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The Vampire Chronicles

(The Vampire Chronicles #1-3)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  12,389 ratings  ·  197 reviews
In 1976, nearly 80 years after Bram Stoker published Dracula, Anne Rice's bestselling first novel, Interview with the Vampire, breathed new life into the vampire myth.

Now, in one chilling volume, here are the first three classic novels of The Vampire Chronicles; Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat, and Queen of the Damned.

All amazing stories in themselves,
Leather Bound, 1269 pages
Published August 30th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published 1989)
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Samuel García
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A classic trilogy. "Interview with the Vampire" is its own beast, while the other two go hand to hand as Lestat's answer to Louis' chronicle. While "Interview with the Vampire" is the better known of all the Vampire Chronicles, and the story is very good, Louis' bleak and whiny vision of the world drags down the reading experience. Lestat, on the other hand, enhances his own story, making it a very fun read. Best of the three would be the last one, "The Queen of the Damned", but you do need to ...more
Dynasty Carfangnia
Anne Rice, you are the queen of vampire stories.
Feb 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O.k if you *are* going to read something written by Anne Rice, do yourself a favor and read this three books. The rest of the chronicles I'm afraid are centered in the character's old past dwellings and in case that you like lestat -who becomes this super-marysue-laughable character, btw-, or fancied any of the other characters, these are the three books you *want to read*

Absolutely a must if you like vampire novels. Even when the author has grown to be a hated character, she redefined the genre
Done with Interview with the Vampire! I'd read it so long ago that I had forgotten a great deal of it, which left me with the same feeling of satisfaction you get when reading a new book. And I really enjoyed it -again. A reminder that vampires are supposed to be these cold, dead, murderous creatures; and not the pretty young playthings from most contemporary vampire stories. Now, on to the Lestat novel!

Update- Done with The Vampire Lestat. Not bad, but I have to say it wasn't quite as
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While the first one is definitely the best, they all deserve 5 stars from me. I love Anne Rice's dark, mystical, romantic style. Great great stories.
Caroline Åsgård
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just copying my reviews on the individual books here:

I've actually never read this before! Crazy, right? The movie has been stuck in my mind since I was a little girl, so it was WAY overdue that I read it. I liked it! In some parts it gave more inside and background story compared to the movie, and in some parts not. I have no idea what the next books are about, so I'll get started on that!

A very interesting read! You get to see the other side of the story. The first book was obviously just
This omnibus edition, though a bit weighty, is a convenient way to carry the first three books in Rice’s Vampire Chronicles series. It is ideal for reading them back-to-back, but it does still contain three separate and complete books:

Interview with a Vampire: This is another one of the few books that I was familiar with the movie long before reading the book. In fact, the book has been on my to-read pile because of the movie for quite a long time. And actually, I enjoyed the novel even more
Joe Vasquez
Oct 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-1
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Science fiction
Rating: 4 stars

In the beginning we meet the Vampire named Lestat. He tells us about his life when he was a young boy, but does not spend too much time on that subject. He goes on and talks about his adventure with his pet dogs into the woods to hunt a few wolves that keep attacking the village. His mother and father order him to go and slay the creatures, so they send him off wit a mare and a nice, powerful gun. He finds out that there are nine wolves, and
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interview with a Vampire- I really liked this book it was as it was described on the back horrible in places but extremely compelling. I didnt find Louis melancholy to draining. But I do wander if this interview was the last thing he did before he was ready to end his life.

The Vampire Lestat- I think he is quite honestly insane. But I suppose that you can understand the torture of seeing time passing and you remaining the same but i am so glad that we find out that Louis is ok and Gabrielle is
Sep 05, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vampire fans, anne rice fans
Shelves: vampire, series
I got this book for Christmas and I only recently got into it. I have read Interview with a Vampire and enjoyed it very much. I'm about a 1/4 of the way through The Vampire Lestat and am enjoying that very much. It's good to get some foundation on Ann Rice's Vampire Chronicles since I have read several of her other books before these 3. It's taking me so long to finish it because it is a bulky volume and not easy to lug around when traveling.
Kenneth Pierce
Fine. . .I admit it. I read all three. And they weren't that bad. Except for Queen of the Damned, which i likened to a snowball rolling down a mountain, gradually gaining in size and speed until it destroys a peaceful village below. Only the snowball is made of vampires. And it sucks. Lestat was the best of the three.

There. I finally said it. Wow, that's a massive weight off my shoulders.
Belinda Long
Aug 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: casual-reading
I am currently only on page 62 of Interview with the Vampire. Already, I can say that this is a compelling read with a lot of philosophical and ethical pondering. It has certainly made me stop reading from time to time and examine my own ethics and philosophies. Already I can see how immortality gives Vampires an eternity to ponder things, and the conclusions they come to ring true even in mortality.
Dec 18, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-graphic
My family could tell you some stories about me reading these books, but I have to put them on my list because they did profoundly affect me at the time I read them, although it wasn't necessarily for good. I can't deny though that Anne Rice is a very gifted writer and establishes very, very interesting, fascinating characters and stories.
Aug 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interview with the Vampire was a twisted and disturbing book and I almost did not read on. Since I bought the trilogy all in the same book, I felt like I had to finish the whole thing otherwise I'd be giving up mid-book. I'm so glad I read on because The Vampire Lestat is a much better story and so far I am enjoying The Queen of the Damned.
Feb 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, horror
Annie Rice's Vampire is one of lust and Romance. She brings in the era of the Vampire, a new craze that brings about the likes of Twilight Series and the Vampire Diaries. She gave the vampires a face and really shows the true life of a vampire. A fantasy world that is fun to read and without teen drama. Great read and wonderful stories!
Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Words can't describe how much I loved these three books (put into one simple convenient package!) My favorite of all of them has to be The Vampire Lestat. It completely repainted my image of him from the villian he was in the first book into this deep intriguing epitome of everything human.
Latin Temptress
Feb 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is my all time fave writer. The Vampire Chronicles was awesome even if the movies sucked. Read also The Mayfair Witches chronicles and the Taltos chronicles, she truly is an amazing writer.
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Rice and the entire Vampire Chronicles. Interview with the Vampire movie is one of my favorite movies. These books are captivating, dark, and beautiful. I fell in love with some of the characters.
M.H.S. Pourri
Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anne Rice is amazing. At first, I had a hatred for vampires till I read the series and I had a compassion and love for them.
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved these books and couldnt put down "Vampire Lestat", it was a real page turner. These were the first vampire books I read so they hold a special place in my heart. :)
Okay, I like vampires... What can I say?
Laurel Pink
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love almost every Anne Rice I have layed eyes upon. The Vampire Lestat is still my favourite. oui oui.
Jayne Pixton
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book is very well written, I love Lestat would have to be my FAVOURITE vampires ever. I recomend this book to everyone becuase of the way it was written.
Γιώργος Μπελαούρης
three of the best books of the whole series
the one is better than the other
all of them are in a special place in my heart
you MUST read them
Tony Canas
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed having all 3 books in one book. Took me a while to get through all 3 of them and I'm not a huge fan of the middle one but overall an awesome set of novels.
Uniquely Tahira  Namreen
this collection of vampire tales by Anne Rice starts off with the story:Interview with the vampire,
In 1791, Louis was a young indigo plantation owner living south of New Orleans, Louisiana. Distraught with guilt over the suicidal death of his younger brother and seeking death in any way possible, Louis is approached by a vampire named Lestat, who desires for Louis company. Lestat turns Louis into a vampire (although initially Louis merely begs to be killed) and the two become immortal
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-owned
Holy snap! The Vampire Chronicles!
Three books starting with my interest on the Interview with the Vampire which had caught my attention 10 years ago, when already it was a classic.

The first book was only the beginning, it was kind of like a pilot episode where the actors have yet to find their characters' moods, quirks and lines that we get to love later on as we familiarize ourselves with them.

The second book, The Vampire Lestat, was a completely different tone from the first one. Not only was
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
While I liked "Interview With the Vampire" & found "The Queen of the Damned" to be entertaining at points, "The Vampire Lestat" is the best the first three books in "The Vampire Chronicles". Lestat's recollections & monologues by far create one of the most charismatic characters in fiction, & is the main reason why TVL is so good. "Interview With the Vampire" was also an enjoyment to read though considering that the story is told from Louis' pov, it carries with it an endearing sense ...more
Amber Daulton
I've heard so much about Anne Rice's vampire books and I've seen the movies, but I'm disappointed with the three books in this volume. I don't like the writing style and the violence was too much for me at times. On the other hand, all three books were very compelling and I became invested in the characters and their well-being. I HAD to continue reading to find out what happened to them even though I really didn't want to finish the volume.
3 stars

Disclaimer – I received this book as a gift from
Let it be known I did not read all 1200 pages! I only read Interview with the Vampire and the beginning of The Vampire Lestat.

Honestly, I really liked it! I've never read the book before, but I've seen the movie numerous times. I personally love the film, as do many others tbh. I had a feeling the book would be different. I'm honestly surprised the movie was close to the book, but there were obviously some differences. I do really enjoy the book, and I'm actually glad that I finally got around
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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 ...more

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The Vampire Chronicles (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • 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)
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  • The Vampire Armand (The Vampire Chronicles, #6)
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