Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dead Men's Tales

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First of all, Happy Valentine's Day!

Now, back to business...

It's taken a while, but it's finally here!

Fringeworks has published Dead Men's Tales, a pirate-themed anthology with the twist that each story is told from the point of view of a deceased character. My contribution to this collection is Skarett's Treasure. This story concerns the plight of an indentured servant (Thomas) who, hoping to gain enough money to escape from the pirate's stronghold with the mesmerizing Maria, gets mixed up with Captain Skarett.

What type of story is Skarett's Treasure? Well, there are pirates, of course, mixed in with a little bit of horror and a touch of humor. While my tale may leave you wanting more, by the time it's done, Thomas will have had his fill!

Cover image (by Darrel Bevan) of Dead Man's Tales © 2017 Fringeworks Ltd.

As the back cover says:
"They say that dead men tell no tales, but that's not strictly true. Why else would fifteen men need to sit on a dead man's chest? Beware these pirate tales told by the dead themselves. They will thrill you, chill you, scare you and spare you the need to sleep on a dark and stormy night. And remember, they might talk, but their grog-drinking days are done. Yo Ho Ho

Here's the story line-up:
Image of author's names and story titles for Dead Men's Tales
I need to get a copy to see what changes the editor, Melissa Black, may have made to the story. I hope it's as good as I remember! Or, at least, not as bad as I fear... As an added bonus, the foreword was written by Kevin R. McNally, one of the main actors in the Pirates of the Caribbean movie series. The cover is by Darrel Bevan.

Dead Men's Tales is available in paperback from Amazon.
    Amazon US
    Amazon UK

© 2017 K. R. Smith All rights reserved


  1. Why has Thomas had his fill? What happens to him? Don't leave me hanging like this!
    I like the concept of stories told by the dead - though I'm very sorry for them that their grog drinking days are done. Also very cool that your story is right there, between the covers of a real and actual book. Author! Author!

    1. Isn't that what these blurbs are supposed to do - build suspense and anticipation? I'll have to send you an e-mail when I get a chance to explain this one! (I haven't seen the story since before the editor got hold of it so I'm not exactly sure what the tale is like now!)

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