Tales from the Trunk


Shelter in Place 21: Cassie Alexander - AITA?

This is a spicy one, folks, so put those headphones in! This time around, it was my absolute delight to talk to Cassie Alexander (@CassieY4), author of many fine, spicy books. This time around, we're talking about her newest, AITA? and the fugue-state that Cassie wrote this book in!


Things mentioned on this episode:

AITA? (subreddit) 

Schitt's Creek 

Her Ex-boyfriend's Werewolf Lover, by Cassie Alexander

Blood of the Pack, by Cassie Alexander

Sons of Anarchy 

Chuck Tingle 

Quiver & Quill, by A. M. Kore

Mothman (cryptid)

Cassie's website and TikTok 


Stick around for next time, when Victor Manibo will be joining the show!


Shelter in Place 20: Merc Fenn Wolfmoor - The Wolf Among the Wild Hunt

This time around, we're joined once again by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor (@Merc_Wolfmoor) to talk about their new novella, The Wolf Among the Wild Hunt! We talk about queernorm worlds, physical video game packaging, and some of the great things we've been reading.


Things mentioned on this episode:

Grimdark (genre)

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Friends for Robots, by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

Neon Hemlock's novella series

Network Effect, by Martha Wells

Caitlin Starling

Premee Mohamed

The Annual Migration of Clouds, by Premee Mohamed

Archival Quality, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Steenz

The Secret Garden on 81st Street, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Amber Padilla

Finna and Defekt, by Nino Cipri

Merc's website


Episode 32: Freya Marske - ”One Version of Yourself, at the Speed of Light”

This time around, I'm joined by multiply-Hugo-nominated podcaster and author of the forthcoming novel, A Marvellous Light, Freya Marske (@freyamarske), thus completing the prophecy. Freya reads an excerpt of her story, "One Version of Yourself, at the Speed of Light," which leads us into a great discussion about using our day-job-expertise in our writing, the end of Be the Serpent, a hot take about historical fiction, and of course a lot of talk about fanfic.


Things we mention in this episode:

Be the Serpent 

Alexandra Rowland 

Jennifer "Macey" Mace 


The Kingston Cycle, by C. L. Polk

Edwardian England 

World War One 

The Hugo Awards 


My episode being interviewed by Sharon Hsu 

The Archive of Our Own (AO3) 

Kudos (AO3)


Crack fic 


Five things fic 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine 

Ninefox Gambit, the first book of The Machineries of Empire series, by Yoon Ha Lee

A Memory Called Empire, by Arkady Martine

Battlestar Galactica 


Ted Lasso 

Summer Sons, by Lee Mandello

Dark academia 

Friends at the Table (specifically Sangfielle, their current season)


Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Seducing the Sorcerer, by Lee Welch

Howl's Moving Castle, by Diana Wynne Jones

The works of T. Kingfisher 

Freya's insta and website 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe 

Infinity Stones 


Join us again next month, when my guests will be Merc Fenn Wolfmoor and Nina Niskanen!


Shelter in Place 19: Rem Wigmore - Foxhunt

This time around, to open out our unintentional Oceana month, I'm joined by the delightful Rem Wigmore (@faewriter), whose novel, Foxhunt, is available now, wherever you get your books, from Queen of Swords Press. They read us a slightly-spoiler-y excerpt of the book (you can skip ahead 11:40 from the start of the reading if you'd rather not be spoiled) that leads us into some great conversation about banter, taking the piss, and how mythology might survive into the future.


Things we mention in this episode:

Hades (game)

Orpheus and Eurydice 

The Realm of the Elderlings series, by Robin Hobb

These Violent Delights, by Chloe Gong

Butcherbird, by Cassie Hart

Riverwitch, by Rem Wigmore

The Contemporary Witchy Fiction project

The Waikato River 

Rem's website 


Join us again on the 15th of October, when my guest will be Freya Marske!


Episode 31: Elsa Sjunneson - The Livelong Night

This time around, I had the pleasure of talking to Hugo-award-winning author and editor Elsa Sjunneson (@snarkbat)! Elsa reads an excerpt from her terrific currently-trunked novel, The Livelong Night, which launches us into a conversation about representation, trunking (the bad kind), disability, and her forthcoming memoir, Being Seen, which releases this October!


Things we mentioned this episode:

Worldcon 76

Burying your gays (trope) 

Mad-Eye Moody 

Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

The Book of Eli 


The ghost of Peter Stuyvesant 

Reviews of Being Seen from Kirkus and Booklist 

Scream (TV show)

I Belong Where the People Are: Disability & The Shape of Water," by Elsa Sjunneson

Children of a Lesser God 

Me Before You 

"The Home Front," my 9/11 essay

"Blind Women Get Married Too," by Elsa Sjunneson

RSD - Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Ready or Not 

The Invisible Man (2020)

The Chair 

The Poisonwood Bible, by Barbara Kingsolver


Beowulf, audiobook, translated by Seamus Heaney


Join us again next month, when my guests will be Rem Wigmore and Freya Marske!


Shelter in Place 18: Sarah Hollowell - A Dark and Starless Forest

This time around, we're joined once again by Sarah Hollowell (@sarahhollowell) whose debut, A Dark and Starless Forest comes out September 14th! Sarah reads an excerpt of her book that leads us into a fun conversation about the terrible faces that cats make, natural disasters, and probably some stuff about the book, too.


Things we mention in this episode:

The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett


The 12 Dancing Princesses 

"Crow's Eye," by Sarah Hollowell

The geology of Indiana 

The Airborne Toxic Event 

Duck and cover 

This Poison Heart, by Kalynn Bayron

The Ones We're Meant to Find, by Joan He

Each of Us a Desert, by Mark Oshiro

Beneath the Rising, A Broken Darkness, and And What Can We Offer You Tonight, by Premee Mohamed

Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Sarah's insta and website 

Sarah Gailey 

R. K. Duncan 

Kate Lechler 


Join us again in two weeks with my guest, Elsa Sjunneson!


Episode 30: Leigh Harlen - “Snakes and Snails and Big Ol’ Rat Tails”

This time around we're joined by Leigh Harlen (@leighharlen) to talk about the new printing of their collection, Blood Like Garnets! Leigh reads to us from their pissed off, queer response to that wizard series, which leads us into a discussion on new and exciting forms of self-rejection, and why community is so important to us as writers.


Things we mention in this episode:

Studio Ghibli 

Ursula K Le Guin's Earthsea 

"Blood Makes the Fruit Grow Sweet," by Leigh Harlen in Dark Moon Digest 

The Dark 

TKO (publisher)

Worldcon 76 


Neon Hemlock 

Fireside Magazine 

Fiyah Literary Magazine 

Premee's book launch event 

Yellow Jessamine, by Caitlin Starling

Stephen King 

V O I D J U N K 

The Silence of the Lambs 

"Prey," by Richard Matheson

The Babadook as a queer icon 

This year's World Fantasy Awards finalists 

Ring Shout, by P. Djèlí Clark

Lovecraft Country 

Train to Busan 

Night of the Living Dead 


The Submission Grinder 

SFWA pro rates 

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Season 6, Episode 13 - "Far Beyond the Stars"

Weird Tales 

A guide to Twitter Lists 

Victories Greater Than Death, by Charlie Jane Anders

Elatsoe, by Darcie Littlebadger

Leigh's website 


Join us again in September, when our guests will be Sarah Hollowell and Elsa Sjunneson!


Shelter in Place 17: Premee Mohamed - And What Can We Offer You Tonight

This time around, I'm rejoined by Premee Mohamed (@premeesaurus) to talk about her amazing new novella, And What Can We Offer You Tonight, out now from Neon Hemlock! After hearing the first chapter of the book, straight from the mouth of the author, we get into all the stories that Premee still wants to tell in the world of the book, and we talk fondly of a viscerally-uncomfortable scene from the book that we both love to bits. We also take a bit of time to talk about the other three (3) books that Premee has or will have out this year, all of which are well worth your time.


Things we mention in this episode:

My very on-brand outfit for this audio recording


Neon Hemlock Press 

The And What Can We Offer You Tonight launch party 

Leigh Harlen 

Mad Max 

The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway

L. D. Lewis' appearance on this very show

dave ring 

These Lifeless Things, by Premee Mohamed

The Annual Migration of Clouds, by Premee Mohamed

Beneath the Rising, A Broken Darkness, and The Void Ascendant, by Premee Mohamed

Premee on We Make Books 

Premee's website 


Join us again later this month, when I'll be talking with Leigh Harlen!


Episode 29: L. D. Lewis - “Last Stand of the E 12th St Pirates”

After some trials and tribulations with our audio, L. D. Lewis (@Ellethevillain) joins us on this episode with her amazing climatepunk story, "The Last Stand of the E 12th St Pirates." Following the reading, we talk about how that story came about before taking some time to talk about Fiyah Literary Magazine and Fiyahcon (September 16-19, 2021).


Things we mention in this episode:


And What Can We Offer You Tonight, by Premee Mohamed

"For Every Jack," by R. K. Duncan

Geneva Bowers, nee Benton 

Fiyah on Twitter 

Fireside Magazine 


Langston Hughes 

Zora Neale Hurston 


Breonna Taylor 

George Floyd 

Vida Cruz 

Iori Kusano 

Ignyte Awards 



Monterey Bay Aquarium 

L's Website 



LeVar Burton Reads Writing Contest 


Diana M. Pho 


Reading Rainbow 

Geordi La Forge 


Join us again next month, when Premee Mohamed and Leigh Harlen will be my guests!

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