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CULT OF THE BLACK JAGUAR
In the depths of the jungle lie mysteries drenched in blood. Ethan Foster has spent a lifetime as a guide and bodyguard for archeologist Heathcliff Pascal. They’ve survived more adventures than they can count, but now, deep in the jungles of Central America, they discover a secret hidden from the world for centuries: the Cult of the Black Jaguar, presided over by an immortal goddess whose beauty is matched by her cruelty. She needs the blood of a virgin to bring her army back to life, and she’s found one in Heathcliff’s daughter, Jenny. It’s up to Ethan to stop her. It might seem an impossible task, but Ethan has secrets of his own. Dark secrets. Before the night is over, blood will be shed and only one man—or monster—will survive.
I've always been a big fan of the 1930s-style pulp action stories, those literary
predecessors to movies such as the Indiana Jones series, African Queen, and Tomb Raider. Even before I knew what pulp stories were, I was cutting my teeth as a kid on The Adventures of Tintin whenever I could find the books in comics stores. Cult of the Black Jaguar started as just a short story, which I hoped to submit to a modern pulp fiction contest. Instead, it kept growing and I turned it into a novella. And once again, Samhain Publishing delivered with an awesome cover!
Although it has some supernatural aspects, this one is definitely more adventure than horror.
And the cover, how great is it? Another one from Samhain that came out perfect for the story.