Haunted New Orleans – The Sultan’s House, by Lyn Gibson – Author of “The Adrian Trilogy”

sultan  Though public records indicate that in 1780, a previous home occupied the corner of Dauphine and Orleans, it is the Gardette – Laprete house which still stands today.  Built in 1836 by Jean Baptist LePrete, the 4 story mansion would dominate the French Quarter both in stature and legend for over 150 years.

The meticulously designed home was never permanently occupied as LePrete lived on his plantation in Plaquemines.  During the social seasons, LePrete would entertain his family and guests there, usually when the French Opera was in town.  The homes’ peaceful existence would soon come to an end when a wealthy Turkish merchant arrived in New Orleans.  The merchant sought out LePrete to ask for use of the property on behalf of the brother of a Sultan.  LePrete, was happy to oblige.  An additional stream of income and the security of having the home occupied were means for a bargain.  What had not been disclosed during negotiations was the fact that the newly proclaimed Sultan that would be occupying the home had robbed his brother of his gold and jewels then fled to New Orleans.

The Sultan moved into LePretes’ mansion and along with him came his guards and his harem.  The Sultan’s harem consisted of women of all shapes, ages and sizes, most of which had been abducted from the home of his brother or from off of the streets of New Orleans.  Besides the women, the Sultan also owned young Arab boys in which to sate his twisted palate.  Both the women and boys would be raped and beaten and in many cases, murdered, all at the whim of the cruel Sultan.

Though atrocities abounded within the beautiful home, there were many elaborate parties thrown by the Sultan.  All of the elite would attend these lavish events.  The mansion had become the center of all social activities in the area.  The Sultan had more than fortified the home.  The windows and doors had been covered and his men patrolled the grounds with curved swords in their belt-lines.  Not one of the area socialites had any way to know of the atrocities that occurred within the grand estate.  But soon, all of the frivolities would come to a gruesome end.

One morning, a neighbor was walking along the sidewalk in front of the mansion.  He noticed that it was eerily quiet and that there were no guards patrolling the grounds.  He then looked up to see blood seeping from beneath the front entrance and onto the steps below.  When authorities arrived they attempted to summon the inhabitants by pounding at the front door.  When there was no response, the door was broken down.  Beyond the entrance lay the gruesome remnants of a bizarre massacre, the entirety of which was never fully recorded due to the horrific details.  Blood splatters covered the walls and furnishings.  Sordid body parts lay strewn on every floor of every level of the once envied home.  Every man woman and child associated with the Sultan had been slaughtered.  There was evidence of rape and torture at every turn; the inhabitants had all suffered tormented deaths.  The body of the Sultan was discovered in a shallow grave behind the house.  He had been badly mutilated then buried alive.

To this day the murders have never been solved.  The only proven fact is that robbery was a factor as the home had been ram-sacked and all of the Sultans riches had disappeared.  Many rumors abounded.  Some say that the Sultan, his harem and his men had been murdered by the same pirates that brought him into the Port of New Orleans.  Others believe that the Sultan had been hunted down by his brother and killed as an act of revenge.

The home changed hands many times and has risen and fallen only to rebound to it’s former glory.  Once nearly dilapidated and abandoned, the home was remodeled and opened as an art studio, later it served as an apartment complex.  Many of those who have lived or worked within the grand structure have reported hearing screams throughout the interior of the home as well as the exterior.  Some have claimed to see the Sultan himself, easily identified by his light colored hair despite his Turkish descent.

These reports have been ongoing for decades and all are similar in their claims.  The Sultan’s home has been investigated on many occasions by paranormal experts.  Some of these investigations have yielded interesting EVP recordings as well as recorded unexplainable movement and occurrences.

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DonnaInk author Lyn Gibson interviewed by the Baton Rouge Advocate

faveHAMMOND — Less than 24 hours after receiving the first shipment of “Adrian’s Fury,” Lyn Seal Gibson watched the books disappear before her eyes.

The book is the second in the “Adrian Trilogy,” a vampire series that has many Tangipahoa residents and others talking — about vampires.

“I’m so excited that I am actually numb,” the horror writer, who lives in Independence, said of the success of her second book. “I’m actually at a loss for words to explain how I feel.”

Gibson, an enthusiast for all things paranormal, is well versed in local legend and folklore and was first drawn to pen “To Be His Soulmate,” the first installment of the Adrian Trilogy, which hit bookstores and online retailers in 2012.

“There is no place on Earth richer in paranormal activity. It’s all just a part of our daily lives here,” Gibson said.

Her books blend modern-day events with history and legend and capture both the seductive and the malevolent characteristics of the vampire while giving the tale an insightful yet gory twist, the publisher’s website states.

“Lyn Seal Gibson is a mesmerizing writer,” said Susie Cambre, a journalist and archivist for the Surviving Katrina-Rita Project for the U.S. Library of Congress and the University of Houston, during a phone interview following the release of Gibson’s first book.

“As a writer, she successfully takes you where she wants you to journey deep within a dark world, living in the shadows of the moss-strewn Deep South. Her characters develop a strong relationship with the reader and continue from book to book in her trilogy,” Cambre said.

“The character development is good, and it flows very well,” said Charles Genovese, of Independence, during a phone interview.

Genovese is a doctor who lives in Independence. He was given an early copy of her latest book to review.

He said he read “To Be His Soulmate” in three days and immediately began the second, an unusual occurrence for Genovese, who said he doesn’t generally read novels.

After reading the first book, “It’s like, oh my God, I can’t wait to read the second one,” he said. “I couldn’t put it down.”

The trilogy’s popularity is reaching far beyond the borders of Tangipahoa Parish, and Gibson has amassed fans as far away as Turkey, she said. Gibson said her publisher confirmed recently that she has more than 48,000 followers on her WordPress blog as well as on Facebook, Tumblr, Reddit, Google and Twitter.

Gibson now has more than 8,000 followers on her Facebook page.

The series, Gibson said, is based in the north shore area of Lake Pontchartrain, and many well-known landmarks are mentioned throughout the books.

The Adrian Trilogy is not for teenagers, however, as it does not include sparkling, lovelorn adolescent creatures, said Cambre, a grandmother of 13.

“If you want to find Gibson’s vampires, you’ll have to venture into authentic old museums, ancient scrolls and the real tales our ancestors shared with history,” Cambre said.

“She weaves her dark world with both imagination and the dust of old vaults and historic archives,” she said.

Gibson gives some of the credit for the book’s success to her publisher, D.L. Quesinberry, CEO, President and Founder of DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C..

Gibson has been busy promoting her book. In addition to being a DonnaInk Publications, L.L.C. author, she also is a national radio personality and a historian of vampire legend and lore.

Following the launch of her first book, Gibson began writing blogs. She has been interviewed on several talk radio programs and attends the annual “Spooky Empire” horror convention in Orlando, Florida. She is currently making appearances in Hammond and Mississippi, where she was born and raised.

Gibson’s next local appearance is Oct. 11 at Linda’s Toy Box, 14306 W. University Ave., Hammond, where she will meet with fans and sign copies of her latest book.

To incite more interest in the trilogy, Gibson said, her husband will bring along a dragster he custom designed that bears Adrain Trilogy logos.

“That’s his way of getting involved in the books,” Gibson said.

The third book, which has been finished for more than a year, will be released in December, she said.

“People actually love the books and are beating me to death for the next one,” Gibson said.

The popularity of the trilogy has encouraged Gibson to release her fourth book, a compilation of short stories, in the spring.

“This is like creep show,” Gibson said of the book of short stories.

To learn more about the trilogy, visit https://authorlyngibson. wordpress.com/tag/donna ink-publications/page/6/.

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