Sort of like the blob, this marauding slime with a voracious appetite was the top predator in its underwater environment (aside from a rare creature, nearly entirely made up of teeth) until a titanic underwater eruption sends it hurtling to the surface.

It makes its way into some marshes, where it feasts on snakes and frogs, until it makes its way into a local American town and is hunted back into the marshes and eventually (with fire) hounded back into the sea.

I remember that the creature was extremely sensitive to light, and could feel the light of the searching locals' torches through the black water of the swamps.

I believe this was one of a collection of short horror/sci-fi stories, and is quite an old story.

Is this ringing any bells with anyone?


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I'm fairly certain the story is "Slime", by Joseph Payne Brennan:

His best-known story, "Slime", follows a protoplasmic life form as it ascends from its home deep within the ocean and begins to prey upon coastal residents of a small New England town.

I read it in Alfred Hitchcock's Monster Museum many moons ago (late 70s), but according to the Wikipedia article, it's been reprinted at least 50 times.

Edit: publication info if you're interested - https://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/title.cgi?88069

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    This is the exact story I thought of. Commented Sep 28, 2012 at 15:12
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    Copy of the monster museum is in the post as we speak. Thanks for the help again Raven!
    – lester
    Commented Oct 1, 2012 at 20:44

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