First Page – L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen

By turns macabre and comedic, T.R. Heinan’s 
L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen” 
is drenched in the excesses of antebellum Louisiana and based on the true story of New Orleans’ haunted Lalaurie Mansion.
L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen
T.R. Heinan


      New Orleans was coming alive. The bells of Saint Louis Cathedral chimed seven o’clock. At Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1, the gates had closed to visitors four hours ago, but the old sexton voiced no objection to the woman creeping past the grave of Homer Plessy. He’d seen her before.

      She slipped between the white parapet tombs and oven vaults of the burial ground, pausing for a moment by a stepped chamber engraved with the name Philippe Bertrand.

      A red-and-white scarf shrouded her face. She paused, allowing the coral pink shades of twilight to silhouette her slender frame before she passed between the graveyard’s whitewashed gateposts. She was leaving this cemetery for the last time, she hoped. The sexton smiled as he closed the squeaky black iron gate behind her.

      Once on Basin Street, the woman set down the lidded basket she was carrying and adjusted the belt on her long grey coat. Her mission now was to find and help a certain young man who made his living as a tour guide. At this hour, she was sure she knew where he’d be.


      Over on Bourbon Street, Carl and his wife were relishing the street performers and sipping slushy hurricane drinks from plastic go-cups.

      “Betcha a dollar I can tell you where you got them shoes.”

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6 thoughts on “First Page – L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen

  1. This book is a priority on my to-read list. In addition to the promising title, there's poetic rhythm in these lines. I've read them aloud.
    Trish and T.R., thank you for this welcome gift in the evening of a hectic day.

  2. Trish, this has turned out to be such a wonderful idea. Each time I blurb about T.R.'s book, it becomes more and more interesting. Now, reading the first page makes it even more enticing…love the descriptive words that paint a most vivid picture!

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