The Medusa

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Five friends, exploring ancient ruins in Greece, find an enormous rock mountain that is not in any of their maps. Imbued with an adventurous spirit they decide to explore it and find a door built into the mountain. The door is slightly ajar. They step through it and find themselves in another world, one which is both beautiful and deadly, for she dwells in it - the Medusa.
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About Walter Lazo

“Our free short stories are intended as a doorway to our more mature premium works. Their purpose is to showcase the author’s writing style and use of evocative imagery. Although these are his earlier works—he has gotten much better since—they serve as a nice introduction to his thematic concerns as well as to his belief that a story has to be believed in to be effective. Therefore, what he presents in these stories are situations and the reactions of characters within those situations.”

Walter Lazo was born in Cambridge, MA, and now lives in North Carolina. As a child he discovered his love of Weird Fiction and large, epic, heroic stories, as well as German and Greek mythology, devouring the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard, J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, the Grimm brothers, Bram Stoker, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Walter grew up reading the short stories of Richard Matheson, and later discovered the works of the great science fiction writers of the 20th century; namely, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov.

He enjoys writing horror and science fiction stories with an occasional martial arts story thrown in for good measure. He is currently obsessed with the short story form and hopes that it will make a comeback in popularity. As an adult he has tried to create his own mythos, writing about the Demon World and other creatures that torment men’s dreams.

He is a longtime fan of Stephen King and of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien.

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Review by: Michael Carter on Oct. 31, 2013 :
It's always good to read a story by Walter Lazo, and I just realised I had missed this one, about a group of american teens who have an odd encounter with the titular snake-haired monstress.

There is good writing here, good description, and I found it easy and compelling to read. The relationships and dialogue between the annoying teenagers was very realistic, and it reminded me very much of Richard Laymon's writing. The five or six characters are introduced to the reader all at once, and I got a little confused remembering who was who; they were largely just a group of teens. But any writer knows how difficult it is to write a multi-character scene, and this one's not bad.

Lazo's imagination is strong, and while the Medusa herself is fairly standard, the descriptions of her recent and ancient victims is very imaginative. I also love personally the drawings, carvings described; there's a huge toad-thing that reminded me much of Tsathoggua; love it!

Lazo finishes well, with pace, and, although the story comes to a conclusion, he leaves it open for a possible sequel.

This was fun to read, and I enjoyed it.

It's been a while since we had a new story on Smashwords, Walter? I always look forward to reading your work.
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Review by: Chris The Story Reading Ape on March 6, 2013 :
I really wish Lazo would write a full book, he has the talent.

This story is on the theme of American College kids on a Greek vacation, find an unknown mountain with an open door into it, will they go in?

Of course they will.....
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Review by: Victoria Zigler on Jan. 30, 2013 :
A pretty good story, though not quite as exciting as I expected it to be from the description.
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Review by: Robert C. Mason on July 2, 2012 :
A good story idea but not especially well written.
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Review by: Jack Forge on June 18, 2012 :
An interesting retelling of the myth. The horror comes out on the page. Even though I had known about the Medusa, the writing involved me in the story to the end. Good work.
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