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I thought this was a nice short interview with Anne Rice to share. It reveals some insights into Rice’s personal struggling with religion throughout most of her writing career. This is something that I’ve previously noticed, and it is very easy to see in her books. Many of the main characters have religious struggles, mainly they have a hard time accepting that they are damned beyond redemption. Rice also talks about her new series Angel Time. Anne Rice has been my favorite author since I was a young teenager. I have read (or at least own, yet to read) most of her books. There is no author who is more descriptive. I have yet to read any of her books post conversion back to Catholicism. When I do, I will review them, of course.

‘Called out of darkness’ and into light of Christ

Anne Rice tells how her evolution of writing about vampires to angels reflected her spiritual journey from atheism to the Catholic faith

For years, Anne Rice, author of “The Vampire Chronicles” series and creator of the infamous vampire Lestat, was identified by the dark world of her own imagination. In 1998, however, she returned to the Catholic Church of her birth and in 2002 consecrated all her writing to Jesus Christ. Since then she has gone on to write two books in the “Christ the Lord” series, her spiritual confessions in “Called Out of Darkness” and the first book in her new “Song of Seraphim” series. “Angel Time,” a story of redemption wound around a metaphysical thriller, will be released Oct. 27.

Rice spoke with Our Sunday Visitor about the current pop-culture obsession with vampires, the spiritual dimensions of vampire literature and her own journey from atheism to faith.

Our Sunday Visitor: Why do people find vampires so fascinating, and what was it that drew you to them when you first started writing “The Vampire Chronicles”?

Anne Rice: I always found them fascinating because they were supernatural monsters that had been human beings and were still human to a large extent. I always perceived them to be powerful metaphors for the lonely one in each of us, or the alienated one, or the one who feels like a monster. I think that’s how vampire literature functions. It’s really about us, about our consciousness, our ability to contemplate our own death, and we use the vampire as a mythic figure to talk about our own selves. That has always been the case, and that is probably true of all supernatural fiction that pertains to monsters. Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” is really about us and what we do with our creative power and whether we misuse it or use it correctly.

I think the vampire myth is particularly flexible and potentially profound, so it’s going to keep exciting people each time a new author comes along and uses it in a different way. Bram Stoker obviously being the first, and Sheridan le Fanu, one of the others of the 19th century. … I brought something new to it in the minds of the public, and now at the present time we have new writers like Charlaine Harris and Stephenie Meyer bringing their new wrinkle to it all. I’m not surprised that people are interested. I think it’s built into the story itself of the vampire, the human being who becomes a monster who feeds off fellow human beings and who is doomed really to live in both worlds — the world of the living and the world of the dead. I think a lot of us feel that’s what we’re doing, and so we identify with the vampire; we respond to him with sympathy. (more…)

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