St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 was founded in 1789 and it is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. Like other cemeteries in New Orleans, it features above ground tombs. The cemetery is one city block but is said to hold the remains of 100,000. It is one of the few cemeteries listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
These tombs typically allow for multiple burials. It is the final resting place of famous New Orleaians such as Homer Plessy, the plaintiff in the 1896 landmark Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court Decision that challenged racial segregation and Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau.
Marie Laveau was a Louisiana Creole born a free woman in 1794 in the French Quarters of New Orleans. She would go on to have a reported 15 children, and worked in a hair salon servicing New Orleans women of high society. Marie Laveau was famous for her practice of Voodoo and for sharing spells with the community. It is said that she is the one who brought the overall practice of Voodoo into the public.
One of her daughters, Marie Laveau II was also said to practice Voodoo like her mother, but Marie Laveau II was known more for her large, public rituals.
The Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau is said to rest in the Glapion tomb which is said to be one of the most visited graves in the world. People leave behind mementos such as beads, candy, fruit, cigars, pictures, and money. It is said that wishes can be made at her tomb by drawing three X’s on its surface. Others say that the three X’s became a popular form for people to let Marie Laveau know that they had visited her tomb, since at the time of her death many people still did not know how to write and so would indicate a signature with this practice.
It is illegal to deface any property in the cemetery. Some also believe that Marie Laveau is not entombed there, but then again, there is no way to know if she isn’t there or is. You will find photographs of this tomb as well as others in the following photographs taken by the Undertaker. We hope you enjoy.
Many supernatural legends ensnare their prey with appearing to be illusions. In Celtic folklore, the Kelpie does just that.
Marie Robinson is a young woman from St. Louis, MO who has an obsession with the supernatural, Gothic literature, horror films and all things macabre. She is studying to be a folklore expert and is one of two writers for the horror blog Fascination With Fear. She has had three pieces published this year, one featured in an anthology released by Black Hound Digital Press and two can be read in issues of Sanitarium magazine. Her blog can be found here:www.fascinationwithfear.blogspot.comContinue reading “The Kelpie” »
With the impending zombie apocalypse upon us, I thought that this would be a good time to go over all the different type of zombies that are out there. Knowing what kind of zombie you are up against will greatly increase your odds of survival.
Night of the living dead zombies: This is one of the very first zombies to come into the scene if you will. This will be, for all intents and purposes, your basic movie zombie. There is no real reason for them being zombies other than just some type of supernatural reason. These zombies are dead people that have risen and don’t have an interest in making more zombies. They just have an interest in eating human brains. Continue reading “Types of Zombies” »
Appropriate for Burial Day Books here are the locations of the final resting place for some of the greats in the world of horror literature and the performance arts.
Ray Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012)
Bradbury chose a burial place at Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Los Angeles with a headstone that reads “Author of Fahrenheit 451″.
Emily Bronte (July 30, 1818 – December 19, 1848)
Bronte is buried in St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, Haworth, Yorkshire, UK.
Emily Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886)
Dickinson was buried next to her parents at West Street Cemetery in Amherst. The epitaph on her headstone was the same as the text of the note she had sent to her cousins Norcross: “Called Back.” Continue reading “Final Resting Place” »