Terrifying Thursday: Interview With the Vampire

Posted 10 October, 2013 by April @ The Steadfast Reader in Reviews

Terrifying Thursday: Interview With the VampireInterview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
Published by Random House Publishing Group on November 17th 2010
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, General, Horror, Paranormal, Psychological, Sagas, Suspense, Thrillers
Pages: 352

Here are the confessions of a vampire. Hypnotic, shocking, and chillingly erotic, 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. It is a novel only Anne Rice could write.The Vampire Chronicles continue in Prince Lestat. Look for a special preview in the back of the book.Praise for Interview with the Vampire   “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   “Unrelentingly erotic . . . sometimes beautiful, and always unforgettable.”—Washington Post   “If you surrender and go with her . . . you have surrendered to enchantment, as in a voluptuous dream.”—Boston Globe   “A chilling, thought-provoking tale, beautifully frightening, sensuous, and utterly unnerving.”—Hartford CourantFrom the Paperback edition.

I first read Interview With the Vampire maybe 12 to 15 years ago… I thought it was just okay. 

The second reading either opened up new revelations for me or perhaps being older I was better equipped to fully understand it. Whatever the reason, I now consider this book to be one of our modern classics. I’m almost tempted to say timeless. 

I’ve always loved the way that Rice’s vampires struggle with their own humanity attempting to reconcile their need for blood with the ideas of good and evil. Her vampires have depth and feeling that other vampire stories lack. Dracula will always be an amazing book, but I prefer my vampires with brains. 

Something else I want to touch on in this review is the rise of the YA paranormal romance vampires. They generally annoy me, Twilight in particular. But I think I might craft a whole post on that

April @ The Steadfast Reader


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