Christopher Moore is the author of eleven novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job, You Suck, and Fool, a retelling of King Lear from the perspective of Pocket, the Fool.
Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He moved to California when he was 19 years old and lived on the Central Coast until 2003, when he moved to Hawaii.
Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris has drawn on all of these work experiences to create the characters in his books. Among other novels, he is the author of: Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, and Bite Me. When he's not writing, Chris enjoys ocean kayaking, scuba diving, photography, and sumi-e ink painting. He lives in San Francisco.
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When I began writing the comic version of the gospels, I took a sort of
Hippocratic oath to myself- that is: First, do no harm. I wanted to do
this book without attacking anyone's faith, and without questioning the
spiritual precepts of Christ's identity as set down in the New Testament. As far
as Lamb would be concerned, Jesus was who the Bible says he was, so I had
to color within those lines. To do otherwise would have been mean-spirited,
which is the only thing I feel is off limits for humorous exploration. But all
that came later. First I had to decide to tell this story, and it came to me
I'm reading a novel called The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov. I come across this section which is the trial of Jesus as told from the point of view of Pontius Pilate, and I find that I'm completely sucked in by the humanity of the characters. And I'm wondering why, after hearing this story all my life, I'm suddenly affected by it, and I realize that it is, indeed, the point of view.
So a couple of months pass, and I'm thinking about the story of Jesus, and PBS Frontline does this series called From Jesus to Christ, by which I am informed that except for ...
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