Steven Mace

London, United Kingdom

I am a fantasy, SF and horror writer. I have written and self-published four books to date: ‘Copper Moon Rising’;...

Runaway Writings

I’ve started writing and submitting stories for the website ‘Runaway Writings’, which reviews and showcases comic book, fantasy, horror and science fiction. They are currently running my story ‘Epiphany’, which you can find here:

http://runawaywritings.wordpress.com/2012/02/10...

Meanwhile, only today I was just reading about this quite bizarre-sounding football story. It was written by Robin Chambers in the 1970s and is about an Iceland national football (soccer) team that win the 1998 World Cup. It’s available in his book ‘The Ice Warrior and other Stories’:

http://www.abebooks.co.uk/9780140310139/Ice-War...

“The all-conquering, efficient Iceland meet bare-footed and mercurial Zaire in the World Cup final – and the evil Iceland manager plots the downfall of Zaire’s star player, Odiwule, who can, apparently, bend the ball 90 degrees. When Zaire are awarded a free-kick, Iceland’s captain swaps the ball with a special refrigerated one he had been keeping under the team bench.

When the Zairean maestro strikes the ball, his foot and leg shatter and he is killed instantly. The chilly northern cheats win the final. Fast forward 10 years and a vengeful ghost of the victim returns to haunt the Iceland manager, who has, rather unusually, become the country’s prime minister." (synopsis from The Guardian)

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