The Selkie by Karl Brandt | Script Revolution

The Selkie

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When a 19th century sealer arrives at a remote sealing station, he discovers a secret so dark, it’ll cost him his hide!
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On a rocky, boulder-strewn coast, Campbell, a rugged sealer, stands over a seal and raises his wooden club. He’s ready to strike when a lance-wielding Islander, with sleek black hair, dark eyes and sealskin clothing, orders him to stop. New arrivals must report for processing as the creatures are the last of their kind.

Campbell has come too far to leave empty handed, so he follows the Islander to a row of stone huts and a large wooden shed. The Islander explains that the island was named after the seals of Celtic legend that shed their skin to live as men. They ask only for a small contribution to ensure the survival of the species in the face of the unchecked slaughter. Hatch thinks it’ll be no skin off his back.

Inside the dark shed, a black-eyed slaughterman hunches over a low wooden bench where a fresh seal carcass lays. Campbell demands to know the price he must pay or he’ll have his hide, then looks on in horror as the skinless Selkie rises from the carcass. Its lower body splits into two powerful legs, its muscular arms end in clawed flipper-like hands, and pitch black eyes and sharp canine teeth gleam from the Selkie’s hideously exposed, muzzled face. The Slaughterman holds his bloody flensing knife at the ready as the Islander raises his lance from behind. They’ll have his hide!

Submitted: June 12, 2018
Last Updated: August 1, 2019
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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 the horror fiction podcast,... Go to bio

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