A disturbing, eerie, repulsive horror/science-fiction hybrid short story. This is one of the more nakedly Lovecraft-inspired stories of Martin.
It’s more of a typical science-fiction short story than some of Martin’s other “Thousand Worlds” stories, in that it all leads to a clever ending but doesn’t have as much focus on characterisation, which is a shame given that that’s Martin’s greatest strength. Still, the imagery and worldbuilding is particularly compelling here.
It’s well worth the read, but decidedly lesser than his stories that actually tap into relatable human experiences more than just (admittedly well-written) Lovecraftian horror. I give it two worms, and a groun.