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Torture Cinema #86: A Special Holiday Torture Cinema Adventure – The Christmas Dragon (2014)

Darkspawn, shiny noses, and a new sex term, oh my! This one is DEFINITELY NSFW folks! Somehow the team, comprised of Shaun, Jen, Paul, and Becca, managed to turn this family friendly film into a total raunch fest. Proceed with caution. You have been warned! As with every Holiday Special, the crew brings a heavy […]


Signal Boost #49 – Steph Matuku (Flight of the Fantail) and Bethany C. Morrow (MEM)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Elizabeth talks to Steph Matuku, author of the debut novel, Flight of the Fantail, and the children’s book, Whetū Toa and the Magician. Both are out from HUIA Publishers in New Zealand. The two talk about how Steph treated the environment as a character, the influence her Maori culture has on her books, […]


Reading Rangers: Shorts #3 – Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World

Rangers Trish, Brandon, and Daniel are back this month to discuss the English translation of the Brazilian Anthology, Solarpunk: Ecological and Fantastical Stories in a Sustainable World edited by Gerson Lodi-Ribeiro and translated by Fábio Fernandes. The anthology includes Brazilian and Portuguese stories by Carlos Orsi, Telmo Marçal, Romeu Martins, Antonio Luiz M. Costa, Gabriel Cantareira, Daniel […]


At the Movies #72 – The Christmas Chronicles (2018)

Crime, creepy Gremlin elves, and Marxist critiques of late capitalism, oh my! It’s the holidays, and that means it’s time to wax lyrical about holiday movies. This year, Shaun, Paul, Alex, and Mike join forces to discuss the brand new smash hit, The Christmas Chronicles. They talk about Netflix’s approach to the holidays, the film’s treatment […]


Signal Boost #48 — Sabrina Vourvoulias (Ink) and Stephanie Gunn (Icefall)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to Sabrina Vourvoulias about the re-release of her incredibly prescient novel, Ink. They discuss how the book’s conversation about immigration is more timely than ever, the courageousness of Rosarium Publishing, what it means to be primed to notice the signs of authoritarianism, journalism, and much more! Then […]


355. Celine Kiernan (a.k.a The Ghost of NIMH) — Begone the Raggedy Witches (An Interview)

Puppies, crows, and rainbows, oh my! We’re just so happy to have back one of the oldest friends of the Skiffy and Fanty Show, Celine Kiernan. In this episode, Jen and Elizabeth have a chat with Celine about her first juvenile fiction, Begone the Raggedy Witches! They discuss everything from the themes of control and […]


Signal Boost #47 — Betsy Dornbusch (The Silver Scar) & Dax Murray (Birthing Orion)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to Betsy Dornbusch, author of the Seven Eyes series and much more, about her new novel, The Silver Scar. Betsy shares with us a little about the story, why she decided on a blending of genres to create the setting, the way in which the religious war […]


Torture Cinema #85: Blade: Trinity (2004)

Happy trails, Office Building Prime, and proto-Katniss, oh my! So, you know how the first Blade movie was actually kind of awesome and we all went crazy for the killer daywalker with a badass cloak, giant fangs, and the most country sidekick this side of the Mississippi? Well, if you do, we implore you not […]


Reading Rangers #8: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Hello, Rangers! This month, we’re diving back into the Vorkosiverse with Mirror Dance! Our team of Rangers, Paul, Trish, and Kate, dig into one of the most life-altering books of the series: a book which contains a major death, even more conversations on the ethics of cloning, some truly traumatic scenes, and much, much more. […]


Episode 3. Into the Wardrobe with Hocus Pocus (1993; Dir Kenny Ortega): Complications with 90s Narratives

In this third episode of Into the Wardrobe (though the first to most of our listeners), Shaun and Jen discuss the 1993 Disney film, Hocus Pocus, directed by Kenny Ortega. They discuss the film’s pros and cons, from its treatment of people of color and anti-feminist portrayals of witches to how it deals with toxic […]


Speculative Fiction in Translation #10: Iceland and Gothic Fantasy

In this month’s episode, Rachel and Daniel make the most of a relatively-light SFT month, discussing the collections, stories, and reviews that came out in October. They also look ahead to the exciting wonderfulness that is November. The highly-acclaimed Icelandic novel, CoDex 1962, keeps coming up (probably because it’s as great as everyone says it is) […]


Torture Cinema #84: Leprechaun in the Hood (2000) — Happy Halloween w/ Tonia Thompson

Afros, magic “flutes,” and tokenism, oh my! Happy Halloween, everyone! Shaun, Jen, and Teri consulted with Tonia Thompson to select movies appropriate for a Halloween special during Black Speculative Fiction Month and she has suffered for it. We turn our drunken eyes to Leprechaun in the Hood, a movie that can be best described as everything BAD about […]


354. Black Horror – A Discussion w/ Eden Royce, Linda Addison, & Sheree Renée Thomas (moderated by Tonia Thompson)

Deer heads, Tituba, and zombies, oh my! Jen hands the podcast over to Tonia Thompson of Nightlight Podcast, who moderates a discussion about black horror between Eden Royce, Linda Addison, and Sheree Renée Thomas. These phenomenal horror writers bring their lives, their careers, and their knowledge to the table to tell us about the history […]


Signal Boost #46 — DC (Mutants in the Night) & Chinelo Onwualu (Omenana & Anathema)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to DC, creator of the table-top role-playing game, Mutants in the Night. They discuss how Mutants in the Night utilizes the Forged in the Dark RPG system to explore marginalization, what inspired them to create RPGs in the first place, how RPGs allow us to create a […]


At the Movies #71 – Daughters of the Dust (1991)

Colorism, root work, and history you should already know, oh my! Join Jen and Teri with special guest, Eden Royce, as they discuss the 1991 Julie Dash independent film, Daughters of the Dust. This is an incredibly intense and languid film about a Gullah family from Saint Helena Island and their preparations to migrate to […]


Signal Boost #45 — Charlie J. Eskew (Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark) & Danny Lore (ed. The Wilds)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Shaun talks to Charlie J. Eskew, author of the debut novel, Tales of the Astonishing Black Spark! Charlie tells us all about his new book, Black superheroes, dealing with contemporary issues through the superhero genre, tokenism, why he decided not to set his book in Metropolis, and so much […]


Signal Boost #44: C.L. Polk (Witchmark) and Tonia Thompson (Nightlight Podcast)

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Jen talks to C.L. Polk, author of the debut novel Witchmark from Tor.Com Publishing. We learn what inspired C.L. to set the novel in an allegorical post-WWI England, how she developed a complex governmental and class system around a simple magic system, what compels the m/m romance that is […]


Reading Rangers: Shorts #2 – The 2018 Nommo Award Finalist Short Stories

Hello, Rangers! Time to get back into the saddle after too long a wait to highlight the wonderful short story finalists from the 2018 Nommo Awards! The Nommo Awards are hosted by the African Speculative Fiction Society and “recognise works of speculative fiction by Africans.” They mean “mean science fiction, fantasy, stories of magic and […]


Speculative Fiction in Translation #9: Co-Hosts and Anthologies

This month’s episode is especially exciting because Rachel has a co-host now! Daniel Haeusser is a professor of biology and regular Skiffy and Fanty contributor. You’ll also know him from the monthly short SFT reviews that he writes for the SFT website. This episode is much longer than usual, but also more interesting, and Rachel […]


Signal Boost #43 — A Conversation about Black Speculative Fiction Month at Skiffy and Fanty

We know, we know. It’s been an age and a half since Shaun and Jen sat down to have a conversation, but we’re back to let you know about a very special month at Skiffy and Fanty — Black Speculative Fiction Month! October was designated Black Speculative Fiction month in 2013 by Milton Davis and […]