Topic: Method

Wherein we discuss world building, narrative, the art and sciences of story-craft in all its technique, depth and variety.

  • Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Zen and the Art of Screaming—Series Conspectus

    Join us on an incisive deep-tissue study of the evolution and icons in classical and contemporary horror fiction, from monsters to slashers and less supernatural fare, as well as their varying manifestations, such as podcasts, radio plays, and other media.

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  • Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    Building a Better Predator: Vampires

    In today’s installment of Zen and the Art of Screaming, we take a deep dive into the origins of vampires—how they originated as an Eastern European myth, to how they came to represent “the Other,” to how the evolved into sexy supernatural beings in modern media offerings.

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  • Pirates of Today, and Those of Yesteryear

    Pirates of Today, and Those of Yesteryear

    Welcome to the third installment of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, a series looking at the fantasy and the reality of being a sailor in the modern age. Today we’re looking at historical pirates and how they compare to modern ones.

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  • Rum, Sodomy & The Lash – Series Conspectus

    Rum, Sodomy & The Lash – Series Conspectus

    Come along on a fun and informative journey featuring a historical unpacking of various tropes between “Hollywood” pirates vs. the historical and empirical facts, courtesy of a working tall ship sailor and pirate re-enactor. Along the way we’ll dig deeper into the origins of certain misconceptions, unpacking them with one whose calluses verify his tangible expertise.

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  • The Reality of Life as a Sailor

    The Reality of Life as a Sailor

    In the second installment of Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash, our host Jeromy Foberg discusses just exactly what it’s like to work as a sailor—and why this might not fit with your preconceived notions of what it means to be a maritime worker.

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  • “The Last War” and The Great War
  • Unraveling Silken Threads–Series Conspectus

    Unraveling Silken Threads–Series Conspectus

    It’s about far more than merely the swords and sorcery that make up your favorite fictional universe. Join us for our inaugural look into the motives, tropes and ethics of various controversial speculative fictions, and the historic context of their presentation.

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