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Black Gate Online Fiction: Pirates in Hell, edited by Janet Morris and Chris Morris

Thursday, May 11th, 2017 | Posted by John ONeill

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Black Gate is very pleased to offer our readers an exclusive excerpt from Pirates in Hell, the newest anthology from Janet & Chris Morris. “Goat-Beard the Pirate, Part 2: Evil Angel” is a 4,000-word free-standing excerpt from a 3-part tale. It is written by Janet Morris and Chris Morris.

Rearing high above the combers, it towered, a tidal beast that arched itself, then plunged upon the Argo, swallowing ship and sailors whole. One baleful orb of blackest ice blinked like an eye. Rising anew, its mouth dripped chunks of seafarers and splinters of the Argo’s hull.

The leviathan swept its head from side to side, as if browsing. Its maw gaped wide. Its neck arced down, obscuring the entire ridge with inky shadow. A thundery roar like the sea enraged came from that throat and stunned those yet standing. All tried to flee, the four strangers and Medea in the lead. Some screamed. Some dropped their puny weapons to the ground and crawled the turf.

But the leviathan gaped once more, as if it would eat the ridge entire and all upon it. That maw from the Deep quested, then snapped shut, swallowing Jason and his crew with weapons bristling, the fire-pit, the Colchian standard, and nearly the sorceress as well.

The complete catalog of Black Gate Online Fiction, including stories by Mark Rigney, John Fultz, Jon Sprunk, Tara Cardinal and Alex Bledsoe, E.E. Knight, Vaughn Heppner,  Howard Andrew Jones, David Evan Harris, John C. Hocking, Michael Shea, Aaron Bradford Starr, Martha Wells, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, C.S.E. Cooney, and many others, is here.

Pirates in Hell in the 20th volume of the Heroes in Hell series. It was published by Perseid Press on April 12, 2017.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Pirates in Hell here.

3 Comments »

  1. This is a great volume filled with plenty of high and hellish adventure. Most excellent cover by Roy Mauritsen, too. Soon you’ll seeing my little article that gives some insight into this edition, and i look forward to hearing what people think of my novella, “The Pirates of Penance.” (Yes, not a typo, lol!)

    Comment by Joe Bonadonna - May 11, 2017 6:50 pm

  2. […] in Hell,” in which Jason his Argonauts are confronted by Medea in the afterlife. Simply click here, read the intro, and click again to have the entire exclusive excerpt at your […]

    Pingback by Free Excerpt from “Pirates in Hell” on Black Gate Magazine | The Perseid Press - May 16, 2017 4:15 am

  3. Only in Heroes in Hell can you run into Genghis Kahn, Howard Carter, Quasimodo, Grace O’Malley, Admiral Nelson, Grim reaper, Erroll Flynn etc.

    Comment by SELindberg - May 16, 2017 3:48 pm


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