“A muppet, a rat and a flying dutchman…”

Looking for something different to read this weekend? Want to escape the world and all its dramas? This Saturday Sixth Element Publishing launches the Harvey Duckman Pirate Special to celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day.

The Harvey Duckman Presents… series is world-renowned for its fast reads, escapist adventures and out of this world stories, showcasing the best in new science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and horror writing. And best of all… it’s published right here in Teesside and features a host of local writers.

Peter James Martin who writes the Brennan and Riz series of paranormal detective stories bases his work on folklore in and around Teesside. His stories feature a charismatic talking rat with a dark and ominous past. “Working for Harvey,” Peter says, “has allowed me to get to grips with my characters more and I feel privileged to have been a part of each anthology so far.”

The Pirate Special includes ghost pirates, time pirates, space pirates, steampunk pirates, Caribbean pirates, zombie pirates and more.

Teesside author Mark Hayes, who writes the steampunk Hannibal Smyth novels, has had a story in each of the six Harvey Duckman Presents… volumes so far and has a classic pirate story in the special. Mark reckons, “Harvey Duckman is the most fun you can have with yourself and fourteen other writers.”

It’s not just local writers who are Harvey regulars. R. Bruce Connelly, a professional actor (he’s a muppet in Sesame Street), writer and director from New York, has become a regular contributor to Harvey and is spreading word about the series in the United States. “I have been introduced to the works of authors I might never have known if not for Harvey Duckman Presents…” he says.

Amy Wilson from Stockton, who writes fantasy horror and is working on her debut novel, adds, “The Harvey Duckman Presents… anthologies are for anyone who’s looking for something a bit different. We love to share our weirdness with the world!”

Check out the Pirate Special at mybook.to/HDPPIRATES20

Also this weekend, Harvey Duckman Presents… Volume 1 will be available to download free in eBook at mybook.to/HDP1

The sixth volume of Harvey Duckman Presents… will be out before Christmas this year.

If you’re a writer of sci-fi, fantasy, steampunk, horror or the generally weird, and you’d like to know more, please get in touch with hello@harveyduckman.com or check out the submission guidelines at www.harveyduckman.com.

For more information on Sixth Element Publishing, visit www.6e.net.


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