WATERS OF DARKNESS, by David C. Smith and Joe Bonadonna
The time is circa 1640 AD.
The main character is Angus “Bloody Red” Buchanan, a pirate of the West Indies who decides to sail east across the Atlantic, to the Indian Ocean and the island of Madagascar in search of new plunder and loot. With him on his Spanish galleon, the Raven, is his first mate and closest friend, Mose Cooper, an educated runaway slave from the American colony of Louisiana. Sailing with them aboard her own ship, the Witch of the Indies, is Buchanan’s partner and the love of his life, Katherine O’Toole, also known as Crimson Kate.
During their voyage they encounter the Servants of Dagon on the Isle of Shadow, an ancient ship of zombie sailors, do battle with French, Dutch and Arab corsairs, and tangle with a 1000 year-old Persian sorcerer who serves the aforementioned Philistine god of the sea. Man-eating phantoms, a beautiful demoness, assorted devils, dinosaurs, and creatures from the bowels of Hell will all threaten Buchanan, Kate and Cooper before their tale is done and told. There’s plenty of action, romance, betrayal, humor, drama and tragedy on this venture. There’s also plenty of sword play, sorcery and battles at sea as Buchanan and his companions wade hip-deep in blood and brine towards a final confrontation with the Undying Wizard.
This is high seas adventure in the tradition of Rafael Sabatini. This is an Errol Flynn pirate movie crossed with Robert E. Howard, with a little H.P. Lovecraft and Conan Doyle’s The Lost World to spice up the rum. All you need is a Wolfgang Korngold score. So climb aboard as Bloody Red Buchanan, Big Mose Cooper, and Crimson Kate set sail for the Waters of Darkness.
Coming in 2013 from Damnation Books!