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5 Bloody Moments in Sporting History

5 Bloody Moments in Sporting History

Buzkashi Match

Horror has nothing to do with sports, right? STEWART KING begs to differ. Here are five of the bloodiest sporting moments in history.

2012 Olympic Contamination

To celebrate the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in the UK author Stewart King is giving away (for 2 days only) his horror novella 2012 OLYMPIC CONTAMINATION as a free Amazon download for Spooky Isles fans. Just click HERE
It’s July 27th, 2012. One of the most significant events in London’s history is about to take place. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with athletics.
Hundreds of bottles of athletes’ mineral water have been contaminated by an alien parasite after a meteor ditches into a Cumbrian lake.
The aliens have only one thing on their minds: invasion and rapid reproduction. Planet Earth provides all their needs – moisture, warmth and sustenance. And soon they are multiplying beyond control.
Lucas and Mariah are two people trapped in the Olympic Village who must fight for their survival as the opening ceremony becomes a horrific nightmare.
The invasion delivers a legacy of terror and, after the events of 2012, East London is left a brutalised, sterile wasteland.

Goat Polo

Not just a sport for the Pimms brigade. Formerly known as Bughazi this was the same sport but used as training by the Persian cavalry in 600 BC. It was often played with armies of men rather than teams and the carcass of a goat or a recently decapitated human head – a nice touch added by Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan.

Head Football

Let’s stick with the decapitated head theme as we examine Jeremy Bentham – an English author, jurist, philosopher and legal and social reformer. His will requested that his corpse be dissected as part of a public anatomy lecture. His skeleton and head were then preserved and the figure dressed put on display in University Colllege London in 1850. The real head had to be replaced with a wooden one after students stole it and played football with it in Russell Square.

Aztec Death Paddle

Or Ullamaliztli – a ceremonial game where players used a paddle to bounce a small rubber ball down a long court with steep stone walls. Sounds OK but the loser captains were sacrificed to the Gods. Maybe bloody ritual butchery would be a ratings friendly way of pepping up Premier League Football.

Cheese Rolling

Although responsible for the highest amount of injuries in the shortest amount of time, this barking mad race down Cooper’s Hill in Gloucestershire after a rolling cheese still takes place every year and yields plenty of split heads, concussions and broken bones. Should be an Olympic sport along with wicker man burning. I’m sure the country would love to see G4S on the pire.

Viking Cricket

In the 1900s details of Icelandic customs were transcribed and this game seemed to bear a striking resemblance to the sport we know today – with less match fixing. Not the sound of leather on willow but pulverised bone on spiked club. Brought a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘test match.’ The difference between this version and contemporary cricket seems to be that nobody expected to survive let alone return to the pavilion for tea and cucumber sandwiches.

STEWART KING is an editor and horror journalist who has written for The Spectator and HuffingtonPost.  He is also the author of blackly funny gore novellas – X FACTOR ZOMBIE MASSACRE, BLOODBATH ON THE TITANIC and STRICTLY CHAINSAW PSYCHOS from Endeavour Press.  An omnibus of these first three stories – TRIPLE FLESHBURGER WITH FRIES – is now available.  Just out to celebrate Her Majesty’s 60th year is the rabid gore fest DIAMOND JUBILEE APOCALYPSE as well as 2012 OLYMPIC CONTAMINATION.  Get his books from Amazon HERE.  You can stalk him on Facebook and Twitter: @XFactorZombies

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