From The Arizona Daily Star 01-06-13
"L'Immortalite: Madame LaLaurie and the Voodoo Queen"
By T.R. Heinan (Nonius LLC, $14.99)
The principal activity of this exercise in horror takes places in New Orleans in the mid-1830s. Dr. LaLaurie researches Galvanism in his home laboratory using slaves as guinea pigs. (The best known acolyte of Galvanism is Dr. Frankenstein.) His wife, Delphine, wants only to become immortal. Marie Laveau, a practitioner in the black arts, achieves this in a spectacular if unexpected way.