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November 18, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 74: Darling, It’s Better Down Where It’s Wetter

On this week's episode, we're talking about mermaids, sirens, selkies, and other moist ladies who may or may not want to eat your whole face off! Guess what: The sea is terrifying! Fuck the sea! Tentpoles this week are The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant, and the Studio Ghibli movie Ponyo.

What We’re Into Lately

Piranesi by Susanna Clark

Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Division Bells by Iona Datt Sharma

Lynchpin by ShanaStoryteller

Please miss postman by Shamelesscooper

Care and Custody by esama

Scum Villain fanfic

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clark

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner


The West Wing

The Untamed fix-its

Kingsman fic

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland


How enslaved peoples escaped into the swamps

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World by Lincoln Paine

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas by Ursula K. le Guin

On Drakon

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen



The Deep” by clipping. (song)

Ride of the Valkyries” (song)

Ponyo On the Cliff By the Sea (song)

Tithe by Holly Black


Scum Villain fanfic

Eat Prey, Love by Freya Marske

Unnatural Order (upcoming short story anthology)

‘saltwashed’ by Jennifer Mace

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Oglaf NSFW webcomic

Diamonds of the Sea mermen holiday ornaments

Macey’s mentioned NSFW Bad Dragon link can be found here

RE Mermaid Fucking research: ‘cloaca’

The Little Mermaid


For Next Time

Dragonsinger (Harper Hall of Pern) by Anne McCaffrey



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks as always to our most excellent scribblin' scribes for their hard work. <3

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November 4, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 73: Game, Set, and Match

On this week's episode, we're talking about sports! The tentpoles are Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett, Bend It Like Beckham, and “Thirty Years and Change” by sunsmasher.


What We’re Into Lately

Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott

Fence: Striking Distance by Sarah Rees Brennan

Binging with Babish

Scum Villain fanfic

The Untamed fanfic

Yuri!!! on Ice fanfic (because nostalgia)

Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

Scum Villain anime



Other Stuff We Mentioned


Space American Idol

Fence series by C. S. Pacat

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat

Bon Appetit Youtube Universe

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

Welcome to Night Vale

“Street Cleaning Day”

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Billy Elliot

Charlie Jane Anders

Annalee Newitz

"Our Opinions Are Correct" podcast


Prince of Tennis

Howl's Moving Castle

A Knight’s Tale 

Check, please! 

Sharps by K.J. Parker

Court of Fives series by Kate Elliott

Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

Ender’s Game + series by Orson Scott Card

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace

Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz

City of Stars by Mary Hoffman

Palio di Siena

“Stargazer” by Fahye

Princess Tutu

Aria of the Sea by Dia Calhoun

Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate


Hogfather by Terry Pratchett (“show me one atom of truth” quote)

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For Next Time

The Deep by Rivers Solomon



The transcript for this episode can be found here. Huge huge thanks to our scribes for their hard work this week.

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October 21, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 72: Fangs for the Memories

On today's episode, we're getting into that Spooky Season mood and talking about the dreaded VAMPYR. Or vampire, as Macey and Freya insist on pronouncing it. The tentpoles this week are Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by Kellen Szpara, What We Do in the Shadows, and “pro bono” by astronicht.


What We’re Into Lately

Either Side of Midnight by Benjamin Stevenson

The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

The Faerie Hounds of York by Arden Powell

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

Queen of Coin and Whispers by Helen Corcoran

Naruto longfic

Scum Villain longfic

An easy lie by Nythtak

Say Yes to the Dress

Say Yes to the Dress: UK

Nazranaa Diaries

Curvy Brides’ Boutique

Hold the Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

Love is More Than a Word

For A Good Time, Call by ScarlettStorm


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson


Dug from Up

The Untamed

Tales from the Trunk

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Writing the Other workshop

Writing the Other book

Asians Represent

Gold Ennies

Flying Fables

Deadline City

Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

Flight of the Conchords

What We Do in the Shadows TV series

Big Brother

Be the Serpent Episode 66

The Vampire Lestat by Anne Rice

Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite edited by  Zoraida Córdova and Natalie C. Parker

Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett 

Pulp Fiction

Van Helsing

Elizabeth Bathory 

Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


True Blood

The Vampire Diaries


Dragon Ball

The Inherent Eroticism of Vore

Dirty Talking With Jesus

The pros and cons of cannibalism 

Sweeney Todd

Mulching the rich

Alex’s new book Finding Faeries: Discovering Sprites, Pixies, Redcaps, and Other Fantastical Creatures in an Urban Environment

For Next Time

Bend It Like Beckham



The transcript for this episode is available here. As always, huge huge thank you to the team of scribes for their amazing work.

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October 7, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 71: Back To School (feat. Naomi Novik)

On this week's episode, we're joined by glamorous guest star Naomi Novik to talk about magical boarding schools and the purposes of structured education. The tentpoles this week are A Deadly Education and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


What We’re Into Lately

Will Darling Adventures series by K.J. Charles

The Sugared Game by K.J. Charles

Kindred by Octavia Butler

Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

The Spring of the Ram by Dorothy Dunnett

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

Freeport by Maldoror_Chant

Event Horizon by MonstrousRegiment

Provenance by Ann Leckie

Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie

Scum Villain fanfic

Motherland: Fort Salem

Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Legend of Korra

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Scum Villain animated series

The Untamed fanfic

Other Stuff We Mentioned

Temeraire series by Naomi Novik

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Organization for Transformative Works

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Time-Life books

Wizards and Witches by Brendan Lehane

Tortall Series by Tamora Pierce 

Welcome to Night Vale podcast (specifically Episode 15: Street Cleaning Day)

Circle of Magic by Tamora Pierce

Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin. 

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip

My Life as a Background Slytherin by Emily McGovern

Transfigurations by Resonant

"House Proud" by astolat

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

“The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin

Be the Serpent Episode 1: False Utopias and… Robot Sex??

“Victory Condition” by astolat (and the quote: ‘the empire of unsheathed knives’)

The Husbands And Wives Show aka Person of Interest


For Next Time

What We Do In the Shadows (2014 film)



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you to our team of scribes -- each of you is a gentleperson and a scholar.

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September 23, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 70: Extravaganza

On this week's episode, we're taking a break to answer questions submitted by our listeners and play a fun game! It's the Extravaganza! \o/

What We’re Into Lately

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

Down to Agincourt series by seperis

The Game of God by seperis

How Long ‘til Black Future Month? by N. K. Jemisin

What the Water Gave Me by iesika

Knock Down the House



Other Stuff We Mentioned

Qantas Lounge at Heathrow International Airport

The 10th Circle of Hell, ie Newark Liberty International Airport

Supernatural fandom

Hannibal fandom

What the Water Gave Me” by Florence + the Machine

Muffuletta sandwiches

I Am All Love Blaseball (And You Can Too)” by Cat Manning

Welcome to Night Vale


The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Yuri!!! on Ice crossovers


A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

This guy with magnets in his nose

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

“In the Salt Crypts of Ghiarelle” by Jennifer Mace in Silk and Steel 

Sorting Hat Chats

Macey dearly missing Sentinel AUs

Yoon Ha Lee

Haikyuu!! anime

Alex’s love for the entire fictional nation of Arasht

Four Pillars Modern Australian gin

Roku gin

The Botanist gin

Fic Author Feuds on fic sites of old

Hugo Award Winning Archive Of Our Own

Campaign Skyjacks

Chloe Ting’s ab workout videos

The Chant Literary Universe (CLU) by Alexandra Rowland

Claire Rousseau’s YouTube Channel

Shmanners Podcast

Captain Awkward 

Am I The Asshole (AITA)

Buzzfeed Unsolved



For Next Time

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik



The transcript of this episode is available here. A hundred thousand thank you to  our wonderful team of scribes! <3

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September 9, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 69: Nice Nice Nice

On this week's episode, we're putting on some mood lighting, we're pouring a glass of wine, and we're talking about some sexy things. And also about sex when it's more funny than sexy. The tentpoles for this episode are: Favorite” by astolat, Sense8, particularly episode six of season one, and The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite.


What We’re Into Lately

When the Tiger Came Down the Mountain by Nghi Vo

Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall

The Lymond Chronicles by Dorothy Dunnett

The House of Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

Niccolò Rising by Dorothy Dunnett

Game of Thrones fanfic


Slippery Creatures by K. J. Charles

Love and Luck


Flyest Fables

Supernatural Sexuality with Dr Seabrook


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Cockney rhyming slang

The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo

The Decemberists

Think of England by K. J. Charles


Grey’s Anatomy

Historical Genital Euphemism Timeline

Feminine Pursuits series 


"Victory Condition" by astolat

Freya’s debut A Marvellous Light, out in 2021 from publishing

The Curious Case of Victorian pornography

A serious seven minute discussion about kink

Sex politics



For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Extravaganza! We're answering listener questions and playing games!



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you as always to our beautiful, ever-meticulous team of scribes!

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August 26, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 68: Who Wants to Live Forever?

On this week's episode, we are pondering the nature of mortality -- and immortality! We're discussing demigods and other sorts of very, very long lived folks. The tentpoles for this week are The Old Guard, The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson, and “The god of scraped knees.” by spqr.

What We’re Into Lately

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows by Olivia Waite

Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno-Garcia

Fiyah, issue 15

Summer in Orcus by T. Kingfisher

Campaign: Skyjacks


Other Stuff We Mentioned


Feminine Pursuits series by Olivia Waite

Alice Payne series by Kate Heartfield

Alice Payne Rides by Kate Heartfield

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


The Adventure Zone

The Decemberists

Our Opinions Are Correct

Episode 39 of Be the Serpent

Claire Rousseau’s Youtube channel

Finding Faeries by Alexandra Rowland


The Witcher television show

Star Wars prequels

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Mad Max: Fury Road

Atomic Blonde


A Memory Called Empire

Yoon Ha Lee’s books

Good Omens

Good Omens TV adaptation

The Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone


Scum Villain's Self-Saving System

Keanu Reeves definitely Not being immortal

For Next Time

"Favorite" by astolat



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you as always to the eternal beloveds of our hearts: the team of scribes who made this possible!

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August 12, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 67: Toss a Coin to Your Serpents

On this week's episode, Macey gets her feet tangled in her cardigan, Freya tries to convince everyone to submit Extravaganza questions via 5-star iTunes reviews, and Alex is very tired. Oh, and we're also doing a deep-dive on a single tentpole: The Witcher tv show!


What We’re Into Lately

The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark
Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

The Wild Dead by Carrie Vaughn

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler

Naruto fanfic

Rookie Goo Hae-ryung

“this river runs to you” by sundiscus


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Prince of Tennis 

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by P. Djèlí Clark

Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn

Bobbin lace-making


Dragon Age


Toss a Coin to Your Bitcher” by Suzanne Walker

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin

The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski

Queer Eye

Baby Shark

Person of Interest

The waning droning quality of a hurdy gurdy

Miles Vorkosigan

Robin Hood


Chant Bullshit, courtesy of Alex’s book series

Gossip Girl

Macey’s eternal dedication to Scum Villain fanfic

The Sorting Hat Chats podcast episode on The Witcher

For Next Time

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson.



The transcript of this episode is available here. Thank you a thousand times to our wonderful team of scribes, who make this possible!

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July 29, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 66: You Break It, You Bond It

On this week's episode, we’re discussing soulmates and soul bonds! Everyone have your assigned buddy? Remember to hold hands so nobody gets lost! The tentpoles for this episode are Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert, Fated by maydei, and “Deconstruct” by flowercity.


What We’re Into Lately

The Lost Future of Pepperharrow by Natasha Pulley

Of Dragons, Feasts, and Murders” by Aliette de Bodard

Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

The Terror

Demonology and the Tri-Phasic Model of Trauma: An Integrative Approach by Nnm

The Balance arc of The Adventure Zone

The Adventure Zone graphic novel series

The Old Guard


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Hanahaki Disease

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

Dominions of the Fallen trilogy by Aliette de Bodard

Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Good Omens television series

Lucifer television series

Consolation Songs by Iona Datt Sharma et. al

Uncanny magazine

saltwashed by Jennifer Mace

Pon farr

Star Trek


The Untamed

The Witcher

Heaving Bosoms Podcast

Ice Planet Barbarians series

Yuri!!! On Ice


Pacific Rim

Red String of Fate

Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura

Haikyū!! by Haruichi Furudate

five snapped heartstrings” by welcometothehumanrace

Fan, Sword and Flame’ by TentacleBubbles

The Fast and the Furious

“Victory Lane” by astolat

The First Cow


For Next Time

The Witcher



The transcript for this episode is available here. A thousand thank-yous to our incredible team of scribes!

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July 15, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 65: Transfigurations

On today's episode we're talking about Harry Potter, the unbearable TERFness of JK Rowling, and the power of fanfic to reclaim and transform problematic canons: We're doing a deep-dive on the fanfic "Transfigurations" by Resonant!

What We’re Into Lately

Greenlight by Benjamin Stevenson

The Letdown TV series

Pink Slip by Katrina Jackson

The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

What married people do by Shamelesscooper, a Scum Villain/Untamed crossover fanfic

The Black Calhouns by Gail Lumet Buckley

The 1619 Project

TorCon 2020 panel: A Whole Universe in Pages — Worldbuilding for SFF

The Devil In America by Kai Ashante Wilson

Watchmen miniseries on HBO

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

"White Bears in Sugar Land: Juneteenth, Cages, and Afrofuturism" essay by Tochi Onyebuchi

"I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream: The Duty of the Black Writer During Times of American Unrest" essay by Tochi Onyebuchi

Queer Eye

Good Omens

Other Things We Mentioned


Black Lives Matter

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

The Stabby Queer Ladies Anthology, Silk & Steel 

Kerin Cunningham’s Kickstarter

My Chemical Romance

The Unbearable TERFness of J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Witchmark by C. L. Polk

Lumos by birdsofshore

The Untamed

Star Trek

In Flanders Fields, by John McCrae

Eclipse by Mijan

A Winter’s Orbit by Everina Maxwell

Captive Prince by C.S. Pacat

Alexander the Great’s sex life

tissue of silver by fearlessdiva

Maya’s Harry Potter fics


For Next Time

Mating the Huntress by Talia Hibbert



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our amazing team of scribes, as always!!

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