I’ve located R’lyeh. It’s near Baton Rouge.

My brother Rian goes back to Chicago today, but he was here for a week and I showed him ’round a bit. We went to New Orleans and I introduced him to some of my favorite spots in Bywater and Marigny–including brunch at Elizabeth’s, where I had the redneck eggs: Eggs Benedict on fried green tomatoes instead of English muffins.

And yesterday we went to St. Francisville and New Roads. The cemetery of Grace Episcopal Church is one of my favorites, and I’ve been to a LOT of cemeteries in the last few years.


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My brother picked up a brochure in the church that talked about some of the families buried there and some of the more impressive tombs. This was built by Ira Smith to be for his whole family, but after he died and was interred within, his heir threw the key into the Mississippi–THREW, not dropped–and it was never opened again.


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This would be a bad place to live in case of zombie apocalypse.


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A lot of the family plots are gated, and some of them have truly creepy details on them.


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This old tomb at the back of the cemetery was the kicker. There was a giant crack right down the middle; also a huge patch of quickmud right in front of it, even though the rest of the cemetery was fairly dry.


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And when we walked around to the back, THE DOOR WAS HANGING OFF THE HINGES AND THERE WERE STEPS LEADING DOWN INTO THE EARTH.

I’m not a superstitious person but I have read a lot of H.P. Lovecraft, so I took my photo and GTFO.

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  1. Idebenone
    Jan 01, 2013 @ 17:02:25

    NOLA has an interesting fascination with anything haunted or spooky, so you’ll find Haunted House tours, Voodoo gift shops and a lot of cemeteries. The cemeteries are interesting places to visit especially because not many cities boast their cemeteries as attractions for tourists. These cemeteries are in fact pretty interesting, owing to the fact that New Orleans is built below sea level and the water table is very high. Add to that the risk of flooding in this area and it makes burying your loved ones a difficult task, unless you want to see them float up to the surface to say howdy again. They solved this issue by burying bodies in family tombs and also in three layer mausoleums above the ground. A lady we met on the train put it fairly graphically when she said that they bury a body and within a year the body has already decomposed because of the climate down here. So when they next bury a family member they just push the body over and the remains fall through a grate so they can put the next one in there! Pretty gruesome!

    I’m aware of the cemeteries in NOLA thanks, I shoot in them a lot. ~Sarah

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