“The Salt Line” by Grant Stone

September 14, 2009

The world ended. That was the beginning. [18min]

New Zealand, a land of mystery and magic, fosters many talented writers. Wily Writers is proud to present this story by Grant Stone in honor of New Zealand Speculative Fiction Week, 2009!


‘Haere Mai,’ he said, ‘Welcome all. I trust you had a good trip. I’m Paul and I’ll be your guide today. You’re nearly at the line – just a gentle walk and we’ll be there. But we don’t need to head off just yet. You need a few minutes to shake the dust off.’ The elderly woman hadn’t waited – while Paul had been talking she’d pulled a tiny table and folding chairs from somewhere. The maths teacher was pouring her a mug of tea from a tartan thermos. ‘Also, if you’ve got any questions, now’s a good time to ask them.’

A hand emerged from the back of the crowd.


‘Will it be possible to take pictures?’

Paul smiled. ‘No problem at all. The funny thing is though, once people get up there they tend to forget to take them. I should warn you. You’ve all seen pictures, seen it on television. It’s a little more intimidating when you see it up close. There’s plenty of seating up there if you feel faint. If you have any difficulties whatsoever, let me know. And don’t feel bad if you want to turn back before we reach it. It’s perfectly natural.’


“The Salt Line” by Grant Stone first appeared in Unfurled – new writers from Manukau and Papakura, September 2008

Cam Banks September 15, 2009 at 2:57 PM

This is terrific! As a New Zealander, I had no idea it was NZ Spec Fic Week. Of course, I live in Wisconsin now, so maybe that explains it.

Matthew Sanborn Smith September 16, 2009 at 3:29 PM

Great story. Thanks!

Morva Shepley September 18, 2009 at 10:02 PM

That was a pleasant read with an eerie aftertaste. I enjoyed it and I’ve put a link to it on my blog.

Morva Shepley

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