Tales from the Trunk

Tales from the Trunk

Reading the stories that didn't make it

Book Tour 22: Jordan Kurella – When I Was Lost
Nov 4 2022
Book Tour 22: Jordan Kurella – When I Was Lost
This time around, it’s my distinct pleasure to welcome back to the show Jordan Kurella (@kurellian) to talk about his new collection, When I Was Lost, available now wherever fine books are sold! He reads a previously-unpublished story, “The Hero and the Leviathan,” out of the collection, which leads us to ponder the question: what if a spaceship had PTSD?   Things we mention in this episode:   Trepidatio Press Mikio Murakami “Jewel of the Vashwa,” by Jordan Kurella in Apex Magazin Keanu Reeves Apex Magazine Jason Sizemore Friends at the Table - HOUNDS Farscape PTSD Aaron Rosenberg Gen Con The Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie “How the Carrion Crew Stopped Courting Death and Other Methods of Lost Hope,” by Jordan Kurella in Fusion Fragment #6 “A Promise of Dying Embers,” by Jordan Kurella in Diabolical Plots King’s Quest III  “The Warsong of Berra and Irrit,” by Jordan Kurella in Lamplight Magazine Lamplight Magazine E Catherine Tobler Shimmer Magazine The Deadlands “The Air Gap,” by Hilary B. Bisenieks in Lamplight Magazine Jacob Haddon Mary Shelley I Never Liked You Anyway, by Jordan Kurella Orpheus and Euridice Am I the Asshole? Dead Collections, by Isaac Fellman Archive Of Our Own Final Fantasy XIV MMO World of Warcraft Clue The Sandman (Netflix) Mythic Quest Siren Queen, by Nghi Vho Jordan’s first episode Jordan’s website   Join us again in two weeks, when my guest will be R.J. Theodore!
Episode 44: Héctor González – v o i d j u n k
Oct 21 2022
Episode 44: Héctor González – v o i d j u n k
This time around, it’s my distinct pleasure to welcome Héctor González (@Mexicanity) to the show! Héctor reads a pair of spooky, voidy stories from the latest issue of v o i d j u n k , which leads us into a wide-ranging conversation about kindness, viscera, technology, chairs, and fandom.   This episode’s readings carry content warnings for descriptions of viscera, possession, and transformation, and for sexual themes. If you would like to skip them, the two readings are from 3:50 to 8:05 and 15:15 to 19:31.   Things we mention in this episode: v o i d j u n k dave’s episode Sarah Loch Héctor’s linktree “Gracias, Orlando: A Genre Film and a Queer Body Awakening,” by Héctor González Hector of Troy Spider-Man Batman Superman Bachan Frank Miller Xanga John Picacio Worldcon 76 Mexicanx Initiative John Scalzi Alejandro Jodorowski George R.R. Martin Isaac Asimov Robert Heinlein Arthur C. Clarke Hugo Loser’s Party Aidan Moher Sarahs Gailey and Hollowell The Dot-Com Bubble Sarah Gailey’s Personal Canons Héctor’s essay Momo challenge Momo and The Neverending Story, by Michael Ende Terry Pratchett The Dispossessed, by Ursula K Le Guin River of Teeth and Taste of Marrow, by Sarah Gailey Unmasking Autism and Laziness Does Not Exist, by Devon Price We’re Here 2020, edited by C.L. Clark and Charles Peyseur Charles Peyseur C.L. Clark “The Captain and the Quartermaster,” by C.L. Clarke Babel, by R.F. Kuang Superliminal (game) Portal Key & Peele Nope Dave Chapelle (fuck that guy) Reboot Buster Keaton Paul Rudd Héctor’s insta   Tune in next month, when my guests will be Jordan Kurella and R.J. Theodore!
Book Tour 21: Aidan Moher – Fight, Magic, Items
Oct 7 2022
Book Tour 21: Aidan Moher – Fight, Magic, Items
This time around, it’s my delight to welcome (finally) Hugo-winning fan writer, Aidan (@adribbleofink) Moher to the show! We’re talking about his new book, Fight, Magic, Items, which just released October 4th! Aidan reads from the introduction to the book, which leads us into a deep discussion of the games that shaped our childhoods.   Things we mention in this episode:   A Dribble of Ink Final Fantasy Dragon Quest The Offspring NOFX Warcraft II LAN Party Doom II Final Fantasy VI Xenogears Hironobu Sakaguchi Yuji Horii Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall of the Foot Clan Game Boy Final Fantasy Legend II The Legend of Zelda Akitoshi Kawazu Doom Final Fantasy III Game Players Electronic Gaming Monthly Nintendo Power Chrono Trigger The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks Magic: the Gathering Dragon Ball Z Shōnen Super NES Playstation 1 Final Fantasy XV Final Fantasy XIII Final Fantasy VIII Final Fantasy IX Final Fantasy X Grandia Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete Tales of Destiny Visual Novels The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Final Fantasy Adventure Mana series Kirby’s Dream Land 2 Pokemon Red Final Fantasy VII The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan Tetris Star Trek: 25th Anniversary (Game Boy game) Carl Jung Gnosticism K’Nex Metal Gear Solid Suikoden III Hideo Kojima Sega Saturn Panzer Dragoon Saga Grandia (Sega Saturn) Vagrant Story Aidan’s localization piece (not published yet, link TK) Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zevin Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection Power-Up, by Chris Kohler Final Fantasy V, by Chris Kohler Press Reset and Blood, Sweat, and Pixels, by Jason Schreier Pure Invention, by Matt Alt Sailor Moon Aidan’s website fighmagicitems.rocks Astrolabe Patrick Klepek Less Than Jake   Join us again in two weeks, when my guest will be Héctor González!
Episode 43: Aimee Kuzenski – Tilted
Sep 16 2022
Episode 43: Aimee Kuzenski – Tilted
In case you missed the announcement at the start of our last episode, with Neon Yang, my new game, All Our Yesterdays, is available now for pay-what-you-want on my itch!  This time around, it’s my absolute pleasure to welcome to the show Aimee Kuzenski (@aimeekuzenski)! Aimee reads to us from her novel, Tilted, which leads us into a great discussion on the interiority of writing, thoughts about reading aloud, and how important a good fight scene is.   Things we mention in this episode: She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Viable Paradise John Appel Karen Osborne Valerie Valdes Scrivener Third person omniscient The Earthsea Cycle, by Ursula K. Le Guin The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien Jane Austen Karen’s twitch “Fractured,” by Aimee Kuzenski The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir The Broken Earth series, by N.K. Jemisin The Raven Tower, by Ann Leckie Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie Blade Runner Wow, cool robot Hayao Miyazaki The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien “The Shadow out of Time”, by racist uncle Howard Beneath the Rising series, by Premee Mohamed The Innsmouth Legacy series, by Ruthanna Emrys Ruthanna’s episode Dune, by Frank Herbert “How I Became Coruscating Queen of All the Realms, Pierced the Obsidian Night, Destroyed a Legendary Sword, and Saved My Heart’s True Love,” by Baker and Dovey No Shit, There I Was, edited by Alex Acks Story Hour Skies of Wonder, Skies of Danger, edited by Agner, Appel, and Miles “The Raven,” by Edgar Allan Poe Castle Fix My Fight Scene on Twitch and Youtube K.B. Wagers Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility Emma Thompson Kate Winslet Persuasion  Clueless What Moves the Dead, by T. Kingfisher The Fall of the House of Usher, by Edgar Allan Poe Just Like Home, by Sarah Gailey
Episode 42: Rem Wigmore - ”Considine’s Counsel”
Aug 19 2022
Episode 42: Rem Wigmore - ”Considine’s Counsel”
This time around, we’re joined once again by Rem Wigmore (@faewriter), who brings us a delicious excerpt from their trunked novella, Considine’s Counsel, which leads us into a great conversation about the study of story forms, actual play podcasts, and an opportunity, as if we needed one, to just be 110% on our bullshit.   Things we mention in this episode:   Foxhunt and Wolfpack, by Rem Wigmore Lake Taupō The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien Friends at the Table The Tiffany problem Dungeons & Dragons Miri’s episode The Witcher (TV Series) Newgrange Passage tombs CoNZealand Codex writers group  C.L. Polk Neon Hemlock Kai Ashante Wilson’s novellas F&SF “Time Bomb Time,” by C.C. Finlay Villanelle (poetry) And What Can We Offer You Tonight By Premee Mohamed Premee’s book tour episode Tor.com publishing River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Upright Women Wanted, by Sarah Gailey The Tensorate series, by Neon Yang Emily Tesh The Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells The Blacktongue Thief, by Christopher Buehlman K.J. Charles’ Will Darling Adventures Kurangaituku, by Whiti Hereaka Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall The Girl and the Sea, by Molly Knox Ostertag The Witch Boy, by Molly Knox Ostertag Brennan Lee Mulligan Escape from the Blood Keep Critical Role Matt Mercer Ify Nwadiwe Exandria Unlimited Erika Ishii Last Shooting  Doctor Who Queen of Swords Press Rem’s previous episode Rem’s website   Stick around next month, when my guests will be Neon Yang and Aimee Kuzenski!
Book Tour 19: Valerie Valdes - Fault Tolerance
Aug 5 2022
Book Tour 19: Valerie Valdes - Fault Tolerance
This time around, I’m very pleased to welcome back one of my guests from this show’s very first season, Valerie Valdes (@valerievaldes), to talk about the conclusion of her Chilling Effect trilogy, Fault Tolerance, which just released this Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022! Val reads to us from the opening chapter, which leads us into a lively discussion of video game tropes, fanfic, screenwriting, and who Val mains in Super Smash Bros.   Things we mention in this episode:   Val’s first-season episode Chilling Effect, by Valerie Valdes Garrus Mass Effect Fix-it fic Thane Chekhov’s gun Mario Kart Mad Max: Fury Road Portal Super Smash Bros Pokémon Transformers Assassin’s Orbit, by John Appel The Memory War series, by Karen Osborne Megan E. O’Keefe K.B. Wagers The NeoG series, by K.B. Wagers Annihilation Aria, by Mike Underwood Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie The Machineries of Empire, by Yoon Ha Lee D.J. Older Mike Chen Rebecca Roanhorse Doctor Aphra, by Alyssa Wong Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Rarepair Austin Walker Five plus one fic Harold (improv) Conrad Verner Tekken 2 Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Jigglypuff Link Zelda/Sheik Samus Kirby Shang Tsung Tron Bonne Servbot Roll Jill Marth Mr. Game & Watch Horizon Zero Dawn Hades Val’s twitch Guardians of the Galaxy (2021) Girl by Moonlight Blades in the Dark Magical girl genre Persona series Serial Experiments Lain Brandon O’Brien Mike Underwood Iori Kusano Jeoi Gawain Lin ArvanEleron on twitch Arvan Eleron’s Youtube channel Stone the Crows, by Grant Howitt Friends at the Table Partizan Beam Saber, by Austin Ramsay Scum and Villainy Ms Marvel Our Flag Means Death Moon Knight Knights and Bikes   Join us again next time, when Rem Wigmore will be returning to the show!
Episode 41: Miri Baker - ”DUEL”
Jul 15 2022
Episode 41: Miri Baker - ”DUEL”
This time around, we’re joined by the one and only Miri Baker (@MiriBaker). Miri brings us a trunked story from ye olden days, all the way back in 2011, plus a lot of great conversation about the load-bearing parts of our personalities, cosplay, and how genuinely liking the things we like is good, actually. This episode’s reading carries content warnings for blood, extremely unsafe handling of swords, and extremely incorrect understanding of swords. It is just under 20 minutes long.   Things we mention on this episode: Blue at War, the cape Miri made for Amal El-Mohtar for the 2020 Hugos Lillian Boyd Machine of Death and This Is How You Die, edited by Ryan North, Matthew Bennardo, and David Malki The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde Duotrope’s Digest The Submission Grinder Wondermark! By David Malki Steampunk Fence, by C.S. Pacat Sarah Rees Brennan The Demon’s Lexicon, by Sarah Rees Brennan In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant Be the Serpent Worldcon 76 Fullmetal Alchemist Himoru Arakawa Neil Gaiman’s Journal Tumblr Arthur, season 14, episode 4, ­“Falafelosophy” Miss Snark’s Blog Query Shark George Clponey John Scalzi’s Whatever Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds Mary Robinette Kowal’s My Favorite Bit Sarah Gailey’s Stone Soup Writing Excuses Schlock Mercenary, by Howard Tayler LiveJournal Fantasy Rants Gaia Online NaNoWriMo Uncanny Magazine Viable Paradise Sarah Gailey River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey Sarah’s Star Wars tweets Amanda Cook’s episode The Hugo Awards Yaya Han’s ultimate bodysuit pattern SFWA Annalee Flower Horne Anime Weekend Atlanta Friends at the Table Gravity Falls Steven Universe She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Archive of our Own Fanfiction dot net Arcane Riot Games League of Legends RWBY Rooster Teeth Red vs. Blue Halo Persona 5 Royal Steam The Locked Tomb series, by Tamsyn Muir Nona the Ninth, by Tamsyn Muir Cybergoth freeway rave Miri’s portfolio Rekka Jay This is How You Lose the Time War, by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone   Stick around next month for the return of Valeria Valdes and Rem Wigmore!
Episode 39: Michael R. Underwood - The Broken Summit
May 20 2022
Episode 39: Michael R. Underwood - The Broken Summit
Update: I've fixed some issues with the audio mixing for this episode that should make it easier to listen to now. This time around, it’s my absolute joy to welcome Michael R. Underwood (@MikeRUnderwood) to the show! Mike reads from his trunked novel, The Broken Summit before (and after) we have a conversation about the intersection of writing and tabletop roleplaying, the life of a content creator, and some excellent advice about shaping your career goals.   This episode’s reading is 17 minutes long and carries content warnings for themes of war and imperialism.   Things we mention on this episode: Friends at the Table The Adventure Zone The Quiet Year The McElroys Thirsty Sword Lesbians Tom Clancy Angry Robot Books Penguin Random House Hot Wheels boosters Chilling Effect, bu Valeria Vlades Yoon Ha Lee River of Teeth, Taste of Marrow, and Magic for Liars, by Sarah Gailey Sarah’s Star Wars tweets Genrenauts series, by Michael R. Underwood Monster of the Week Tortall setting (Tamora Pierce) Blue Rose (RPG) 3rd Edition Dungeons & Dragons Shadowrun 3rd Edition Sorcerer Dogs in the Vineyard Apocalypse World Blades in the Dark GenCon Indie Press Revolution DriveThruRPG Creative Commons Game Jam Open Game License Powered by the Apocalypse Speculate! Fagin  NaNoWriMo Anamnesis Mage: The Ascension White Wolf Publishing The Game Master’s Apprentice ConFusion Friends Journal Quaker Spec-Fic issue Clapcast Clarion West Cassie Alexander Better-Faster Academy Dear Writer, You Need to Quit, by Becca Syme The Nebula Awards George R. R. Martin Twitch Elden Ring TikTok Maya MacGregor’s TikTok The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester, by Maya MacGregor Hank Green Celebromancy series, by Michael R. Underwood Citizen Sleeper Dungeons and Dating series, by Katherine McIntyre Mike’s Twitch  Val’s Twitch Hades Karen Osborne’s Twitch   Join us again next month, when my guests will be Sarah Gailey and Amanda Cook!
Episode 37: Lillian Boyd - ”Inside Job”
Mar 18 2022
Episode 37: Lillian Boyd - ”Inside Job”
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 H. P. Lovecraft (notable racist) Scrip 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 Mirrormask "Mr. Sandman," by The Chordettes "Enter Sandman," by Metallica Hot Topic "Cry Little Sister," by Gerard McMann The Lost Boys Voltaire Ego Likeness The Velocipastor "Toasty" Siouxsie and the Banshees Daybreakers Placebo "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 Twilight Failure to Adapt The baseball scene from Twilight Underworld Blade 3: Trinity Triple-H 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 Brainscan Videodrome Audition 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 Pictured above: my personal Iris keyboard (rev 2b, Kailh speed copper switches, Matt3o DSA Nerd keycaps) Bán Dénes, mrzealot Ergogen Ghost in the Shell Data Hako Royal True switches Hellraiser Lillian's website, soundcloud, and reedsy   Join us next month, when my guests will be Maya MacGregor and Andi C. Buchanan!
Episode 36: Ivy Noelle Weir - Archival Quality
Feb 18 2022
Episode 36: Ivy Noelle Weir - Archival Quality
For the final episode of our third season (wild, right?), I had the absolute delight of having Ivy Noelle Weir (@ivynoelle) on to record one of the most chaotic episodes, energy-wise, possibly ever in the history of this show! Ivy reads from The Archivist, the original title of the novel that became her and Steenz's graphic novel, Archival Quality, which leads us into a great conversation about how the transition from prose to comics came about, as well as Ivy's recently-released and forthcoming graphic adaptations of several works of classic children's literature.   Things we mention in this episode: R. K. Duncan  Magic: the Gathering  The Mütter Museum  The Clarion Workshop  The Death of Jane Lawrence, by Caitlin Starling "The Raven," by Edgar Allen Poe The First Unit  Eastern State Penitentiary  Gritty  The Phillie Phanatic  Pennsylvania politicians convicted of crimes  Steenz  Neil Gaiman  The Valkyries  Tini Howard  Vita Ayala  The Eisner Awards  Oni Press  Eat the Rich, by Sarah Gailey and Pius Bak Bountiful Garden, by Ivy Noelle Weir, Steenz, and Kelly Williams Rumiko Takahashi  Junji Ito  Hellboy, by Mike Mignola Molly Knox Ostertag  The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Ngyuen Tidesong, by Wendy Xu Gotham Academy, by Becky Cloonan and Brenden Fletcher Batman: The Animated Series  Nintendo Switch  Death Cab for Cutie  Looks at the camera like I'm on The Office  Broadchurch  The Fall  Maus, by Art Spiegelman Barefoot Gen, by Kaiji Nakazawa Anne of West Philly, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Myisha Haynes Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery The Secret Garden On 81st Street, by Ivy Noelle Weir and Amber Padilla The Secret Garden, by Francis Hodgson Burnett The Secret Garden (1993)  Anne with an E  The Library of the Dead, by T. L. Huchu TikTok  My Year of Rest and Relaxation, by Ottessa Moshfegh Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh Shirley Jackson  Witch Hat Atelier, by Kamome Shirahama Bravo  The Bachelor  Yellowjackets  John Waters  Ivy's TikTok and website