Bill’s Cajun House of Pleasure
by Alan Lampe
|During an exposé of elderly residents at Our Lady of Sorrows, Times-Picayune reporter Jimmie Rains meets Bill Valencourt. Bill tells him how he dumped his high school girlfriend, Anne Marie Laveau, for soiled swamp dove, Ariel. She worked at his ill-tempered uncle’s bordello in Bayou Cove. Anne Marie vows revenge.
When a wife catches her husband at Eustace’s bordello, the ensuing fight leaves the house of ill repute destroyed. Bill joins the Army and fights with General Patton’s Third Army. After the war, Ariel and Bill move to Amsterdam where they ply the sex trade of the Red-Light District.
After a tragic accident, Bill returns to Bayou Cove. His grand Cajun House of Pleasure opens in 1951. During the fifties, his best girls include a one-legged former trapeze artist Peggy and Helen, the Red-Haired Hellion. His resident barfly, Top Shelf, has a penchant for dismantling WFUX anchor Rich Bastärd’s Buick Roadmaster.
Tragedies round out the 1950s. Hurricane Audrey, a pregnant employee, Ariel’s ghost, his father’s death and a fire destroys the pleasure house. Bill sets up shop again, in a double wide mobile home and six travel trailers. While a lovelorn Officer Ambeauxpeaux, of the Louisiana State Police Department, chases Hurricane Gussy at every turn, Bill is tormented by Ariel’s ghost. Even an exorcism doesn’t help. She launches a deadly tornado and obliterates Bayou Cove.
Jimmie publishes the story in the paper. Anne Marie, still furious from being dumped by Bill and living in the swamp, renews her vengeance again. (286 pages, Tiree Press, 2018)
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Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-63373-374-9
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|Alan Lampe has been writing tales and stories since the second grade. Over the years, his writing matured. He was recognized by The National Library of Poetry, which published six of his poems in the late 1990s. Jotting down ideas and cranking out numerous short stories off and on throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, he focused on his writing in 2011 instead of Super Bowl XLV.
Bill’s Cajun House of Pleasure is the brain child of Alan and his former girlfriend. The first nuggets of this romp in the swamp were hatched eight years ago. Between workshops, critique groups, and conferences, he polished his prose in the following years. Wanting to leave no detail unchecked, he traveled to Louisiana to capture the essence of Cajun life.
You can stay in touch with him by visiting his website, www.alanlampeauthor.com