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August 29, 2018 @ 5:00 am

Episode 16: A Bump in the Night, and Not the Sexy Kind

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're talking about some creepy stuff! Guest star Ryan Boyd, of the horror podcast Rank and Vile, joins us to discuss Clive Barker's "Jacqueline Ess: Her Will and Testament", both the book and movie versions of Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer, and the Hannibal fanfic "Where All Ladders Start" by emungere. 


What We’re Reading

Black Sails fanfic
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh
Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
The Henchmen of Zenda by K.J. Charles
Spectred Isle by K.J. Charles
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic (again)
Lost Country by William Gay
Space Opera by Catherynne Valente


Stuff We Mentioned

Ryan Boyd’s podcast, Rank and Vile
Dune by Frank Herbert
Halloween Horror Nights
The Skeleton Key (2005)
“Mr. Try-Again.” by A. Merc Rustad
The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice
The Addams Family
Get Out
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Dracula by Bram Stoker
“A Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Carrie by Stephen King
The Green Mile, Part 1: Two Dead Girls by Stephen King
Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
Episode 14 of Be The Serpent: Once Upon A Something
Saw, the movie
Glitter and Gold, a fanvid by voordeel
Hannibal Lecter series by Thomas Harris
The Hannibal Lecter movies
The tv show Pushing Daisies
The tv show Dead Like Me
Nightmare on Elm Street 3


For Next Time:

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey


The transcript for this episode is available here. Thanks to our amazing scribes, Magali, Sara, and Neharika!

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August 15, 2018 @ 8:07 am

Episode 15: My (Psychic, Firebreathing) Little Pony

On this episode, we're talking about horse books! It's just that a lot of the horses in these horse books have wings... and... breathe fire... so yeah. But they're horses and it's a horse book! Listen to find out why! The tentpoles for this episode are Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern, You Drive Through the Dust by Dira Sudis, and the movie How to Train Your Dragon.


What We’re Reading

A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Newt’s Emerald by Garth Nix
The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
Dragon Age: Inquisition fanfic
Needs Must by thatotherperv
Rag and Bone by KJ Charles
Witchmark by CL Polk
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed by Eric H. Cline


Other Stuff We Mentioned

A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Five Children and It by E. Nesbit
Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher (and the rest of the Magic Shop series) by Bruce Coville
The Goosebumps series by R.L. Stein
The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate
The Abhorsen books by Garth Nix
The Young Wizards series by Diane Duane
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
The Brainship series by Anne McCaffrey
How I Met Your Mother
Wizard of Earthsea from the Earthsea Cycle series by Ursula K. Le Guin
Dragonflight and The White Dragon by Anne McCaffrey
The Temeraire series by Naomi Novik
Generation Kill
Nirvana in Fire
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
The “Worst Cat” Tumblr
The Valdemar books by Mercedes Lackey
Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde



The transcript for this episode is available here. Thasnk you to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali!


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August 1, 2018 @ 5:19 am

Episode 14: Once Upon a Something

On this episode of Be the Serpent, we're discussing fairytales: how do they work, what purpose does their beauty and terror serve, and why are they so intertwined with everything we read? Our tentpoles this week are Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik, Stardust (the movie), and the Yuri on Ice fanfic "hood & glove".


What We’re Reading:

Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee
Armistice by Lara Elena Donnelly
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
The Starlit Wood (anthology), ed. Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Rag and Bone by KJ Charles


Other Stuff We Mentioned:

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The movie Stardust
Hood & glove” by Fahye/Freya Marske [which features artwork by hawberries]
The folk tales “Tam Lin,” "Baba Yaga's Daughter" and “Little Red Riding Hood”
Queer Eye
This interview between Shveta Thakrar and Over The Rainbow Fairy Tale about Euro-centric attitudes about fairy tales
The Orpheus myth
Sir Orfeo (medieval ballad)
“King Orpheo” (Scottish song)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Stardust (the book) by Neil Gaiman
“Rapunzel”, the fairy tale
The fairy tale “Snow White”
The Princess Bride
Yuri!!! On Ice
The hieros gamos
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Victory Condition by astolat
Seelie and the Unseelie Courts
“Cradle of Vines” by Jennifer Mace
“The Bonny Swans”
“Win me, win me, an ye will” by Fahye/Freya Marske
Zen Cho’s Sorcerer to the Crown
Miss Marjoribanks by Mrs Oliphant
Cruel Prince by Holly Black
Tithe by Holly Black
Into The Woods, the musical
Aarne-Thompson Tale Type Index
Thompson’s Motif Index
Dewey Decimal System
Swan Lake, the ballet
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty which is based on “Sleeping Beauty”
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Wayward Children by Seanan McGuire
Alice in Wonderland 1999 TV filmstrongtime



The transcript for this episode can be found here. Thanks as always to our scribes: Sara, Neharika, and Magali!

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