Jotun Fury by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

Jotun Fury

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A greedy explorer searches for gemstones in a Norwegian cave with the profits to be split three ways. But after ignoring warnings of a troll, he's in for the biggest cut of all!
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Atop a snowy, rugged peak in southern Norway, Halvard, a stocky, barrel-chested man with a bear pelt across his shoulders leads the brash explorers, Edrik and Stein, up a steep mountain path. When Halvard refuses to enter a cave over stories of a troll that guards the stones, Edrik tells him he’s lost his cut.

Inside the cave, they discover three frozen headless bodies of eighteenth-century explorers and a large uncut diamond in one of their pockets. When Stein snatches it away, claiming they each get an equal cut, Edrik convinces him the tunnels beyond must be teeming with gems. But all they find is a dead end as Edrik shoves Stein over the edge of a steep drop before securing a climbing rope to a stalagmite and lowering himself into the chamber below.

Crystals of all sizes shimmer and sparkle in the chamber, and Edrik pries his pick into the wall and catches the reflection of a troll-like shadow. He turns and is relieved to see the silhouette of Halvard, and he explains about Stein’s ‘accident’ while tightening his grip on the rock pick held behind his back. But Stein’s voice says he killed him over a rock, and Halvard rushes at Edrik with his bloody bone axe raised high above his head. Sprouting from his neck and chest are the living, snarling heads of the three eighteenth-century explorers and Stein. They saved him the biggest cut!

Submitted: June 12, 2018
Last Updated: June 12, 2018

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The Writer: Karl Brandt

Drawing inspiration from world myths, legends and history, Australian writer Karl Brandt has had numerous comic strips published by Dark Oz's Decay , Australia’s longest running independent horror comic, and the UK's Something Wicked from FutureQuake Press. His article exploring the origins of Australia’s most famous monster, ‘Bunyip Hunters’, was published in the June 2017 issue of Australian Birdlife , and his short fiction story, ‘Trail of the Minotaur’, was the cover story of the July 2013 issue of Orbit - The School Magazine, the world’s oldest literary magazine for children. Karl has had flash fiction published by the online literary journal, Seizure , and has contributed articles... Go to bio

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