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Ann Rice is one of the most prominent authors of popular horror fiction Gothic novel is characterized by a tone of high agitation unresolved or almost impossible to resolve anxiety and fear In the novel Interview with the Vampire Ann Rice employs the elements of gothic fiction to produce an effect of horror Interview with the Vampire is up as an interview between the vampire Louis and a reporter called Daniel that takes place in San Francisco Organized into four sections the novel traces Louis life from 1791 to the present In the final section Louis interprets the events and tells how they have impacted his life After recounting his experiences the reporter asks to be transformed into a vampire Although confused as to why the reporter would desire such status after the trials Louis explained Louis nevertheless fulfills the reporters wish It is within the context of this plot that Ann Rice begins her depiction of gothic horror first by creating a situation in which she uses stock characters to begin the novel The stock characters she opens with are an innocent young virgin male the reporter and the towering overpowering male being Louis the vampire According to Vanguard University a primary element of gothic fiction is character use Elements of the Gothic Novel 12 A gothic novel has a set setting usually a ruined Gothic castle or monastery filled with ghostly haunted rooms underground passages and secret stairways Interview with the Vampire takes place in a dark eerie apartment room that was supposedly haunted by the vampire Louis Omens portents and visions are part of the elements of a gothic and element and show their selves in Interview with the Vampire Louis brother was very religious always praying and even built an oratory where he spent most of his time The brother of Louis said that he had seen visions of both St Dominic and the Blessed Virgin
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