Everything You Need To Know About Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles

If you haven’t heard of the book series by Anne Rice, you’ve probably been living under a rock. Or perhaps you’ve seen the film The Interview with the Vampire starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, and Kirsten Dunst or Queen of the Damned, but you had no idea that it was connected to a much bigger series. Either way if you really love vampires with a bit of witches sprinkled in, then you’ll definitely want to check out The Vampire Chronicles series by Anne Rice.

Reviews

“A magnificent, compulsively readable thriller . . . Rice begins where Bram Stoker and the Hollywood versions leave off and penetrates directly to the true fascination of the myth—the education of the vampire.”—Chicago Tribune

“Frightening, sensual . . . Anne Rice will live on through the ages of literature. . . . To read her is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time, to become lightheaded as if our blood is slowly being drained away.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Fiercely ambitious, nothing less than a complete unnatural history of vampires.”—The Village Voice
 
“Brilliant . . . its undead characters are utterly alive.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“Luxuriantly created and richly told.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Mesmerizing . . . a wonderful web of dark-side mythology.”San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Imaginative . . . intelligently written . . . This is popular fiction of the highest order.”USA Today
 
“A tour de force.”—The Boston Globe 

The Vampire Chronicles

the vampire chronicles: interview with the vampire

Interview With A Vampire (Book 1)

The spellbinding classic that started it all from the #1 New York Times bestselling author

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly sensual, this is a novel of mesmerizing beauty and astonishing force—a story of danger and flight, of love and loss, of suspense and resolution, and of the extraordinary power of the senses. This is a novel only Anne Rice could write.

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The Vampire Lestat (Book 2)

#1 New York Times Bestselling author – Surrender to fiction’s greatest creature of the night – Book II of the Vampire Chronicles

The vampire hero of Anne Rice’s enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying existence. Because his is a mesmerizing story—passionate, complex, and thrilling.

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The Queen of the Damned (Book 3)

In a feat of virtuoso storytelling, Anne Rice unleashes Akasha, the queen of the damned, who has risen from a six-thousand-year sleep to let loose the powers of the night. But Akasha has a marvelously devious plan to “save” mankind and destroy the vampire Lestat—in this extraordinarily sensual novel of the complex, erotic, electrifying world of the undead.

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The Tale of the Body Thief (Book 4)

In a gripping feat of storytelling, Anne Rice continues the extraordinary Vampire Chronicles that began with the now-classic Interview with the Vampire. But for centuries, Lestat—vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals—has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. So now he is alone. And in his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the years of his haunted existence.

Memnoch the Devil (Book 5)

We are in New York.  The city is blanketed in snow.  But through the whiteness Lestat is searching for Dora. The beautiful and charismatic daughter of a drug lord, who arouses Lestat’s tenderness as no mortal ever has. While torn between his vampire passions and his overwhelming love for Dora, Lestat is confronted by the most dangerous of adversaries he has yet known. But he is snatched from the world itself by the mysterious Memnoch, who claims to be the Devil. He must decide if he can believe in the Devil or in God. And finally, he must decide which, if either, he will serve.

The Vampire Armand (Book 6)

Returning to the glittering story of Armand, there is the mesmerizing leader of the vampire coven at the eighteenth-century Theatre des Vampires in Paris (seductively played by Antonio Banderas in the film of Interview with the Vampire). Snatched from the steppes of Russia as a child, and sold as a slave in Renaissance Venice, Armand’s story sweeps through several hundred years, to New Orleans at the end of the twentieth century. Where Lestat lies waiting for immortality, and the legend continues to grow. . . . .

Merrick (Book 7)

At the center of the world of witchcraft is the beautiful, unconquerable witch Merrick. She is a descendant of the gens de couleur libres. Asociety of New Orleans octoroons and quadroons steeped in the lore and ceremony of voodoo. They reign in the shadowy world where African and French–the dark and the white–intermingle. Then into this realm comes David Talbot. Hero, storyteller, adventurer, almost-mortal vampire, visitor from another dark realm. It is he who recounts Merrick’s haunting tale. A tale that takes us from the New Orleans of past and present to the jungles of Guatemala. From the Maya ruins of a century ago to ancient civilizations not yet explored.

Blood And Gold (Book 8)

Once a proud Senator in Imperial Rome, kidnapped and made a “blood god” by the Druids, Marius – true Child of the Millennia, once mentor to The Vampire Lestat – becomes the embittered protector of Akasha and Enkil, Queen and King of the vampires, in whom the core of the supernatural race resides. We follow him through his heartbreaking abandonment of the vampire Pandora. Then through him we see the fall of pagan Rome to the Emperor Constantine and the horrific sack of the Eternal City itself at the hands of the Visigoths.

Blackwood Farm (Book 9)

Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, bright, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelgänger, “Goblin.” A spirit from a dream world that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. Then when Quinn is made a Vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelgänger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.

Blood Canticle (Book 10)

Welcome back to Blackwood Farm. Here are all of the brilliantly conceived characters that make up the two worlds of vampires and witches: Mona Mayfair; her uncle, Julian Mayfair, guardian of the family; Rowan Mayfair, witch; her husband, Michael Curry; Ash Templeton; and Patsy. Delightfully, at the book’s centre is the Vampire Lestat, once the epitome of evil, now pursuing the transformation set in motion with Memnoch the Devil.

Prince Lestat (Book 11)

THE VAMPIRE WORLD IS IN CRISIS . . .
 
Old vampires, roused from deep slumber in the earth, are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn their kin in cities across the globe, from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to San Francisco. So left with little time to spare, a host of familiar characters including Louis de Pointe du Lac, Armand, and even the vampire Lestat, must embark on a journey to discover who—or what—is driving this mysterious being.

Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (Book 12)

At the novel’s center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, inspirer, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat’s undead body and soul. But this ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe.

We learn of the mighty, far-reaching powers and perfections of this lost kingdom of Atalantaya, the lost realms of Atlantis, we come to understand its secrets, and how and why the vampire Lestat, indeed all the vampires, must reckon so many millennia later with the terrifying force of this ageless, all-powerful Atalantaya spirit.

Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (Book 13)

Lestat takes us from his ancestral castle in the snow-covered mountains of France to the verdant wilds of lush Louisiana, with its lingering fragrances of magnolias and night jasmine; from the far reaches of the Pacific’s untouched islands to the 18th-century city of St. Petersburg and the court of the Empress Catherine. There he speaks of his fierce battle of wits and words with the mysterious Rhoshamandes, proud Child of the Millennia, reviled outcast for his senseless slaughter of the legendary ancient vampire Maharet, avowed enemy of Queen Akasha, who refuses to live in harmony at court and who threatens all Lestat has dreamt of . . .

the vampire chronicles: claudia's story

Interview with the Vampire: Claudia’s Story

A richly-illustrated graphic novel adaptation of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, told through the eyes of the vampire Claudia, who was just a little girl when she was turned by the vampire Lestat. And although she spends many years of happiness with her two vampire fathers, she gradually grows discontent with their insistence upon treating her like a little girl, even though she has lived as long as any mortal man…and her lust to kill is certainly no less than theirs…

The Vampire Chronicles – Bonus

If you’ve read all of the Vampire Chronicles and you’re just dying for some more Lestat, then you’re in luck. Because two of Anne Rice’s other series are connected to the world of The Vampire Chronicles.

New Tales of the Vampires

Pandora
Vittorio the Vampire

Lives of the Mayfair Witches

The Witching Hour
Lasher
Taltos
Merrick
Blackwood Farm
Blood Canticle

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