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May 24, 2024

A desperate people once made a monstrous bargain with a demon, and monsters they became.

Genre: Fairy Tale

: This episode contains mention of harm to human babies, comparable to what can be found in classic fairy tales such as “Hansel and Gretel.”


Legend says that the draugamunninn were once human. They were a practical but severe people who after suffering one terrible winter too many, and after failing to feed themselves with their own hands and their own labor, began to pray to their old gods for relief. But their prayer was not answered by a god.

It was answered by a demon.

What’s the Writing Prompt that inspired the story?
The title of the story is the slightly modified version of the word that resulted when I picked English to Icelandic in Google translate, and punched in the words “ghost mouth.”

Another resource I read almost all the way through, about Icelandic names.


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Story: “Draugamunninn” Copyright © 2020 by Nila L. Patel
Narration, Episode Art, Editing, and Production:  Nila L. Patel

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


Music by NICHOLAS JEUDY (Dark Fantasy Studio)*
“Ancient gods”
“The ritual”
“Hidden in the dark”
“The forest”
“Fallen leaves”
“A place where evil lives”


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


Music by Nicholas Jeudy licensed from GameDev Market
Sound effects from AudioJungle and GameDevMarket
Vocal effects created with Audacity
Changes made to the musical tracks?  Just cropping to align with my narration.


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Episode Art Description: Digital drawing. An illuminated letter “D.” Contained within the letter is a bearded man, facing forward, standing beside the curve, in stylized rays of sunlight, holding a baby in his left arm against his chest, and a dagger in his outstretched right arm. His dagger is plunged through the neck of a humanoid creature lying in right profile along the bottom curve of the letter. The creature is completely white. Its long tongue extends out of the mouth. Its tail curls out of the bounds of the letter, ending in a tip that points up. The right leg is bent up so that the long toes of the foot are seen resting along the edge of the letter. The man’s cloak also extends in front of the letter, its fur hem lying out of bounds. Watermark of the word “Storyfeather” along left edge of the square box containing the main part of the letter.