Greetings, short story lovers, we have a whale of a prompt for you this week.
Moray eels. Killer whales. Leviathans. Sharks. Scylla and Charybdis.
Since as long as humans have been able to think, they have looked out over the vast expanse of the oceans and thought, “There’s some scary stuff in there.” From Odysseus to Ahab to Chief Brody, the sea has always harbored every manner of terrifying beast that our imaginations could come up with. And it doesn’t help matters that we’re still photographing and discovering new horrors even in present times.
The prompt for our authors this week is “Sea Monsters.” They were tasked to tell us a tale involving some sort of horror from the deep. It can be real or imagined, from the annals of history or fresh out of modern science, but they must have a monstrous sea creature at the center of their story.
Who will be crowned Master of the Oceans? Who turn out to be a guppy?
Let’s find out!
The Sea Monster Battle is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).