Sandkings (1979) by George R. R. Martin

One of the best, and most creative, “Thousand Worlds” stories. It’s a cynical, entertaining, scary look into the mind of a man who’d drive his pets to slaughter each other for amusement, and push them to worship him as divine. It has a very “Twilight Zone” feel to the way the story unfolds and is presented, and very much begs to be read in one sitting.

It’s a fiendish story written well, very viscerally. The story never overstays its welcome, and constantly develops until it reaches a very memorable ending. One of those stories that drives you to start reading quicker and quicker as the plot amps up.

A devilishly written story about a devilish man. I give it four sandcastles, and a maw.

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