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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.


Note: This episode has been edited to amend a sidebar discussion we had in response to discussion about the racist representation in A Deadly Education, which we tentpoled in the previous episode. The segment begins at 0:13:12 of the audio, and on page 9 of the transcript.


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

A Twitter thread and Goodreads review by @newamsterdame

"Racism vs Rep: Missteps of Naomi Novik's A Deadly Education" by Larissa Irankunda

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

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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.

Note: This episode has been edited to include a content warning just after the introduction. Please check the transcript for the full text.


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

A Twitter thread and Goodreads review by @newamsterdame

Racism vs Rep: Missteps of Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education” by Larissa Irankunda

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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