April Majus

One investigator is about to discover that the latest victim in a string of strange abductions is more than she appears to be.

On this page, you’ll find the podcast episode trailer and the full episode.
And of course, a link to the source, the short story.

[Video description: 37 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A girl reaches toward the viewer with her right hand as she’s being dragged into her closet by a humanoid figure who’s only seen from the back. The figure holds the girl by her left ankle. Her left hand and right knee are still in contact with the ground. Her mouth is open and her eyes are wide as if with surprise. To the left is the edge of a bed, under which shoes are seen. At the bottom left corner, a blazer lies on the ground. The humanoid figure holds a sack over their left shoulder and wears what appears to be a hat on their head. The figure’s coloring matches the shadows inside the open closet. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Horror” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title at center. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “A Bagger could manifest, born of malice, ill intent, a particular kind of strife. Such a Bagger, hungry for a soul, and sustained only by the worst essence of a soul, could physically appear in our world. It found the best prospects and left its teeth as a marker, so it could find the place again. And instead of trying to steal a soul that by chance was outside of its body and unprotected, it could just take the whole person, body and soul.” Text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]

April Majus Storyfeather

“What is that? On its head? Is that a hat or…a deformity?”

“It’s too hazy to see when it’s in motion,” I said. “We’ll have to pause.”

“The lights are on. We can see everything. I thought he only comes when it’s dark.”

“No, remember that mom who was taken when she was tucking her kid in. He was awake and his light was on.”

Jules and I were reviewing all of the preliminary evidence. I didn’t want to keep looking at this video. Seeing a girl getting dragged away. All the rumors that the person dragging her away may not even be human didn’t make it easier. Some of the first rumors were of alien abduction. The latest rumors had turned the abductor into some kind of urban legend.

Story: “April Majus” Copyright © 2016 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Reaching” Copyright © 2016 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel


Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Dark Secret”
“13 sins”
“Demon at the door”
“On the other side”
“Where Am I”

Albert Fernandez (Potion Audio)*

Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Forest Bathing”

*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.

Music by Nicholas Jeudy, Albert Fernandez, and Andrea Baroni is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy, Albert Fernandez, and Andrea Baroni at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com


Portal Button. Elongated rectangle with rings of colored light emanating from the center. Text appears over the rings, reading "Storyfeather Year 4" and below it in larger font, "Creatures."

Genre: Horror, Mystery

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