A Contest: What the What?

Posted on: May 27th, 2011 by Anthony Rapino 14 Comments

The rules are simple.  The first person to correctly identify what the heck this is a picture of, wins a book.  Simply post your answer (only one guess per person, please) in the comment section.  Please fill out your e-mail in the comment box so I can contact you (unless we are twitter or facebook pals and I know how to reach you).

I’ll announce the winner on Monday or Tuesday.

You may recognize certain components of what this is, but to win, you must correctly identify what it is, as a whole.  If no one correctly identifies it, I will choose the closest guess.  The winner gets her or his  choice of any one of these paperback books:

Brain Keene’s, Dead Sea

Richard Laymon’s, Traveling Vampire Show

Stephen King’s, Gerald’s Game (hardcover)

If none of these strikes your fancy, I have a huge number of books, and I’m willing to give you other choices if you win.

Now then, what the heck is *this?*

14 Responses

  1. Sheri says:

    It’s a skateboard buried in ice and leaves.

    • Thanks to everyone playing along. Keep the guesses coming! 🙂

  2. I’m going with “rotten Jack-o-Lantern”.

  3. Melted wax? I’m seeing that silvery round bit at the bottom of the pic. as that round thing that holds the wick into the bottom of the candle. It’s all kind of weird, but in a beautiful kind of way. 🙂

  4. Indigo says:

    Looks like a melted snowman. *shrugs* Got no clue otherwise. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. EArroyo says:

    A face???


  6. Aaron Polson says:

    Oh my God–it’s Uncle Larry after the aliens got hold of him!

  7. I want to play!!

    It looks like the foam of a rapid ice dog who got too comfortable in the sun…. (shoot, does that count as my actual guess?? :D)

  8. Philip L. Tite says:

    If it’s not too late to play, let me give it a shot. The brittle leaves and stinging frost hide that which should never be revealed. For below lies a sipapu, an entry point into this world from that which lies below. Through this obscured hole would come those led by the great trickster, those would would bring death and disease to all the creatures of the upper world. These strange creatures that walk on two legs, who have almost no fur — these abominations of the depths — they push and prod to break though. But they have been kept at bay by the icy protection of Great Oak and Heavenly Chill. “Ah,” muses the trickster, “but Spring is only a month away…”

    • What!? That was simply awesome, Phil. Too cool. Is that from one of your stories, or did you write that on the fly? Because I’ll tell you what, if it’s not part of something you’re writing, it damn well should be! 🙂

      • Philip L. Tite says:

        Ha! It was totally on the fly, including the typo. 🙂 Maybe I should write it up. Been reading creation myths from various cultures recently, so that’s what came mind. Hey, miss you at the Pen. If you get a chance, check out my new story there — would love your thoughts, as it touches on some dark humour. Cheers! –Phil

  9. James says:

    Looks like Melted wax from candles to me.

  10. Yup. It’s totally a rotten jack-o-lantern. I was thinking dead fungus and then saw the candle bits.

    • I photograph the most wonderful thing, don’t I? 😛

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