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STORYFEATHER YEAR 8
The Year of Revisitation

In the short stories I’m writing this year, I’ll revisit one of the over 400 stories I’ve already written, and write a new standalone story connected to or inspired by the existing one through a character, a place, an object, a continuation of events (okay, sequel), and so on. 

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An apartment resident is recruited for help by four kids who claim that a demonic creature has just laid eggs in the laundry room.

The subject of a person being harassed by an otherworldly creature around their home was already on my mind after doing a podcast episode on a previous story where that happens. I’ve also previously written a non-horror story about kids discovering a strange creature. (Also, I should probably start using “pizza” as a keyword. Pizza shows up randomly in my stories.)

After posting this story, I was woken in the middle of the night by a crash coming from my closet. I’d piled some clothes on top of something that tipped over. I’ve noticed that stuff like this happens when I post some of the haunted apartment stories. I’ll wake up in the middle of the night and see or hear something that has a logical explanation, tracing back to something I did before I went to bed. Makes me wonder…am I subconsciously haunting myself?


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: ““Evil is Near (Looped)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing: Portions of a creature. At right, fourteen eyeballs with triangular pupils framed by a mane of shaggy hair and held up by a segmented neck that looks like a series of polyps. The neck extends to the left and out of frame. Along the length of one polyp a mouth that looks like a tear with rows of small sharp teeth. Behind the neck is the creature’s body with cricket-like legs emerging from the side. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horror” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “It lives in a corner—and it can touch us but we can’t touch it—In a corner it did lay; fourteen eggs every fourteen days. Nothing can destroy it. No weapon forged by human hand.” The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


There is a tall tower to the north. A warlock once lived there. Now the tower is abandoned. But that does not mean is it safe.

Warlocks. At best, they are reckless. At worst…


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 47 seconds. Music: “Deep” by Nicholas Jeudy. Digital drawing. At center, the shadows of two figures cast against a stone wall. The figure at left is reeling backwards, arms outstretched, left leg raised and bent, chest pierced with a long spiraling horn, neck entwined with a segmented whip-like tail ending in a stinger. The figure at right stands upright, face in profile, right arm outstretched, holding a vial out above the first figure’s face. The vial is filled with a glowing substance. A green glow appears at bottom right. The left and right frames of the image depict the faint outlines of brickwork. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Mystery” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “There was a story told…of a little girl who went into the tower and came out unscathed… The bard who told the story sang in sweet and rising notes of how the girl was protected by her innocence. But when in the history of this tricksome world has innocence ever protected anyone from anything? This isn’t her story. It’s mine. I went into that tower.” The image starts to throb from the center as the last word appears. The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


Surely, a beautiful old house sold at a bargain must have a sinister history.  One new homeowner is about to find out.

This story is not the first one I’ve written about houses with links to the otherworldly (or about potentially reckless bargains with forces that one does not understand). The previous story that fits the theme and the situation of this one most closely is “Mausefalle Manor,” about a girl who answered a dare to walk up to the door of the local haunted house.


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 43 seconds. Music: “Evil is Near (Looped)” by Andrew Sitkov. Digital drawing. An oak tree at center whose six visible main branches spread in all directions, some dragging on the ground, some reaching upward, some reaching outward.  Diffuse patches of green in the background suggest leaves sprouting from the thinner branches.  A thin dark haze lays along the ground. A vaguely humanoid shadow floats beside the tree. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horror” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “’If afterlife spirits are real, they’re real whether I believe in them or not.’ ‘And if they’re real, I’d rather not stir them up.’ ‘So…she felt something?’ ‘She said the place had a weird energy.’ ‘What does that mean?’ ‘Frustrated.’” The image starts to throb from the center as the last word appears. The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom right throughout.]


Using alchemy and electricity, a man builds a doorway that’s meant to isolate the mind of anyone who passes through it.

This story is inspired by another one I’ve written where someone uses “arcane practices” to build a device intended for good, only to later realize that the device has unexpected and dangerous effects. (Is that too generic a description? What is the fine line between enticing teaser and “too vague to interest me” anyway?)


[Video Description: Trailer. Duration, 45 seconds. Sound effects sourced and licensed from Audiojungle and GameDevMarket. Digital drawing. Slightly left of center, a man in a suit seen from the back steps toward a detached doorway into a hazy light.  Sitting up at his left is a dog with tongue lolling out, gazing up at the man. To the right is a portable generator.  Wires lead from the generator and wrap around the doorframe. The dog, man, and generator cast shadows. The doorframe does not. Right foreground, another dog seen in profile from head to top of chest, with red eyes, notches in the ears, and red spittle dripping from the mouth, staring at the man. Faint outlines of shelving are seen in the background. Title card with the words “Short Story” and “Genre: Horror” and the story title are displayed in front of the image. The title card and story title fade. Lines from the story appear over the image: “I woke to the sound of barking.  It was raining.  A distant clap of thunder jolted me fully out of sleep.  I heard the cawing of a crow. I rose and examined myself in the bathroom mirror.  I didn’t feel divided.  My mind wasn’t any sharper from what I could tell.” The title reappears at top after the last line fades. A watermark of the site URL appears at bottom center throughout.]


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PODCAST SEASON 4
The Year of Creatures

In this season of the podcast, I’m recording the short stories I wrote back in 2016-2017, where the theme was…uh…creatures!

You can listen on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and most places where podcasts are found.  Or listen directly from my Podcast page on storyfeather.com

You can listen to the latest three episodes directly from this page if you scroll to the bottom.


A homeowner is haunted and harassed by sightings of a demonic little creature.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
The Incident of the Imp

[Video description: 50 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. Foreground, bottom half, a shadowy figure is seen from the back, lit with bright headlights from an oncoming car in the background. The figure is humanoid, but has horns and a tail. 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: “The creature watched me. Then it opened its mouth again and uttered sounds I recognized, ‘C’mow. C’m d’moy. C’m d’moy. Ssssoooo. C’mow. C’mow.’ The creature took a step forward and repeated the sounds. I stepped back, and with some small relief saw that Flynn stepped back as well. The creature repeated the sounds again, and I suddenly realized, with fresh horror, that it was trying to say what I had said. It was trying replicate my speech.” 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 storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


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

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
The Hunter and the Crypt

[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 storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


MILESTONE 200TH EPISODE:

Something dark and dangerous is growing inside the wall next to one little boy’s bed.

(You can also listen to the full episode at the bottom of this page.)
Chemoimagination

[Video description: 85 seconds. Scanned watercolor painting. At center, seen from the back, a little boy stands with a wide stance, with his younger sibling standing to his left at waist height and holding onto his side. The older boy shines a flashlight onto the wall against which sits a bed. Something is growing in the wall. The flashlight reveals what appears to be a chest from which branching tendrils are growing, and where a head might be, there is a rupture in the wall. Beside this thing in the wall, is a poster of a superhero and a poster of a car. A dinosaur stuffed toy lies on the pillow on the right side. Under the bed are various items, an untied shoe, a comic book, a baseball, a baseball bat, a file box full of more comics. Behind the older boy’s right foot is an open comic book, and another file box full of more comic books. 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 and the characters “200th Episode” above it, as they are spoken in the narration. The title and announcement fade. Subtitles appear in time with music and narration at the bottom: “Something dark and dangerous is growing inside the wall next to one little boy’s bed. Find out what it is, and face it, if you dare, in this episode. It’s called “Chemoimagination.”  Welcome to the two hundredth episode of Storyfeather. Yay—all right, that’s enough. Let’s get to the story. ‘Marisela!’ Rigo cried out and Marisela came running into the boys’ bedroom. He was standing before the left side of his bed, shining a flashlight on both the bed and the wall behind it. Alex stood beside him, speechless,clutching the cuff of Rigo’s sleep shorts. With the lights off, the only thing easily visible was the part of the thing that his flashlight illuminated. A large mass that looked like a skeletal chest bulged out from the wall, its ribs protruding, thumping as if there were a heart underneath.” 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 storyfeather.com.” Website URL appears at bottom center throughout and fades as the text box appears.]


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The Incident of the Imp Storyfeather

  1. The Incident of the Imp
  2. The Hunter and the Crypt
  3. Chemoimagination