Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

There are no atheists in foxholes

Speaking of atheism (see my previous post), have you been wondering about the author Anne Rice? Here's the scoop:

After 25 novels in 25 years, Rice, 64, hasn't published a book since 2003's 'Blood Chronicle,' the tenth volume of her best-selling vampire series. They [her fans] may have heard she came close to death last year, when she had surgery for an intestinal blockage, and also back in 1998, when she went into a sudden diabetic coma; that same year she returned to the Roman Catholic Church, which she'd left at 18. They surely knew that Stan Rice, her husband of 41 years, died of a brain tumor in 2002. *** In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of vampires, witches and—under the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaure—of soft-core S&M encounters, will publish 'Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt,' a novel about the 7-year-old Jesus, narrated by Christ himself. 'I promised,' she says, 'that from now on I would write only for the Lord.' It's the most startling public turnaround since Bob Dylan's 'Slow Train Coming' announced that he'd been born again.
It's amazing how a bit of awful in your life can help bring clarity. I wish her well in her new endeavors, but I rather wonder how her over-the-top style will mesh with her new subject matter.