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CONTENTS


BOOK I

The Shivering of the Timbers

EDITOR’S NOTE

CHAPTER I

‘A dark shape in the azure waters lay.’

In which we meet our hero in medias res…

CHAPTER II

‘Child Rowland to the dark tower came.’

In which Jack takes a tour of the ship, and the framing narration is established…

CHAPTER III

‘To see one of these creatures, in the flesh is to know that they are, in fact, quite human.’

In which the captain discourses upon the subject of mermaids, and Jack is found out…

CHAPTER IV

‘My father was a consummate dreamer.’

In which our hero commences his autobiography…

CHAPTER V

‘I never knew precisely what happened to my mother at the shop.’

In which a serpent enters the garden…

CHAPTER VI

‘Zombi bankers I doubly hate!’

In which a play is performed, and investment banking is explored through the medium of grave-robbing…

CHAPTER VII

‘My reason fails me this night. Already, I have seen the shadows moving in the darkness beyond the glass.’

In which Jack relates a tale of terror…

CHAPTER VIII

‘Seasoned knucks in quod will discourse at length on the horrors of incarceration.’

In which events take a turn for the worse…

CHAPTER IX

‘She had what my mother would have called a filthy laugh.’

In which we meet the original Bill and Nancy…

CHAPTER X

‘She kept me outside freezing, just to let me know who was in charge.’

In which an assignation is arranged, and everyone is a critic…

CHAPTER XI

‘I managed to get away with it because everyone loves stories about sharks.’

In which the plot thickens…

CHAPTER XII

‘You are perverted by language, my young friend.’

In which events are complicated by the arrival of dandies in the underworld…

CHAPTER XIII

‘It is never too late to have a happy childhood.’

In which Jack becomes One of the Fancy…

CHAPTER XIV

‘Kidd! Thou should’st be living at this hour: England hath need of thee.’

In which pirates become almost as fashionable as highwaymen…

CHAPTER XV

‘It was not her curses that troubled him as he carried her to the altar, but her unholy laughter.’

Concerning the haunting of Anne Bonny’s private places…


BOOK II

The Death Hunter

CHAPTER XVI

‘He had forlorn hope written all over him, that one.’

In which we return to the ship and the present of our narrative, and a wager is proposed…

CHAPTER XVII

‘I could smell the old trades a mile off.’

In which an eagerly anticipated reunion does not go exactly to plan…

CHAPTER XVIII

‘My God, your life sounds like one of your stories.’

In which we meet another old friend, and Jack gains a very willing pupil…

CHAPTER XIX

‘You could have someone’s eye out with that.’

How the Graveyard Rangers got their name…

CHAPTER XX

‘I am not morally opposed to orgies.’

In which a doppelgänger and a ménage à trois lead to all sorts of complications…

CHAPTER XXI

‘Tell me you’re coming back to me.’

On the trouble with marrying soldiers or writers…

CHAPTER XXII

‘And may rabid dogs copulate upon your mothers’ graves!’

In which there is high moral outrage in high moral quarters…

CHAPTER XXIII

‘You might also offer a few classes to the ladies on board.’

In which Jack is once more engaged as a tutor…

NOTES

APPENDIX: Finding Jack Vincent

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