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).
Art: From time to time, I receive requests for my art. If you would like to look at more of my art, go to The Failed Artist. If you would like to buy my art, email me. I am more than happy to answer any questions you might have. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Seeing the Light

Several weeks ago a momentous event occurred; my father-in-law set foot in the Devil Queen for the first time in over two years.

He didn't come willingly though. The only reason he came was he'd just picked up my wife and her broken down VW off the side of Interstate 40. With an armload of baggage and my wife in tow, he reluctantly made his grand entrance.

My father-in-law has never liked the Devil Queen and has been up front with the fact that he thinks it is probably the worst project that we could have decided to undertake. It is hard to hold that against him because he has paradoxically helped us more than anyone else. Stupid or not, if his daughter wants to do this, he's going to help. If he hadn't helped us, this project never would of happened. Whether that is good or bad is moot at this point.

Since the front entrance is still pretty rough, he wasn't too impressed at first. I showed him the orange & blue hall bath. "Loud but nice," was his only comment. Then I showed him the kitchen. He walked into the middle of the room and looked around. He was quiet for a moment and then said, "This is really nice. If you can make the whole house look like this, it'll be worth some hellacious money. I never thought it would clean up this well."

I couldn't have been more shocked if Jesus Christ told me he liked eating newborn babies. This might not sound like much, but having your biggest naysayer telling you this is like winning the lottery. We took it as high praise indeed.

Now the tricky part, finishing the house.



Anonymous kingstreetfarm said...

OK your comment about jesus and the babies cracked me up. Congrats on the momentous occasion! I hope your FIL comes around--while continuing his help ;) WE all know you're doing this for a reason! Sane or not.

8:28 AM  
Anonymous kingstreetfarm said...

By the way, you might have missed my earlier comment, but I'm interested in buying some of your art! I particularly like 3 of the pieces on your "failed artist" site, and I am also interested in talking with you about a larger piece, possibly a commission? Let me know how to contact you directly, if you're interested!

8:35 AM  
Blogger John said...

Wow, you're faster than I am. I was just heading over to hotmail to send you an email. You'll be hearing from me shortly.


8:44 AM  
Blogger John said...


I sent you an email but it came back as undeliverable (it's the same one you have listed at Kingstreetfarm). Please send me an email at thedevilqueen(at)hotmail(dot)com so I can get in touch with you.


10:04 AM  
Blogger HomeImprovementNinja said...

FWIW, we don't know that Jesus didn't like eating newborn babies. I mean, the bible didn't say he was in favor of it, but it didn't say he was opposed to it either. It's silent on the topic, but given his view of the whole -this-is-my-body-this-is-my-blood- now-eat-it-bitchez, you can infer what you will from that. Jus' sayin'.

12:46 PM  
Blogger John said...


You are absolutely correct; I am guilty of dabbling in flawed theology. It's been a while since I've read the New Testament, but, from what I remember, there is quite a lot that isn't specifically addressed in those books. Leaves a lot of room for opium dens full of wife-swapping, sex crazed baby eaters. It could explain why the average life expectancy was so short back in the day.

1:15 PM  
Anonymous mindy said...

That is excellent news; when even the unimaginative and unenthused begin to fall for your house (or at least not shy away from it), you know you're making major progress.

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