Posted by Sue Dent in Cyn's account because her stinkin' account keeps transliterating.
Lestat Lives, says Anne Rice!
(Here's an a blog I put up at shoutlife. I'll post it then change the emphasis. You'll see.)
Since I'll be taking things out of context, I've posted a link to the article and now some thoughts from me!
---"One more book." Those are the words Anne Rice fans have been dying to hear about the Vampire Chronicles ever since her shocking and dismaying to many of his followers turn to religious writing.---
---While Rice justifies her decision by saying the book will have a definite Christian framework and a focus on the theme of redemption, she admits that the future chronicle will once again involve the character Lestat and a fictional organization known as the Talamaska that is responsible for investigating the supernatural.---
Two very significant things to point out about this and how it affects the Christian Publishing Industry.
1. Anne Rice is published by Knopf Publishing Group a branch of Random House. This publisher is not affiliated with CBA or ECPA. This means despite Mrs. Rice's claims of being a Christian and Catholic, you won't find her books in most Christian Bookstores because most Christian Bookstores are CBA/ECPA affiliated and primarily stock books published by CBA/ECPA published authors.
:0 *gasp* What a shame!
2. There's no reason to believe that Mrs. Rice will be seeking representation from a CBA/ECPA publishing house since Knopf actually published some of her older vampire work. Therefore, threre's no reason to believe that Mrs. Rice's work won't be the best dang Christian vampire story done to date.
Yes!!!! Anne brings it back around. It can be done. It has been done. And now, it will be done again--by the only one who can reeeeeeaaaly do it!!
Unrestricted, unrestrained grand Christian fiction/horror by a Christian author!
Now for the emphasis change. When I posted this on shoulife the one thing that struck me as odd was that no one got the gist of the blog. They were all hung up on the fact that Anne Rice was a Christian and writing as a Christian.
Anne Rice has been writing as a Christian (Catholic) for quite some time now. It had to be one of the most talked about conversions of the decade. Her following was huge and they made quite a bit of noise themselves. How could one not know?
And why wouldn’t her work be celebrated?! Where was everybody? God brings someone like Anne into the fold and two years later not one Christian knows. This isn’t even a genre issue. But it is an issue. IMO
Anne Rice’s publisher is Knopf. I’m not sure how they’re connected with Random House but they are. I do know how they’re not connected with Random House. As far as I can tell, they aren’t Random House’s Christian branch. They actually published some of Mrs. Rice’s vampire novels.
Okay. Since Mrs. Rice isn’t published by a CBA/ECPA affiliated publisher her Christian work most likely won’t see the inside of a CBA/ECPA affiliated bookstore. Her books still sell well though because she is who she is, a very talented lady!
I saw Mrs. Rice’s first book being talked about on a blog hosted by a CBA affiliated author. They spoke of her as though she were just someone who happened to write an interesting book they might consider reading.
This woman, as talented as she is, (you don’t get the following she got just writing vampire novels. She’s that good, on the level of Tolkien, Lewis, King.) is being tossed about as though she just walked in off the street and wrote a fine book.
I’m sickened. Anne has such a testimony and God has absolutely worked wonders to bring her to the point she is now. How sad it is that the Christian community has barely even heard of her and her turn around—even two years later.
How sad indeed.
Now she’s going to write a vampire novel with a Christian world view. I hope I don’t see CBA/ECPA affiliated houses seeing that meal ticket and jumping on board. I’m pretty sure I won’t.
Anne Rice, writing Christian Horror with a traditional publisher.