In MEMNOCH THE DEVIL, a few back in best selling author Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Lestat is happily settling into his new digs in New York recovering from his ordeal with the body thief (in Anne Rice’s previous novel in the series THE TALE OF THE BODY THIEF). Now, Lestat has a new subject in mind, and as he tells his beloved David, he has plans for the man. Indeed he does, but in the meantime, Lestat notices something unnerving. Someone seems to be following him (again!), stalking him, in Lestat’s words. Upon his night’s victim’s demise, and the extracted promise from the man’s ghost (a first for Lestat), Lestat distracts himself from this new fright by taking the victim’s beloved Medieval Manuscripts, and his televangelist daughter in hand.
Unfortunately, Lestat’s stalker can’t be avoided for long, and Lestat soon finds himself face to face with his new nemesis. The man introduces himself as Satan—though he prefers to be addressed as Memnoch—and whisks Lestat away on a whirlwind tour of Biblical History. The purpose of this revelation? Memnoch claims he is extremely close to winning the war between he and God, he claims he is the Savior of mankind and God is a cruel and uncaring God, and he wishes Lestat to help him redeem mankind.
Lestat is completely overwhelmed; God Himself begs Lestat not to assist Memnoch, but after some very powerful persuasion, Memnoch explains how devious God is being, how wrong His view of evolution, humankind and the ultimate fate of the world, Heaven, Hell, and Sheol are. But Lestat, much as he flip-flops back and forth on the offer, is terrified, and disgusted with both God and Memnoch, and lastly skeptical. What decision does he make, and what is the punishment for it, and how does it affect our beloved cast of vampires and other Ricean Immortals? You will have to read to find out.
This was quite an interesting read. Anne Rice’s view of Hell, History, and Heaven were interesting, though as always, I must admit, there were little things here and there that didn’t sit well with me. Nonetheless, this is a fantastic addition to her oeuvre, a wonderful climax for a sublime tale of the Vampire. Give it a try, if you haven’t, and if you love vampire fiction, I am sure you will be pleasantly surprised. If you’d like to check MEMNOCH THE DEVIL out, it’s available everywhere, no doubt, and of course, Amazon, Barnes and Noble in paperback, hardcover, and ebook, as well as in Audible Audio Book format.