If variety is the spice of life, author Bill Thompson’s life so far has been spicy for sure! Over the years, and in no particular order, he’s been
• an international insurance broker
• a mayor
• head of a state prison board
• a stockbroker
• a newspaper reporter
• a Bourbon Street piano player
• a corporate entrepreneur
• presented to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
• in jail (briefly … and wrongly!)
• a goat herder
• a church organist and choir member
• a real estate broker
• a world traveler
• president of an animal shelter
• a husband, father and grandfather
• an observer at a knighting in Westminster
• a fluent Russian speaker
• a passenger on the Concorde
• a caregiver
• a lifetime dog lover
• an award-winning novelist
Callie (The Bayou Hauntings)
Deep in the bayous of southern Louisiana, an ancient mansion called Beau Rivage sits empty and abandoned. Arceneaux family members built the house and lived there for two hundred years. The house is inherited by Callie Pilantro, a down-on-her-luck granddaughter of Juliet Arceneaux, its most recent owner who died there a few months ago.
Strange things begin to unravel as a mysterious child appears and disappears at will inside the house, Callie finds a family graveyard in the woods that creates more questions than answers, and she discovers that even the walls of the mansion hold long-forgotten secrets.
Confronted by strange events she doesn’t understand and a little girl who speaks in riddles, Callie struggles to find the secrets of Beau Rivage even as someone is determined to keep her from learning them.
The Bayou Hauntings-Callie will keep readers guessing as they follow the new owner of the Civil War plantation home until everything comes into focus one eerie night. Will it be too late for Callie?
Forgotten Men (The Bayou Hauntings)
The once-famous Hotel Iberia was where society’s finest gathered in the days before 1859 when Victory, Louisiana became a ghost town. A building where people had laughed, dined and passed the time among friends became something dark, sinister and evil.
The town was dead, so no one complained when the Victory Institution for the Criminally Insane opened in the old hotel. The state sent its problems to the Asylum — violent, disturbed men who entered the gates of hell and never came back.
Hundreds died inside those walls before scandal closed the prison in 1907 and the corpses of those forgotten men were buried in a cemetery at the back of the property.
For a century, the building has been abandoned. But only by the living.
The dead couldn’t leave. Their tormented spirits couldn’t escape the horrors they had experienced. Unspeakable things kept them locked in the ancient cell blocks, doomed to haunt the building forever.
The Nursery (The Bayou Hauntings)
A house that sat empty for fifty years as its dead owner instructed. A locked room with no key. A single father with eight-year-old twin girls. A nursery from long, long ago that no child ever played in.
There are eerie things going on at The Arbors in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Architect Bart Blanchard is joined by his friend Callie Pilantro (“Callie – The Bayou Hauntings 1”) and Landry Drake (“Forgotten Men – The Bayou Hauntings 2”) to learn the secrets of a domineering matriarch whose two husbands died in bizarre ways. They explore the house as someone watches from a hidden place high above.
The Nursery, the third book in the series, will keep you up late at night wondering what’s behind the next door, what lies beyond the mirror and who waits to kill one of the people at The Arbors.
Billy Whistler (The Bayou Hauntings)
PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR LANDRY DRAKE RETURNS IN THE FOURTH BAYOU HAUNTINGS THRILLER!
One night in 1880 a band of drunken vigilantes went down the Vermilion River, burned a town and committed horrific acts against its citizens. Their identities remain a secret to this day.
TV investigator Landry Drake hears an odd voicemail - a girl’s cryptic plea for help that makes him want to know more. He visits a friendly little town in a rural Louisiana parish that’s full of people who seem to have something to hide.
Landry finds danger everywhere as he uncovers a string of unsolved disappearances over many years. Teenaged girls vanish but three bodies turn up, each horribly mutilated in the same manner. Locals whisper the legend of Billy Whistler, a fearsome creature who captures his prey and drags them off into the darkness.
Billy Whistler will have you wondering why the sheriff wants Landry out of town, the undertaker refuses to answer questions about long-dead bodies, and a secret group called the Conclave blocks Landry at every turn.
The Experiments (The Bayou Hauntings)
Everything’s been quiet in the bayou town of Jeanerette, Louisiana for years. The last big news was when those rich people burned to death at their plantation in 2003. Most people have forgotten the details, but no one can forget Amelia House, the beautiful old home on Bayou Teche where the Morisset family lived.
Craig Morisset grew up in Jeanerette and started a company when he was in college. He sold it for almost a billion dollars and became the town’s most talked-about product. When his parents died in the fire, he never returned and didn’t even afford them a funeral. Instead, he ordered Amelia House shuttered. Since then, only the occasional caretaker goes inside, and they make sure to be out before nightfall.
For years people have whispered about the awful things Craig’s parents did in the name of science, and some brave teenagers who went up to the house after dark reported ghostly wails coming from somewhere on the upper floors.
Famous ghost hunter Landry Drake comes home to Jeanerette to interview Craig, who is in town for a class reunion. Craig regrets coming back and when a hurricane heads their way, he makes a fatal mistake. Since they have no place to stay, he invites three classmates and Landry to spend a night inside Amelia House.
The mansion may have been closed up for years, but Craig’s mother and father have patiently waited to resume their life’s work. The operating room’s all prepared; all they need is a patient. When Craig and his friends arrive, they can at last resume the experiments.
Die Again (The Bayou Hauntings)
The most haunted building in the French Quarter holds dark secrets. Legends say there were murders here long ago. When a paranormal expert investigates, the forces of evil descend upon an ancient courtyard to stop him dead.
Deep in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter there’s an old building on Toulouse Street. People say it’s haunted. They hear strange things at night – eerie moans and wails from tiny windows up on the roof. They see flickering lights too, like someone’s moving about inside. But no one’s been in there for years.
A woman on her first trip to Louisiana takes a French Quarter ghost tour. She sees the darkened structure and realizes it’s the source of terrifying dreams since her childhood. She goes home but is inexplicably drawn back time and time again to this old building that holds frightening truths for her.
Paranormal investigator Landry Drake arranges a hypnosis session in the building’s courtyard, where according to legend the worst of the atrocities happened within these walls. As the woman is transported back in time – to her childhood and even beyond – the reality of the Toulouse Street hauntings becomes clear.
As Landry tries to unravel the mystery, people die. Will there be more before the truth becomes clear? Can he stop whatever it is that haunts the building?