The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

Press: Russellville Courier Article - December 2003, HGTV website article, AP story - October 2006, and Victorian Homes Magazine - February 2008 (link coming soon).
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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Contemplating the Post-Kenny Era

It’s nearly time for me to get back to the basics: financial ruin, incompetence, ingenuity, and the occasional, well-done job. I’m sure the flu was just a prelude to the suffering and misfortune yet to come.

The inevitable coming of the post-Kenny era has me a little freaked out. For weeks, I’ve been saying, “just three more weeks.” Well, even if I want three more weeks, I’m not sure how many more I’ll get. It wouldn’t be too much of a concern, but we recently came to the realization that we’d probably have to file for ONE MORE EXTENSION on the construction loan. In exactly four weeks from today, the bank will either want a finished house or an interest payment. I’m guessing that they’ll be getting a payment. If we didn’t have to do this, we could probably keep Kenny for five weeks without too much difficulty.


An even scarier thought is how far behind we’d be if we hadn’t hired Kenny. If it has taken Kenny and his cousin this many weeks to get this far with a couple of decades of experience each, where would we be? Sixty three years old and still making extension payments to the bank?

If anyone ever tries to sell you a house for dollar, run away. If you feel tempted, come to me for counseling. If that doesn’t work, I’ll just have to shoot you. Believe me, you’ll thank me later.


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