Anne Rice: 'Stations on a Journey'

The best-selling author gives up writing about vampires to write about the 'ultimate supernatural hero'--Jesus Christ.

Anne Rice has nailed her vampire novels into a coffin.

"I will never write those kind of books again -- never," Rice said, referring to three decades of work that include bestsellers like "Interview with the Vampire" and other books in the Vampire Chronicles series. Her books about witches and dark angels, she said, "were reflections of a world that didn't include redemption."

"In 2002 I made up my mind that I would not write anything that wasn't for Christ," the former vampire queen explained. The title of her latest novel stakes out Rice's new preoccupation. "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt" tells the story of a young Jesus from his point of view: a 7-year-old boy who is discovering his powers and his identity.

This transformation is startling for a writer who previously summoned vampires, witches and ghosts to life in tale after tale of supernatural life. Two series of vampire books that began in 1976 with "Interview with the Vampire," one series dealing with witches, and even a trio of erotica written under the pen name A.N. Roquelaure all established an elaborate network of mysterious characters, complex relationships, and dark themes. Rice's use of the supernatural allowed her to look back into history for baroque settings as well as contemporary ones for her stories.


Read an excerpt from "Christ the Lord"
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