L’immortalite: Madame Lalaurie and the Voodoo Queen

A comedic meditation on what humans do to persist beyond their natural lives. L’immortalite is an inventive horror story that vividly brings to life the torrid landscape of New Orleans.

By turns macbre and comedic, this irreverent horror story is drenched in the excess of antebellum Louisiana. It is based on the real life events of an elite society woman and her barbaric treatment of her slaves. The novelization begins in the city’s St. Louis Cathedral where reclusive lay sacristan Philippe Bertrand finds himself drawn to the shadowy mansion of Delphine Lalaurie.

In the mansion he meets Elise, a slave girl with poetic ambitions who has been brutalized by the Lalauries. When the mansion matriarch demands Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau to give her eternal fame, everything goes haywire. A child slave dies under questionable circumstances, spurring Elise to run away. Philippe hides Elise at Marie Laveau’s cabin and secretly teaches her to read and write.

When Marie puts a new spin on the meaning of zombies, the once reluctant sacristan is determined to find out what really goes on in the Lalaurie Mansion. To his horror, he will discover that Delphine and her physician husband carry out repugnant medical experiments on their slaves. This monstrous private world may be exposed when a slave cook sets herself on fire, along with the mansion. Philippe must break the chains of his own conflicted spirituality as well as those binding the Lalaurie’s victims if he is to save them.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

By: T.R. Heinan

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