After a break of over 10 years from The Vampire Chronicles, Anne Rice has brought Lestat back in her new novel ‘Prince Lestat’. And keep glued to Geek Syndicate for news of how to win a signed copy of this book.
The vampire world is in crisis – their kind has been proliferating out of control and, thanks to technologies undreamed of in previous centuries, they can communicate as never before. Roused from their earth-bound slumber, ancient ones are in thrall to the Voice: which commands that they burn fledgling vampires in cities from Paris to Mumbai, Hong Kong to Kyoto and San Francisco. Immolations, huge massacres, have commenced all over the world. Who – or what – is the Voice? What does it desire, and why?
There is only one vampire, only one blood drinker, truly known to the entire world of the Undead. Will the dazzling hero-wanderer, the dangerous rebel-outlaw Lestat heed the call to unite the Children of Darkness as they face this new twilight?
Anne Rice’s epic, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious new novel brings together all the worlds and beings of the legendary Vampire Chronicles, from present-day New York and Ancient Egypt to fourth-century Carthage and Renaissance Venice; from Louis de Pointe du Lac; Armand the eternally young; Mekare and Maharet; to Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca; and Marius, the true child of the Millennia. It also introduces many other seductive supernatural creatures, and heralds significant new blood.
Price Lestat is due out 30th October, but in the meantime check out some questions from a recent Q&A Anne Rice carried out.
1. What inspired you to return to Lestat after more than a decade?
New ideas. New visions. New possibilities. At the time I retired from the Chronicles (2003) I really had no more to say with Lestat. I associated the Chronicles with some of the most painful parts of my life. But as the years passed, I kept thinking of Lestat, wondering what he would think about this or that cultural development, what he might have to say about this or that new film or book. He was alive for me, out there, in exile. Finally I went back and reread all of the books, and he was talking to me again, coming out of exile, out of his ‘depression’, wanting to live again. It was glorious.
2. Can you give us a sense of what fans can expect from the vampires in the new book?
It seems to me the readers want Lestat, Armand, Louis, Pandora and Marius to return. And they can expect to be immersed in the lives of these major characters once again. Of course I did not bring back every single character who appeared in the earlier books, and inevitably some readers will find it disappointing that a particular character did not return. But in general, I hope the readers will be happy. This book deals with the whole tribe, and what they are doing now in the twenty-first century. It is large in scope, like The Queen of the Damned. Many new characters are introduced.
3. What do you think the new generation of vampire fans will find in your novels that they may not have come across before?
My emphasis has always been on the vampire as godlike, heroic, hugely powerful, facing the challenge of immortality as his physical and mental powers grow beyond his wildest dreams. If the new generation wants the vampire as mythic hero, I hope they will be drawn to Lestat. Also my beloved vampire heroes are international; they come from all parts of the globe and they roam the earth in their quest for love, and for meaning. I absolutely love exploring Lestat’s ties to Paris and the Auvergne where he was born; I enjoy describing the life of Armand and others today in New York; it was fun for me to explore what vampires all over the world were up to as they confront the problems of the modern age. If readers want a global vision of the tribe, if they enjoy my cosmology – how the vampires came into existence, what unites them, etc. – well, I think they might enjoy Prince Lestat. But what has always driven my work is character. I’m in love with Lestat, with Louis, with all of my vampires. And if readers share that intense love, well, the books will work for them. I’m an intensely romantic writer. But what I write is a romance of heroes, of those who are larger than life… because I believe truly that just about everybody is larger than life.
4. What’s next for you, and for Lestat?
Blood Paradise is the tentative title of the next book, in which the story of Prince Lestat continues. There are unresolved issues, things that must be dealt with. And new surprises. I see Prince Lestat as the first volume of a reboot for the Chronicles. I’m deeply immersed in writing the next book already. Lestat is a character deeply rooted in my heart and mind. He cannot be consciously coerced by me to speak. And once he does start speaking, well, I cannot shut him up. He’s in control again. He has a lot to say. And then my imagination is aflame with stories about all those who love and expect things of Lestat. He’s much in demand amongst the world’s immortals.
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