From the time Peter Cooper is a baby he’s lived up with his aunt and uncle after losing his war hero dad and loving mom under mysterious circumstances. Despite the loss he grows up happy in their happy home without a clue that a centuries-old madman has him in his sights and is planning to use the young lad to rejuvenate his eternal soul.
Early on, all seems normal for our young hero (save for the occasional strange dreams of malevolent ovens and melting clowns; a portent to come?) until the night of his thirteenth birthday when a terrible storm hits his hometown of Harmon and brings not only overwhelming rain but also a visitor of unimaginable evil. The Pirate King, Bill Kyuper, has been getting “creaky” over the years and has Peter lined up for his latest “age-defying” treatment. When Bill arrives in Harmon he works his “magic” to get Peter from point A to point… and manipulate him to his lair on Scorpion Cove for the ultimate battle.
But, before he does, we meet an eclectic group of friends and sailors both at Peter’s home and on Harmon’s docks as well as Peter’s first crush. The story is touching and horrifying and excruciatingly funny. There are moments when you will laugh and cry and other’s where you will not want to turn the lights off as you follow Peter and his friends on the ultimate journey of good versus evil.
Targeted Age Group: 13-and up
How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
It’s my story, my characters, my imagination. No one can write a story like I can because no one can imagine the same story as I can; the characters, settings, situations, dialogue. they are unique and I bring a unique perspective to a story. Whether you like it or not you will never read another story like mine.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Have fun. Work hard. Take pride in what you do. Don’t worry about what others accomplish or what their goals are. Don’t get distracted by minor successes or failures. If you just do it for fun, have fun; If you do it to make a living, take it seriously but still enjoy what you do.
Author James DeAcutis grew up fascinated by the worlds created by Ray Bradbury, H.P. Lovecraft, John Varley and Edgar Allen Poe and with this, first novel, he hopes he’s created a world and characters that will fascinate a new audience. An avid cook and hockey player, he is also a prolific songwriter influenced by progressive, heavy metal and folk-rock. He lives in New York with his wife, a school teacher and their three children.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I had this great story in my head that kept growing and developing and getting richer and wouldn’t stop tickling. I knew that if I didn’t do something with it I would regret it. I knew that as a songwriter I had the ability to create something magical and see it to completion so I thought I could write this novel. And once I started I couldn’t stop!