Hmmm... Let's run this down:
- Murderous pirate/smuggler;
- Unnatural self-inflicted deaths (human sacrifice alert);
- Mysterious phenomenon;
- Possible bad psychic vibes;
- Skeptical researchers;
And, most importantly:
- Vanity with spooky glowing eyes!
Something tells me that things are going to get very eldrich over the next set of strips. Maybe even with such wonders as undead pirates and hidden treasure with a curse. Of course, it will all turn out to be the fault of old Mr. Wilkins the land agent.
"And it would have worked too if it weren't for you meddling kids and your talking cats!"