Acording to Newsweek Entertainment, the goddess of Goth, Anne Rice, has departed from her old ways, since she returned to her Christian, Catholic faith. She's ready to publish a non-vampire, non-creepy-S&M-fantasy novel, featuring Jesus as a child, in "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt".
And, after all, what is at the core of the original Gothic movement, but this faith? Those wacky Goths were the first Germanic Christians... this just seems apropos.
Rice has an awe-inspiring command of language, to so great an extent that, even when I hated the content or the characters of a book (such as in the A.N. Roquelaure "Sleeping Beauty" trilogy), I still could not totally back away from recommending them. She has always done her homework, making the times and characters completely real. I have to say that the one book of hers I most enjoyed (for want of a better word) reading was "Cry to Heaven", for its darkly, deeply, horrifyingly human story. It was a brilliant, passionate work.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this new one turns out.