King of the Sea

King of the Sea by Nathan BayPlunge into the icy dark waters of the San Francisco bay with this gay erotic tale of murder, mutiny, and mermen.

Carlos Santiago is a man on the edge of sanity. After battling cancer, he’s developed an obsession with death, fearful that it’s lurking behind every shadow, waiting to steal his last breath. Then a sexy encounter with an alluring merman turns his world upside down and gives him new hope for the future.

But escaping his former boyfriend, Dr. Tyson Thorne, won’t be so easy. When Carlos discovers shocking medical experiments were taking place behind his back, he embarks on a race against time to unlock the mystery of the doctor’s secrets before he gets caught.

With danger threatening him at every turn, can Carlos escape the hands of death a second time? And can he trust his new merman love interest when everyone around him seems to be hiding a dark secret? Find out in King of the Sea, the tantalizing new gay erotic thriller by Nathan Bay.

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Musical Inspiration

Experience the music that inspired the creative process for writing King of the Sea. Below is a Spotify playlist Nathan Bay compiled as the characters were coming to life. Each song pertains to a scene or event in the book and is presented in chronological order.


  • King of the Sea takes place in the fictional town of Bay Cove, CA. Bay Cove has geographical features of San Francisco, Sausalito, and Belvedere Tiburon, CA.
  • The book was originally a dark comedy. It opened with a man about to jump off a bridge. A passerby stopped him and asked permission to broadcast it on Vine.
  • Two days after Nathan Bay started writing the book, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. After a one year hiatus, the book was finished with a darker tone.
  • The main character, Carlos, alludes to his best friend, Peter. This is foreshadowing of a future standalone book, The Invisible Plan, in which Peter is the main character.
  • The merman’s power in the book is inspired by the ancient Japanese practice of Reiki, which uses touch to channel healing energy to the recipient.
  • Nathan Bay once drafted a separate book about a scientist who helped gay men become pregnant. A portion of the storyline was merged into this book.
  • The wording for reaching the edge in the “frictionless orgasm” scene was inspired by a hypnosis podcast designed to make men climax on command.


Prism Book Alliance Interview with Nathan Bay
Prism Book Alliance Interview
Jan 14, 2017

Check out Nathan Bay’s revealing interview about King of the Sea and the personal story behind it.