Bloody Mary's Guide to Hauntings, Horrors, and Dancing with the Dead

True Stories from the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans


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"Fascinating insight through Bloody Mary's eyes into the paranormal and New Orleans. A hauntingly good read."
Nick Groff, co-author of Chasing Spirits and founding team member of Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures
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272 Pages


6 x 9


Trade Paperback

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Bloody Mary runs Bloody Mary's Tours and lectures at Loyola and Tulane Universities. She has been featured on hundreds of television and radio broadcasts, both national and international, including the SyFy, BBC, CNN, The History Channel, and Ghost Adventurers. An 11th generation Creole New Orleanian, she is hell-bent on preserving the important mystical traditions and magical customs that are in danger of becoming extinct in her hometown. Visit her at

Jeff Belanger is a voracious fan of the unexplained. He's been studying and writing about the supernatural for regional and national publications since 1997. Belanger is the founder of, the Internet's largest supernatural community, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. He's the author of: The World's Most Haunted Places: From the Secret Files of (New Page Books 2004), and The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places (New Page Books 2005).

“. . . known as ‘The Poet Priestess of the Spirit of New Orleans’ Bloody Mary is a true spokeswoman of her hometown . . .” —Southern Women Magazine

In 15 compelling chapters, Bloody Mary shares with readers her experiences with the ghosts and haunted happenings of New Orleans. Among the tales of the supernatural are:

  • A visit to a haunted sanitarium
  • A meeting with Julie the Ghost of Forbidden Love
  • The story of Madame La Laurie, La Vampyra
  • Meetings with Jean Lafitte, the Gentleman Pirate
  • Encounters with the ghosts in New Orleans graveyards

Each chapter ends with “Afterlife Lessons and Warnings” that help readers navigate the seen and the unseen worlds.

What makes these stories particularly engaging is Bloody Mary herself. She is not only a psychic investigator, she is also a psychic healer offering healing and kindness to spirits that walk the earth and also helping readers find spiritual lessons in encounters with the spirit world.

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"Fascinating insight through Bloody Mary's eyes into the paranormal and New Orleans. A hauntingly good read."
Nick Groff, co-author of Chasing Spirits and founding team member of Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures
"Bloody Mary functions as a brilliant storyteller and folklorist however, here she also functions as a healer of place, of its occupants, and of its ethereal visitors. … she provides the reader access to a world generally speaking, closed to us; a spiritual world filled with emotions, beliefs and rituals; a world that breeds misunderstanding, which become fertile ground for Hollywood's distorted illustrations of the unknown. This book stands up against distortions as the author stresses the importance of the recognition and honoring of the spirit world that is ever present throughout the sordid history of her home town, New Orleans."
Alexandra Reuber, Ph.D., Professor of Practice, French, Tulane University
"I love this book! Bloody Mary (really) brings to life those who are gone but still with us. And Bloody Mary's writes their history so beautifully- poetically and lyrically. But more importantly she shares her own supernatural insight and experiences with them too."
Angela Hill,Award winning American Journalist, international news anchor and WWL-TV New Orleans Veteran celebrity spokesperson
"A journey to the corridor of spiritual experience! Bloody Mary's supernatural side of New Orleans is both fully documented with history and rich with the magic act of invocation through storytelling. Recommended not only for the adept, but also for students of metaphysics, paranormal enthusiasts, practicing spiritualists, and those who need to see how to extend motherly love beyond the human realm."
Yeye Luisah Teish, author of Jambalaya: The Natural Woman's Book of Personal Charms and Practical Rituals
"New Orleans is a place with a colorful history shrouded in dark mystery. Ghosts and voodoo are a part of daily life, and who better to tell you the stories than Bloody Mary, the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. Mary doesn't just tell the stories of the Big Easy--she lives them. She bridges the world of the living with the realm of the dead, and takes you on this thrilling lifelong journey of hers in this book."
Brad Klinge, lead investigator on Ghost Lab, Discovery Channel, producer/ star of 9diamond Productions' "Strange Curiosity", and co-Author of Chasing Ghosts, Texas Style