A long, long time ago a tiny magazine called Supernatural Tales survived long enough to bring out a second issue. And in this second issue was a story called 'Cats and Architecture', which was indeed about cats and architecture, but also about a Portuguese sea captain called Luis da Silva. It just so happened that the story (promptly snapped up for a 'Year's Best' anthology) was the first that the author, Chico Kidd, had been able to finish after a long period of writer's block. Somehow the 'discovery' of the captain and his world of demons, sorcerers and general spectral mayhem allowed Chico to beat the block, and she's been writing about that world ever since.
If you're a da Silva fan, or just want to find out what it's all about, Volume 1. of the tales, entitled DEMON WEATHER, is now available on Amazon.co.uk as a paperback or download. It's good value - if you like well-written fiction in the historical/supernatural thriller vein, this is for you.