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 a massive 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 way of Lestat, a charismatic and robust vampire who chooses Louis to be his fledgling. the 2 prey on innocents, provide their "dark gift" to a tender woman, and hunt down others in their sort (notably the traditional vampire Armand) in Paris. yet a precis of this tale bypasses the relevant sights of the unconventional. at the start, 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 way of getting into the adventure of an immortal personality, one raised with a deep Catholic religion, Rice used to be capable of discover profound philosophical concerns--the nature of evil, the truth of demise, and the bounds of human perception--in methods impossible from the point of view of a extra finite narrator.
While Rice has persisted to enquire heritage, 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 is still a valuable masterpiece. it truly is that infrequent paintings that blends a childlike fascination for the supernatural with a profound imaginative and prescient of the human situation.