The Vampire Chronicles is a series of novels by Anne Rice centering on the fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French noble who became a vampire in the 18th century. Rice said in a 2008 interview that her vampires were a "metaphor for lost souls". The homoerotic overtones of The Vampire Chronicles are also well-documented. As of November 2008, The Vampire Chronicles had sold 80 million copies worldwide. Interview with the Vampire (1976) was made into a 1994 film starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst. 1988's The Queen of the Damned was adapted into a 2002 film of the same name, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah and using some material from 1985's The Vampire Lestat. In August 2014, Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment acquired the motion picture rights to the entire series. The first volume was published in the 1970s. To date, the series has sold 80 million copies worldwide.
Books in the series
The Vampire Chronicles
- Interview with the Vampire (1976)
- The Vampire Lestat (1985)
- The Queen of the Damned (1988)
- The Tale of the Body Thief (1992)
- Memnoch the Devil (1995)
- The Vampire Armand (1998)
- Merrick (2000)
- Blood and Gold (2001)
- Blackwood Farm (2002)
- Blood Canticle (2003)
- Prince Lestat (2014)
- Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis (2016)
- Blood Communion: A Tale of Prince Lestat (2018)
The New Tales of the Vampires
Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle include characters from The Lives of the Mayfair Witches.
Interview with the Vampire was made into a film in 1994. It starred Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst. Portions of The Vampire Lestat and The Queen of the Damned were used for the plot of the 2002 film Queen of the Damned, starring Stuart Townsend and Aaliyah.