When a new zombie anthology opened for submissions
late last year, I wrote a story I hoped would fit the bill and sent it off to the editor (keeping fingers crossed). The story takes place in a remote area of Laos/Vietnam, and the climax takes place deep inside a gigantic cavern system larger than any currently known.
Today, Yahoo News runs a National Geo story about a husband and wife team who have discovered a massive cavern system along the Laos border near the Annamite Mountains below Hang Son Doong large enough to house a city block of NYC skyscrapers. It has thin clouds, its own jungle and a river system.
No end to the cavern is visible.
I wonder what else might be lurking down there, hmmm?
So that's way cool, but kind of freaky.
I published a story in the late Algis Budrys's Tomorrow SF about a Midwestern couple who buy an old mansion and begin expensive restorations, only to discover it's haunted, only to discover that the basement isn't inhabited by ghosts but the semi-human descendants of trapped miners from the 1880s.
Then in 2005 my family and I watched the British horror film, "The Descent." Set in the Appalachian Mountains, a band of women cavedivers encounter semi-human creatures living deep underground. (Not enough story similarities to go Harlan Ellison on anyone, wink wink.)
Creepy. But....I love it!!