Tales from the Trunk


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!

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