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Interview With the Vampire
Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 American drama horror film directed by Neil Jordan, starring Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt. The film focuses on Lestat and Louis, beginning with Louis's transformation into a vampire by Lestat in 1791. The film chronicles their time together, and their turning of a ten-year-old girl, Claudia, into a vampire. The film was released in November 1994 to generally positive reviews and received Oscar nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Original Score. Kirsten Dunst was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film.
If you like the romantic, but spooky feel of Rice's Vampire Chronicles, these books may peak your bloodthirsty interest.
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Book Recs: LGBT Books With the Vibe of Interview With the Vampire
I am, of course, talking about the 2022 AMC TV series. The masterpiece of modern television. The adaptation that (hopefully) has Anne Rice turning in her grave. If you’re wasting your Sundays on a different show, I don’t know how to help you…
For those of you who simply want more vampire stories , Charlotte will have a rec list soon has a rec list , don’t worry! But I’m here for vibes, and vibes alone. I’m here for the toxic, unhealthy relationships! (Though I did include a few vampire titles, as well, and because of that this list is actually longer than usually.)
And if you want more trans stories about vampires (like we all do!), I’ve been told you should keep an eye out for Danny Bryn & Rem Wigmore next year!
These Violent Delights
Micah Nemerever Goodreads Rep: Jewish gay mc, gay li TW: self-harm, suicide, murder, violence, blood, gore, toxic relationships, homophobia
Why Should I Read It?
I described this originally as The Secret History on steroids; more gay and somehow more dramatic. It’s so much more than that, though! You absolutely will be thinking about this book for days. It’s not enough to say the narrator is unreliable, he willfully projects a false reality both of himself and of his love interest. It’s fascinating. Their favourite pastime is coming up with ways to murder people, come on!
Wild and Wicked Things
Francesca May Goodreads Rep: lesbian mc, nonbinary lesbian mc, bi side character TW: domestic violence, child abuse, magic requiring self harm, blood, body horror, violence, murder, guns
If you want the 1920s’ aesthetics and a lot of blood, this one’s for you! It’s The Great Gatsby retelling, but Gatsby is a nonbinary blood witch lesbian. There’s some mystery, there’s a beautiful atmosphere, there’s a relationship that probably isn’t based on the best of impulses (but it matures into something lovely)…
The Monster of Elendhaven
Jennifer Giesbrecht Goodreads Rep: achillean mcs TW: gore, blood, murder, violence, rape
An actual horror. It’s kind of like Venom , but if that was a gothic horror and Eddie very, very much wasn’t a good person. Nothing says ‘codependency’ and ‘obsessive relationships’ quite like literally owning a killing-machine monster who’s lowkey a part of you.
Austin Chant Goodreads Rep: gay trans mc, gay li
There are sweet parts to Interview with the Vampire , though, and this book feels exactly like those brief moments. This is the love that makes everything work, this is the devotion and the faith. This is the warmth of a family, and finding your place in the world.
Jun’ichirō Tanizaki Goodreads Rep: Japanese cast & setting, sapphic mc & li
A two word description for this is ‘toxic lesbians’. That alone should tell you enough! It’s a psychological thriller, and it will absolutely make you question everything. Starting with who is even telling the truth here. You know perfectly well that it will end badly, but still you’re basically intoxicated by the experience of reading it.
Rafael Frumkin Goodreads Rep: gay mc, bi li
Okay, yes, it is a 2023 book, and I do feel kinda bad for reccing it now, but listen! If you want a toxic, obsessive relationship (I’m looking at you, Lestat), if you want the balance of said relationship to be uneven, if you want a book that will make you wanna scream… It’s all there!
Arden Powell Goodreads Rep: achillean mc & li TW: child rape, suicide, murder, gore, body horror, violence, homophobia
Again, a horror, and there might not be any vampires, but the devil sure walks among us. (Or does he?) The writing is lush and otherwordly, it makes you feel just as suffocated as the characters do. You won’t be able to escape, and you won’t even want to. This novella is about vengeance, and taking whatever it is you desire. You thought the church scene in the show was sexy? Oh, my sweet summer child…
Lachelle Seville Goodreads Rep: Black sapphic mc, sapphic li
My one and only vampire novel recommendation. In the true spirit of the show, it perfectly balances the comedy with a lot of more difficult topics. It doesn’t shy away from ugly truths, while also giving you countless reasons for joy. And, as a cherry on top, a developing relationship.
Tell Me I’m Worthless
Alison Rumfitt Goodreads Rep: trans sapphic mc, sapphic mc TW: racism, antisemitism, transphobia, rape (both in abstract and graphic ways), self-harm, suicide
There are a lot of ways to describe this book: literary gothic, contemporary horror. It’s unsettling, it’s a haunted house of a novel. You might not get vampires here, but you sure do have sometimes unlikable characters and questionable morals.
Lee Mandelo Goodreads Rep: achillean mc, bi li, bi trans side character, achillean side character, Black gay side character TW: gore, violence, blood, f slur, internalised homophobia, implied suicide, body horror, animal death, drug use
This is a story very heavy on the atmosphere (like the show!), it makes you feel like you’re there, in the summer heat, racing cars at night. A visceral kind of imagery. It centers an unhealthy, toxic relationship, but it still manages to be beautiful as well.
Small Changes Over Long Period of Time in Uncanny Magazine Issue 16: May/June 2017
K.M. Szpara Goodreads Rep: trans gay mc, gay characters
One of the two short stories I wanted to mention. A very modern and very trans take on vampire. Refreshing, if you will.
Blood Play in Unthinkable: A Queer Gothic Anthology
Tabitha O’Connell Goodreads Rep: nonbinary ace mc, ace-spec li
Another short story, frankly with all the best elements of the show: (contemporary) gothic, vampires, a dash of comedy, neck-biting as a form of love language.
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