Stories of ghosts, vampires, and voodoo queens in New Orleans abound. You may scoff, but the elements of New Orleans’ checkered past over the centuries certainly provide fodder for these tales: the slave trade, catastrophic floods and coffins resurfacing after them, disease epidemics, the Civil War, barbaric medical experimentation on slaves, etc. I recently joined a walking tour of haunted buildings in the French Quarter in the Crescent City. I loved the history lesson provided by our enthusiastic guide, and I let my overactive imagination run wild while exploring the back streets on the banks of the Mississippi River. I also slept with the lights on that night.