Five special guests check into a manor house with a dark and enchanted history. But are they only guests, or does the manor’s keeper have some other motive in mind for their stay?
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[Video description: 35 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. View into a hotel room. In the foreground, bottom half, five people are seen from the back. From left to right: a shadowy figure; a couple with the man holding a suitcase and the woman with her left hand on the man’s shoulder and a purse hanging from her right shoulder; a man wearing a trench coat and hat, with the handle of an umbrella or cane tucked under his right arm; and a young man wearing a backpack with a thermos in one pocket and a duffel or sleeping back hooked to the bottom. They are facing a man dressed like a butler, standing to the left and holding his left hand out toward a large canopied bed. Also visible are a dresser, ottoman, chair, and window open to a sunny day outside. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mystery” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “A terrible stench of rot, refuse, and decay seeped into the room. ‘Do not fret, my dear,’ the voice said, directing itself to Mrs. Mouflon. ‘You could not have known. I have been invited because of him. And now I can drink my fill. I don’t have to pretend and play. I like to pretend. But sometimes, I just want to drink.’” 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.]
“We only allow guests to stay in the master suite for one night. Any longer than that and some begin to experience issues with their health.”
“Psychological issues, you mean?”
“Indeed, Mister Rattus.” The manor’s keeper and their guide through the tour of the grounds, Mr. Wildschwein bowed his head to the reporter and glanced at the rest of the tour-guest group. The believers, as he thought of them. Even the ones who deemed themselves skeptical.
There was the mysterious and bespectacled Ms. Kapik who lingered in the back; Mr. and Mrs. Mouflon, the posh and professional patrons; Mr. Bantam, the young red-maned traveler; and the trench-coated Mr. Rattus.
Story: “Goodhorse Manor” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Chamber of Lady Goodhorse” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing: Nila L. Patel
“Trip-Hop Lounge Abstract Background” by Digital Emotions (Intro/Outro)
Music by Lee Rosevere
“Awkward Silences (version b)”
“I Believe in You”
Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
Music by Benjamin Carr (Scythuz)*
“Modern Battle Theme 5”
Music by Andrew Sikov*
“Mystical House (Looped)”
“Scary Theme #5 (Version 2)”
“Scary Theme #1 (Version 2)”
*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, Benjamin Carr, and Andrew Sitkov is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket, including spooky effects by Evil Mind Entertainment
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy, Benjamin Carr, and Andrew Sitkov at gamedevmarket.net
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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FROM SEASON 4 (AKA YEAR 4)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS CREATURES
Genre: Mystery, Horror
Tags: BANTAM, BOAR, GARDEN HOUSE, GOODHORSE, KAPIK, MONKEY, MOUFLON, RAT, RATTUS, ROOSTER, SHEEP, STRANGER, WILDSCHWEIN
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