I think that this was a short story. I remember reading it as a kid in the 1970s. It was a modern tale with an explorer or sailor of some sort who found himself in a cave near the sea and discovered a bunch of life-like stone sculptures of humans. I think the implication is that he was in Medusa's cave, but I don't recall how the story turned out or if he escaped. Any ideas? Chances are that it was part of a book collection. Thanks!

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    Could it be "Island of Fear" by William Sambrot, as in this old question and answer? scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/193530/… – user14111 Jan 14 at 2:04
  • Sambrot's "Island of Fear" is in the hardcover edition of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: My Favorites in Suspense, which can be borrowed from the Internet Archive, though registration is required. archive.org/details/myfavoratesinsus0000unse – user14111 Jan 14 at 2:50
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    @LogicDictates According to the rules of this site, we don't close story-identification requests as duplicates unless the OP accepts the identification. The theory is that only the OP is in a position to say whether an answer to such a question is correct. I think "Island of Fear" is probably the right answer but it's not a 100% match to the OP's description: the life-like statues are not in a cave. – user14111 Jan 14 at 3:14
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    @LogicDictates: Just putting the link in the comments makes it a Linked answer. – FuzzyBoots Jan 14 at 3:50
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    Thanks, everyone. Sambrot's story is close, but it doesn't feel quite right. I can't shake the feeling that the moment of realization took place in a cave. – jim Jan 14 at 15:31

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