What's the name of this short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead?
August 14, 2012 12:05 AM Subscribe
Please help me remember the name of a supernatural short story about a boy who buys a ship's figurehead at an auction. Plot summary inside.
posted by homodachi to media & arts (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I read this in a compilation of spooky short stories in the mid-80s, but the binding on the book was much older than that--maybe 50s or 60s.
A twelve-year-old boy and his father go to an auction, where the boy sees a ship's figurehead for sale and his father agrees to buy it for him. They take it home and on successive nights, their house is beset by increasingly violent storms. The morning after one of the first of such nights, they find half-dead fish flopping about in their front yard. The last storm is so violent that they realize the sea is trying to take the figurehead back. They throw the figurehead in the ocean the next morning and the storms stop.