As cabin fever starts to set in for Brits in lockdown, the benevolent beast of the deep is set to entertain its followers with tales of the high seas as The Kraken Black Spiced Rum launches Krakenory, a weekly online reading of literature’s finest maritime classics.

Inspired by the BBC Children’s television series Jackanory, The Beast’s legion of shadowy storytellers will be reading legendary passages from classics such as Herman Melville’s Moby Dick to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, striking fear into even the most intrepid of viewers.

The series kicks off this Friday 27 March with Libertines frontman Carl Barât reading from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a new Krakenory episode will be released weekly, with each instalment narrated by one of The Kraken’s dark legion.

The Libertines star, Carl Barât, said:

“We’re living in strange, uncertain times, and until we return to normality, we need to find interesting, ways to keep ourselves amused. And if listening to my dulcet tones reading from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea helps you escape, even for 25 minutes or so, then pull up a pew, make yourself a cocktail and embark on a voyage into the unknown.”

For those brave enough to tune in to these tales of the deep, new episodes of Krakenory will be released every Friday at 6 pm, with viewers able to watch on The Beast’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

But that’s not all… as followers of The Kraken will know, a tale of the ocean isn’t complete without something to wash it down with, which is why The Beast is lending a tentacle or two to struggling bartenders who are trying to steady the ship in stormy waters, by commissioning a team to concoct special cocktails. These will accompany each Neptunian narrative, encompassing the very essence of the book and capturing the spirit of the sea.

So for a truly memorable experience, ingredients for each cocktail will be released ahead of each episode, giving fearless followers enough time to stock up on supplies ahead of each reading.

True believers in The Kraken are invited to nominate their favourite maritime classics to The Beast, which in all its benevolence will select a few to feature in Krakenory and be rewarded with a free bottle of The Kraken Black Spiced Rum.

And if an uplifting, theatrical reading of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by The Libertines frontman floats your boat, quite literally, then keep your eyes peeled on Kraken’s social channels for the next big star to feature on Krakenory.

More information will be unveiled on The Kraken Rum Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages.


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