Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

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A anthology of pirate stories from the historical to the fantastical and beyond! Available in ebook and print.

Publishers Weekly says Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is: “This anthology is a delightful cross-section of pirate tales, representing a diverse array of sexualities and nationalities, and shining a spotlight on tales that don’t fit common preconceived notions of pirate lore. It will appeal to fans of daring speculative fiction.”

Scourge of the Seas was selected for the American Library Association 2020 Over the Rainbow List.

Table of Contents and story descriptions:

Ginn Hale – “Treasured Island” – Can a pirate marooned on a gloriously fantastical floating island find himself again?
Ashley Deng – “The Seafarer” – A Barbary corsair returns from an alternate world to face old foes.
Joyce Chng – “Saints and Bodhisattvas” – A beautiful woman hires a pirate captain to track her father’s killer through the fabulous waters of the Golden Chersonese.
Ed Grabianowski – “The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl” – A heroic pirate and her lover are stalked by an unspeakable evil.   Can they stop the end of their world?
Mharie West – “The Serpent’s Tail” – A Viking family encounters greater perils than a simple raid.
Megan Arkenberg – “Between the Devil and Deep Blue Sea” – A wounded pirate risks capture by her greatest foe to save her shipmates.
Elliott Dunstan – “Andromache’s War – What happens when one of the widows of Troy can decide her own fate?
Geonn Cannon – “Rib of Man” – Captain Henriette Talmadge and her crew find an unexpected treasure aboard a ship they’ve taken.
Su Haddrell – “A Smuggler’s Pact” – A pirate ship’s second mate in a dire situation finds an unlikely ally in the swamps of Louisiana.
Soumya Mukherjee – “The Dead Pirate’s Cave” – A kidnapped child, an evil pirate and dangerous mechanical beasts make for a harrowing adventure!
Matisse Mozer – “Rosa, the Dimension Pirate” – How do you outwit a pirate when he’s taught you everything you know?
Caroline Sciriha – “A Crooked Road Home” – Can a young space pirate find redemption?
Peter Golubock – “After the Deluge” – Sail the former streets of post climate apocalypse New York City with Captain Teresa Chang and the pirate crew of the good ship Pizza Rat!
Michael Merriam – “Tenari” – A pirate crew tries to save a space freighter full of children from a terrifying creature.
A.J. Fitzwater – “Search for the Heart of Ocean” – Captain Cinrak the Dapper takes her crew on a quest for a jewel out of legend.

Additional information


978-1-7325833-1-3, 978-1-7325833-2-0

Publication Date

December 12, 2018


ebook, paperback

14 reviews for Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space)

  1. Queen of Swords

    “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

  2. Queen of Swords

    “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

  3. Queen of Swords

    “Whether you are a fan of fantasy, sci-fi, or adventure stories, this anthology is perfect for you.”
    Read the rest of the review at The Nerdy Girl Express.

  4. Queen of Swords

    “Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) by Catherine Lundoff is an awesome collection of pirate stories that comes out on December 1st.” Read the rest of the review by Elysa at WordsWordsWords.

  5. Queen of Swords

    “This book is a treasure trove of swashbuckling diversity.” Read the rest of the review at Fantasy Inn.

  6. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Publishers Weekly says: “This compendium of pirate tales showcases stories that defy the limits of the genre. Revenge, romance, and jealousy all come to play in this collection. Each pirate world is different from the last, and the characters brim with life.” Read the rest of the review here.

  7. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Earl Grey Editing reviews says: “All in all, Scourge of the Seas of Time (and Space) is an anthology with heart and was a welcome read in stressful times.” Read full review here.

  8. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Runalong the Shelves says: “The hall mark of this collection is the creativity of the worlds the authors create. Each tale is its own universe and the ships and characters all feel their own creation. It makes these stories really work for a 21st century audience and to see pirates in such diversity makes it clear this is not a genre simply for Jack Sparrow fans we can all play a part. So, if you fancy a trip away from the winter cold and move to the warmer tropical seas with added adventure you want this book!” Read full review here.

  9. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Keith John Glaeske at Out in Print says that “Pirates are complicated figures: like vampires, they are simultaneously romantic figures of history and legend, and bloodthirsty criminals, depending upon your perspective. Lundoff captures that complexity through the diversity of her stories. Chosen from almost 100 submissions from fourteen countries, the fifteen stories in this volume feature female pirates, male pirates, non-binary pirates, even non-human pirates; pirates who sail the seas of our Earth, the waters of other Earths, even the far reaches of outer space. These pirates look for treasure, excitement, danger, revenge, the past, the future, and/or redemption; some of them may even find what they seek. What you will find is a treasure trove of unforgettable adventure.” Follow link to read the full review.

  10. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Author Nathan Burgoine says of Ginn Hale’s “Treasured Island” – “What follows is a lovely story of vengeance, compassion, and—just maybe—a worthy redemption or two. The world-building is lovely, the characterization is spot-on, and the voice was a tongue-in-cheek fun welcome to the anthology.”
    Read the rest of the review here.
    Nathan is doing a story by story review of Scourge of the Seas. Check out more here.

  11. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Sara Uckelman of SFF Reviews is doing a story by story review of Scourge of the Seas. Check out the reviews here.

  12. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “The wide variety of enjoyable tales in here is so much fun to read. I highly recommend this anthology!” Read the rest of the review at Errant Dreams.

  13. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “Terrific anthology – Pirate stories from across time and space! Standouts for me include “Saints and Bodhisattvas” by Joyce Chng, “Search for the Heart of the Ocean” by A.J. Fitzwater (the first appearance of Cynrak, the dapper capybara pirate captain!) and my favorite, “The Doomed Amulet of Erum Vahl” by Ed Grabianowski. Not everyone will love every story in ANY anthology, but this bunch of tales should appeal to the pirates fan in all of us. ”
    Reviewer Bill B., DriveThruFiction

  14. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    If you’re looking for pirate stories with richly varied settings and a lot of diversity, this is the anthology for you!
    – Queen of Swords Press staff

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