Friday Oct 20, 2023

Episode 56: Best of the Trunk – Episode 37 with Lillian Boyd

Hey everyone, Hilary here. Due to a combination of life things and poor planning on my part, there’s no new interview this time around, but I’d like to take this spooky month to highlight a great episode from the backlog with our composer and true horror ghoul, Lillian Boyd.

A few other things before we get to the episode:

This show is now on Bluesky at, and I’m on there at Of the twitter-replacements, Bluesky seems to be the one where most of my writing friends have ended up, so it made sense that the show should find a home there, too.

Also, a heads up that due to scheduling needs, next month’s book tour with Murderbot author Martha Wells will be coming out on Monday, November 6th, rather than Friday the 3rd.

Finally, thank you all so much for listening. I always appreciate hearing from fans of the show. Your support and enthusiasm helps continue making this show what it is!

And now, on with the show!


It's my absolute delight, this time around, to welcome our very own composer, Lillian Boyd (@herelieslill), onto the show. Lillian reads her short-story-that-should-be-a-novella, "Inside Job" (cw: gore, skip forward 10:15 to avoid) before we just go off on an extended tangent about horror movies, noir, pulp, and being as thoroughly on our bullshit as is possible.


Things we mention in this episode:


Rank and Vile

Tetsuo the Iron Man

28 Days Later

My appearance on Rank and Vile

The Reinvented Detective, edited by Jennifer Brozek and Cat Rambo (2023)

Raymond Chandler

Guy Noir: Private Eye

A Prairie Home Companion

Nick Danger

The Firesign Theater

Clive Barker

Nightmare Alley

Guillermo del Toro

Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey

Nick and Nora

Humphrey Bogart

Farewell, My Lovely, by Raymond Chandler

  1. P. Lovecraft (notable racist)


Neuromancer, by William Gibson

Blade Runner

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

"Panama," by Van Halen

Terry Pratchett

Good Omens, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

The Discworld

The Bromeliad

Hogfather, by Terry Pratchett

The Long Goodbye, by Raymond Chandler

Chandler's cat letters

Guards, Guards! by Terry Pratchett

Carpe Jugulum, by Terry Pratchett

Neil Gaiman

Ichabod Crane

Michael Kane

Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser

Sandman, by Neil Gaiman

"The Book Job," The Simpsons season 23, episode 6

"Falafelosophy," Arthur season 14, episode 4a

"Neil Gaiman! What are you doing in my falafel?"

Alanis Morisette

Amanda Palmer

Tori Amos

Fiona Apple

"Silent All These Years," by Tori Amos

Where's Neil When You Need Him?

The Crüxshadows


"Mr. Sandman," by The Chordettes

"Enter Sandman," by Metallica

Hot Topic

"Cry Little Sister," by Gerard McMann

The Lost Boys


Ego Likeness

The Velocipastor


Siouxsie and the Banshees



"Running Up That Hill," by Placebo

"Running Up That Hill," by Kate Bush

Velvet Goldmine

"20th Century Boy," by Placebo

"20th Century Boy," by T. Rex

Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

Queen of the Damned


Failure to Adapt

The baseball scene from Twilight


Blade 3: Trinity


House of Wax

Friends at the Table: Sangfielle

The VVitch

Sarah Gailey's appearance on Episode 1 of this very show

Hailey Piper

Unfortunate Elements of My Anatomy, by Hailey Piper

Trouble and Her Friends, by Melissa Scott

The Mountain Goats

Alien Vs. Predator

Fireside Quarterly, June-July 2021

The Rank and Vile list

Bride of Frankenstein

And Now the Screaming Starts!

Candyman II: Farewell to the Flesh

The Crow: Wicked Prayer




Lillian's Twitch

Hair Metal

"Dream Warriors," by Dokken

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

The Books of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Charles Vess

The Farthest Shore, A Wizard of Earthsea, and The Tombs of Atuan, by Ursula K. Le Guin

Keebio's Iris keyboard

Bán Dénes, mrzealot


Ghost in the Shell


Hako Royal True switches


Lillian's website, soundcloud, and reedsy

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