Introducing The Laffite Project

I suppose it’s the dream many of us share to discover we’re descended from pirates, and the Hix brothers seem to be making good progress in this regard. And even better, they’re gearing up so the rest of us lubbers can tag along:

I think it’s a pretty stellar video – a damned sight better than many reality shows out there. You can check out more at and Also, catch my interview with the Hix brothers on Bilgemunky Radio 153 – Xmas Time, and Lafitte’s Lineage!

Bilgemunky Radio 154 – The P-Chuck Experience


On tonight’s Bilgemunky Radio, we were joined LIVE by none other than The Pirates Charles, who kindly offered to share their new album Conquer with us in its entirety. You can buy a digital copy of the album at, or wait a month or so for the CD!

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Pirates Charles – Liberation of the Condemned (1:25)
3. Pirates Charles – GUN (3:23) Continue reading

TONIGHT! The Pirates Charles on Bilgemunky Radio

That’s right, in honor of their brand new album Conquer, The Pirates Charles will be joining me LIVE on Bilgemunky Radio tonight. We’ll be listening to the entire album, as well as chatting about the songs, the band, and other things of piratey interest. Download your digital copy of Conquer during the broadcast, as it will be officially launched during the show!

Flint&Silver Coming to Big Screen? Maybe not…

So last night I discovered that England – that tiny island across the water, already has access to the sequels to John Drake’s brilliant Flint&Silver. So what gives? I thought we Americans were supposed to get EVERYTHING FIRST, and now I learn that the two books I’m so eagerly awaiting are already being read and enjoyed by limeys? There is no justice.

So while discovering the nuggets above, I also found this:

Yarrr! ‘Flint & Silver’ To Sail To the Big Screen – The Moviefone Blog

Now, before you wet yourself in excitement, note that the story is from March of 2008 – so it would appear this is just one of the many unsubstantiated pirate movie rumors. So now we have Captain Blood in Space, Blackbeard (in his own film), AND Long John to not look forward to seeing. Yar. (That’s a sad yar. You can tell because it’s punctuated with a period instead of a more festively enthusiastic exclamation point.)

Review: Fish

Rating: ★★★☆☆
by Gregory Mone

I’ve said it before; reviewing pirate books geared at young adults is always a treat. The reason for this is twofold – first, it’s a noble effort to induct the young into an early appreciation of piracy. And second, it’s often a refreshing change of pace from reading material aimed at adults, which tends to be far denser, and at times daunting.

Fish is the story of Maurice Reidy, a boy who’s rather unremarkable save for his apparently inborn talent for swimming. Swimming comes as natural as walking for Maurice (who’s of course nicknamed ‘Fish’ by friends and family alike), but it’s a talent that’s of little use on a farm, and even less use when life finds Fish working for his uncle as a courier in the city. And so it would have continued, had young Fish not run afoul of some mischief during one of his routine runs. Not so routine, actually, as Fish had been tasked with a package of extreme import – so extreme, in fact, that pirates (and worse) seemed to spring from nowhere in an effort to acquire it at any cost. Continue reading

Bilgemunky Radio 153 – Xmas Time, and Lafitte’s Lineage


Tonight we had a stocking full of piratey Christmas tunes, as well as an interview with the Hix Bros. of The Lafitte Project!

1. Pirates R Us – KYAR Pirate Radio (3:55)
2. Pirate Jenny – Night Before Christmas (3:24)
3. Jolly Rogers – The Christmas Song (1:31) Continue reading

Review: Pirate Haiku

Rating: ★★★★☆
It’s a book called “Pirate Haiku” – do you really need an explanation? Ok, it’s also calls itself “Bilge-sucking Poems of Booty, Grog, and Wenches for Scurvy Sea Dogs.” Clear now?

Pirate Haiku is exactly that – 185 pages of haikus (one per page) about pirates doing piratey things. And while haiku purists might point out that while the 5-7-5 format remains intact, very few of these poems exhibit the meditative qualities or the kigo generally required in Japanese hai… Continue reading