Mountain Bred by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

Mountain Bred

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In the Snowy Mountains, two Australian stockmen attempt to recover an escaped Brumby that has developed a taste for meat.
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Atop a snow and pine-clad ridge in the heart of the Snowy Mountains, two rearing Brumbies engage in ferocious combat. Reagent, a pale stocky horse, closes its teeth around the throat of the dark brown stallion in a savage bite.

Will, a young stockman, and Douglas, with a scarf covering his face, ride along a broken mountain path on the lookout for an escaped Brumby. They recall how during the Antarctic expedition, a horse could survive for months on a ration of meat, and that’s when they encounter Reagent standing over the bloody carcass of the stallion, tearing a strip of flesh from its ribcage. They turn to flee, but Reagent buries its teeth in Will’s shoulder and yanks him backwards. Douglas cracks his stockwhip to distract the crazed beast before grabbing Will and leaping off the edge of a bank in a daring escape.

Will refuses to believe the monster they encountered was Reagent, while Douglas, with the scarf fallen from his frostbite-ravaged face and gripping a small skinning knife, turns towards Will. He explains that out there on the ice, on the brink of starvation, they got a taste of their own kind and there was no turning back!

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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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