Anthro to do list
- Bradford comments;
Ann Rice and her Vampire novels has shifted from vampires to Jesus.
And looking over the Steiner research on Christ, on Zarathustra and
on Buddha, Rice takes up the seven year old Jesus. How would it
stand with two Jesus children? How does it stand with the unwritten
stunning novel of Steiner's reseearch? What a magnificent novel, if
totally isolated on Steiner research. Frank did some work in that
direction. It would be a good Catholics wet dream to overcome their
fear of digesting Steiner and present a pure, raw, rich Steiner
novel on the Christ event using Steiner research.
To say nothing of the other novel. The novel that is vastly
underwritten and that is the relationship between the immortal Count
St. Germain and the other Transylvanian resident, the shadow of
negative immortallity, Vlad the Impaler. The entire immortal system
of a super being...is exactly what we were trying to outline in our
research on the 13th century Transparent human being who has become
one of the first of the first prototypes of the new Christed Cosmos
representatives. This mythic immortal now moves as an amazing human,
unobserved through humanity.
We Anthros have more potential than any of us can manifest resting
on the strength of the new research of the Age of Light against the
vast deceptions still spilling out of the Kali-Yuga.
"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 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. And though she'd moved out of their longtime
home in New Orleans more than a year before Hurricane Katrina, she
still has property thereand the deep emotional connection that led
her to make the city the setting for such novels as "Interview With
the Vampire." What's up with her? "For the last six months," she
says, "people have been sending e-mails saying, 'What are you doing
next?' And I've told them, 'You may not want what I'm doing next'."
We'll know soon. In two weeks, Anne Rice, the chronicler of
vampires, witches andunder the pseudonym A. N. Roquelaureof 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.
Meeting the still youthful-looking Rice, you'd never suspect she'd
been illexcept that on a warm October afternoon she's chilly enough
to have a fire blazing. And if you were expecting Morticia Addams
with a strange new light in her eyes, forget it. "We make good
coffee," she says, beckoning you to where a silver pot sits on the
white tablecloth. "We're from New Orleans." Rice knows "Out of
Egypt" and its projected sequelsthree, she thinkscould alienate
her following; as she writes in the afterword, "I was ready to do
violence to my career." But she sees a continuity with her old
books, whose compulsive, conscience-stricken evildoers reflect her
long spiritual unease. "I mean, I was in despair." In that afterword
she calls Christ "the ultimate supernatural hero ... the ultimate
immortal of them all."
To render such a hero and his world believable, she immersed herself
not only in Scripture, but in first-century histories and New
Testament scholarshipsome of which she found disturbingly
skeptical. "Even Hitler scholarship usually allows Hitler a certain
amount of power and mystery." She also watched every Biblical movie
she could find, from "The Robe" to "The Passion of the Christ" ("I
loved it"). And she dipped into previous novels, from "Quo Vadis" to
Norman Mailer's "The Gospel According to the Son" to Tim LaHaye and
Jerry Jenkins's apocalyptic Left Behind series. ("I was intrigued.
But their vision is not my vision.") She can cite scholarly
authority for giving her Christ a birth date of 11 B.C., and for
making James, his disciple, the son of Joseph by a previous
marriage. But she's also taken liberties where they don't explicitly
conflict with Scripture. No one reports that the young Jesus studied
with the historian Philo of Alexandria, as the novel has itor that
Jesus' family was in Alexandria at all. And she's used legends of
the boy Messiah's miracles from the noncanonical Apocrypha: bringing
clay birds to life, striking a bully dead and resurrecting him.
Rice's most daring move, though, is to try to get inside the head of
a 7-year-old kid who's intermittently aware that he's also God
Almighty. "There were times when I thought I couldn't do it," she
admits. The advance notices say she's pulled it off: Kirkus Reviews'
starred rave pronounces her Jesus "fully believable." But it's hard
to imagine all readers will be convinced when he delivers such lines
as "And there came in a flash to me a feeling of understanding
everything, everything!" The attempt to render a child's point of
view can read like a Sunday-school text crossed with Hemingway: "It
was time for the blessing. The first prayer we all said together in
Jerusalem ... The words were a little different to me. But it was
still very good." Yet in the novel's best scene, a dream in which
Jesus meets a bewitchingly handsome Satansmiling, then weeping,
then ragingRice shows she still has her great gift: to imbue Gothic
chills with moral complexity and heartfelt sorrow.
Rice already has much of the next volume written. ("Of course I've
been advised not to talk about it.") But what's she going to do with
herself once her hero ascends to Heaven? "If I really complete the
life of Christ the way I want to do it," she says, "then I might go
on and write a new type of fiction. It won't be like the other.
It'll be in a world that includes redemption." Still, you can bet
the Devil's going to get the best lines."