Tales from the Trunk


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!


Episode 26: Nino Cipri - “Presque Vu”

This time around, we're joined by Nino Cipri (@ninocipri) to talk about their forthcoming Defekt, sequel to the amazing, Hugo-finalist novella, Finna. Nino reads their trunked story, "Presque Vu" (no, not that one, the trunked one), and we talk about their thoughts on composting stories, writing workshops, and why capitalism is bad, actually.

Things we mention in this episode:

Homesick, by Nino Cipri

The Clarion (and Clarion West) Workshop

"Presque Vu," by Nino Cipri


420 (nice)

The Nebula Conference 


N. K. Jemisin 

John Scalzi 

Jim C. Hines 

Nino's website, insta, and newsletter 


Join us again in May when our guests will be Sarah Loch and R. J. Theodore!


Shelter in Place 13: Steve Toase - To Drown in Dark Water

This time around on book tour, we're joined by Steve Toase (@stevetoase), whose collection, To Drown in Dark Water, releases on April 27th, 2021! After Steve reads a selection of flash stories from the collection, we talk about cosmic horror, organic servers, and the Munich art scene.


Things we mention in the episode:

Jordan Kurella's appearance on the show

The Best Horror of the Year, volumes 6 and 11, edited by Ellen Datlow

Stefan Koidl 

Hazel Ang 

Short Story Day

"Terminus Post Quem," by Steve Toase

Mad Scientist Journal 



RFC (Request for Comments)

April Fool's RFCs 

Hyper Text Coffee Pot Control Protocol 

IP over Avian Carriers 

Whale fall 

"The Silent Brush of Wings," by Steve Toase, in Three-Lobed Burning Eye

Franz Marc 

Der Blaue Reiter 


"Simplicity," by Wassily Kandinsky

Death in Venice, by Thomas Mann

Gladius Dei, by Thomas Mann

Robert W. Chambers 

M.R. James 

our awful, racist uncle, Howard (Phillips Lovecraft) 

Paul Klee 

Cosmic horror 

The King in Yellow, by Robert W. Chambers

The Yellow Sign, by Robert W. Chambers

Fortean Times Magazine 

Harrogate, north Yorkshire

Flint knapping 


Asbestosis WARNING: some gross images on that wikipedia page

Embodied Geographies, edited by Elizabeth Kenworthy Teather

Steve's blog 

Steve's newsletter 

Steve's patreon 


Join us again on April 16th, when our guest will be Nino Cipri!


Episode 25: Kelly Robson - “Deadfall”

Hello, and welcome to season 3!

This time around, we're joined by Kelly Robson (@kellyoyo), whose new collection, Alias Space, comes out April 30th, 2021, from Subterranean Press! Kelly reads her story, "Deadfall," which she wrote as a futurist-in-residence during a conference, and we dive right into talking about what being a futurist is all about.


Things we mentioned in this episode:

A. M. Dellamonica 

Stan Rogers 

The Book of Dragons, edited by Jonathan Strahan

The Newsflesh series, by Mira Grant

Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow

Shaw Broadcasting 

Stantec Engineering 

Nakoda (Stoney) Tribe

Lenape (Delaware) Tribe

Karl Schroeder 


Madeline Ashby 

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity 


Oculus VR 

Animal Crossing: New Horizons 

Codex Writer's Group 

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 


Moby Dick, by Herman Melville

Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon

Subterranean Press 

Alias Grace, by Margaret Atwood


Join us again on April 16th, when our guest will be Nino Cipri!


Shelter In Place 12: Engines of Oblivion, with Karen Osborne

This time on book tour, we're joined by returning guest Karen Osborne (@karenthology) to talk about Engines of Oblivion, the amazing sequel to last year's Architects of Memory, and conclusion of the Memory War duology. Karen reads us an excerpt from the book, and we take some time to talk about some of her favorite bits both that made it into print and that got taken out in edits.



Things we mentioned in this episode:

The Imperial Radch Trilogy, by Ann Leckie

Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee


"Agatha All Along"


Mass Effect 

The Expanse 

"The Sky is a Neighborhood," by Foo Fighters

"Trip Switch," by Nothing but Thieves

"Daddy Lessons," by Beyonce, featuring the Dixie Chicks

Don't Touch That: An Anthology of Parenthood in SFF, edited by Jaymee Goh


Join us again next time, when my guest will be Kelly Robson!

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