The Midvale Experiment

Residents of the quiet town of Midvale are vanishing, and one reporter uncovers a cause even more astounding than alien abductions.

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: 45 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. A figure appearing like a robot or a person in a mechanical suit holds an unconscious woman with long wavy hair. Her right arm is draped across her stomach. Her left arm falls. Instead of a head, the figure has a helmet or a domed container in which a brain is visible. In the foreground, a bright light glows, obscuring the figure’s legs. In the background, a fancy manor house is visible, surrounded by evergreen trees. Watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image. Title card over the image displays “Podcast Episode” and “Genre: Science Fiction” The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “’You’ve been in town for less than a day,’ Barbara said. She pulled a syringe from her pocket and asked if she could give me the antidote. She asked if I would stay at the manor that night and hold vigil. ‘That’s…a lot to ask,’ I said, startled by the sudden turn of events. ‘I only just met you and you want to stick me with a needle. Favors usually start small and build up, if you weren’t aware. Borrow a cup of flour. Babysit your kid. That sort of thing.’ Barbara sighed. ‘Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mind staying here and staking the place out, but—‘ ‘I think I’m being taken.’” 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 Midvale Experiment Storyfeather


There was something about this particular story of extraterrestrial abductions in a sleepy little town where nothing usually happened that struck me as… curious.

So when Barbara Keysmith contacted my office and told me that she had some details to share that she hadn’t shared with the authorities, I was already primed to answer her call.

: “The Midvale Experiment” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Barnes and Keysmith Project” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Rafael Archangel

Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“Monochromatic stain”
“Investigation day”
“Shadow tunnel”
“After dark”
“Behind heaven”

Music by Andy Ray
“Stars Talk”
“Dark Side”
“Another World”

Music by Unnamed Artist

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

Music by Rafael Archangel is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy), Andy Ray, and the unnamed artist is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

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Genre: Science Fiction

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