This week’s piece of weird fiction being discussed at LibraryThing.
Review: “The Gorgon”, Tanith Lee, 1982.
The narrator – at least at the beginning of the story – is vacationing and writing on the Greek island of Daphaeu. He becomes intrigued by another, unusually verdant, island just a quarter of a mile offshore. He would like to visit it and learn more about it, but none of the islanders will answer his questions or take him over, not even for a great sum of money.
Finally, one, miming the mythical face, tells him a gorgon lives on the island.
The narrator swims over.
He comes across a European style house, a faun statue (though only from the 1920s), and beautiful carvings in a green marble that shines at dusk. There is also a satyr like figure (actually, just an old man), and a woman.
The narrator is intrigued by her, her surroundings, her clothes (an inheritance from her mother since she says she has no money), and, of course, the plastic mask she wears. He asks to stay and talk with her. She is blonde, somewhat imperious, and notes his Greek is good, but she knows English and ten other languages.
He is served a lunch with wine, falls asleep, and then wakes up and dines with the woman.Continue reading ““The Gorgon””