Tales from the Trunk


Episode 17: “When Dreams Like Fire Spread” - Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

We're joined on this episode by author and Nebula Award finalist, Merc Fenn Wolfmoor (@Merc_Wolfmoor). Merc reads their short horror story, "When Dreams Like Fire Spread," and we talk about horror, portal fantasies, queer representation, and fanfiction. Merc's newest story, "Bring the Bones That Sing," is now up on Diabolical Plots!


A transcript of the episode, provided by D. H. Dunn, is available here.


Things we mention on this episode:

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power 

Robot Dinosaur Fiction 

AJ Hackwith's appearance on Tales from the Trunk


The Magnus Archives 

Writing Excuses 

Welcome to Night Vale 

X Minus One 

"This is Not a Wardrobe Door," by Merc Fenn Wolfmoor

In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan

Fireside Quarterly 

Pokémon Go 

Dawn of the Dead 


The Ring 

They Live (alluded to)


The Destroy anthology series

Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction! 

John Wiswell 

Elsa Sjunneson 

Nightmare Magazine being edited by Wendy Wagner beginning in 2021

Be the Serpent 

Archive Of Our Own 

My Battery Is Low and It Is Getting Dark 

The Dystopia Triptych 

Silk & Steel 

Sword and Sonnet 

No Shit, There I Was 

Avatars Inc 

Architects of Memory, by Karen Osborne


Join us again on August  7th for whatever our next Shelter in Place special, and August 21st, when our guest will be Karen Osborne


Shelter in Place 4: “The Doorway”

Friends, somehow it is July of twenty twenty. We’re still sheltering in place, here in Beautiful Oakland, California, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon. I hope that wherever you are in the world, you and your friends and loved ones are safe and well.

For this month’s Shelter in Place episode, we’re diving back into my trunk, all the way back to the spring of 2010, a whole entire decade ago, to brush some of the dust off of another story that I wrote for an assignment. I don’t recall what, if anything, I was given as a prompt, but I turned it into another vaguely horror-y tunnel story, which should surprise approximately nobody.

Actually, this story predates “Green Line,” which I read on our April episode, by about a year.


Join us again on July 17th, when Merc Fenn Wolfmoor will be on the show!

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