The ''Lives of the Mayfair Witches'' is a trilogy of books written by AnneRice, author of ''TheVampireChronicles''. The series centers around an old family of witches -- the Mayfairs -- and their involvement with a spirit called Lasher. The books are:

* ''The Witching Hour'' (1990)
* ''Lasher'' (1993)
* ''Taltos'' (1994)
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!!This series provides examples of:
* BigScrewedUpFamily: The Mayfairs.
* BodySurf: Lasher takes over Rowan's baby, turning it into a Taltos. He also temporarily borrowed Julien's body on several occasions.
* BurnTheWitch: People tried to do this to Suzanne Mayfair, only to have her sic Lasher on them. Janet, Ashlar's lover, is burned after she [[SayingTooMuch starts talking about the Taltos's old ways]] in front of the Christians.
* ChainedToABed: Rowan by Lasher to keep her from escaping.
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: The scope and power of most Mayfair's psychic abilities is directly affected by their willingness to accept that they have them. Extremely powerful Mayfair's like Julien and and Rowen are simply so strong that only willful denial keeps them in check. Once Rowan accepts that the deaths she's caused were not just coincidences, she is able to kill at will. In a fit of rage when Lasher was gloating about having killed one of Julien's lovers, Julien truly focused his will and was able to both see and directly attack Lasher for the first time. Most other Mayfair's are superficially aware that they have latent powers, but doubt them and [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane instances in which they manifest]]. Lasher encourages this, as a huge family of psychic witches would be ''way'' beyond his control. Thus most Mayfair's treat the family history as peculiar legends or believe that only certain members of the family had real powers.
* DealWithTheDevil: Lasher offered the Mayfair family wealth and power if they helped give him a new physical form.
* DeathByChildbirth: Most women suffer this after sleeping with a male Taltos. When Lasher attempts to create more of his race by raping other members of Rowan's familiy, they all miscarry and hemorrhage. Only Rowan survives, but she has to have a hysterectomy afterwards.
* DespairEventHorizon: Ashlar after his decision to convert his people to Christianity led to them being mostly wiped out. Summed up thusly:
-->At that moment I wanted no more of life. I wanted no more of suffering ordeath, or of the best of intentions resulting in abominable ruin.
* DropTheHammer: Michael kills Lasher with a hammer.
* EnergyBeings: Lasher and other spirits, although they do contain a minute amount of matter. Many (perhaps all) of them are the souls of dead sentient beings which have for one reason or another not AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.
* AFeteWorseThanDeath: The Talamasca pretend to hold a wake for Aaron in order to keep Tommy and Marklin from escaping so they can confront them with what they did.
* {{Flashback}}: Multiple times.
* ForScience: Stuart's reason for killing people and manipulating events to get Lasher for Tessa.
* FromBadToWorse: Most of Lasher's backstory.
* HeroicBSOD: Michael goes into a depression after Rowan leaves with Lasher, and it takes Mona sleeping with him to snap him out of it. Rowan goes into one of these between ''Lasher'' and ''Taltos'' after killing and burying Emaleth, her daughter by Lasher.
* HollywoodHeartAttack: When Stuart pulls a gun on them, Rowan uses her powers to make him have a heart attack, and has unintentionally caused similar incidents to happen to several other people during the course of her life.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Lasher cultivates this attitude in most Mayfair's, since he wants to use them in his breeding program, but not have them running around in full control of their psychic powers. A majority of the prefer being just wealthy high society types and have no desire to be witches or deal with the supernatural.
* IncestIsRelative: The Mayfairs. Even Michael turns out to be descended from Julien by one of the maids.
* KissingCousins: Mona Mayfair, who is determined to sleep with all her male cousins. [[LesYay She considers it with some of the female ones]].
* LastOfHisKind: Ashlar, until he finds out about Morrigan.
* LivingMacGuffin: Tessa, and later, Morrigan.
* AMillionIsAStatistic: The deaths of the Taltos.
* TheNoseKnows:
** When Rowan and Michael come back from meeting with Ashlar, Morrigan smells his scent on them, recognizes it as another Taltos, and goes nuts. When Ashlar comes to visit, wondering why they haven't called, they scent each other, and end up running off together.
** Mona (and later Mary Jane) can also pick up Lasher's scent, leading the former to realize he's been attacking the Mayfair women (and nearly got her.)
* OlderThanTheyLook: The Taltos, who remain young and beautiful as long as they live.
* OurFairiesAreDifferent / OurElvesAreBetter: The Taltos are Elves/Fairies in all but name, and they are horrified by the "[[HumansAreBastards Tiny, hairy, warlike ones]]."
* PsychicPowers: Rice actively avoids using FunctionalMagic in this series as well as in ''Literature/TheVampireChronicles''. All preternatural phenomena and abilities are explained in psychic terms.
** Most Mayfairs possess at least some degree of {{Telepathy}}, which usually includes the ability to [[ISeeDeadPeople sense and communicate with spirits]]. The more powerful ones also have various MindOverMatter abilities, including telekinesis, pyrokinesis, psychic healing and (in Rowan's case) the ability to kill people with her mind.
** Mary Beth, Julien and Cortland all appear to have been capable of AstralProjection.
** Michael temporarily has psychometry after he nearly drowns, but quickly gets annoyed by people asking him to touch things. He loses this ability when Lasher tries to kill him.
** Taltos, vampires and some witches have AuraVision. Witches, especially the Mayfairs, are easily recognized by the Taltos and vampires because to their eyes they appear to glow with a brightness relative to their potential power.
* RapidAging: A newborn Taltos grows to the size of an adult in a matter of hours.
* {{Reincarnation}}: Stuart Gordon believed that Tessa was remembering things from past lives, not considering the possibility that she saw them first hand.
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: Stuart's two followers, Marklin and Tommy, end up trapped in one of these for betraying the Talamasca.
* StalkerWithATestTube: Stuart, who wants to see a Taltos birth for himself.
* SuperBreedingProgram: Basically what Lasher is using the Mayfair's for.
* SwitchingPOV: Several times.
* TangledFamilyTree: Cousins having sex is the low water mark in this series. It gets a ''lot'' more hardcore. Julian alone manages to impregnate his sister, cousins and some of his children.
--> '''Mona Mayfair:''' Michael, for chrissakes, if there is a crime of statutory rape in this state (Louisiana), you'd have to get a lawyer to look it up to be sure. The age of consent between cousins is probably ten, and there may even be a special law on the books lowering the age to eight for Mayfairs.
* TeenPregnancy: Mona ends up pregnant by Michael, and gives birth to a Taltos daughter that she names Morrigan.
* WitchSpecies: Never outright stated that they're wholly distinct from humans. Considering they're genetically-compatible with Taltos, they must be at least a different sub-species.
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