Pseudopod 021: Fetal Position

By Joel Arnold

Read by Jason Adams

And now Rudy opened the box?s lid, his fingers responding to the familiarity of his name carved carefully into the top. He lifted the dried cord from it and placed it carefully in the water. It reacted to its new environment, expanding and uncoiling in the water?s warm comfort. He took a small penknife from his pant?s pocket and jabbed his middle finger. Small droplets of blood welled from the wound and he let them fall into the warm tap water. A few drops were all it needed.

The thing in the sink squirmed and writhed. He took off his shirt. Took a deep breath. Looked at himself in the mirror. Funny, the little surprises life tosses you, he thought.

January 19th, 2007 3:59 pm

Good lord. That was the most disturbing story…I think it was made all the worse by the fact that it wasn’t necessarily evil…just gross.

This guy likes body gore, doesn’t he?

Kudos *gags a little*

January 19th, 2007 4:20 pm


January 22nd, 2007 4:18 am

Delightfully damn disturbing stuff!!! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to witness another birth without tinking of this story.

January 22nd, 2007 8:22 pm

I expected many more comments posted about this one, but I guess everyone is still in shock! Chris is right that the lack of evil makes this SO much more disturbing!

January 23rd, 2007 2:56 pm

Really creepy story. I also liked the idea of how natural this all was, it wasn’t necessarily evil, just disturbing.

January 23rd, 2007 8:59 pm

Yeh, um ….. ewww!

Tiffany Hine Australia
January 25th, 2007 4:12 pm

When I got into bed the other night I was going to listen to this story, then I realised it was called ‘fetal position’ I decided to leave it til the next day. I’m glad I made that desicion with this story. It was very gross. And I would never have been able to have pleasant dreams at all if I had heard it just before going to sleep!

January 27th, 2007 2:50 pm

Wow, great story. I love the matter-of-fact nature of what takes places, and that it is all steeped in a really miss-shapen idea of motherly love.

I was walking around downtown Toronto listen to this and had to stop at a street corner, mouth agape, to take in the final section of the story.

Oedipus eat you heart out.

March 25th, 2008 12:18 pm


Mari Mitchell
April 9th, 2008 6:50 pm

It is too bad you did save this for Mother’s Day. It would been wonderful.

Frankly I did find this gross.

I think the idea is good but this somehow does not feel like the true story to me.

January 19th, 2009 4:25 am

I remember hearing this one before and i forgot how kreepy it was. -shivers- ew but… Good Job.