It hadn’t even been a year since a plantation owner named Louis had lost his wife in childbirth. Both his wife and the infant died, and now he has lost his will to live. A vampire named Lestat takes a liking to Louis and offers him the chance to become a creature of the night: a vampire. Louis accepts, and Lestat drains Louis’ mortal blood and then replaces it with his own, turning Louis into a vampire. Louis must learn from Lestat the ways of the vampire.
Interview with a Vampire begins in modern day San Francisco with Louis telling his story to a young reporter. Using flashbacks, Louis explains his tragic life leading to his rebirth as a vampire, and the decades long process he undergoes to come to accept his gift. Many critics suggest that Lestat and Louis were a couple, making house by adding child vampire Claudia as their child.
Based on the best selling book by Anne Rice, Interview with a Vampire was the first in a long series of books, while only one sequel was made, Queen of the Damned. Written in the 1970s, Anne Rice attempted to make the film adaptation soon after and wrote the character with Rutger Hauer as Lestat. Thankfully that film was never made but Rutger eventually appeared on screen as a vampire in the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie.