Ask me now about the first time I read Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice and you’ll still see the warm grin rise from my lips along with a mischievous gleam appearing in my eye as I explain how her writing touched me and lured me into her world of vampires and their chronicles.
I grew up in Louisiana and when I discovered Ms. Rice’s books, I had moved away from my homeland. When reading her books, I was not only touched by her stories, but by the vivid description and details of New Orleans. She has the magnificent ability to allow one to taste, touch, smell and experience all six senses while reading her books, a feat not easily accomplished.
If you’ve followed me this far, you’ve figured out that I am a big fan of Anne Rice’s body of work. Maybe I connect with her writing so well because I also grew up Catholic in Louisiana, with a deep love of all things supernatural and paranormal. This could be part of why I enjoy her work so deeply, but truly moving beyond that parallel, I consider her ability to weave compelling story lines while immersing the reader into the story with history and sensory detail to be in the clearest sense of the word, masterful.
Years later, I was able to return to my beloved New Orleans, to write my book, Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead. This book is part of a non-fiction series by the publisher entitled America’s Haunted Road Trip. Described as paranormal travel guides, they delve into the haunted history, legends and lore in the area. I had previously written a book for this publisher entitled Ghosthunting North Carolina and when the call came to write about New Orleans, I was thrilled to return to my roots and reveal the stories about a city that I love with all of my being. It’s a pleasure to share this book with those who hear the siren song of New Orleans calling their name to visit her as often as possible.
This brings me to my exciting news about the book, as this October, I will be returning to New Orleans. Each year the Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club (ARVLFC) holds the UnDead Conference and Vampire Ball in the city. This year, from October 24th through October 27th, 2013, people will gather to hear a panel of authors speak about their books on New Orleans and Vampires. The authors speaking this year at the conference include Anne Rice and her son Christopher and I’m pleased to announce that yours truly, Kala Ambrose will be speaking this year as well about Spirits of New Orleans as well as attending the Vampire Ball.
I hope that you’ll join me for this unique event and experience. During this conference, I’ll share the haunted history of the city including the stories of those who decided to make New Orleans their eternal home, as a resting place for some and a point of revenge for others. Prepare to embark on an enticing journey into the haunted history, paranormal activities, magical ceremonies and supernatural rituals and practices in order to fully understand and embrace the cultural significance of the variety of beliefs, superstitions, legends and lore.
In Spirits of New Orleans, I invite you to visit the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, have a drink at some of the most haunted bars in the city and spend the night in your choice of haunted hotels. Join me as your guide, as we tread carefully through haunted Pirates Alley and down the streets of the French Quarter where ghosts, vampires and other supernatural beings lurk around every corner.
Explore Spirits of New Orleans: Voodoo Curses, Vampire Legends and Cities of the Dead with Kala Ambrose and prepare to be supernaturally and eternally charmed by the city of New Orleans.
See you there! Here’s the details!
Anne Rice Vampire Lestat Fan Club
UnDead Conference and Vampire Ball
October 24th – 27th, 2013