Body snatcher. Grave robber. Mad scientist. Brilliant surgeon. And did he really hang the corpse of his daughter in Mark Twain Cave? Plus the ghosts of the Gratiot Street Prison. Delve into the macabre world of St. Louis’s Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell with Victoria Cosner and Lorelei Shannon, authors of Missouri’s Mad Doctor McDowell.
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Yesterday I carved my jack-o-lantern for 2014. As usual, I decided to go with a classic look that is very close to last year’s grin. And yes, that’s the Halloween Altar in the background, with the addition of the Beistle reprints that I ordered this year. As usual, I always have difficulty choosing which photos to share with you, so you’re getting several.
It has been so warm for October lately, and our 80 degree days will kill a jack-o-lantern in no time. I’ve decided that for the next few days we’re bringing them in late at night when we blow them out. That way they’ll be much more comfortable inside and away from the sun and heat during the day.
As you may know, Joe always has to break the mold with his jack-o-lanterns. Here is this year’s polka-dotted disco ball jack-o-lantern! We like the reflections on the post.
Another look at the Halloween Altar.
This evening I took a trip to the cemetery to pay my adopted souls a visit for my 2014 grave adoption project. I discovered so many beautiful trees that weren’t in this condition on my last visit. It cooled down quite a bit by the time I got there, and so it was beautiful weather. It’s still weird to be wearing gym shorts and a t-shirt in a cemetery on the week of Halloween.
One of my grave adoptions for the year. The small pumpkin is still going strong from 3 weeks ago. All of my small pumpkins that I kept in the comfort of my home rotted long ago, so I’m pretty impressed.
Victoria Cosner Love, author of Mad Madame Lalaurie: New Orleans’ Most Famous Murderess revealed, chats with us about the real life Delphine Lalaurie, portrayed by Kathy Bates in American Horror Story: Coven. Plus a bonus discussion on cemeteries!
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Kathy Bates playing Delphine Lalaurie in American Horror Story: Coven. Kathy used Victoria’s book to research the role. (Photo via Entertainment Weekly.)
Victoria’s 2-Part Interview on BigSéance.com:
Mad Madame Lalaurie: An Interview with Author, Victoria Cosner Love, Part 1
Mad Madame Lalaurie: Part 2 of My Interview with Author, Victoria Cosner Love
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The author at the entrance to the Lalaurie Mansion.
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