Author: Zimraphel

Nominator: unknown

2004 Award Category: Genres: Horror - Second Place

Story Type: Other Fiction  ✧  Length: unknown

Rating: G  ✧  Reason for Rating: n/a

Summary: A houseless Elf trapped in the Mere of the Dead Faces returns the gaze of a curious mortal.

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Reviewed by: Thundera Tiger  ✧  Score: N/A

This story never fails to give me goosebumps. I'm usually not a fan of the first person POV, but it fits so well in this story! So many things have faded away, and the idea that this elf has even forgotten how he died is a bit unsettling. He's so uncertain about many things, but what makes this even more unsettling are the few things he IS certain about. Such as the fact that he would really appreciate this mortal body that is peering down at him. I love how other elements creep in, like the possibility of refusing the summons to Mandos or how the waters keep churning the darkness, never letting it settle. Finally, the last lines just make me shiver. Sometimes, the abyss gazes back, and sometimes it doesn't like what it sees.

Reviewed by: Lady Aranel  ✧  Score: N/A

Scary? Yeah. Shudder. I don't think I'd be too curious about those faces in the marsh, and even less if I knew this elf was wandering around there somewhere looking for a 'house'. urk.

Reviewed by: Ainaechoiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

I've read this one before, but it deserved a second look. It's so underplayed and yet so darn spooky. The ending is just perfect. Perfectly evil or horrible, very fitting for the Horror category. It rings so true of what it might be like for one of the Elves caught in the Dead Marshes, which was perhaps the scariest part of the LOTR trilogy for me. Tolkien didn't give the bodies voice, but Zimraphel does here. And it's all the scarier for it.

Reviewed by: ElenaTiriel  ✧  Score: N/A

Arrrggh, this is just so incredibly chilling, Zimraphel! "Come closer!" *Shudder* The voice seems so distant, disembodied (er, I meant that in an abstract way… LOL!), distracted, forgetful of even the simplest pleasure in life and living; but at the same time, sharp and intelligent -- the being remembers about mortals, remembers that he doesn't like them very much, that they are frail, that they don't hear the voice of Mandos; remembers his prejudices quite well, I would say. I thought it was especially interesting that the being doesn't remember how he was killed or why he didn't respond to Mandos' summons -- we living folk consider those events to be rather important, as it were! But you really conveyed well how "other-worldly" this being is, how very different from us. And how sinister it has become after the long eons of waiting. Like I said before, **shudder**!