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Aug 11, 2023

To rescue her kidnapped infant sister from a magical monarch, Parni and her pet rat enter the dream realm and pass through nightmare and illusion.

Genre: Fairy Tale, Fantasy


Three days has passed since Parnika’s baby sister, Kulfi, has been taken by the Marshmallow Monarch.

Such was the price of living in a town that bordered the famed and infamous slumberland—the source of all dreams and nightmares. Most people only ever visited slumberland in their dreams. But Parni’s people lived close enough to enter the land in body as well as in mind.

Myriad signs of warning marked the borders of slumberland. They were meant for grown folk. Children didn’t need such signs.

For only children could see slumberland…


What’s the Word (that inspired the story)?
Slumberland: an imaginary land described to children as the place they enter during sleep. (source:


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Story: “A Waking Walker in Slumberland” Copyright © 2019 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel


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

“Treading the Unknown”
“Checking Inventory”
“A Bitter Hope”
“Cold Sanctuary”
“Midnight Creeping”
“Encounter of Misdeeds”
“Spinning Tavern”
“Visions of Freedom”
“Showdown of Misdeeds”
“Sinning Tavern”

Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Don’t move”
“The plan”
“Hunter’s moon”


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


Music by Jonathan Shaw and Nicholas Jeudy is licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket


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Episode Art Description: Scan of ink drawing, digitally colored. A tree with light colored bark sitting on a slight rise of earth.  The tree’s roots extend down and to the right. The base of one branch appears at top left. The thin leafy ends of branches extend down from the top right.  A girl peaks out from the edge of the tree at right, only the face and left arm visible, hand grasping the tree. A small dark rat with a long tail sits on her shoulder. Some of the roots glow with a bright light.