Will Christian Vampires Finally Put A Stake In The Heart Of This Neverending Trend?S

To those who truly love vampire fiction, I'd imagine the last few years have been a blessing and a curse. While the genre has exploded in popularity, thanks to Twilight, it's exploded in popularity, well, thanks to Twilight, you know?

So while vampire-fiction lovers have seen their genre become the hot new thing in publishing, they've also seen their genre watered down and packaged in various pretty boxes, leaving us with less Dracula tales and more stories about hot teenage vampires who don't actually suck blood and who, uh, sparkle in the sun. And now comes news of a new take on vampire fiction: Christian Vampire Fiction, where the vampires apparently represent "demons anyone must overcome."

Thirsty, a Christian vampire tale from Tracey Bateman, will hit shelves in February, and will feature a vampire named Markus and his target of obsession, Nina, "a divorced alcoholic dealing with addiction." Oh, lord help us and save us said Mrs. Davis, as my mother would say. Somehow, Markus the vampire and Nina the drunk divorcee will lead the reader towards redemption and the idea that any demons, even those with fangs, can be overcome. Or at least that's what editor Shannon Marchese wants you to believe: "These are themes that work in the Christian life. You have to fight to say, ‘Am I going to choose unconditional love and redemption or a life of following obsessions, a life with holes in it?"

But alas, the Christian Vampire train may be pulling into the station a bit too late: NPR is currently running a story about our "fascination with werewolves," noting that "werethings are showing up everywhere." Perhaps Markus and Nina should relocate to a suburban high school and weave spiritual themes into Teen Wolf, instead?

Christian Literature Branches Out [My SanAntonio]
You Sexy Beast [NPR]