Pseudopod 62: Faith in Sips and Bites

By Michael Chant

Read by Ben Phillips

If you are reading this, we must’ve done it. I’m going to tell as much as I can. You newspaper people will have to clean up the spelling. Going to have your work cut out for you. Make it pretty for the front page. Crazy thinking something I write is going to be on the front page. That’s the Lord working in His mysterious ways again. Got to type it out. When I write it out longhand it looks like Chinese. Just have to hunt and peck as best I can. Can’t write no more. Hands shake too much. Nerve damage. All of us got it now.

November 2nd, 2007 11:43 am

This story was fascinating for many reasons. One of the many reasons was because I’m quite sure that it could happen (save for the Stranger). Faith can do crazy things to a person.

Ben, I must say I really enjoyed that southern twang you put into the story.

I say this story’s about a 8/10. Anyone have any ideas on who the Stranger was?

November 2nd, 2007 12:53 pm

Loved it. Acting was pitch perfect and the story drew me right in to the end.


justa J0e
November 14th, 2007 2:17 am

This one puzzled me.

It’s a story about some misguided people who were slowly killing themselves, then may or may not have seen something that simply sped up an outcome that already seemed pretty inevitable.

There were no sympathetic characters to care about and no bad/evil/threatening entity to be afraid of.

They chose to be bitten by snakes and to drink arsenic until they die. Mildly gross perhaps – but certainly not “Horrifying”.

November 15th, 2007 10:26 am

I think the Horror is in the vivid imagination of true to life events. Not that this could happen, but that it did happen (with out the visitor). Look up George W. Hensley of Tennessee.

Mark (16:17-18): “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Overall a great story that highlights a little known horror in America’s history

November 17th, 2007 10:22 pm

There was no supernatural element. There was no horror. There were no characters to care about.

There was no reason to run this story at all.

November 19th, 2007 9:29 am

I’m going to have to disagree with all the criticism for this one. Maybe I just have a unique perspective/appreciation for this because I grew up in the south.

In my opinion at least, this has been one of the scarier stories in quite a while. Aside from the bit with the stranger, all of this could very nearly be a real-life manuscript recovered from people like this.

This story is one of the most unsettling things I’ve listened to in a long time.

November 20th, 2007 4:02 pm

The scary thing about this is that I could totally find it plausible that some cult would go to this extremes, having already read about real life cults that have done worse.

January 21st, 2008 2:36 pm

Taking the story somewhat at face value–that there was a visitor, and that he basically called the congregation a bunch of spiritual pansies–was he good or evil? A Devil/demon or a God/angel? Is a God who would encourage people to kill themselves slowly as a testament to their faith good or evil? The main character sees visions of both. Even the main character doesn’t really know–and furthermore knows he doesn’t know–and that’s what I love about the story.