How I Defeated the Devourer

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A young man pursuing his dreams is himself pursued by something from his nightmares.

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: 28 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A young man, seen from knees up and tilted ten degrees to the right of vertical, throws back his head in a wide-eyed scream.  He holds both his hands in his hair. He appears to be falling backwards into a gaping hole whose borders appear to be a folds of hellish intestine lined with rotting teeth. 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: “I pinched myself. I slapped my cheeks. I tried to move, but I couldn’t. I tried to swim, but I couldn’t push the air away with my arms or kick away from it with my legs, the way I could with water. I was stuck. I heard the clicking. Click, click, click. Clickclickclickclickclick. I’m awake, I thought.” 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.]


How I Defeated the Devourer Storyfeather


EXCERPT:
It starts off dark, and all I hear is a low, subtle pulsing. Not as rhythmic and steady as a heartbeat, but more like, the whooshing and sloshing of a washing machine. Then I can make out the clicking. Click, click, click. Multiplied. Click, click, clickclickclickclickclickclick. I see myself. And I am myself at the same time. My shoulders are drooped. I can hardly keep my eyes open. My skin feels warm, too warm.  I see myself noticing the sound and raising his—my—head. My eyes move to the left and my head turns slightly, but then stops. I need to see. But I don’t want to see.

CREDITS

Story: “How I Defeated the Devourer” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Devourer Laughs” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Shadow tunnel”
“Do or die”
“Pitch black”


Music by Albert Fernandez (Audio Alchemist, Potion Studio)*
“Atmosphere_Frozen”
“Atmosphere_BoundedScreams_Loop”
“Atmosphere_BadSensation_Loop”


Music by Lee Rosevere
“It’s A Mystery”
“Start the Day”
“Awkward Silences (version b)”


Music by ROZKOL
“Fever Dream”
“To the Water’s Edge”

*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 and Albert Fernandez is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere and ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket, including effects by Kara Square and Evil Mind Entertainment

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy and Albert Fernandez at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere and ROZKOL at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com


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FROM SEASON 4 (AKA YEAR 4)
THIS SEASON’S THEME IS CREATURES

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, Fantasy
Tags:DEVOURERDREAMIMPROVMUCUSNIGHTMARE


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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

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