Reading List

Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew FoxWelcome to Loki’s New Orleans Reading List!

From history and cookbooks to role-playing games what follow are my personal picks. I am not presenting a comprehensive, all-encompassing list, but rather a curated selection of what I consider the most worthwhile or noteworthy volumes in each category. By the way, tabletop gamers should look for the RPG section of the list, you’ll even find a few that I authored!

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  • Why New Orleans Matters by Tom Piazza
  • Storyville, New Orleans Being an Authentic, Illustrated Account of the Notorious Red Light District by Al Rose
  • New Orleans Architecture Volume III: The Cemeteries by Leonard V Huber and Peggy McDowell
  • The Accidental City by Lawrence N. Powell
  • A Howling in the Wires edited by Sam Jasper and Mark Folse
  • Bienville’s Dilemma by Richard Campanella
  • Frenchmen Desire Good Children by Robert L. Crager & Co.
  • The Garden District of New Orleans by Jim Fraiser w/ photography by West Freeman
  • Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans by Gary Krist
  • Managing Ignatius by Jerry E. Strahan
  • Second Line Rescue: Improvised Responses to Katrina and Rita by Barry Jean Ancelet
  • Spectacular Wickedness: Sex, Race and Memory in Storyville, New Orleans by Emily Epstein Landau
  • Guidebooks to Sin: The Blue Books of Storyville, New Orleans by Pamela D. Arceneaux
  • Let The Faggots Burn: The Upstairs Lounge Fire by Johnny Townsend
  • Zeitoun by David Eggers
  • From Staple Guns to Thumbtacks: Flyer art from the 1982-1995 New Orleans Punk & Hardcore Scene by Pat Roig
  • New Orleans: The Canal Streetcar Line by Edward J. Branley
  • The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette
  • Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
  • Hard Roll: A Paramedic’s Perspective of Life and Death in New Orleans by Jon McCarthy
  • A Young Person’s Guide to New Orleans Houses by Lloyd Vogt
  • Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn by S. Frederick Starr
  • 1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose
  • The Axeman of New Orleans: The True Story by Miriam C. Davis
  • Bellocq: Photographs from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans by John Szarkowski (Out Of Print)
  • Carry Me Home by Mark Folse
  • The Creoles of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  • Disaster: Hurricane Katrina and the Failure of Homeland Security by Robert Block
  • Fire in the Hole: The Spirit Work of Fi Yi Yi & Mandingo Warriors by Fi Yi Yi
  • The Free People of Color of New Orleans: An Introduction by Mary Gehman
  • Geographies of New Orleans: Urban Fabrics Before the Storm by Richard Campanella
  • Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and How It Changed America by John M. Barry
  • Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit
  • The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square by Ned Sublette

Carnival Culture

  • Unveiling the Muse: The Lost History of Gay Carnival in New Orleans by Howard Philips Smith
  • Mardi Gras Treasures: Costume Designs of the Golden Age by Henri Schindler
  • The House of Dance and Feathers: A Museum by Ronald Lewis

Food and Cocktails

  • Famous New Orleans Drinks & How To Mix ‘Em by Stanley Clisby Arthur
  • Ralph Brennan’s New Orleans Seafood Cookbook by Ralph Brennan
  • Obituary Cocktail:The Great Saloons of New Orleans by Kerri McCafferty
  • Brennan’s New Orleans Cookbook: With the Story of the Fabulous New Orleans Restaurant by Hermann B. Deutsch
  • Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans by Lolis Eric Elie and Ed Anderson
  • Creole Feast by Nathaniel Burton


  • A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  • New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City by Andrei Codrescu
  • Crescent City Kills (LaStanza New Orleans Police Novels) by O’Neil De Noux
  • The French Detective (Jacques Dugas New Orleans Mysteries) by O’Neil De Noux and O’Neil P. De Noux Sr.
  • New Orleans Sketches by William Faulkner and Carvel Collins
  • Stay Out of New Orleans: Strange Stories by P. Curran
  • Ghosts and Shadows (Detective ‘Cadillac’ Holland) by H Max Hiller

Science Fiction / Fantasy / Horror

  • Fat White Vampire Blues by Andrew Fox
  • When Gravity Fails by George Alec Effinger (Based on his life in the Quarter)
  • The Sound of Building Coffins by Louis Maistros
  • Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice
  • Hidden Talents (Bayou Talents) by Edward Branley


  • Bloodlines and Black Magic: The Crescent City (System: Pathfinder, Occult 7) by Tim Hitchcock, Jason Sonia, and George “Loki” Williams
  • X-Crawl: Louisiana Rising (System: Dungeon Crawl Classics) by Brendan LaSalle and George “Loki” Williams
  • Black Goat of New Orleans (System: Call of Cthulhu) by Matthew Morgan, Allen Boudreaux, Michael DeCuir, Chris Freeman, Dale Hrebik, and Will Trufant
  • Tales of the Crescent City: Adventures in Jazz Age New Orleans (System: Call of Cthulhu) by Stuart Boon, Daniel Harms, C. Michael Hurst, Jeff Moeller, Oscar Rio’s, and Kevin Ross