#FrightNight at 1140 Rue Royale by Karen D. Badger

Cover Design: Karen D. Badger


Lia and Elliot are research scientists in New York City. Having met twenty-two years earlier, their lives have fallen into a ‘taken-for-granted’ daily routine. They agree to begin again in New Orleans, not only to further their careers, but to renew their relationship, away from the hustle and bustle of big city life in New York.

While house-hunting, they can’t believe their luck when they find an historical mansion in the French Quarter of New Orleans, securing the home for much less than appraised value.

Not long after moving in, they find out why their new home was such a bargain as a series of horrid events takes over their lives, and they learn the terrifying truth about 1140 Rue Royale.4 

My thoughts

“Come on down for Mardi Gras, you’ll have a good time!” No. Heck No. After reading Karen D. Badger’s 1140 Rue Royale, I am all set with staying in any building in New Orleans. Just saying.

Let’s start with Karen D. Badger’s cover and formatting for 1140 Rue Royale and say that it is fantastic. The blending of real-life photos and the story is perfect. It adds a level of creepiness that is not needed, but adds that extra punch.

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Why do I say that an extra level of creepiness is not needed? Badger makes this tale creepy all on its own. Merging the horrific past of New Orleans with a simple action in today’s world makes the story flare to life. Ghosting intersectionality is real. A great deal of discussion about this sociological theory was revived when Toni Morrison’s Beloved came out. The blood that is spilled lasts for generations and can echo in their descendants’ lives.

Badger does an excellent job of handling this type of ghosting with Lia’s character and the house sitting on Rue Royale. Slavery is never a pretty subject and Badger does not shy away from its ugliness. It’s repercussions and horror are the stars of this story – making it a true horror story.

The utilization of supernatural elements to assist in telling this story is natural and creepy. It is a story that grabs you and won’t let go. It reads quickly without losing any intent or detail.

1140 Rue Royale is definitely one to read with the lights on (laugh). Add this story to your Halloween collection and you won’t regret it.

I received a free copy of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Further Details:

Publisher: Badger Bliss Books, 9781945761119, 2016

Editor: Nann Dunne

Series: 1140 Rue Royale #1; Settings: New York, and New Orleans, LA, U.S.

Pages: 373

SC: Lesbians, Gay


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