CORNISH smuggling has been brought back to life by a new author.
Nick Averill, a creative designer from Stoke-on-Trent, said he found himself dreaming up a story while holidaying in Mousehole.
The writer said he visits west Cornwall twice a year and explained he has always been fascinated by the area.
Although he had never penned a book before, a stay in the historic port urged him to begin his first.
It follows the life of a coastal defence operative with an unruly past, tasked with defeating modern-day pirates.
Mr Averill rekindled a maritime preventive service, based on a force from old times that eventually became today's Coastguard, to explore traditions and history in the seafaring adventure.
He remarked he wanted to hark back to the "mysterious maritime past of Cornwall, while bringing it into today's world."
"I was reading about smuggling and piracy and my head started wondering," Mr Averill said. "I thought it would be good to blend old and new - to give it a modern-day twist."
The author added his visits to Penzance, where the book is predominantly set, and the surrounding area gave him fuel to construct the read.
"I have always had a love for Cornwall," he said. "I've always been interested in the area. It's location accurate. A reader actually visited the Ship Inn after finishing the novel and said it was exactly how she pictured it - that was a warm feeling."
Mr Averill added he started writing Dark Ship on the train and soon found himself looking at over 90,000 words.
He self-published Dark Ship in the summer and is selling it in online and in a handful of pubs and shops in west Cornwall.
He added if he can write a novel, anyone could, and wanted to encourage others to give it a try.
"I think it's something that should be explored," he noted. "I'm not a writer - I just had an idea."