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Dagana: The Last Mermaid a Fantasy Thriller by Kody Boye
Dagana: The Last Mermaid
by Kody Boye
Genre: Fantasy Thriller
I have always loved the ocean. Beautiful and tranquil, it seems like it can do absolutely no harm.
Until the night my parents go missing, and then are subsequently found dead.
Both have been viciously mauled by something off the Gulf—something even the medical examiner claims is an ‘unknown animal.’ But the worst part? I swear I saw something in the water the night they were both killed.
But this is no chance occurrence. As the body count begins to rise, and as more tragedies unfold, I realize that something has to be done.
Someone has to hunt down, and kill, the monster of Mermaid Cove.
In my novel Dagana: The Last Mermaid, we
are introduced to a young woman named Jessica Pruitt—who, like any other
teenager, has goals and ambitions, troubles and woes. At the very beginning of
the book, we are presented with perhaps her biggest conflict, which is her
parents’ constant fighting. Then, through a twist of events, we see them fall
victim to what will eventually be called “The Monster of Mermaid Cove,” but not
before our heroine sees a flicker of orange in the water, signaling that this
is not any normal kind of monster.
When I decided to write Dagana: The Last
Mermaid, I knew that I wanted her to be a deadly creature. However — given
that there is a wide history and great mythology of mermaids, I had to decide
how I wanted to craft this story, and how I wanted her to be present within it.
There were a few problems I ran into with
traditional mythology. The first was that I could not necessarily make her a
Siren, since my protagonist is not a man being lured to his death. The second
was that I could not necessarily make her a Shapeshifting, Disney-esque
type of mermaid either (though an initial idea was that the mermaid in Dagana
was, in fact, a shapeshifter) because I didn’t want there to be an added
‘mystery’ to the novel surrounding the monster’s appearance. I wanted Dagana
to be a ruthless killer — an apex predator who dwelled off the coasts of a
small town exacting what might be vengeance killings against the people of
Mermaid Cove — and because of that, I realized I had one of two choices: to
either tell the story from a dual perspective (wherein the mermaid had a
point-of-view within the novel,) or tell the story of a young teenage girl. In
the end, I chose to tell Jessica’s story — because while the stories of
monsters can be interesting, real-world problems are ultimately more terrifying
than their fictional counterparts.
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Want to read Dagana: The Last Mermaid?
The novel is available on Amazon in eBook
format, as well as in stunning audiobook and as a beautiful paperback.
Though he was born and raised in Southeastern Idaho, Kody Boye has lived in the state of Texas since 2010. His first short story, [A] Prom Queen's Revenge, was published at the age of fourteen. He has since gone on to publish numerous works of fiction, including the young-adult novels When They Came, The Beautiful Ones, The Midnight Spell and ALT CONTROL ENTER, as well as fiction for adults. He currently lives and writes in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. He is in the process of obtaining an undergraduate in creative writing and plans to pursue an MFA to teach afterward.