I love that my tentacled hero is now part of a larger section of literature that celebrates the tentacle goodness.Besides appearing in Norse sagas, creatures with tentacles have had poems, books, even screenplays written about them.
Most lovers of tentacles cite the poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, THE KRAKEN:
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.
Jules Verne’s TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA has a famous scene where Captain Nemo’s submarine is attacked by giant squids.
And lovers of horror are well versed in H.P. Lovecraft’s slumbering, tentacled god, Cthulu.
Even Herman Melville speaks in Moby Dick about “the great live squid”.
I hope you’ll check out THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN and meet Teo, my tentacled hero.
The Klockwerk Kraken
Editing: Kris Jacen
As the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.
Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.
At the edge of the galaxy's spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?