Monday, October 24, 2005

Ann Rice, Got Jesus?

Anne Rice has found God - and her legion of devoted fans will have to get used to life without her blood-soaked vampire novels.
The best-selling queen of Gothic fiction told Newsweek her upcoming book, and all future works, will be written in the voice of Jesus Christ.
"I promised that from now on I would write only for the Lord," Rice, who has sold 136 million copies of her 25 books, told Newsweek.
Rice's long-awaited book is titled "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" and is about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself.
Rice, 65, who returned to the Catholic Church after a life-threatening medical scare, now plans to write three sequels about the life of Christ.
She knows it might not go over big with fans who ate up her chronicles of witches, warlocks and soft-core S&M encounters.
"I've told them, 'You may not want what I'm doing next,'" Rice said.
But Rice insists the gore-soaked evil-doers that populate her previous novels like "Interview with a Vampire" only reflected her own longstanding spiritual unease. "I mean, I was in despair," she says.
In the end, she predicts readers may find more of what they are looking for in Jesus than Dracula.
Christ is "the ultimate supernatural hero," she writes in the new book's afterword. "The ultimate immortal of them all."

Her new book starts with a 7 year old Jesus angry because Mary insists on walking him all the way to school and not stopping a block away and letting him finish the walk by himself like a big boy.
Miss Rice finished the interview by handing knocking on the reporters next door neighbor's door, handing the owners of the house some pamphlets and asking if they had accepted Jesus as their personal savior.


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