Help me identify this book/short story/novella from my past.
October 20, 2010 8:36 AM   Subscribe

ShortStoryFilter: I'm looking for the name of a short story that (probably) appeared in a pulp horror collection from a good number of years back... Arid country, twin princes, Prince A locks B at bottom of a well, B escapes, pulls identifying tooth from (now king) A's mouth, locks A at bottom of well.

I guess that about says it all. Bonus points if a link to the actual text can be provided or for detailed information on what collection this appeared in.

This has been bothering me for YEARS but I've gotten no response to the same question on literary forums. Probably due to the fact that it's not exactly of literary merit, just a great survival/horror/revenge story.

I have more details like how he constructed a straw to drink from the well easier using mouse bones and how he used his urine to slowly (8 years or so) to dissolve the edges of the iron grate holding him above the water, etc.
posted by RolandOfEld to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Any ideas about what else might have appeared in the pulp horror collection, or what the collection looked like?
posted by Madamina at 10:25 AM on October 20, 2010

Response by poster: Clarification: When I say collection I mean one book published as a collection of short stories. At least I'm pretty sure that's how it was printed.

I don't remember any of the other stories in the book, but guessing from what I might have obtained around that time in my life it may have had either King or Asimov involved. This could be as a story or in the form of an introduction or as compiler of the collection. I'm really stretching my memory on those points though, so don't take them as 100% factual.
posted by RolandOfEld at 10:48 AM on October 20, 2010

Define "a good number of years back" please?
posted by iconomy at 5:45 PM on October 20, 2010

Response by poster: Reading of the book was probably 10-15 years ago. I can say with 100% certainty that it was not purchased new and probably was not of recent vintage even at that time.
posted by RolandOfEld at 6:48 PM on October 20, 2010

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