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Title: PseudoPod 794: The Man Who Was Saved
Post by: Bdoomed on January 24, 2022, 04:14:33 AM
PseudoPod 794: The Man Who Was Saved (

Author: B.W. Sliney (
Narrator: John Bell (
Host: Alasdair Stuart (
Audio Producer: Chelsea Davis (

‘The Man Who Was Saved’ was first published in Weird Tales, May 1926

‘Only I escaped.’ The man whom they had found adrift in the dory hung his head. ‘The others—’ the listeners bent nearer to catch his throatily whispered words—‘the others—it got them—that monstrous, curved thing!’ His eyes rolled back, showing bloodshot whites; his body tensed and then he shook, as with the ague. His attempt to say more resulted in stuttering failure.

‘He had better be put to bed,’ the ship’s doctor said. ‘His nerves are all gone. Heat and thirst and exposure, of course. Hallucinations. He’ll come out of it in time.’

So they put him in the hospital where he raved for three days. And the things he said caused intense interest on board the freighter Pacific Belle; and amongst the crew lurking fear whispered that some of the things he said were true.

It was a week before he came into his right mind again, and then the fevers and fears which had beset him passed. He was able to talk to the captain, and to tell a coherent story.

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