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Cockatrice Boys, the (1993) [Short Story]
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Britain is completely infested with monsters: Shovel-tuskers, Basilisks, Flying Hammerheads, Telepods, Cocodrills, Kelpies, the dread Mirkindole, and worse. Trolls now lurk dangerously beneath every bridge (where else?), and everybody knows that if you see a Snark you vanish. After five years, the population is seriously diminished, and people are tired of living underground on nothing but tinned food and tea made from dry grass: "'It's not a case of tightening belts,' says the Provost of Manchester. 'It's got down to eating them.'"

So a group of daring volunteers ride the Cockatrice Belle across England -- carrying supplies to beleaguered cities, fighting off Griffins and Peridexions, and hoping against hope that they can find a way to stop the monstrous invasion. Riding with the Cockatrice Corps are Drummer-boy Dakin Prestwich, his cousin Sauna who can sometimes see things before they happen, Mrs. Churt who stowed away but is a resourceful (and very welcome!) cook, the Archbishop Dr. Wren, and sneaky Tom Flint who won't stay lost.

First published in Christmas Forever.

Original title: The Cockatrice Boys
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionFantasyHumorous

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Christmas Forever (1993) [Anthology]
      Authors: Roger Zelazny , Tim Powers , Charles de Lint , James P. Blaylock , Alan Dean Foster , Rudy Rucker , Damon Knight , Patricia A. McKillip , Robert Sheckley , Brian M. Stableford , Gene Wolfe , Dave Wolverton , Michael Bishop , Jack McDevitt , Catherine Asaro , Margaret Ball , Bruce McAllister , Edward Wellen , James Powell , David Langford , Joan Aiken , Sarah Smith , Hilbert Schenck , Janet Kagan , Alexis A. Gilliland , Paul C. Tumey , Rhea Rose , Stanley Schmidt

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