Outlaws. Lovers. Heroes. Villains.
With their peg legs, their parrots and the skull and crossbones flying from the mastheads of their ships, classic pirates are some of the world's best-known and easily recognizable outlaws. Or are they? These fifteen stories spin new tales of pirates crossing dimensional barriers for revenge, fighting terrible foes in outer space and building new lives after the Trojan War. Travel to the South China Sea, then on to New York City after a climate apocalypse, then roam the Caribbean during the Golden Age of Piracy and voyage to distant and fantastical worlds. Go with them as they seek treasure, redemption, love, revenge and more. Raise the Jolly Roger and sharpen your cutlass (or recharge your raygun) and climb aboard for some unforgettable journeys.
From fantastical adventures to YA science fiction, from historical tales to piracy in intergalactic space, Scourge of the Seas gives readers a broad range of new pirate legends. Featuring stories by Ginn Hale, A.J. Fitzwater, Geonn Cannon, Joyce Chng, Elliott Dunstan, Ashley Deng, Su Haddrell, Ed Grabianowski, Mharie West, Matisse Mozer, Soumya Sundar Mukherjee, Megan Arkenberg, Peter Golubock, Michael Merriam and Caroline Sciriha.
About the Author
Ginn Hale lives in the Pacific Northwest, donates blood as a pastime, and tinkers with things. She is the author of Wicked Gentlemen (Blind Eye Books), Feral Machines in Tangle (Blind Eye Books), Touching Sparks in Hell Cop (Loose Id), Such Heights in Hell Cop 2 (Loose Id), and Shy Hunter in Queer Wolf (Queered Fiction). She is currently working on a sequel to Wicked Gentlemen.
A.J. Fitzwater can be found living between the cracks of Christchurch, New Zealand. They survived the Clarion workshop in 2014, added two Sir Julius Vogel Awards to their shelf, and have gone on to have work published in Clarkesworld, Shimmer Magazine, Giganotosaurus, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Glittership, Capricious Magazine, and other venues and anthologies of repute. Their WW2 NZ Land Girls shape-shifter novella "No Man's Land" will be published by Paper Road Press in early 2020. They Twitter at @AJFitzwater.
Catherine Lundoff is an award-winning writer and editor from Minneapolis. Her stories and articles have appeared in such venues as Respectable Horror, The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Professor Moriarty, The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Stories, The Cainite Conspiracies: A Vampire the Masquerade V20 Anthology, Nightmare Magazine: Queers Destroy Horror and SF Signal.
"It's hard to go wrong with pirate stories that cross time and space, and every story in the collection delivers in full. There's adventure in plenty, but beyond that, these are stories that will stick with you. Highly recommended."
--Melissa Scott, Author of the Astreiant series and Stargate Atlantis: Pride of the Genii
"Scourge of the Seas is a fast fun read filled with buried treasure and pirates of every description. The strength of this anthology comes from both its diversity and its dedication to adventure on the high seas. Pirate stories are all about the freedom to explore and the joy of new settings and this anthology delivers on that promise."
-Kelly McCullough, Author of the WebMage and Fallen Blade series