Fortune hunters, mythical treasure and a former Syrian goddesses turned into naked mermaid queen. What else do you want?
“She Lives, Still Rules” combines Atargatis, one of the original mermaid legends, with some Japanese folklore and a few additions of my own to the mythology of this cryptid. Here’s what it’s about:
While searching for the fabled Qu’Ran Treasure in Persia, Wakefield and Hollander are captured by Queen Atargatis, a once-beautiful Syrian goddess cursed to live underwater. The intrepid occultists soon realize they must find a way out of their watery prison before Atargatis can add them to the ranks of her enchanted slaves.
It takes place in the world of Ex Occultus, one of the ongoing titles over at Saint James. Here’s the series at a glance:
Ex Occultus is a globetrotting, serialized epic combining elements of Indiana Jones, H. P. Lovecraft and The X-Files as it follows the exploits of adventurer and fortune-hunter Francis Wakefield, the gruff and grizzled Englishman with a tortuous past, and his protégé, a young man only known as Hollander, as they journey through the arcane in search of treasures and fortune, righting wrongs as they go.
But enough time with talk. Go read it already.