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The Monster of Lake Lametrie

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Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,998 / 14 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,518
Added to site: 2006.10.18 14989

r the use of another. Until criminals under sentence of death are handed over to science for experimentation, we shall not know what can be done in the way of brain-grafting. But public opinion would never allow it.

Conditions are favourable for a fair and thorough trial of my experiment. The weather is cool and even, and the wound in the head of the elasmosaurus has every chance for healing. The animal possesses a vitality superior to any of our later day animals, and if any organism can successfully become the host of a foreign brain, nourishing and cherishing it, the elasmosaurus with its abundant vital forces can do it. It may be that a new era in the history of the world will begin here.


I think I will allow my experiment a little more time.


It cannot be imagination. I am sure that as I looked into the elasmosaurus's eyes this morning there was expression in them. Dim, it is true, a sort of mistiness that floats over them like the reflectio

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.6 from 5 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • The diary of two men at a lost lake.

  • A prehistoric monster is found and is killed.

  • One of the men dies.

  • That should be the end, correct? No just the beginning.


fascinating at first, and then less believable as the plot unfolds. At least it's a short book so that the silly parts don't last too long.

Jeff Edwards

This short story begins well, promising a "hollow Earth" adventure. But it takes a wrong turn into "mad scientist" territory when a human brain is transplanted into the skull of an elasmosaurus. You won't want to miss the scene with the singing plesiosaur. Ridiculous!

C. Alan Loewen

What do you get when you combine elements of Frankenstein, the Hollow Earth Theory, and the Lost World? A rather dated weird tale that you will read with mixed emotions. Originally published in the August, 1899 edition of Pearson's Magazine, the story carries with it some unintentional hilarity due to the dated science and medical knowledge.


Gruesome short story about a "Loch Ness Monster" type of creature that inhabits a lake in Wyoming. The plot has elements of "Frankenstein" in it, which makes it particularly creepy.



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