The Vampire Lestat

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The Vampire Lestat (1985) is a novel by Anne Rice, and the second in her Vampire Chronicles, following Interview with the Vampire. Many events in the two books appear to contradict each other. These inconsistencies provide a good example of the unreliable narrator, allowing the readers to decide which version of events they believe to be accurate.


Plot summary

Set in the late 18th century to the late 1980s, the story follows the 200-year-long life of the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, and his rise from humble beginnings as an impoverished aristocrat in the countryside of France to the city of Paris to become a vain and arrogant vampire. After escaping his family and running off to Paris with his friend and confidante Nicolas (nicknamed Nicki by Lestat), Lestat is bitten by the rogue elder vampire Magnus, who orphans him on the night he is made. Lestat abandons Nicki for fear of causing him harm and shuns contact with his loved ones. He later turns Niki into a vampire and they begin to grow apart because of Niki's sullenness. One day his dying mother, Gabrielle, arrives to say goodbye to him. In order to save her, Lestat bites her, transforming her into his first companion.

The book ends on a cliffhanger after Lestat's debut concert in San Francisco, and leads directly into the third volume, The Queen of the Damned.


Comic: Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat

The Vampire Lestat was adapted into a comic and released as a 12-part miniseries by Innovation Comics in 1990 and 1991. The comic, which was formally titled Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat and featured Daerick Gross and Mike Okamoto as lead artists, had a script adapted from the novel by Rice and Faye Perozich. In 1991 the entire series was published as a graphic novel by Ballantine.[1]

Queen of the Damned

Portions of The Vampire Lestat were used in the 2002 film adaptation of The Queen of the Damned..

Lestat: The Musical

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