A mural painted by an anonymous artist inspires both dread and wonder.
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: Trailer for “The Eleventh Arm.” 47 seconds. Digital drawing. At center, a woman seen from mid-calf up, standing and facing forward. She has eleven arms, all bare, ten emerging from her sides symmetrically, the eleventh bent across her waist from her right side. A different object or energy is held by or hovers over each hand. From top right clockwise, a five-petaled flower, a glowing orb, a drop of blood, a stylus or gouge, a lightning bolt, a wheel, a pen, a scroll, a rainbow flame, a pendant of a colorful eye. Above the hand of the eleventh arm floats a feather. The woman has long hair and wears a dress with an ornate collar and short sleeves. A watermark of the word “Storyfeather” appears over the image. Title card with the words “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Mythology” is displayed at top. Story tagline is displayed at center. Tagline reads, “A mural painted by an anonymous artist inspires both dread and wonder.” The title card and tagline fade. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “It will change nothing. I know this. I didn’t do it out of defiance, or for justice, or even fame. No one knows it is me. And no one will know. If they did, they would say it was unholy, what I’ve wrought. They would say it was unnatural.” Website URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades at the end as the image blurs and shifts hue, and story title appears at top. Text box appears at center displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on. Or listen on my Podcast page at storyfeather.com.”]
Episode Released: 28 April 2022
On the wall of a poorly kept apartment building was painted a vast mural of a forest in the midst of winter, the trees laden with snow, the ground, likewise. The sky a crisp and sharp blue. The mural had appeared overnight at the start of winter. And it had greeted me every morning since then. The first time I’d walked past it, I had stopped to gaze at it, and appreciate it. It was one of the few lovely sights I saw on my far-too-early mornings before I arrived at work.
But on that day, something new happened.
As we all stood and gazed at the mural, it…changed.
Story: “The Eleventh Arm” Copyright © 2018 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production: Nila L. Patel
Music by Chris Logsdon*
“Mystical Town (Loop)”
“Level 6 (Loop)”
“Level 7 (Loop)”
Music by Lee Rosevere
“Awkward Silences (version b)”
“Featherlight (remix – vocals by Heather Feather)”
*These tracks were part of a music and sound effects bundles I purchased from Humble Bundle and sourced from GameDev Market.
Music by Chris Logsdon is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Find more music by Digital_Emotions at audiojungle.net
Find more music by Chris Logsdon at gamedevmarket.net
Find more music by Lee Rosevere at freemusicarchive.org and bandcamp.com
Find more stories by Nila at storyfeather.com
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