A Bottle On the ^Orinoco^ [Amazon] (Synopsis)

Clark Ashton Smith

A whisky-bottle floating in the ^Orinoco^ [Amazon] is picked up near the river's mouth, and is found to contain a ms. which details the adventures of two explorers in an untrodden country of Venezuela. Here one of the two men is bitten by a monstrous fanged vegetable growth ^having a vague, distorted likeness to a human figure^, and shortly after, begins to show signs of an appalling transformation. Little by little he is turned into a replica of the thing that had bitten him. Finally, he takes root in the jungle — and stings the narrator of the story, just as the other is about to abandon him in horror and despair.

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Printed on: November 18, 2017