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Angels are the new vampires of the literary world, according to the doyenne of vampire fiction Anne Rice, who in 2009 launched a new series of books starring a contract killer recruited by a seraph.
Taking their inspiration, perhaps, from Milton's arch-fiend Satan, Rice and a host of other authors have plotted celestial assaults on the book buying public, with angels in all shapes hitting the bookshelves. The line-up includes Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush ("a sacred oath, a fallen angel, a forbidden love"), Elizabeth Chandler's Kissed by an Angel (about a guardian angel) and the Carnegie medal-winning American writer Sharon Creech's The Unfinished Angel, featuring a celestial being who is undergoing an identity crisis.
"Being on the side of the angels, it feels much better than being on the side of the vampires. Vampires were tortured, tragic figures," Rice said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal Her novel, Angel Time: The Songs of the Seraphim, follows the adventures of Toby O'Dare, an American killer who is given the chance by a mysterious stranger (who turns out to be an angel) to go back to 13th century England to find salvation"Vampires for me were always like feeling grief for my lost childhood faith, being cut off from that life. I reached the point where I didn't have any more stories to tell from that point of view," explained the author, who said the angel series was "In keeping with [her] commitment to do Christian fiction in a variety of forms" since she converted from atheism back to her childhood Catholicism in 1998.
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