Marita Woywod Crandle



Marita Woywod Crandle, originally from Germany, finds the creative atmosphere in New Orleans a perfect match. Her next book, Johnny White’s Sports Bar, is scheduled for release this November through History Press, and she is working on a historical fiction vampire novel, The Carter Brothers. Crandle and her husband, Steven Crandle, run both Boutique du Vampyre and their vampire speakeasy, Potions, in the French Quarter.





11:15 a.m. to Noon
Capitol Park Welcome Center, Large Meeting Room
Eerie Louisiana

12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Book Signing


New Orleans Vampires: History and Legend

New Orleans has a reputation as a home for creatures of the night. Popular books, movies and television shows have cemented the city's connection to vampires in public imagination. In the early days of Louisiana's colonization, rumors swirled about the fate of the Casket Girls, a group of mysterious maidens traveling to the New World from France with peculiar casket-shaped boxes. A charismatic man who moved to the French Quarter in the early 1900s eerily resembled a European aristocrat of one hundred years prior bearing the same name. A pair of brothers terrorized the town with their desire to feed on living human blood during the Great Depression. Marita Woywod Crandle investigates the origins of these legends so intricately woven through New Orleans's rich history.


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