The first book in the Vampire Chronicles. Louis the vampire has decided to tell his story, once and for all. He tells us of his life before he became a vampire; of his selfishness and grief, and how they led him into the arms of Lestat, the vampire who gave him the Dark Gift and made him immortal. His vision of Lestat is monstrous. A heartless, blood-thirsty vampire with no conscience, and no respect for life; whose egocentric nightmare has taken Louis hostage. Louis is at once enchanted with his vampiric existence, in love with his new senses, and tortured by what he perceives as his damnation. He agonizes over killing; feeding mainly on animals until he can stand it no longer. Then he takes the lives of those whose deaths will make him feel the most guilty in a self perpetuating cycle. He travels the world with Claudia, the beautiful child turned ageless vampire. She was made by both Louis and Lestat together, each for his own reasons. Claudia both comforts and torments Louis, and together they try to find others of their kind.
How can you not know about this book? Pretty much the parent of all gay vampire fiction. A lot of homoerotic tension between the two main male vampires, though they are never labeled as gay. It got my heart pounding. Interesting lesbian overtones with a 'child' vampire Claudia here also.
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The Vampire Chronicles as a whole is a great series of books to read. They encompass storylines set all over the globe and throughout human history as well. While there are no real direct references to sex, though there is a dark thread of homoerotic undercurrents woven throughout the books.
Overall Rating: A Queer vampire Rating: B+
This is a great book. It is not as erotic as some of the others in the Vampire Chronicles, but great all the same.
By: angelchild6 ( email@example.com )
I loved 'Interview with the Vampire.' It was very graphic for a vampire book (and movie). It did not have much of a queer basis to it, however.
By: 6'6"tallhairykinkmaster ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
Simply exquisitely written. There is the maintained sense of gay sexual tension throughout Rice's writing. It's both exhilarating and threatening.
By: Angelie Noel ( AngelieNoel@aol.com )
I loved the movie and the book so much. The really good part about the movie was that Brad Pit almost kissed Antonio Banderez... I wished he would have.
By: Melanie ( email@example.com )
This book describes the relationship between two men in the 19th century and the feelings they experienced together. Overall it's a brilliant read and I suggest you give it a try.
By: Laura ( firstname.lastname@example.org )
I think this book shows the true essence of how love and sex is beautiful amongst all kinds. I think Lestat is a good representation of us all.
By: Kingy ( email@example.com )
so hot, i loved every moment of the book
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