Every week we discuss the first page--and only the first page--of a different novel, ranging from cult oddities (Tarnsman of Gor) to literary classics (Paradise Lost) to influential thrillers (Jaws). Each episode focuses on that first page and uses it as a jumping off point for an idiosyncratic discussion of media and how we make stories make sense.
November 27th, 2021 | 45 secs
We're takin' a break!
November 22nd, 2021 | 56 mins 13 secs
1980s, christian, fantasy, religion, satire
Tonight we're discussing Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein, with our guest Moacir P. de Sá Pereira.
November 15th, 2021 | 58 mins 29 secs
1600s, chrisitan, epic, parrots, poetry, satan
Tonight we're discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton, with our guest Rachael Jones.
November 8th, 2021 | 42 mins 15 secs
1960s, cold war, opens on a chess board, plague, scifi
Tonight we're discussing Plague From Space by Harry Harrison, with our guest Michael Yichao.
November 1st, 2021 | 38 mins 44 secs
1800s, childrens, fairy tale, fantasy, goblin
Tonight we're discussing The Princess & the Goblin by George MacDonald, with our guest Diana Loraine.
October 29th, 2021 | 39 mins 9 secs
1800s, british, epistulary, gothic, horror, vampire
Tonight we're discussing Dracula by Bram Stoker, with our guest Kacey Smith.
October 25th, 2021 | 50 mins 57 secs
1990s, criticism, fantasy, horror
Tonight we're discussing the first page of Imajica, by Clive Barker, with our guest Jess Chautin.
October 22nd, 2021 | 41 mins 45 secs
2010s, american, england, historical, horror, vampire, vampire friday
Tonight we're discussing Hide Me Among the Graves by Tim Powers, with our guest Braden Lamb.
October 18th, 2021 | 53 mins 37 secs
1990s, clones, divorce, love triangle, romance, scifi
Tonight we're discussing The Klone & I, by Danielle Steel, with our guest Morgan Pielli.
October 15th, 2021 | 47 mins 40 secs
1990s, franchise, horror, romance, soap opera, vampire, vampire friday
Tonight we're discussing Dark Shadows: Angelique's Descent, by Lara Parker, with our guest Will Hughes.
October 11th, 2021 | 36 mins 15 secs
1990s, american, hard scifi, mars, scifi
Tonight we're discussing Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson, with our guest Chris Vandyke.
October 8th, 2021 | 39 mins 46 secs
1840s, gothic, horror, penny dreadful, serial, vampire, vampire friday
Tonight we're discussing Varney the Vampire OR The Feast of Blood, by James Malcolm Rymer and Thomas Peckett Prest, with our guest Grady Hendrix.
October 4th, 2021 | 42 mins 10 secs
1920s, butte, mystery, noir
Tonight we're discussing Red Harvest, by Dashiell Hammett, with our guest Wendy Wagner.
September 27th, 2021 | 38 mins 23 secs
1950s, apocalypse, british, monsters, plants, science fiction
Tonight we're discussing Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham, with our guest David Hanna.
September 20th, 2021 | 31 mins 27 secs
1970s, american, cars, drama, industry
Tonight we're discussing Wheels, by Arthur Hailey.
September 13th, 2021 | 39 mins 17 secs
1800s, enlgish, fairy tale, fantasy, persian, shaving
Tonight we're discussing The Shaving of Shagpat, by George Meredith, with our guest Alexander Danner.