April 12, 1976: ‘Interview With The Vampire’ by Anne Rice

04-12-1976-Interview_With_The_Vampire-1st_EditionInterview with the Vampire is the debut gothic horror and vampire novel by American author Anne Rice, published today in 1976. Based on a short story Rice wrote around 1968, the novel centers on vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac, who tells the story of his life to a reporter. Rice composed the novel shortly after the death of her young daughter Michelle, who served as an inspiration for the child-vampire character Claudia. Though initially the subject of mixed critical reception, the book was followed by a large number of widely popular sequels, collectively known as The Vampire Chronicles. A film adaptation was released in 1994, starring Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise, and the novel has been adapted as a comic three times. [Wikipedia]

Read more at http://www.annerice.com/Bookshelf-Interview.html.

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