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May 5, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 85: Girl Meets House

On today's episode, we're getting unseasonably spooky as we talk about Gothic novels! The tentpoles for this episode are Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, the film Crimson Peak, and the Untamed fanfic Imago by astrophyllite.


What We’re Into Lately

Word of Honor

The View Was Exhausting by Mikaella Clements and Onjuli Datta

Die, Volume 1 by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Don’t Look Back series by acuteneurosis


Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Money Management by Alexander Elder

Untamed fanfic, as always


Other Stuff We Mentioned

The Wicked + the Divine by Kieron Gillen

Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen

American Psycho

Tim Burton’s Alice movies

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Untamed

Under The Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng

A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

Bluebeard folktale

Beauty and the Beast folktale

East of Sun and West of the Moon folktale

Eros and Psyche folktale

The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

Jane Eyre miniseries (with Ruth Wilson)

Restraint and Revelation: or, The Necromancer of Yiling’ (Erotic Gothic Novelist!Lan Wangji)

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey TV movie

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Chrestomanci series by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

House of Many Ways by Diana Wynne Jones

Be the Serpent Episode 36: There's No Place Like Home

Addams Family Values


For Next Time

Hench by Natalie Zina Walschots


Content Warnings

Violence, gore, and incest in all three tentpoles and the episode discussion.

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April 21, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 84: Not With a Bang…

On this week's episode, we're talking about postapocalyptic fiction, specifically stories set in the wake of a climate apocalypse. The tentpoles are Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse, the fanfic "Moebius" by AuroraNova and Mad Max: Fury Road.


What We’re Into Lately

The House of Niccolò series by Dorothy Dunnett

Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert

Parks and Recreation

The World Figure Skating Championship

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge

love, in fire and blood by cicer

Practical Creativity by Raph Koster 


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Be the Serpent, Episode 3: Apocalypse Sometime, Maybe Next Tuesday

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge 

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 

Be the Serpent, Episode 38: A Hugo Award Special — The Novels of 2018

“Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time” by K.M. Szpara

The Old Guard

Atomic Blonde

Studio Ghibli movies

James Bond movies

Peer Gynt” by Grieg

The first Mad Max movie

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

 Mass Effect games

The ending of Mass Effect 3

Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha

Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison

The Day After Tomorrow

Who Should Live In Flooded Old New York? by Brooke Bolander

Embers by Vathara

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Lotus Blue by Cat Sparks

Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

The Sea and Summer (aka Drowning Towers) by George Turner 

‘The Fall of Civilizations’ podcast

How We Get to Carbon Zero by Bianca Nogrady

The Expanse 

Space Sweepers

Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

Macey’s Fun Facts Bronze Age Mediterranean Corner

1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline

The most famous and meme-able trader to ever live, Ea-nasir


For Next Time

Crimson Peak film


Content Warnings

Gore and implied sexual assault in Mad Max: Fury Road
Gore and (urban fantasy standard) violence in Trail of Lightning


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

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April 7, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 83: Space Sweepers!

On today's episode we're buckling on our space shoes, picking up our space harpoons, and charging up our space laser guns, because we're doing a deep dive on the new South Korean scifi film, Space Sweepers.


What We’re Into Lately

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

The House of Always by Jenn Lyon

Disarmed by Sarah Rees Brennan

Word of Honor

The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk

Mexican Gothic by Sylvia Moreno Garcia

Boku no Hero Academia fanfic of the Star Wars crossover variety

Mòxiāng Tóngxiù fanfic 

Architects of Memory by Karen Osborne


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Jupiter Ascending


Hikaru No Go


Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


The Expanse

Star Trek

Star Wars

Babylon 5


The Mandalorian

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo

Be the Serpent episode 1

Acorna series by Anne McCaffrey

Born Sexy Yesterday 



The Expanse


Bond movies


For Next Time

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse


Content Warnings

Death of a child (dealt with in-text) in Space Sweepers



The transcript for this episode can be found here. Huge thanks to our team of scribes!!

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March 24, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Epsode 82: On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink

On this week's episode, we're getting the gang back together to talk about girl gangs, teen squads, and spooky witchy girls! The tentpoles this week are The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke, Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark, and the fanfic “21st Century Girls” by springgreen.


What We’re Into Lately

Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

Amari and the Night Brothers by B. B. Alston

The Gentle Art of Fortune Hunting by K.J. Charles

Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

Dawn by Octavia Butler

A Bouquet of Czech Folktales by Karel Jaromír Erben, trans. Marcela Sulak

Boku No Hero Academia fanfic

as day follows night by The_Eclectic_Bookworm

The Untamed fanfic

Word of Honor


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Men in Black 

Society of Gentlemen series by K.J. Charles

The Chrysalids by John Wyndham

Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Nirvana in Fire

20th Century Boys manga series

Sailor Moon manga series

My Little Pony 

St. Trinians 

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Stranger Things

Jennifer’s Body

Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

Mean Girls

Sex and the City

Golden Girls

Ocean’s 8

Charlie’s Angels

Totally Spies


Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Dark Angel

The Old Guard

Wonder Woman

Mad Max: Fury Road


River Tam from Firefly

Steven Universe


For Next Time

Space Sweepers


Content Warnings

Very brief mention of sexual assault (and description of its fallout) in Foul Is Fair, one of the "What We're Into Lately" books.

Explicit depictions of racism (including the KKK) in Ring Shout.

Kidnapping, attempted assault in The Scapegracers.


The transcript for this episode can be found here. Huge thanks to our scribe team for their excellent work, as usual!

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March 10, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 81: An Apology, and a Collection of Recs

On this week's episode, we're discussing a few changes we're making in our approach to the podcast, and we're gushing about some of our favorite recent and upcoming works, including Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko, The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan, and She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan.


What We’re Into Lately

Seven of Infinities by Aliette de Bodard

Fireheart Tiger by Aliette de Bodard 

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

The Name of All Things by Jenn Lyons

thepartyresponsible’s Batman-Avengers crossover fic

Do Every Stupid Thing by thepartyresponsible

Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko


Cherry Magic! Thirty Years of Virginity Can Make You a Wizard?!

The Sleuth of the Ming Dynasty

Invitation to Wine (将进酒) by Tang Jiu Qing 唐酒卿 (Mandarin)


Other Stuff We Mentioned

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

Be the Serpent Episode 72: Fangs for the Memories

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

The Saddle Club

Gossip Girl

The Belles  by Dhonielle Clayton

Wild Beauty Anna-Marie McLemore

She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Duke Who Didn’t by Courtney Milan

The infamous Only One Bed trope

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Books by Alisha Rai  


For Next Time

Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark


Content Warnings:

The Duke Who Didn't concerns protagonists encountering racism (both ambient and direct).

She Who Became The Sun interrogates gender essentialist prejudice accurate to its historical setting.

Raybearer deals with themes of child abuse/neglect.

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February 10, 2021 @ 5:00 am

Episode 80: Extravaganza

On this week's episode, we're bringing you an extra-long, extra special surprise: We're playing a one-shot of an RPG, using a game system designed by Alex, which uses a tarot deck rather than dice! Enjoy!


As per the outro of this episode, the links to our statements in response to feedback we received on Episode 71:

Macey’s statement RE BTS ep 71

Freya’s statement RE BTS ep 71

Alex’s statement RE BTS ep 71


For Next Time

We're taking a week off our regular release schedule. Never fear, we will return to your ears four weeks hence, rather than two.



The transcript for this episode can be found  here. Extra thanks to our scribe team this week, they really knocked it out of the park with this chonky episiode!


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January 27, 2021 @ 6:00 am

Episode 79: These Newfangled Toys

This week we're talking about new technologies, platforms, and formats of storytelling! The tentpoles this week are the first episode of Campaign Skyjacks, the interactive fiction game Stay by E. Jade Lomax, and the twitter threadfic Still Waters aka Turtle Creek.

What We’re Into Lately

Untamed by Anna Cowan
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo 

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
These Violent Delights by Micah Nemerever
Qi hun
Yesterday Upon The Stair  by PitViperOfDoom
24 Hours in the Past
The Repair Shop
History Cold Case


Other Stuff We Mentioned

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Patricia Highsmith novels
Hikaru No Go manga and anime
The Queen’s Gambit
Great British Bake Off
Birds Are Trying to Reinvent Your Heart” by Jennifer Mace
“Eat prey, love” by Freya Marske in Unnatural Order
Mermaids Monthly
Weekend at Bernie’s
Milliways RPG
My Brother, My Brother, and Me
The Adventure Zone
Critical Role
Serial Box
The Witcher
Person of Interest, aka “The husbands show”
The Harper Hall of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
Pirates of the Caribbean
Groundhog Day
Sleep No More
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Mass Effect 3
Stephen King’s It
It (2017)
It (2019)



The War of the Worlds radio show

Welcome to Night Vale podcast

Alice Isn’t Dead (presented by Welcome to Night Vale)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries webseries

The Magnus Archives podcast

The Bright Sessions podcast

The Archers radio play

‘Fan Is A Tool-Using Animal’ talk by Maciej Cegłowski

Delicious website

Macey’s audio fiction “A Cradle of Vines” out with Cast of Wonders

Macey’s upcoming audio fiction piece with GlitterShip

Snow White folktale

For Next Time

Nothing! It's the Extravaganza, and we've got an extra-special surprise for you!



The transcript of this episode can be found here. Thank you as always to our stunningly talented team of scribes!

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January 13, 2021 @ 6:00 am

Episode 78: Baby, Remember My Name

On this week's episode, we're discussing celebrity culture, the cost of fame, and three brilliant tentpoles: A Knight’s Tale, Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade, and “#bakudeku” by rageprufrock.


What We’re Into Lately

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

CryoBurn by Lois McMaster Bujold

Eager by Ben Goldfarb

live from new york by varnes

The Murder of Crows by cerbykerby


My Hero Academia


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold

Lots of Untamed fic

Saturday Night Live

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

AML preorders pinned tweet

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Jupiter Ascending

Bend It Like Beckham

Game of Thrones

Drastically Redefining Protocol by rageprufrock

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Boku No Hero Academia

No Less Unthinkable by rageprufrock 

Red, White & Royal Blue Casey McQuiston

Black Sails 

You’re Wrong About podcast


Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

A Taste of Gold and Iron by Alexandra Rowland (upcoming, 2022)

Notting Hill


Jaskier from The Witcher


For Next Time

Stay? by E. Jade Lomax (Interactive Fiction game)



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thank you to our wonderful team of scribes for their hard work!

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December 30, 2020 @ 6:00 am

Episode 77: Sneks Bless Us, Everyone!

Happy holidays, everybody! On this episode, we're sticking with the theme of the season and discussing holidays in fiction! The tentpoles this week are the Doctor Who episode “A Christmas Carol,” the Disney film Coco, and the Scum Villain's Self Saving System fanfic “Shang Qinghua's No Good Very Bad Several Iterations Of A Day.”


What We’re Into Lately

The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

How to Catch a Queen by Alyssa Cole

Four Letter Word For Intercourse by bendingsignpost

The Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke



Hikaru no Go


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Lady Sherlock series by Sherry Thomas

Sherlock Holmes series by Arthur Conan Doyle

Runaway Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Reluctant Royals series by Alyssa Cole

Yo a ti, Cas

Freya’s favorite Supernatural fic


The Exorcist

Mermaids Monthly Kickstarter

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries: Murder under the Mistletoe 

"Ernesto de la Cruz vs. The Court of Public Opinion" by skater_of_the_surface

The Scum Villain’s Self-Saving System by Mò Xiāng Tóngxiù

The Deep  by Rivers Solomon

A Knight Before Christmas

The Princess Switch

The Princess Switch: Switched Again

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding

A Christmas Prince: The Royal Baby

The Netflix Christmas Cinematic Universe fey conspiracy by Jodi McAlister

Orphan Black

Jupiter Ascending

The Nightmare Before Christmas

V for Vendetta

Die Hard

World Building for Masochists episode 14

reputation by Taylor Swift


For Next Time

Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade



The transcript of this episode is available here. Huge thanks as always to our team of scribes!

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December 16, 2020 @ 5:00 am

Episode 76: Structure?? I Don’t Even Know ‘Er!

On this week's episode, your Serpents were in the middle of National Novel Writing Month, so they used their smart juicy brains and planned an episode without ANY TENTPOLES WHATSOEVER. It's a craft discussion episode!!


What We’re Into Lately

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee

May the Best Man Win by Z. R. Ellor

The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition” by Martha Wells

Rogue Protocol” by Martha Wells

where the stars do not take sides by WitchofEndor

His Secret Illuminations by Scarlett Gale

The Mysterious Study of Doctor Sex” by Tamsyn Muir


Other Stuff We Mentioned

Avatar renaissance fic

Zuko is an Awkward Turtleduck

Embers by Vathara

The Untamed OnlyFans fic

That Picture of Gwendoline Christie and Oscar Isaac

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

The sequel to A Marvellous Light

The Great Emu War 

Catalyst by Jennifer Mace

Chekov’s gun

Thor: Ragnarok

A Choir of Lies by Alexandra Rowland

Becky Chambers

“Hallelujah” song by Leonard Cohen

A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske


For Next Time

Coco (Pixar, 2017)



The transcript of this episode can be found here. As always, many many thanks to our amazing team of scribes for their work!

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