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Krewe of Boo 2016
Krewe of Boo 2016

New Orleans and Vampires

Creatures of the night love to linger around our town

Rebecca Todd
Krewe of Boo

Vampire lore has a history in New Orleans that resurfaced when Anne Rice, the New Orleans-born doyenne of dark vampire fiction, wrote her “Interview with the Vampire” series in the 1980s. The popular books inspired hordes of fans to mill outside of her possibly haunted Garden District abode on First Street and to peek around other places for vampire-resting places. Rice moved to California in 2004 but you can still find signed copies of her books at Garden District Book Shop, where she once arrived at a book signing in a ferried in a horse-drawn hearse. Then there’s Boutique du Vampyre in the French Quarter, which claims to be the only vampire shop in the country, open to both mortals and vampires since 2003. They offer tours,coffin-shapedd backpacks, capes, you know... the usual.