The Record of Currupira

Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,093 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,072
Added to site: 2010.03.25
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This story contains what is, to us, at any rate, a novel idea—that when we of Earth finally reach Mars we may find there records of prehistoric Earth far surpassing those of our paleontologists. Or, in other words, that creatures of Mars may have visited this planet tens of thousands of years ago and returned home with specimens for their science. A nice idea well told.

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ess glass tomb. The stern face was inscrutable behind the silence of many thousand years.

"Excuse me, Oswald," murmured Dalton. "I'd like to borrow something of yours but I'm sure you won't mind."

The reed flute was in a long case devoted to Earthly specimens. Unhesitatingly Dalton smashed the glass.

* * * * *

Brazil is a vast country, and it cost much trouble and time and expense before Dalton caught up with Thwaite in a forlorn riverbank town along the line where civilization hesitates on the shore of that vast sea of vegetation called the mato. Night had just fallen when Dalton arrived. He found Thwaite alone in a lighted room of the single drab hotel--alone and very busy.

The archeologist was shaggily unshaven. He looked up and said something that might have been a greeting devoid of surprise. Dalton grimaced apologetically, set down his suitcase and pried the wax plugs out of his ears, explaining with a gesture that included the world outside, where the tree fr

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.12.05
Sardo Weems
*****

I loved this story, especially the idea that the extinct Martians knew more about early man than we did. What starts out as a dusty story about archeology turns into an adventure/horror story. This piece gave me more of a creepy feeling than anything Lovecraft wrote.

Well written too.


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