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 13, 2007

The White Goddess

Having crawled from dark woods and lonely night, what is this lurking here? It can be nothing else but the work of the restless, toiling dead.

"Your broad, high brow is whiter than a leper's,
Your eyes are flax-flower blue, blood-red your lips,
Your hair curls honey-colored to white hips.
All saints revile you, and all sober men
Ruled by the God Apollo's golden mean;
Yet for me rises even in November
(Rawest of months) so cruelly new a vision,
Cerridwen, of your beatific love
I forget violence and long betrayal,
Careless of where the next bright bolt might fall."

- Robert Graves

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Anonymous Jordana said...

So you had her spray painted? It's looking good!

12:21 PM  
Blogger John said...

Yes, though we are not yet finished.

It is funny how things change. If you'd told me we ought to spray the paint on a year ago, I would have rebelled. Well, we now have something like 48 days to finish the house, so it's sounding really good now.

Desperation is the mother of all compromise.

And thanks. It certainly looks much better sprayed than weathered and flaking.

2:03 PM  

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