photo of new orleans cemetery
Street in the City of the Dead
Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, LA
 
Morning light shines on the tombs in the Metairie Cemetery located near the New Orleans Country Club on the northwest edge of the city of New Orleans . Notice that the tombs and sidewalk are on a gentle curve. This is because the cemetery is laid out in an oval matching the horse racing track that it replaced. In one of the best example I know of peaceful protest, when the Yankee carpet baggers outlawed horse racing in New Orleans following the Civil War, the Creoles turned the old horse race track into a cemetery. Part of their way of life had died along with many of their men who served in the Confederate Army. Many say the angels wept. Copyright by WyoJones. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

In New Orleans, they call them “Dead Spaces,” which is where I get the title for my new release. They also call them “Little Cities of the Dead.” Let’s just say, if the wormhole takes you there, interesting things are bound to happen. Especially if you end up in the New Orleans ones.

Have you visited a dead space in New Orleans? Somewhere else? I will confess that now that we’re getting on, I’m starting to study them a little more closely. lol

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Perilously yours,

Pauline

P.S. It’s not just in Relatively Risky, where my characters fictionally visit the New Orleans cemeteries. It also happens in Core Punch

cover for Core Punch
“The evil he’s hunting is hunting them…”

Little Cities of the Dead

4 thoughts on “Little Cities of the Dead

  • May 8, 2015 at 5:40 am
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    I enjoy visiting cemeteries. Last fall, I went to Louisville, KY to see the cemetery there. Though it was in Kentucky, it was not built on a horse track. The old part was built on a hill in a circle pattern radiating out from that hill. Beautiful and full of history. On a trip to New England many years ago, when I realized the cemeteries were usually built on a high spot, I started making stops there in each town I went through, just to get a good view of the surrounding area. Plus, the rhododendrons were in bloom and often found in the graveyards.

    • May 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm
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      Hmmm, I wonder why they chose the high ground? That is very interesting. There isn’t really high ground in New Orleans, but I have spotted cemeteries when driving. Will have to notice better. Thanks for stopping by!

  • May 8, 2015 at 1:41 am
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    Not exactly what are called dead spaces but there was this old cemetery in Baton Rouge we drove past all the time and it had incredibly elaborate tomb stones. One was made to look just like a doll house. I got to see it up close once or twice when we went to visit somebody’s grave. This was when I was a kid, way back in the 60’s. A child, a little girl, was buried in the doll house one. There is something peaceful and also fascinating about old cemeteries.
    Dead Spaces is such a great title. I love your New Orleans books. I can’t wait to read the latest two, Dead Spaces and Core Punch.

    • May 11, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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      They really do grab your imagination, don’t they? The child burial sites are particularly haunting.

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