Friday, October 31, 2008

A Little Light Halloween Reading

According to Peter Capstick in one of his books about big game hunting in Africa (sorry, I can't remember which one), Bror Blixen related a story of how he once shot a hyena in his pajamas. Almost literally.

You know Bror Blixen, right? He was the husband of Karen Blixen, aka Isak Dinesen, played by Meryl Streep in the movie Out of Africa. Yes, that guy - her asshole husband. He was also something of a famous big game hunter. On one of his hunts, he was asked by some locals to kill a hyena that had been terrorizing their village.

What? You didn't know hyenas did that? Ok, first of all, they aren't really slinking scavengers. Hyena are clever, efficient predators who, like any other predator, will occassionally scavenge. They also have a nasty habit of biting people's faces (or genitals) off as they lay drunk out of their skulls on homebrew. Remember to cross your legs when you go to sleep in the bushveldt.

So Bror was asked to kill this hyena that had been slinking (ok, so they do slink) around the village making life miserable for everyone. He tracks it down and pots the bugger, as they used to say. But as he walks up to the corpse where it has fallen in the tall grass, he finds instead a naked man, quite dead, with a fresh bullet hole in his chest.

Oowwwwoooooooooooo.... or, in this case, hehehehehahahahahahawoopwoooooooooop.

I've just posted a new story at Big Bamboo - The Monkey Skin Cloak - in case you need something spooky and/or totally sexually depraved to read this Halloween night.

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