The Fly Upon My Mantel

It is no ordinary fly that has landed upon one unsuspecting person’s mantel.  She has a story to tell.

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: 52 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Bottom half, a fly standing with its head on the left, seen slightly from above. The fly’s body casts a clear shadow below itself. From the top right, a pair of thin tweezers appear to be gripping the base of the fly’s left wing. From the top left, a finger or thumb is held against the fly’s thorax. 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: “…the chunk of ash began to shudder. A stray breeze, I thought.But it jittered spasmodically. It seemed to grow, and I saw glints and sparks of light from within the chunk of ash. Then, the chunk of ash seemed to uncurl and flip around until it stood on six thin bristly segmented legs. Two shimmery translucent wings popped up from the thing’s back. The ash fell away as she shivered, until she was visible underneath. Her iridescent green body. Her large vivid red eyes. She had risen from the ashes. Like a phoenix. A tiny, insectoid phoenix.” 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” Website URL appears at bottom right throughout and fades as the text box appears.]

The Fly Upon My Mantel Storyfeather


Note of caution for sensitive listeners: This episode contains descriptions of a fly being harmed.

“I have a story to tell you that you will not believe,” the fly said.

I listened. Because if I believed that a fly could speak, then I was more than ready to hear what she had to say.

And I did believe, after a fashion, when I realized that the tiny voice I’d heard whispering my name was coming from the fly that was perched on the edge of my mantel.

Story: “The Fly Upon My Mantel” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Fly’s Disciple” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Nicholas Jeudy (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Monochromatic stain”
“Secret water (seamless)”
“Between two worlds”
“Dark fields”
“Once upon a time”

Music by Andrew Sitkov (MuzStation Game Music)*
“Ice and Fire”

Music by ROZKOL
“Ambient I-IV”

*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 Andrew Sitkov is licensed from GameDev Market
Music by ROZKOL is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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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, Mystery

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For more podcast episodes, visit the Storyfeather Podcast page.

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