In spite of the above story’s emphasis on Rice’s non-return to vampire novels, Rice is, it seems, reverting to the back to the state of the undead. I have not read her novels, but apparently, her vampires are sometimes homosexual (Lestat de Lioncourt), they are feminist (The Queen of the Damned), and certainly they are wildly erotic. So when she says that she is leaving the Church because she refuses to stand against homosexuality, feminism and artificial birth control, she seems to be allaying herself once again with the world of vampirism.
This is particularly significant for me as I research the topic of the occult and literature. The world of darkness is alive and well in the form of “new religious movements.” Many of them propose themselves to be compatible with Christianity. Rice goes on:
This is the real peril of literary and theatrical occultism: the promotion of esoteric, occultist, non-conformist Christianity. And that, my friends is blasphemous, sacrilegious and diabolical. Satan is pedaling cheap peace, and when we accept it on his terms, he will cut our hearts out.
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