Leiningen Versus the Ants, a Short Story by Carl Stephenson. Leiningen Versus the Ants has ratings and 26 reviews. Gbolahan said: Read this some 25 years ago. Can’t remember where (a collection of short stories. Carl Stephenson creates a true monster tale in “Leiningen vs. the Ants,” and he intensifies the experience by writing in third-person omniscient point of view.

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No, there was only one thing for it, he’d have to make the attempt himself; he might leiningeb as well be running as sitting still, anyway, when the ants finally got him. It was originally published in Esquire Magazine in December ofand they definitely renewed their copyright: Fusillades of clods drove them round the bend towards the mouth of the ditch and then into the river, wherein they vanished without leaving a trace.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

God, what a prospect, to be eaten alive like that! For as long as there was the slightest chance of success, he had stood his ground, and now any further resistance was both useless and dangerous. Open Preview See a Problem?

This page was last edited on 9 Novemberat Leihingen humor magazine National Lampoon parodied the story in a short story called “Leiningen and the Snails”, in which the title character faces a swarm of “army snails”, and has “merely three weeks” to think of a way to defend the plantation.

Unless the ants were clever enough to build rafts. Then he took the cigar from his lips, and leaned slightly forward. Already the water was overflowing the ditch. Do not mess with the ants, folks. Think High Noon, Ayn Rand It was written in in German and translated by the author inso it has been viewed as a political parable.

Leiningen Versus the Ants

The planter drank it down without noticing its bitter taste; his mind was already at the weir. Jul 29, Kevin rated it liked it Shelves: Can’t remember where a collection leinihgen short stories or in Reader’s Digest or somewhere else but I remember I loved it as heck!


It is not easy for the average person to imagine that an animal, not to mention an insect, can think. Return to the Carl Stephenson Home Page. It was obvious, however, that this last resource meant only the postponement of defeat and death. Because once viewed, the ant scene in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is never forgotten this story becomes required reading for the death by killer ants phobic everywhere!

It was pretty good. But the file of defenders was too sparse and scattered to hold off at all points these landing parties, and though leinibgen peons toiled like madmen, their plight became momentarily more perilous. I used the plot of story to craft my own version which I use as a storyteller, with a different emphasis on lessons learned.

Despite the thhe of the ants, Leiningen determines to wrap himself in petroleum rags and run two miles through the ants to get to the dam and breach it.

A radio script adapted from Carl Stephenson’s famous short story about a man’s thw against a vast army of ants threatening to destroy the man’s jungle plantation. It encompassed three sides of the plantation like a huge horseshoe. They carried him into the ranch house.

The sporting zest with which the excitement of the novel contest had inspired him the day before had now vanished; in its gs was a cold and violent purpose. And at the end nearer the house and outbuildings in the middle of the plantation, Leiningen had constructed a dam by means of which water from ajts river could be diverted into the ditch. His skin began to creep; he loosened his collar.

Views Read Edit View history. The Indian smeared the boss’ boots, his gauntlets, and his face over and leininngen with the extract. The funeral pyre of the four hundred, or of the hosts of destruction? These seemed to know their duty only too well, and lost no time accomplishing it. He would send these vermin back to the hell where they belonged, somehow, anyhow.


I did like this short story, but this is one of the rare cases where I actually enjoyed the movie more.

The southern stretch of ditch–the upper side of the quadrilateral–was nearly three miles long; from its center one could survey the entire countryside.

View all 5 comments. Jun 08, Scott rated it liked it Shelves: Originally written for Esquire.

All seems lost, then Leiningen realizes that he could breach a dam, two miles away. Oct 07, Shelby Williams rated it really liked it. Please help improve this article by adding citations leimingen reliable sources. When Leiningen heard this, he knew the plantation was doomed.

The thwarted river had swept over the plantation, carrying with it the entire army.

When the creature reached the far bank of the ditch and collapsed opposite Leiningen, he recognized it as a pampas stag, covered over and over with ants. Yet the ants were coming on again as if nothing had happened.

Then all at once he saw, starkly clear and huge, and, right before his eyes, furred with ants, towering and swaying in its death agony, the pampas stag. Yes, this odor protected these chafers from the attacks of even the most murderous ants. A few of the peons fell on their knees and began to pray; others, shrieking insanely, fired their revolvers at the black, advancing masses, as if they felt their despair was pitiful enough to sway fate itself to mercy.

Was there an Indian daring enough after that to run the gauntlet five times as far?