My Homunculus Is Malfunctioning

The complex implant that tempers one man’s pathological emotions is exhibiting signs of “adverse reactions.”

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: 49 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. View looks down the length of an examining or operating table over the head of a patient, who is on a respirator and who has a sheet lying over their chest with a box-shaped hole protruding from it. A bright light shines overhead. To the right stands a person dressed in operating scrubs holding a scalpel. Behind them a couple of monitoring screens are visible. To the left is another person in scrubs holding out a device. A third figure in scrubs stands behind, looking upward. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title recedes. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Someone found me screaming in the alley behind the restaurant where I’d gone to lunch with some potential clients. I never conquered my emotions. And thought I never would. Because I wouldn’t have to. He would conquer them for me. He would feed upon them, devour them. They would vanish, and I would be calm, no matter how much all the people around me infuriated me, frightened me, saddened me.” Website URL appears at bottom & fades at end as a text box appears over image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

My Homunculus Is Malfunctioning Storyfeather

I could feel it, shifting around in my chest, as I waited for the on-call doctor to respond. The doctor’s badge indicated that he didn’t have one, so I didn’t think he would understand, but as I began to speak, to describe what had been happening to me over the past few weeks, his questions and observations revealed that he understood quite well. And he came to this conclusion.

My homunculus was malfunctioning.

: “My Homunculus Is Malfunctioning” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Emergency Implantation Surgery” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“Monochromatic stain”
“Investigation day”

Music by Komiku
“Where you hear the prayer (McGuffin theme)”

Music by ROZKOL
“Cold Breath in the Alleyway”

Music by Nctrnm

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

Music by ROZKOL and Nctrnm is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Komiku licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Nicholas Jeudy & Dark Fantasy Studio is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Nctrnm, Komiku, and ROZKOL at and
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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

Genre: Science Fiction, Mythology

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