By Anne Rice
Within the now-classic novel Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice refreshed the archetypal vampire delusion for a late-20th-century viewers. the tale is ostensibly an easy one: having suffered an incredible own loss, an 18th-century Louisiana plantation proprietor named Louis Pointe du Lac descends into an alcoholic stupor. At his emotional nadir, he's faced by means of Lestat, a charismatic and robust vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. the 2 prey on innocents, supply their "dark gift" to a tender woman, and search out others in their type (notably the traditional vampire Armand) in Paris. yet a precis of this tale bypasses the valuable points of interest of the unconventional. firstly, the tactic Rice selected to inform her tale--with Louis' first-person confession to a skeptical boy--transformed the vampire from a hideous predator right into a hugely sympathetic, seductive, and all-too-human determine. moment, by means of coming into the event of an immortal personality, one raised with a deep Catholic religion, Rice used to be in a position to discover profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the truth of demise, and the boundaries of human perception--in methods impossible from the viewpoint of a extra finite narrator.
While Rice has persevered to enquire historical past, religion, and philosophy in next Vampire novels (including The Vampire Lestat, The Queen of the Damned, The story of the physique Thief, Memnoch the Devil, and The Vampire Armand), Interview continues to be a valuable masterpiece. it really is that infrequent paintings that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound imaginative and prescient of the human .