Cosner and Shannon

About the Authors

Co-authors and BFFs

Victoria Cosner (right) and Lorelei Shannon at the House of Blues in New Orleans

Victoria Cosner has spent the better part of 30 years poking around graveyards and digging for lost pieces of history.  She is especially fond of delving into missing pieces of women's history. She co-authored a book, Women under the Third Reich (Greenwood Publishing) and next turned her attention to the infamous Madame Lalaurie and her incredible family. It wasn't long before another bizarre historical figure caught her attention: Dr. Joseph Nash McDowell.

A longtime member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, she has worked in public history facilities for over 20 years and has her master's degree in American Studies, specializing in cultural landscapes of garden cemeteries.

Lorelei Shannon has spent the better part of 30 years following Victoria Cosner around graveyards for her own inscrutable purposes. Lorelei and Victoria met at the tender age of 14. From the very start they shared a love of history—particularly the obscure and unusual variety. While Victoria went on to become a respected historian, Lorelei became a novelist. She never lost her love of history, and she frequently incorporates historical elements in her Southern Gothic fiction. She has now collaborated with Victoria on two non-fiction books, and she hopes there will be many more to come.

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