical focus is on love, death, immortality, existentialism, and the human condition. She was married to poet Stan Rice for 41 years until his death in 2002. Her books have sold near ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 14 books)
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  • Vittorio, The Vampire (New Tales of the Vampires, #2)
  • The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2)
  • The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3)
  • The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4)
  • Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)
  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
  • Merrick (The Vampire Chronicles #7)
  • Blood And Gold (The Vampire Chronicles, #8)
  • Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles, #9)
The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles, #2) The Queen of the Damned (The Vampire Chronicles, #3) The Witching Hour (Lives of the Mayfair Witches, #1) The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4) Memnoch the Devil (The Vampire Chronicles, #5)

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