The Purple Dust Mine

A small mining crew is tasked with finding something atypical in the abandoned gold mine, but something atypical finds them instead.

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. A black-and-white photograph lies on a wooden table. Six men stand and one dog sits before a cave opening. The men are all wearing boots. Some wear helmets. Some have masks hanging around their necks. One holds a shovel. Another holds a heavy-duty flashlight. Behind one of them, a cart filled with dirt is visible. On closer inspection, a shadowy figure stands between the two men on the left. At the upper right corner of the photo is a glass half-full of liquor. Below the photo lies a pistol and several bullets. A watermark of the word “storyfeather” lays over the image’s center. The words “Podcast Episode” and “Genres: Horror & Science Fiction” are displayed in front of the image. The words fade away, replaced by the story’s title. The title fades away. Subtitles appear in time with narration at the bottom: “At the cave mouth, there was a pile of dirt that had been hauled up from the mine. It had a distinct purple cast to it. Nico felt someone join him, keep stride with him. He glanced to his left and saw nothing, until he passed the threshold of the cave and caught the shimmer and shift in the air. Birch. He had come to guide Nico. But he hadn’t started off that way.” Website URL appears at the bottom and fades at the very end as 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 Purple Dust Mine Storyfeather

He lifted the dog, her tongue lolling in the mild heat of the summer evening, and placed her on the truck bed.

Nico peered at her. “If I left you at home, you’d escape and come after me, and get hit by traffic or something. This way at least, if things don’t go as planned, Dad will find you in the morning. Maybe…the others too.” He rubbed her head, tousled her ears, and bent down to kiss her head.

Story: “The Purple Dust Mine” Copyright © 2017 by Nila L. Patel
Episode Art: “The Whole Mining Crew” Copyright © 2017 by Sanjay Patel
Narration and Editing:  Nila L. Patel


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

Music by ROZKOL
“To the Water’s Edge”
“The End Comes for Us All”

Music by Rafael Archangel
“So Cold”
“Deep Dive”

Music by Lee Rosevere
“Start the Day”
“Heat Haze”

Music by Dark Fantasy Studio (Nicholas Jeudy)*
“Trust Me”
“Pitch black”
“After dark”

Music by Unnamed Artist(s)*

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

Music by ROZKOL and Lee Rosevere is licensed under CC BY 4.0
Music by Rafael Archangel licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal License
Music by Nicholas Jeudy & Dark Fantasy Studio is licensed from GameDev Market

Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket

Find more music by Digital_Emotions at
Find more music by Rafael Archangel, Lee Rosevere, and ROZKOL at and
Find more music by Nicholas Jeudy and the unnamed artist(s) at
Find more stories by Nila at

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Tags: Birch, creature, Don, Freddy, Joe, John, Miguel, mine, miner, Nico, Orson, Pierre, purple dirt, purple roots, Ruby, shadow
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction

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