Short Story Review: “Leviathan” by Nicholas Almand

3 of 5 stars.

Unknown monsters rising from the abyssal depths of folklore are a mainstay throughout the world: kraken, leviathan, Charybdis and Scylla. So, too, are monsters with a profoundly supernatural edge in causing terror such that a mere
look would petrify, drive insane or kill their witness: Medusa, basilisk, and dragons. And yet even in today’s scientific era of rampant documentation, videography and world-interconnectivity, unknown species still manage to be captured in blurred fashion from unmanned subs trolling the oceans. This tale finds a happy middle ground between these motifs.

Gedeon Vassago is decades past his celebrity heyday as host to a crytozoological television documentary show in which he traveled the world debunking monster sightings. Gone, too, is his keen eyesight, yet pride keeps his glasses tucked away. Now a near nobody, he’s been recruited to look into a “leviathan” sighting off the California coast. A small sport fishing vessel captained by young, moneyed Ashton Clark launches its quest without the captain even knowing their purpose.

The Ramiel encounters a huge beast with spade-shaped head, trifurcated tail, fingered upper appendages, and human-esque eyes. It dwarfs the boat and scares Ashton to death–literally. But half-blind Vassago has a pistol and a maimed vessel between him and the beast . . .

This tale appears in Whispers from the Abyss edited by Kat Rocha. I received this new anthology directly from 01 Publishing through
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