Saturday, November 02, 2013


During the recent Pirate Jamboree I met David & Penelope Carroll, authors of Thatcher, The Unauthorized Biography of Blackbeard the Pirate. The Carrolls describe their endeavor as "a work of historical fiction in three volumes."

David & Penelope Carroll

I don't remember David's exact words, but he wanted me to know that, unlike some other authors (those who insist on documenting Blackbeard's life from primary historical records), the Carrolls enjoy incorporating every story, legend, tale, and embellishment into their biography.

Their free bookmarks include this teaser: "For eighteen months, one man terrorized America, bringing commerce and a superpower to its knees, raging onto the scene and disappearing as mysteriously as he appeared, yet no one knew who he was except for the moniker...Blackbeard. Until now."

The Carrolls' website proclaims that their trilogy, "weaves the acknowledged facts of Blackbeard's life into the historic machinations that led to today's world." Volumes one and two are currently available. Look for volume three at a future date. You can read more on their website:

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is a brief history of the Soundfront Inn, one of the oldest structures on the island. You can read it here:

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:52 AM

    Hello --there are modern day "Blackbeards" operating today from Lax, Colorado, Ct, Washington DC , Wall Street, Chicago, etc. Remember, Corporations are people too! Not just the armed person with a cranium conundrum can bring America to its knees this country is enabling these activities by faling to monitor i.e. Red Cross worker accesses the electronic debit card to transfer funds to her personal "disaster relief" there is the check but where is the balance to the tune of $200,000???? Home rule -- well if a locale can't handle things on a small scale-- too big to fail too small to suceed? Community activist where do you learn to work for the good of all .Jim Baker not.