Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Benson Dolling's "Amber Insect" (short story, monster, free): Missing link between "Who Goes There?" & "Jurassic Park"?

Now we know a key idea in Michael Crichton's "Jurassic Park" wasn't really original - putting into our world the monsters hidden in fossilized insect trapped in amber.

I also got a feeling of John Campbell's "Who Goes There?" (download): the curious men waking up a sleeping monster that will then unleash a nightmare.

Overall, however, this story is far less interesting than both "Who Goes There?" & "Jurassic Park".

Story summary.

Unnamed South American neighbor from the apartment above has called Mr Mentor to his apartment to be witness to an unusual event: freeing of a long fossilized insect that clearly seems alive from a piece of amber purchased years ago!

Nightmare will be unleashed when the insect is freed...

Fact sheet.

First published: Cavalcade, August 1951.
Download full text as part of the scans of the magazine it originally appeared in.
Rating: B.