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Wednesday, October 16, 2013


Do you believe in the supernatural?

There are two answers to that question, of course.

One that you believe in bright sunlight. And the one that you fear is true in the shadows on a strange, moonlit street.

I know. I've had too many occasions to walk the dark streets of the French Quarter at night. I wasn't suicidal. I was broke. I saw street crime naturally. I also saw glimpses of things my rational mind refused to consider.

To focus my mind off those glimpses, I tried to make a list of movies with scenes involving lone walkers at night in the growing fog. Word to the wise. Don't do that. It really doesn't help. At all.

New Orleans has been called a Twilight City, for it rises from civilized slumber to bustling life at night.

Performers often line the streets, pushers sell their brands of death, prostitutes promise sex as if it were love, dancers weave through the partiers on the street, and music throbs through the veins of the French Quarter.

If the undead do exist, they walk lazily down streets in front of buildings dating back hundreds of years. In that sense, they would be at home. It is we the living who could be thought of as intruders there.

New Orleans is famous for its "Cities of the Dead."

Since the city is below sea level, it is filled with above the ground tombs instead of graves in the moist earth.

One of the most famous of these "cities" is St. Louis Cemetery #1, established in 1789 and considered by many as being the final resting place of the infamous voodoo Queen, Marie Laveau.

But Samuel McCord would tell you differently. He still visits her occasionally if the situation is dire enough to warrant risking suicide.

Then, there is Samuel's favorite airport: the Denver Airport -

Located 25 miles from Denver on a plot of land encompassing 53 square miles, sits the second largest- and the most bizarre airport in the world, the Denver Airport.

It has a 34 foot statue of an apocalyptic war-horse called El Mesteno, and its demonic glowing eyes are the very first thing greeting you when you step out of the airport building.

Oh…did I mention the demonic horse statue killed its creator, Luis Jiménez?

It’s a 34 foot statue of an apocalyptic war-horse called El Mesteno, and its demonic glowing eyes are the very first thing greeting you when you step out of the airport building.

It also has a statue of Anubis:

Somehow the powers that be figured a hellhorse from the underworld wasn’t frightening enough. That’s why it got a companion in the form of this gigantous Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead.
If you ever visit the airport then it’s probably best not to stare at this statue directly as it will no doubt whisper secrets that will wither your soul …

Then, there are the Bizarre Murals:

Now, this is where it gets freaky, and I mean like Michael Jackson’s painting collection freaky…

A long, long trail of mothers holding dead babies in their arms, many more lying dead on the ground, as a gas-mask wearing, evil warlord holds a huge sword and a machine gun, thrusting the sword into the belly of the white dove of peace.

Notice that the evil warlord doing the killing is a military soldier, where the gas-mask refers to the use of some kind of biological weapon.

Not exactly the thing you would want to look at when you’re returning from vacation

Children buried in coffins underneath, while on top above ground a solar fire storm rages. Do the flames make a reference to the sun burning up the earth as in the Mtayan 2012 calendar predictions, or a reference to the devastation caused by nuclear bombs exploding?

The roof of DIA is made of 15 acres of Teflon-coated, woven fiber glass, which makes it impossible to see inside the place with radar.


  1. OK...
    I got nothing...
    Are we sure this is in the USA?

  2. David:
    According to my research the Denver Airport is like that:

    Rather strange, isn't it?

  3. Better Pictures and more detailed info are on this site:

  4. Dude; I've been to Denver airport, and it is confusing. Never stepped outside it though, and I didn't see the horse or Anubis in my arrival. I missed out with a lack of a tour guide.

    If I ever visit new Orleans - and I hope to one day - I will look you up as my tour guide. I want to experience the terror of the city, but I'm wimp enough to need a knowledgeable protector.

    I love your insights on your city. This post has been most intriguing, and the essence of what has drawn me to your blog time and time again.


  5. I have been to this airport several times and here I thought that horse was a symbol for their football team the Broncos. The roof I was told was made to look like mountain tops. It is a beautiful airport but those muriels really did freak me out :)

  6. In the words of the Cowardly Lion, "I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do believe in spooks." Or something like that :)

    Thanks for this most interesting post, Roland.

  7. Next time I'm near Denver, I'm looking for that place!

  8. Let's just say "I Want to Believe..."

    I enjoyed your guided tour in the French Quarter... and that airport seems so intriguing...

    Thinking of the French Quarter... when you have a moment to spare why don't you read my story Music of the Night?... :-)

  9. New Orleans sounds spooky and amazing. I so want to go there some day. I'll be steering clear of the horse statue, though. I'm not a big believer in the supernatural, but I'm not taking any chances.

  10. Thanks, Donna:
    I try to give my guests something fun and novel to mull over and behold. I am always happy to see you here!

    And after being alone on the streets at night after Katrina, I, too, am a wimp!! :-)

    Up close that Horse statue looks downright scary. You're right: those murals are freaky and the Aztec gargoyles on the interior walls aren't much better!!

    That airport gives me the willies. And it does make me wonder if something lurks underneath. Cue the spooky music! LOL.

    Take someone with you. I wouldn't want you to disappear! :-)

    I am heading into the grim days of my work week. I promise Monday that I will read your story. I am intrigued.

    I try to make my early New Orleans real in every detail -- which makes folks wonder just what spooky portion is fiction! :-)

    J E:
    That staute did kill its creator. Luckily, it is in Denver not New Orleans. And looking at a towering Anubis would not be good for my digestion either!! LOL. I believe there is much in nature that we do not fully know and mistake it for the supernatural. :-)