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:
• Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress novels (Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, et. al.)
• Merrie Destefano’s Afterlife, the first installment of the Resurrection Chronicles
• 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.