Monday, December 12, 2011

Weatherby Chesney's "The Lizard" (as by C J Cutcliffe Hyne) (short story, free): A man wakes up a sleeping prehistoric monster

I found this via an article on some precursors to Jurassic Park.

This is not really a dinosaur story, however; the monster is a giant prehistoric lizard. At a certain level, this is of the class of stories where curious humans consciously wake up a sleeping ancient monster, not realizing it's a monster (e.g., Benson Dolling's "Amber Insect" or John Campbell's "Who Goes There?" (download))

Narrator is a "cave hunter", exploring a newly visible cave, & ends up being chased by the monster lizard sleeping there for millennia...

Fact sheet.

First published: The Strand Magazine, June 1898.
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Rating: B.
Related: Fiction from 19th century.