Summoner of Clowns

Growing up, Joanie learns a lot from her grandfather, about their family’s eerie history with sadness, laughter…and clowns.

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: Duration is 43 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. At bottom third, center, a little girl sits cross-legged against a wall. She holds a clown doll in the crook of her left arm, and she has her eyes closed. Other clown-themed toys are scattered on the floor around her, a harlequin, a jack-in-the-box, a ball visible on the bottom left corner. The top two-thirds of the image show the pattern of the wallpaper is smiling clown faces. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center vertically. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Fantasy” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “Their family had what might be called a legacy. Going back several generations, there were always clowns in the family of different kinds. Harlequins, jesters, and fools. Bright colors splashing their clothes, marking their faces. Most modern family members thought it was just a strange and interesting part of family history. But there were always a few at the least who were aware of the truth. There were always a few who knew why there were clowns.” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

Summoner of Clowns Storyfeather


Joanie loved her gramps, but she most certainly did not love clowns. Still, as she sat against the wall of the playroom that her grandfather had made for her, she held onto the little clown doll with the dark fuzzy hair at the sides of his head, the tiny purple hat on his bald head, the blue shirt, and the red pants, and the ever-smiling face.

She waited for him to answer her questions.

Story: “Summoner of Clowns” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Summoner of Clowns” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by TRG Banks
“Keith in 1987”

Music by Andy Ray*
“Casual Theme #1”
“Story at Night (Looped)”
“Scary Theme #5 (Version 2)”
“Evil is Near (Looped)”
“Casual Theme #4”
“Peace in My World (final theme)”

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

Music by TRG Banks is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Andy Ray is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
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Find more music by Andy Ray at
Find more stories by Nila at

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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

Tags: clown, Gramps, Joanie, Persimmon, white shadow
Genre: Fantasy, Mythology

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