Mathias Svalina


A monster lies at the bottom of the lake. You’d never know the monster is a monster. The monster does not look like a monster. He does not look like anything anyone could fear. When you swim in the lake the monster will not attack. The monster is the only one who knows he is a monster. When the monster looks into the mirror he sees a hole. All the monster knows is how it feels to want to fill a hole.

via The Depression (2020):

Prompt: Write your own monster tale. Like Mathias’, it can be full of contradictions and dream logic sentences. It can be fable like. It can be whatever you like. Let it begin with a monster. Your monster. Then take it from there. Like Mathias, try to keep this tale to one paragraph, regardless of word length.