Rollins got the idea for Blood Gospel after seeing Rembrandt's Raising of Lazarus. ''It struck me strange how scared everyone looks,'' Rollins says via press materials, ''and this started me down a road of reflection about early Catholicism, vampirism, and a story began to unfold.'' Rollins knew exploring a fictional relationship between the Catholic church and vampirism, which both revere blood, could be the start of ''a huge, groundbreaking new mythology.'' Many of the church's traditions, such as hooded robes, crosses and the ritualistic transformation of wine into Christ's blood, meshed neatly with vampire mythology. And then there's that belief in raising up the dead which both share. Rollins also knew he didn't want to attempt the project alone. Enter Cantrell. It seems to have been a perfect match, with Rollins providing the science and action while Cantrell contributed the suspense and history.
Thu., Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m., 2013