Title: Interview with the Vampire
Author: Anne Rice
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Blurb: 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.
I read the first half of this book a few years ago and didn’t end up finishing it. While I want to say I regret that, I can’t help but feel that I would not have appreciated this book if I hadn’t read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein first (which is also one of my favorite books). Rice evokes the same type of voice and narrative structure that Shelley uses, but she takes the Gothicism to a more sensual realm.
A lot of people will tell you that this book is full of sex, but honestly, I don’t think that’s true. Compared to more modern novels, this is nothing. I would say that this story has a lot to say about the nature of desire. There are a lot of sexual metaphors happening with the idea of taking blood and life from another person, and the main character, Louis, goes so far as to even compare the two.
I think one of the things that fascinates me (and consequentially causes me to love it so) about this book is how incredibly queer it is. It seems to be that most characters are queer in some way or the other, though I’d argue most of them are presented as bisexual. While there isn’t any explicit sex, the subtext is less subtle, more punching you in the face. For a book that was published in 1976, that’s impressive. I so rarely see books about LGBTQ people that are not about the struggles or coming out, that to find a novel that treats such characters as characters and not gay characters is refreshing.
I absolutely adored this book, from start to finish. If you prefer action-packed thrillers, this book might not be for you, but if you appreciate the Gothic style of writing and complex characters, then this is definitely something you should look into.
I’m also giving this book away in my giveaway, if you’re interested in entering.