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Interview with the Vampire

Interview with the Vampire


by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire Resources


Woman of the (Web) Page

Anne Rice is very active online, communicating often with her People of the Page (this is what she calls her fans), and even posting videos… like that time she arrived at a book signing inside a coffin.

Trivia with the Vampire

There is a special section of Anne Rice's webpage just for Interview with the Vampire. Its discussion questions are even more in depth than ours. Definitely something to sink your fangs into.

Movie or TV Productions

What if Lestat Were a Scientologist?

The 1994 film starred a trio of 90s hunks: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, and Antonio Banderas. It also introduced us to a future Mary-Jane Watson and Marie Antoinette: Kirsten Dunst. Anne Rice, by the way, initially hated the casting of the movie. We can picture her saying to Tom Cruise, Get thee behind me, shorty!

Vampires Never Age. Movies Do.

Even though the Pitt/Cruise movie still holds up today, there are often talks of a remake. Anne Rice reportedly wants Robert Downey Jr. to star as Lestat.

Articles and Interviews

Anne the Vampire Slayer

Anne Rice says she'll never write about vampires again, but she still has a lot to say about how she created them in the first place. Who'd have thought she'd one day replace vampires with angels?

Vampires are People too

People magazine loves sex and tragedy almost as much as the American public loves vampires. In this interview from 1988, People asks Anne Rice about her personal tragedies and her tragic book. Sex and death together. It's like the interview version of True Blood.

Articles and interviews

Inspirations of the Author

How does one woman write something so twisted? Find out by reading this New York Times interview from 1988.


Forever Young

A young Kirsten Dunst acts out the scene in which Claudia demands to know who made her into a vampire. If you thought a five-year-old could throw a temper tantrum, wait until you see what a five-year-old vampire can do.

From Interview to Publication

In this interview with the Interview author (how meta), Anne Rice discusses her journey from writing books to getting published and becoming the queen of vampire lit.

Interview with Lestat

Listen to Tom Cruise and Anne Rice talk about the motivations behind the mysterious Lestat in this series of video interviews. No, Lestat is not a Scientologist.


Straight from the Author's Mouth

Get inside Rice's mind with these author interviews, one of which discusses her conflicted vampire creations.

Quoth the Vampire

Too many quotations marks in Interview got you down? Listen to the audio version and hear Louis tell you his tale. It's almost like you're the interviewer.


Cemetery Times

The historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is mentioned in the first part of Interview. Any vampires visiting are the least of your problems. This cemetery is also home to infamous voodoo queen Marie Laveau.

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