Tales from the Trunk


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!


Shelter in Place 15: Jen Karner - Cinders of Yesterday

To open pride month this year, we're joined by Jen Karner (@articulatedream), whose sapphic debut, Cinders of Yesterday, releases later this month! Jen reads us a delicious excerpt of their book, and we chat about some of her favorite bits, the chaos energy of their drafting process, and why we shouldn't treat her as any kind of example for how publishing usually goes.


Things we mention in this episode:


She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 

Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 



Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi

Baltimore Pride 

Boffer weapons 


Buffy the Vampire Slayer 


Teen Wolf 

Pitch Wars 


Jen's insta, website, and facebook fan page 


Join us again on June 18th, when our guest will be dave ring!


Episode 27: R. J. Theodore - Cast Off

This time around, my guest is friend and co-host of the podcast, We Make Books, R. J. Theodore (@bittybittyzap)! Rekka reads an excerpt from the third book of her Peridot Shift series, Cast Off, which leads us into a great conversation about what can happen when your publisher closes its doors, murderboarding for fun and profit, and the things that we love so dearly about steampunk.


Things we mention in this episode:

Parvus Press 

Master and Commander, by Patrick O'Brian


Space elves discourse (I believe the discourse came from this)

Ever Given 

Sarah Pinsker 

Gideon the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir

Jennifer "Macey" Mace's Murderboard Method, on We Make Books

C. J. Cherryh 

Mistborn series, by Brandon Sanderson

Game of Thrones, by George R. R. Martin

Scrivener (software)

Epistolary fiction 

Gail Carriger 

The Brass Goggles forum 

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelly

Jules Verne 

The Kingston Cycle, by C. L. Polk


The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien

Star Trek Pocket Books 

Wesley Crusher 


"The Coven of Taos-9," by R. J. Theodore, in Unfettered Hexes 

Episodes 48 and 51 of We Make Books, featuring Hilary B. Bisenieks


Join us next month, when Jen Karner and dave ring will be our guests!


Shelter In Place 14: Sarah Loch - Blue Line

This time around, we're joined by my friend, Sarah Loch (@sloch), whose new book, Blue Line, written as Ariel Bishop, just released! After hearing an excerpt from the book, we talk about about fake dating, representation, and self-publishing. Also, Sarah took a moment to tell us about her friend, F. A. Ray's new m/m soccer (football, to our listeners outside of North America) romance, Yellow Card, which is also available in early access on Gumroad.


Things we mention in this episode:

The Tripping series, by Ariel Bishop

BDSM (link contains NSFW content)

Switch (link contains NSFW content)



She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 



Join us next episode, when I'll be talking with R. J. Theodore!

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