Black Tide

Del Stone Jr.

Language: English

Pages: 76

ISBN: 2:00171360

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Miller, a university professor, and two of his students take a trip out to a spoil island in the middle of Santa Rosa Sound in the Florida Keys to study the effects of pollution on the flora and fauna. While they are there, a tide of black microbes is released into the river, and floods down and around them. They escape by burying themselves in the sand, but when they emerge, it is to a world which is strangely silent and changed. Before long, burning figures are glimpsed along the distant banks, dragging themselves into the water. Then the attacks start. With daylight their only weapon, Miller realises that time is running out as an army of the living dead, intent on feasting on their flesh, is gathering in the surrounding waters. A classic tale of horror in the great tradition of Night of the Living Dead.

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Scotty screamed and looped his arm around the man, pulling him off DeVries. He wouldn’t let go. Scotty jerked once, twice, and I grabbed DeVries and hauled in the opposite direction. I heard an awful sucking sound – and then the tearing of flesh. I caught DeVries as he started to go under, hooking my arm around his neck and hauling up. I still had the flashlight. I aimed it into his face. His eyes were rolled back in the sockets. They looked yellowish in the light, yellow as hundred-year-old ivory. They circled in the sockets and settled on me for a moment, and you could see the insane fear.

Scotty staggered over, lifted an arm over his shoulder, and between the two of us we were able to get him up and headed for shore. Behind us, we heard more furtive splashing. ‘For God’s sake shine the light! ’ Scotty yelled at Heather, his voice a couple of octaves higher than I’d heard so far. She aimed it directly at us, and I shouted, ‘No! Out there! ’ and pointed at the sound. She swept the beam across the water and a tumult of splashing arose. The sound reminded me of alligators that had been lurking at the surface suddenly diving below.

RIGHT HERE! ’ The boat turned in our direction. Relief gushed out of me. Heather latched on to my arm and laid her head against my shoulder and sighed. I wanted to put my arm around her shoulder and gather her in, but I couldn’t; she wouldn’t let go. Scotty turned around, glimpsed us, started to turn back, then slowly turned around again. Heather let go. ‘I’d better start packing our stuff. ’ I watched her head back to the tents, and when I turned back, Scotty was still staring, his eyes slitted now and measuring me.

The raft was not exactly hydrodynamic, and the exertion of pushing it through the water left me exhausted. Worse, a north wind had sprung up. Thankfully there was no more Karenia in the water – there was nothing alive in the water at all! – so the question of airborne toxins was moot. But the air movement disturbed the water, creating small waves. They slapped against the blunt nose of the oil drum with a hollow thunking sound that didn’t give me a lot of confidence about its seaworthiness. Heather was crouched in the middle of the dock grid, her life preserver clutched to her chest in a death grip.

Scotty shrieked, cavorting maniacally. ‘YEAH, MAN! RIGHT HERE! ’ The boat turned in our direction. Relief gushed out of me. Heather latched on to my arm and laid her head against my shoulder and sighed. I wanted to put my arm around her shoulder and gather her in, but I couldn’t; she wouldn’t let go. Scotty turned around, glimpsed us, started to turn back, then slowly turned around again. Heather let go. ‘I’d better start packing our stuff. ’ I watched her head back to the tents, and when I turned back, Scotty was still staring, his eyes slitted now and measuring me.

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