The Mirror of Displacement

With arcane knowledge, a woman builds and tests a device that she hopes will heal her husband’s maimed legs.

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: Duration is 41 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Several mirrors or windows are scattered and floating at various distances and at various angles and orientations. From the largest mirror, at center, a person hangs with one hand. Objects or antennae partially emerge from other mirrors. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genres: Fantasy and Horror” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Extremely slow zoom to center of image as video progresses. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom of the screen: “I am afraid. I am afraid that it will not work. I am afraid that it will. For if it does, what will I tell him? How will I ask him to pass through the mirror? Will he think me deceitful for having kept it from him? Will he think me monstrous for having built it?” The website URL appears at the bottom and fades only at the very end. At the video’s end, a text box appears over the image displaying the words, “Listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and so on.  Or listen on my Podcast page at”]

The Mirror of Displacement Storyfeather

Perhaps centuries from now, medicine will be able to restore what was lost from injuries such as his. But now, I must turn to practices arcane.

Clara sighed as she watched the ink dry. She sat in the dim basement of the home she shared with her husband, who was working in his office upstairs. It was a chilly autumn day. Yet the basement was temperate. She dipped her quill into the well and continued.


Story: “The Mirror of Displacement” Copyright © 2016 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “Displacement” Copyright © 2016 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel

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

Music by Komiku
“Dreaming of you”
“When you hear the prayer (McGuffin theme)”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Under Suspicion”
“It’s A Mystery”
“Waves of Sleep”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*
“Medieval Track #1 (looped)”

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

Music by Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Komiku is licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by the unnamed artists is licensed from GameDev Market

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Tags: basement, Clara, cricket, displacement, frog, Henry, mirror
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery