The Door Beneath the Desert

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A massive ancient door lying beneath the desert, hidden by mazes and magic may lead to the salvation of one, or the destruction of many.

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: 59 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A massive stone door. On the door are carved ominous depictions of human bones, distorted faces, and figures in various poses that seem restless or anguished. The door is split in the middle and some, but not all, of the depictions are reflections. At bottom center, the small figure of a man in a suit stands before the door, which is several times his height. The man holds up a body draped in sheets. Torches burn on the rock wall flanking the door. 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. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “’Mars, help me. Help me, Mars.’ Betty Garimonde wasn’t dead. Mars could see the slight rise and fall of her chest as she breathed. Her body was so frail that when he lifted it, it felt as if all her substance were gone, and he was only lifting her skin and her bones. The light, not just sunlight, but even the light of the torches, seared her skin, so that Mars had to keep her covered from head to toe with a cloth. She looked even more so like a corpse when he did. Maybe she was close to being one. So there was nothing to lose now.” 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.]


The Door Beneath the Desert Storyfeather


EXCERPT:
“Mars, help me. Help me, Mars.” 

Betty Garimonde wasn’t dead. Mars could see the slight rise and fall of her chest as she breathed. Her body was so frail that when he lifted it, it felt as if all her substance were gone, and he was only lifting her skin and her bones. The light, not just sunlight, but even the light of the torches, seared her skin, so that Mars had to keep her covered from head to toe with a cloth. She looked even more so like a corpse when he did. Maybe she was close to being one. So there was nothing to lose now.

CREDITS
Story: “The Door Beneath the Desert” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Door Beneath the Desert” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel
 

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


Music by Andrea Baroni (Cyberleaf)*
“Forest Bathing (loop-intro)”
“Forest Bathing (loop)(68)”


Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Trust me”
“Emblem (seamless)”
“Deep”
“Dark Secret”
“Demon at the door”


Music by Lee Rosevere
“Heat Haze”
“Awkward Silences (version b)”

Music by ROZKOL
“Ambient I-IV”


Music by Rafael Archangel
“So Cold”


Music by Komiku
“Dreaming of you”
“Frozen Jungle”


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


Music by Andrea Baroni and Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Rafael Archangel and Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Lee Rosevere and ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket


Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Andrea Baroni and Nicholas Jeudy at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere, ROZKOL, Komiku, and Rafael Archangel at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com

Goofs: Oops, I mispronounced the word “banal.”  Is that banal of me?


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

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Genre: Horror, Mythology, Mystery
Tags: BETTYDIETRICHGARIMONDEGIANTSMARSROSIE


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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

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