Horror Story Review: "Left by the Tide" by Edward E. Schiff
The unnamed narrator of this short tale recounts how he rose before everyone else in the hotel to take an early morning plunge at the beach. The tide was out, revealing things that are normally covered with water. He swam out to a small island, normally submerged. The sound of a splash caught his attention.
He saw a pool in the center of the island and figured perhaps a seal or something got stranded. But he looked closer and saw a drowned man on his back, hands behind him, skin shriveled from long exposure to water.
This is a creepy little tale, but one I’ve not been able to find outside print anthologies. I rather liked it. It hearkens back to its time and origins—pulps magazines of the 1920s—and it is an engaging little read.
Title: “Left by the Tide”
Author: Edward E. Schiff
First published: Weird Tales March 1929
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