A Beginner’s Guide to Saints & Martyrs is a collection of essays exploring the lives of those men and women willing to die in weird ways for a faith that is, at best, confounding. The pieces are as true as any life of a religious mystic can be, even when they delve into personal biography.

On this site readers will find three of the essays — “St Helena Goes to Market,” “Saints Crispin,” and “The Holy Foreskin,” to give an idea of what the full collection will be like.

Each essay has a link to a SoundCloud file so you can hear what the stories sound like when read aloud.