With the first day of Mardi Gras upon us, I’d like to give thanks to a city that has inspired more than its fair share of classic and bestselling genre fiction – especially in the realms of horror and paranormal fantasy. I realize that I’m probably missing dozens of books here, but here are just a few stellar sagas and novels that come to mind that are set or have taken place in New Orleans:

 

• Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles (Interview with the Vampire, The Vampire Lestat , et. al.)

 

• Adrian Phoenix’s The Maker’s Song (A Rush of Wings, In the Blood, Beneath the Skin, and Etched in Bone)

 

 

• Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake saga (Guilty Pleasures, The Laughing Corpse, et. al.)

 

• Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane novels (Red-Headed Stepchild, The Mage in Black, and the recently released Green-Eyed Demon)

 

• Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock series (Skinwalker, Blood Cross, et. al.)

 

• Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress novels (Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, et. al.)

 

• Adrian Phoenix’s Hoodoo novels (Black Dust Mambo and the soon to be released Black Heart Loa)

 

 

• Merrie Destefano’s Afterlife, the first installment of the Resurrection Chronicles

 

• Moira Roger’s Southern Arcana saga (Crux, Crossroads, et. al.)

 

• Rhodi Hawk’s debut novel A Twisted Ladder  

 

Disconnection by Erin Samiloglu

 

 

So this Mardi Gras season, if you can’t make it to Bourbon Street, and you’re craving a taste of the Big Easy, pick up some of the aforementioned books. Purple, green, and yellow beads not included…

 

What's your all-time favorite novel set in New Orleans?

 

 

"The first thing you notice about New Orleans are the burying grounds – the cemeteries – and they're a cold proposition, one of the best things there are here. Going by, you try to be as quiet as possible, better to let them sleep. Greek, Roman, sepulchers – palatial mausoleums made to order, phantomesque, signs and symbols of hidden decay – ghosts of women and men who have sinned and who've died and are now living in tombs. The past doesn't pass away so quickly here. You could be dead for a long time…” – Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume One

 


 

Paul Goat Allen has been a full-time book reviewer specializing in genre fiction for almost the last two decades and has written more than 6,000 reviews for companies like Publishers Weekly, The Chicago Tribune, and BarnesandNoble.com. In his free time, he reads.

Comments
by ‎03-08-2011 09:05 PM - edited ‎03-08-2011 09:38 PM

Hey Paul, happy Fat Tuesday!:smileyhappy:

 

Speaking of Fat, Fat White Vampire has been on my TBR list for a long time. Thanks to your article, I'm going to make a point of reading it. 

 

As regards my favorite book set in New Orleans, Interview with a Vampire is the best UF I've read that's been set in New Orleans. It's also the first contemporary vampire book I ever read, so it holds a special place in my heart. IMO, Anne Rice excels at conjuring the scents, tastes, sounds and sights of New Orleans. I also love her Mayfair Witch series, again set in New Orleans. I love the history of that city, the French Quarter and The Garden District in particular. For me Anne Rice will probably always remain the quintessential writer of supernatural fantasy set in New Orleans. 

 

P.S. I also love the New Orleans conjured in the Maker's Song series and the Jane Yellowrock series, and I recently enjoyed the N.O descriptions in the latest Sabina Kane novel. The N. O.  descriptions from the Hoodoo and Vampire Huntress series aren't as vivid in my memory, but I remember enjoying them. Likewise, the book(s) by Charlaine Harris set in N.O. are a little foggy because I read them so long ago, but I did enjoy them.  

by on ‎03-08-2011 09:38 PM

Without a doubt, Anne Rice and any book she sets in the big easy. Hometown advantage mixed with rich detail as thick as the humidity.

 

by on ‎03-08-2011 09:39 PM

Oh and can someone pass a slice of the king cake?

by ‎03-08-2011 09:56 PM - edited ‎03-08-2011 10:51 PM

Tiggerbear, I just bit into the prize! OWWW, there goes a filing! 

 

Just kidding! Only a fool, (read 'drunken fool'), wouldn't probe their cake first. Guess I'm not drunk enough yet. Oh well, that can be remedied.:smileyvery-happy:

 

Here's your piece of cake Tigger. And, here's one for Paul too! Better check his piece though, he's looking a little bit out-of-it.

by on ‎03-08-2011 11:21 PM

Look if you bit the baby. You're buying the next party!! That's the rules. (chuckle)

by on ‎03-08-2011 11:39 PM

Tigger, I didn't bite the baby.:smileyhappy: But, you forgot to check Paul's piece! I think he might have swallowed it! He's looking green around the gills. Is he choking?:smileysurprised:

Tigger, beating on his back isn't working! For gods sake, give him the the Heimlich!:smileyvery-happy:

by Moderator paulgoatallen on ‎03-09-2011 08:17 AM

...and that's why I love you guys!  :smileyhappy:

by on ‎03-09-2011 08:39 AM

Why didn't I stop here yesterday? I could have used the humor.

Interview with a vampire would be the book for New Orleans.As always Paul you have some good recommendations here.

But for me it is also MTVs Real World New Orleans from 2000. My daughter and I never missed an episode.

by on ‎03-09-2011 09:24 AM

One of the MTVs Real World New Orleans 2000 episodes they visit Anne Rice's home and meet the author. I couldn't believe that some of the cast members did not know who she was. If I ever visit New Orleans I would have to drive by her home.

by on ‎03-09-2011 11:15 PM

Pen21, she moved preKatrina too. A few too many over enthusiastic fans sadly. But the house from the Mayfair series was actually a version of the house she lived in.

by ‎03-10-2011 08:39 PM - edited ‎03-10-2011 08:45 PM

I read the same thing Tigger.

Rice renovated (maybe restored is a better word) an old masion in New Orlean's Garden District, and it became the Mayfair mansion. I loved her descriptions of architecture in that first Mayfair book, The Witching Hour. That book made me a lover of both N.O.'s Garden District and occult fantasy.   

by on ‎03-11-2011 05:06 PM

"Interview with The Vampire"..Of course..Anne Rice..If a Book about Vampires I am Reading..To Date The  Greyfriar was the closer in feeling and my Reality....Very Special....Paul is at The Algonquin Hotel Bar..Probably with Paul H  reading our posts  Hi Guys..."Thinking of "American Vampire"...Read some trusted reviews on Para/UF..... See you all at the Bar...