Calico Jack: A Ruxandra cel Rău Novella

By Alex O'Connell

Horror | eBook


Calico Jack is the story of the first and greatest of the children in darkness of the eternal vampire of the ages Ruxandra cel Rău, the famous pirate Captain John Rackham. Follow Calico Jack from his childhood home in England to his hunting grounds in the Caribbean Sea and be terrified as Ruxandra bestows her greatest gift upon him, the vampire’s kiss. Meet Jack’s lovers Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the only women known to have served on an eighteenth-century pirate ship, and be astonished by their amazing histories. Join Calico Jack and Ruxandra as they usurp the tyrannical Captain Charles Vane and take his ship, Ranger, as their own. O’Connell takes the known historical facts and disregards them in a particularly cavalier fashion as suits his purposes. He entwines what’s left with the legend of Ruxandra cel Rău, the daughter of Jack/Mihnea, the Whitechapel Vampire, and the granddaughter of Dracula himself. The story narrates the genesis and transfiguration of the vampire pirate first introduced in the critically acclaimed full-length novel Ruxandra cel Rău and the All-Seeing Eye. Calico Jack is a novella of some 16,000 words plus extensive bonus features for the edification and delight of the reading public and not just as a shameless marketing ploy. Warning: contains extreme vampire (and pirate) violence and scenes of an otherwise adult nature. What’s not to love?


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Calico Jack is the story of the first and greatest of the children in darkness of the eternal vampire of the ages Ruxandra cel Rău, the famous pirate Captain John Rackham. Follow Calico Jack from his childhood home in England to his hunting grounds in the Caribbean Sea and be terrified as Ruxandra bestows her greatest gift upon him, the vampire’s kiss. Meet Jack’s lovers Anne Bonny and Mary Read, the only women known to have served on an eighteenth-century pirate ship, and be astonished by their amazing histories. Join Calico Jack and Ruxandra as they usurp the tyrannical Captain Charles Vane and take his ship, Ranger, as their own. O’Connell takes the known historical facts and disregards them in a particularly cavalier fashion as suits his purposes. He entwines what’s left with t...


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In his formative years Alex O'Connell deserted from the French Foreign Legion after mistaking it for the British Legion and finding that it was far from an ideal place to find cheap beer and a quiet game of dominoes with the lads. Despite the bad memories, he still finds himself singing Le Boudin when he's drunk. He is unsure whether he would be permitted to enter Canada and uses it as an excuse for avoiding Belgium. Rumour has it that he was thrown out of the Cork affiliate of the LA street gang the Crips for being way too mean. But as O'Connell sagely says, you shouldn't always listen to rumours. To his enduring shame, in 2008 he was blackballed by the Hell's Angels after turning up for a Chapter meeting on his BMX bicycle, explaining that his Raleigh Chopper was being serviced by his friend Eddie. This is not likely to be true as Eddie denies even knowing O'Connell. Satanists and the Catholic Church are united in their condemnation of O'Connell. The Satanists have excommunicated him but this is a step too far for the Catholics who fear his reprisals. O'Connell's wife has asked for a divorce for her birthday for the last three years but he has always ended up getting her something cheaper. His children, Dubhlainn, his favourite, the other boy and the girl, Deirbhile, all claim they are adopted. Unsurprisingly, he doesn't like to talk about himself much. He is available for weddings, christenings and bar mitzvahs and works cheaply. Alex O'Connell lives in fear of vampire attacks. He believes his special O-negative blood group makes him an especially attractive target.


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In his formative years Alex O'Connell deserted from the French Foreign Legion after mistaking it for the British Legion and finding that it was far from an ideal place to find cheap beer and a quiet game of dominoes with the lads. Despite the bad memories, he still finds himself singing Le Boudin when he's drunk. He is unsure whether he would be permitted to enter Canada and uses it as an excuse f...


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