Pseudopod 048: The Disciple

By David Barr Kirtley

Read by Matthew Wayne Selznick

Professor Carlton Brose was evil, and I adored him as only a freshman can. I spent the first miserable semester at college watching him, studying the way he would flick away a cigarette butt, or how he would arch his eyebrow when he made a point. I mimicked these small things compulsively. I don’t know why, because it wasn’t the small things that drew me to him at all. It was the big things, the stories people told as far away as dear old Carolina.

You heard the name Brose if you ran with any cults, and I ran with a few. Society rejected us, so we rejected them. The more things you give up, the less there is to bind your will. There’s power there. We were sure of it. But that power was damned elusive.

Bruce P
July 27th, 2007 8:48 am

The crucifixion of the cat made me cringe. Good job!

Is it wrong that I imagined John C. McGinley as Brose, and Zack Braff as the narrator?

July 27th, 2007 10:18 am

Wow, that is one of my favorites.

August 2nd, 2007 9:01 am

Harry Potter all grown up – College Years. :0) J/k I thoroughly enjoyed this! Thanks again, Pseudopod.

Simeon Weinraub
August 3rd, 2007 2:52 pm

What a sweet little Lovecraft homage. New England, Cthulhu, and everything.

Over all, though, I thought that this was a fairly realist portrayal of getting a tenure position at any college.

August 5th, 2007 2:30 pm

Bruce, I pictured Anthony Head’s Mr Finch character from Dr Who.

Dave (aka Nev the Deranged... or is it the other way around?)
August 11th, 2007 4:44 pm

Nice one. The twist at the end really sold it.

Anyone interested in horror and academia should check out a little party game called The Shab-al-Hiri Roach, about an immortal Sumerian roach-god infesting a college campus in the ’20s.

August 14th, 2007 1:52 pm

This is awesome.

The Shab-al-Hiri Roach, if you are interested…

Dave (aka Nev the Deranged... or is it the other way around?)
August 23rd, 2007 8:15 pm

Ooh, thanks, William! I did not know how to do linkety things here.

The game’s author, Jason Morningstar, just put out a supplement called The Roach Returns, which offers two new settings and an expanded set of cards.

Nyct Amotus
September 22nd, 2007 9:01 pm

Great story. Worth a second listen.

Mari Mitchell
April 14th, 2008 9:53 pm

FEED the pod A nice aray of seafood: giant isopod, anglerfish, viperfish, fangtooth, and of course a gaint squid.