Preston Child

Hell's Viper

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Preston Child asserts the moral right to be identified as the author of this short story.


One sunny afternoon Jon Carter enjoys a small boat trip on a lake in the Haunted Forest near Tarker’s Lake - a small town in northern England, when a fight between life and death starts that nobody involved will ever forget again. From one second to another, the young man is battling his worst nightmare to save the lives of a teenage boy and his younger brother.


This short story is a work of fiction. Names and characters are the product of the author’s imagination and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead is entirely coincidental.




From all vipers the hell’s viper has the largest and at the same the most northern habitat in Europe.

Its venom is two to three times more toxic than the one of the Diamond Rattlesnake; however, due to its low toxicity it is only life threatening for children and elderly people. The neurotoxin injected during a bite may cause shortness of breath and cardiac arrest and in rare cases, loosening may occur.

The hell’s viper is listed on the Red List as endangered species.