#TBT Prism Award Celebration – Famous Tentacles in Literature

I’ve been dancing on air ever since it was announced that my science fiction male/male romance novella THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN won first place in the RWA Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Chapter’s PRISM Awards. I am so honored and grateful.

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:

Below the thunders of the upper deep; 
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”.

Most of the depictions of tentacled beasts are those of slumbering giants on the bottom of the ocean, quiet, until man awakens them.

But my hero, Teo is anything but hiding. He’s one of the few people on his planet that have traveled extensively in the galaxy before settling down at the Switchpoint Waystation, far from home and family. He’s a little lonely, but that quickly changes at the start of my book.

I hope you’ll check out THE KLOCKWERK KRAKEN and meet Teo, my tentacled hero.


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