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The House of the Voodoo Queen


A husband and wife gain possession of a house in New Orleans known to be inhabited by a malicious ghost. Another woman works her charm on the husband in order to get her hands on the house.



Air Dates

  • First Run - December 19, 1974
  • Repeat - February 15, 1975





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20 Responses to Episode 0189

If you're a fan of New Orleans and the surrounding atmosphere, you'll like this one a lot. Not a lot of sympathetic characters though. Main protaganist is pretty hard to like. Good story though, from early in the run.


"The House of the Voodoo Queen" was one of my favorites so far. Another episode that was spooky. This episode also had a teaching moment: men, don't fall for the smoking hot voodoo woman who talks you into selling your cute little wife's soul to the dark side. It doesn't work out as well as the smoking hot voodoo woman promises! Great listen--5 stars--great episode if you're a first timer.

Davy Joe

A couple has recently inherit a haunted house in New Orleans. While seeking a buyer, the husband has an affair with a a woman involved in a cult. He barters his wife's soul for financial rewards but realizes the bartering has additional consequences.


A couple inherit a house said to be cursed. They attempt to live there but find it too overwhelming. Seeking to rid themselves of the house they only receive paltry offers representing only a small fraction of the house’s worth. The only party seriously interested is a group representing a voodoo cult who claims some history with the house and will go to great lengths to acquire the home, including a seduction of the husband by a sultry woman.


The above summaries definitely hit all the main points-- including the unlikable protagonist. The supporting actors actually turn in the strongest performances here, helping to make it an atmospheric episode with a few welcome twists that keep it from being a by-the-numbers voodoo tale.

Matt Sandwich

Hahaha! I have to agree with Davy Joe and his comments about "smoking hot women!"! Also, Matt is correct that the supporting cast upstaged the main (thoroughly reprehensible) character. Excellent dramatic voices. An eerie episode to be sure.


Nice spooky story. Tragic. I with the main character got more in the end. It's amazing how some are so easily swayed in this episode.


I cannot add more than what Davy and Hubernia have said about the episode (as well as everyone else). A good listen.


American horror story fans would drool^_^

Tyler G

Just found this, as kids at scout camp we would hang wire in the pines and make a shortwave radio just to listen to these broadcast at 11pm to midnight every year. One of my fondest memories

Chaz H

I can only add this as many of the comments sum up this episode well .... What is up with that picture of " Rene Roy " ? Who in their right mind would take a picture looking like that ? Obviously someone mentally ill and French I would assume ! The only thing he's missing is a cigarette filter and perhaps a Beret!

Diggs Gavers Jr

Great episode, it kept me on the edge of my seat until the end

William Mosley Sr

Doug and Helen Fenton leave New York to take possession of an old, beautifully located New Orleans mansion inherited from an uncle they never knew. But someone else apparently wants the house and seems intent on scaring the Fentons out. In fact, a woman who calls herself Zoe Lemaitre offers to buy them out for $7,800, claiming the house was stolen in the 19th century from the voodoo queen of New Orleans, Marie Le Veau. The Fentons refuse the offer, but soon learn the life-long lesson that if voodoo listen to Zoe, voodoo wish you had.


This episode transforms the legend of Voodoo and makes it come alive! Excellent story line and great performances. Three cheers for author Murray Burnett!!!

Eric Templeton

This one...has a line that I'm surprised made it past the censors back in the day. I'm curious if anyone will mention it, though as sharp as this group seems I'm guessing many will.


I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. Great title, OK storyline. My expectations of Murray Burnett’s story were that the spirit of Marie Le Veau (the Voodoo Queen) would make an appearance, with the help of Zoe Lemaitre, and uses her voodoo magic on the married couple. Or have the Voodoo priests take over the house and Zoe Lemaitre betrays them all and she becomes the new Queen. Basically, this mystery story had a lot of dramatic dialogue and a few portions of voodoo action. Murray Burnett wrote creative dialogue for Zoe Lemaitre to seduce the husband, but no description of her physical beauty that enchanted the man’s attention. Also, the husband becomes an ignoramus after he is widowed. In our Host’s Prologue, E.G. Marshall gets straight to the topic of Voodoo. In ACT-1, introduce our 2 main characters who get their dream house, but a 19th Century landlord wants them gone. In ACT-2, understand more about voodoo while our main character is skeptic about it and things take a turn for a “soul deal.” In ACT-3, small twinges of apprehension for a deal. In his narration after the final scene, he trailed off about a story of a photo journalist’s hand after a voodoo ceremony, with little connection to our remaining characters. As for his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall rambles on about inanimate objects, superstitions, beliefs, death & taxes are certain. He should’ve stayed with the topic of Voodoo and discussed more of its religion, its practitioners, its manifestations, etc. Informative narrations, but trailed off near the end. Sound effects of doors, footsteps, drum beats, phone ringing, people murmuring at the restaurant, water drips, street noises by the sidewalk café, unfolded notes, tableware clinking, door buzzer, beeping noises at the hospital, champagne glasses clinking, rustling noises, night creatures, ceremonial drum beats, and body thud were super supportive. The music was both dramatic and spellbinding. Dramatic tunes for conflicts, spellbinding tunes for ghastly turns of events. Not only the music & sound effects were great, but so was the cast: Joan Loring (as Zoe Lemaitre), Jordan Charney (as Douglas Fenton), Rene Roy (as Helen Fenton), Dan Ocko (as Louis Lemours), and Gilbert Mack (as Real Estate Agent and the Doctor). The last 4 performers were excellent in their roles, but the leading lady, Joan Loring, stole the show. A wonderful radio actress with a spellbinding voice. Any fan of hers, should listen to her performances in #0363-STAY OUT OF DUTCHMAN’S WOODS, #0060-THE GHOST AT THE GATE, and my personal favorite starring her #0056-THE CREATURE FROM THE SWAMP. Check this episode out if you like mystery stores involving voodoo. Plus, this has commercials that were aired from WBBM Chicago. Commercials of the 1975 Buick Skylark, Catholic Communications Foundation, Lafayette Electronics, Budweiser, Spencer’s Clothing, 1975 Buick Century Regal, National Audubon Society, Northwest Federal Savings, and PSA from churches. Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0) 1 Manage


This was a good episode on voodoo and is a good listen for radio. The storyline was good with character actors and sound effects really adding to the atmosphere. The husband, unfortunately took little persuasion, perhaps he had the roving eye all the time? At least he gets what he deserves! Enjoyed the commercials and news as it made sitting and listening to the show more enjoyable. Dream well ;)


I'm always amused by the shows with the "women who can't be resisted" -- the succubi or witch type who say things like "Do you find me fascinating" (a line used in this episode and also in "The Young Die Good," written by the same man). I find the women hideously arrogant and boring, so listening to the men give up everything to be with them is a head-shaker. As an aside, the drums used in this episode can also be heard in "The Sign of the Beast" -- a really fun episode about a quirky feminist who doesn't listen and who ends up ravenously hungry for meat. As to this episode, I give it a 7. Not as fun as the aforementioned "The Young Die Good," and also not as good as "I Warn You Three Times" or "Out of Focus," but good and dealing with the same sort of subject matter.


Too scary for me to listen to. Creepy.


Awesome episode! Creepy scary and good ol fashion type of ghost story.

Madame x

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