author: Anne Rice
published: 1984
characters featured: Lestat, Gabrielle, Nicolas, Magnus, Marius, Armand, Akasha, Louis, Enkil
Story: Lestat's autobiography. His life in Auvergne, running to Paris with Nicolas, becoming a vampire by Magnus, discovering the Theatre des Vampire, making his mother a vampire, meeting Armand, his mother's departure, meeting Marius, drinking from Akasha, waking Akasha with his music, after he becomes a 20th-century rock star joining the band Satan's Night Out, turning it into The Vampire Lestat, the happenings of his first and only concert in LA.
Book 2 in the Vampire Chronicles


Quotes from The Vampire Lestat


"It was the same the first time I bore a child," she said. "I was in agony for twelve hours, and I felt trapped in the pain, knowing that the only release was the birth or my own death. When it was over, I had your brother Augustin in my arms, but I didn't want anyone else near me. And it wasn't because I blamed them. It was only that I'd suffered like that, hour after hour, that I'd gone into the circle of hell and come back out. They hadn't been in the circle of hell. And I felt quiet all over. In this common occurrence, this vulgar act of giving birth, I understood the meaning of utter loneliness."

-Gabrielle, The Vampire Lestat, p. 37


"...I hated the fact only extreme pain in me could ever wring from her the slightest warmth or interest."

-Lestat, The Vampire Lestat, p.37


"The contempt, the malice, came out of [Nicolas] in this low metallic sound. It was the very opposite of the sounds made by the vampires. You could hear the human blood in it, the human thickness of it, echoing against the walls. Ruddy and hot and strangely unfinished he seemed suddenly. the only mortal among us, like a child thrown among porcelain dolls."

-Lestat, The Vampire Lestat, 221


"But not uncivilized, no, not savage. She was not that. She was only reawakened, my goddess, risen like a magnificent butterfly from its cocoon."

-Lestat, The Vampire Lestat, p. 550.


"And she had been awakened, she had risen That music of yours could wake the dead. I'd done it again."

-Lestat, The Vampire Lestat, 550


"I will be the Vampire Lestat for all to see. A symbol, a freak of nature - something loved, something despised, all of those things. I tell you I can't give it up. I can't miss. And quite frankly I am not in the least afraid."

- Lestat, The Vampier Lestat, p. 532