C.L. Hart is my guest today and she wants to tell us about an upcoming anthology she's part of. Her story THE QUEST FOR CAPTAIN SAMMY'S TREASURE, appears in PIRATE GOLD, which releases July 31, 2023 for the pre-order price of $1.99. Pre-order your copy now!
Character Interview with Captain Sammy
Please introduce yourselves to our audience.
I’m Salty Sam the Plunderer, captain of the Cabo Wabo, the Montrose, and the Red Rocker. I am the Robin Hood of the High Seas, stealing from the rich and giving the bounty to the poor.
Do you have a merry band like Robin Hood?
For many years after becoming a spirit, I went at things on me own. But now I’ve got me new mates Rilpu and Zkauba. Rilpu is a sharp young sorceress who used to be a snake, and Zkauba is a wizard from a planet called Yaddith. I imagine most folks think us a bit of an odd trio, but that don’t matter. We go together just like fish, chips, and ale.
What is your greatest regret?
Ain’t no sense living with regret, or wandering through yer afterlife filled with regret.
To which social class do you belong?
I had a hardscrabble upbringing. When my pappy came home from the sea, he used my ma as his punchin’ bag. We slept in the orange grove on Whispering Willow Grange sometimes. I could hear the Cerenarian Sea lapping at the shores of Hlanith while I looked up at the sky and dreamed of having me own ship one day.
What is the one thing for which you would most like to be known?
I’d like folks to know that Captain Sammy is a man of his word! He’s the kind of ghost you can depend on. He ain’t the sort of spook who wastes his time hanging around tombs or haunting houses.
Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Both about equal since I’ve been in spirit for around 500 years, but I was right-handed in life.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I never wanted to be anything but a sailor. I fell into the pirate life by chance.
Book Blurb, PIRATE GOLD:
Treasure is within reach.
Nineteen original tales of swashbuckling glory are at your fingertips in this anthology. From pirates lured into traps, treasure hunting gone wrong, and epic battles on the open sea. From vengeful ghosts to gruesome mutinies. Living on the edge comes with high costs.
Featuring stories by Paulene Turner, James Romag, Maeve A. Baird, Matthew Fryer, Isa Ottoni, Bianca Breen, Charles Kyffhausen, Allison Tebo, Douglas Allen Gohl, Edgar Mahaffey, Jennifer Strassel, Stephen A. Roddewig, Robert Allen Lupton, K. Anders, Barend Nieuwstraten III, Melody Bowles, and C.L. Hart.
Story Blurb, THE QUEST FOR CAPTAIN SAMMY'S TREASURE:
Five centuries ago, Captain Sammy buried his treasure in an unlikely location before letting the sun burn his body to ash to avoid becoming a vampire. Now the spectral pirate is back in the Jungle of Kled to reclaim his treasure, accompanied by two unusual friends.
Rilpu is a young sorceress born as a serpent but transformed into a humanoid female by a spell. The wizard Zkauba hails from the doomed world of Yaddith. They are soon joined by an impressive companion: Yadira, the daughter of Nyarlathotep. However, it is possible that even Nyarlathotep's daughter may not be able to defeat the abomination standing in the blighted clearing under the pedestal where Captain Sammy's treasure is hidden.
Do the ghostly pirate captain and his friends have a chance of reclaiming the treasure and continuing their mission to save the Cosmos from destruction or are they destined to fail?
Darkness and ominous silence dominated the Jungle of Kled. Strange towering trees moving in ways that defied explanation cast shadows that shimmered and danced. Each rustle in the darkness represented a potential threat, and every shadow teemed with unseen danger. A network of twisted vines snaked through the underbrush, their thick tendrils blocking any light that might have penetrated the canopy above.
A palpable sense of dread filled the air as strange and terrifying cries echoed from the shadows. The flapping of massive leathery wings could be heard as monstrous creatures ascended into the dark green sky. Insects of enormous size buzzed and crawled across toxic flowers. The feeling of being watched was ever-present, a sense of malice stalking every step.
It was into this scene that three peculiar travelers fell from an ovoid of light the color of key lime pie filling. Despite the bumpy landing, the first of the trio seemed unperturbed. This sturdy, mature gentleman quickly righted himself, doing a jaunty jig in the air, his silver and gold curls bouncing as he moved. A beam of moonlight passed through him, revealing his ethereal nature.
Pre-Order Link: http://books2read.com/PirateGold
About the Author:
C. L. Hart, the owner and sole employee of Naughty Netherworld Press, is spoken of in hushed tones. She is described as The Mad Scribe of the Northeastern Colorado Plains, The Terrible Old Woman, and The Author That Should Not Be.
When not penning sanity-destroying works of dystopian fiction, Lovecraftian fantasy, or old-school horror with the occasional sweet romance thrown in to upset the cosmic apple cart, Ms. Hart enjoys creating baked goods she hopes will be considered palatable.
Ms. Hart shares a home in a remote rural town of 134 souls with her adult son and three cats. Her sense of fashion is best described as Early Twenty-First Century Unmade Bed. This disabled former nurse can usually be found arguing with herself about subplots or rehabilitating eldritch horrors.
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