The Hunter and the Crypt

A hunter of the foul and the unnatural believes he has found his—and humankind’s—greatest enemy.

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: 35 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Viewed from above, past wooden crossbeams, to the left is a humanoid figure lies in a coffin filled with dirt. The figure appears sickly, with elongated fingers, toes, and ears. Above the figure, on the left, stand two men. One of them holds a stake and a wooden mallet, poised to strike. The other holds a lit torch. On the other side of the coffin stands another man, who is holding the lid against the coffin. Just visible on the lid is a helmet with a snake winding through an eye. Standing at a distance are two shadowy figures. They appear to be a young woman and a young man. All are standing in a pool of reddish liquid. On the top right a stone wall with an opening and steps are just visible. 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 at center. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “I turned slowly and saw nothing in the pitch dark but a gaseous green glow in the form of a man, floating slowly away from me. A sudden tiny spark. Then a fire flared up and I saw again. Young William held a torch out against the fiend. He had managed to reach the woman and her brother in the dark. He stood before them now. The fiend was almost upon them. William took a step forward and stabbed the fiend with the lit torch. The thing gave a gurgling cry. Its voice had been torn from it by O’Brien’s silver bullet.” 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 center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]

The Hunter and the Crypt Storyfeather

He wore not a scrap of clothing as he lay on the grimy dirt within the coffin, so I could see that his entire body bore a ghastly green pallor. His toes and fingers were abnormally long and thin, and the toes even seemed to taper to points as the nails had grown back deformed. His ears too were long and tapered. The serene and contented smile on his face struck me as obscene.

She was watching from afar. She insisted on watching. And though her brother was with her, giving her comfort, and though she had paid twice my wage for the privilege of being present, a wave of doubt troubled my gut. This was no time for doubt, with my hand gripping the wooden stake that I was soon to drive into her husband’s heart.

Story: “The Hunter and the Crypt” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Hunter and the Crypte” 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)*
“The crypt”
“The evil inside”
“Six feet under”
“To hell”
“After dark”
“The corner of your room”
“On the other side”
“Dead end”
“Just behind”

*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 is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy at
Find more stories by Nila at


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Genre: Horror

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