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To most, the word "vampire" conjures visions of Halloween, of old black and white horror movies, of Bela Lugosi whispering "I vant to suck your blood." Yet for Anne Rice, this view of the vampire is much too limiting; true, her series of five Vampire Chronicles does focus mainly around the dark hero, Lestat, who is indeed, a blood-sucking "monster." However, The Vampire Chronicles are far more than a collection of murderous escapades; they are, symbolically, a "chronicle" of the author's spiritual journey - from her concern with commenting on social dynamics in the first installment, Interview with the Vampire, to her own personal confrontation with the religious experience and redemption in the last, Memnoch the Devil.

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