So, cos I encourage this sort of thing, and cos really, there’s a point where I gotta say “oh, hey, missed something there”…
KNOW YOUR ENEMY!
This is Anne Rice, everybody’s favourite on-again / off-again Catholic, and best known as the author of (technically two series of) shitty eromantic vampire fiction which may or may not feature an undead Tom Cruise. She’s also author of a far shorter series of novels called “The Mayfair Witches”, which I see consistently popping up on lists of “best pagan fiction” or “best fiction featuring witchcraft / magic/k”. Don’t be fooled –this woman wants nothing more than to destroy your paganism!
And this is Marion Zimmer Bradley.
Word on the street is there was once a sexual abuse scandal involving her IGNORE ME!! So, now that we’ve sufficiently turned a blind eye, how about her books? What Goddess worshipper isn’t masturbating furiously over Mists of Avalon? Or The Firebrand? Or the other Avalon books? And apparently she did a series about Atlantis. And other books consistently in lists of “best pagan fiction”. It seems after her flirtation with neopaganism, she rejoined the Episcopal church in the late 1980s / early 1990s, and apparently later Avalon books, co-/ghostwritten with Diana L. Paxson, reflect Bradley’s “walking between Christian and Pagan worlds”, including Priestess of Avalon, a fictionalisation of the life of Helena of Constantinople, the mother of Emperor Constantine and herself a famous early convert to Christianity. Don’t be fooled — this woman wants nothing more than to destroy your pagansm from beyond the grave! (Spooky!)