Many years ago in school I read a short story in a collection (possibly edited by Gardner Dozois, but this hasn't helped me track it down. I might be confusing different volumes - I read a lot in school.) It was gigantic, heavy and hardback, and must have had dozens of stories in the one volume.
In this was one short story that has stuck in my head ever since. All I remember is:
- There were stone ruins
- Underneath them were tunnels (?) or passages or a dead city (?)
- Underneath the ruins lived creatures that were not describable (?), and had been there for millions of years
- For some reason, I associate these ruins with the desert of Western Australia
- I think I remember a square stone being lifted to access the tunnels below; the ruins themselves were non-horrific
- I remember a vivid sense of dark, as in exploring the ruins without much light, although I don't remember much actual exploration in the story - more exposition about the ruins, their age and what they hid; a vivid sense of age, that these creatures had lived for millions of years under there; and a vivid sense of horror. I don't know if it was truly a horror story or if I was just young enough to find it enjoyably frightening.
I don't know how accurate any of those memories are :)