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Leiningen Versus The Ants!

Hi all, an offhand remark from a friend this morning reminded me of one of my favorite short stories. Not quite horror, but very intense, Leiningen Versus The Ants was written by Carl Stephenson.

It’s about a crazed ant attack on a plantation, and the only man who could stop the madness, Leiningen!

Read it here. Always makes me smile.

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  • Heather December 10, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Favorite/most memorable moment–when the ants actually BUILD a bridge with their bodies to get across a creek/stream to keep munching at the crops. Epic!

  • Sharon Kosch December 11, 2013, 5:50 am

    “Critical situations first become crises,” he explained to his men, “when oxen or women get excited ”

    Love being lumped together with oxen. Good story, I was scrolling pretty fast at the end.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 11, 2013, 9:55 am

      I know! I’m sure there are other animals that fall into the category, but women are obviously the worst. Crisis after crisis!

  • Ron Geraci February 2, 2014, 12:15 pm

    Hi Josh,

    I’m sure you know this and have heard the shows many times, but just in case not, “Leiningen Versus The Ants” was adapted into old radio shows a few times. The broadcast with William Conrad is the one I’m most familiar with. It can be hard to find a clear, strong recording but the link on this page isn’t bad–


    I listen to old radio shows as a hobby. I’ve written about it here on my blog —

    Thanks for your great site, Josh.

    Best wishes,

    • Josh Hanagarne February 2, 2014, 2:58 pm

      I actually didn’t know that, how great. So glad you told me.