Short Story Sunday: Leiningen vs the Ants
Leiningen vs the Ants, Carl Stephenson
My dad loved this adventure about a stubborn plantation owner in the Brazilian wilds facing a horde of killer ants. He read it to me many times, and it always kept me on the edge of my seat even though I knew how it was going to end. Not surprisingly, it’s been a great influence on my work as well (I’m thinking specifically of “Paisley Surprise,” but I’ve always had a fascination for killer animal stories). Fortunately, this story is such a classic it’s free to read online: http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lvta.html
Lately I’ve been working on the overwhelming task of thinning out my book collection; it’s something no book lover likes to do, but let’s face it, every once in a while it has to be done, either to clear clutter or make room for more.
It’s no surprise that a good portion of my collection is devoted to short story collections. I’ve read my share of great stories, and I’ve read my share of awful ones—but I’ve also read my share of a few that blew me away to the point at which I’ll never forget them. So instead of doing a typical “Top” list, I decided instead to focus on ones which fall into the last category (please note that in my “about” descriptions I tried to be spoiler-free). Do you have any that have made a lasting impression on you? Leave them in the comments.
Posted on March 15, 2015, in Short Stories and tagged adventure short stories, Carl Stephenson, Leiningen Vs. the Ants, Paisley Surprise, stories about killer ants. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.