Beyond The Trope

Beyond The Trope

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We're dedicated to exploring the deeper side of genre fiction and popular culture, moving beyond the common tropes of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and mystery. We dive into the art and craft of literature and culture to better understand what makes it popular. Visit us at beyondthetrope.com.

Episodes

Episode 128 Interview with N.J. Tanger  

This week we're joined by three writers who work together to form N.J. Tanger.

Mentioned in this episode:
UNIVERSE EVENTUAL (Book Series) by N.J. Tanger
CHIMERA by N.J. Tanger
HELIOS by N.J. Tanger
CERES by N.J. Tanger
The Coen Brothers
SILO (Novella Series) by Hugh Howey
Mile Hi Con
http://njtanger.com
http://twitter.com/njtanger
http://facebook.com/njtanger
HORUS by N.J. Tanger (Out Spring 2017)

Episode 127 Interview with Brianna Shrum  

This week, Brianna Shrum joins us to talk about Pitch Wars, writing, and amazing tricksters.

Mentioned in this episode:
NEVER NEVER by Brianna Shrum
Pitch Wars
HOW TO MAKE OUT by Brianna Shrum
THE GRISHA TRILOGY (Book Series) by Leigh Bardugo
Loki
Tom Hiddleston
Hannibal Lecter
Silence of the Lambs (Movie)
Zutara
Avatar: The Last Airbender (TV Show)
M. Night Shyamalan
NaNoWriMo
LITERARY SEXTS by Amanda Oaks and Caitlyn Siehl
THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Alan Turing
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
http://brainnashrum.com
http://twitter.com/BriannaShrum
http://www.facebook.com/brianna.r.shrum
http://www.instagram.com/bchrumby
https://www.tumblr.com/tagged/brianna-shrum

Episode 126 Interview with Travis Heermann  

Travis Heermann joins us this week to talk about screenplays, writing for RPGs, and crowdfunding.

Mentioned on this episode:
Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
THE RONIN TRILOGY (Book Series) by Travis Heermann
Kickstarter
Exploding Kittens
Twitter
Facebook
SWORD OF THE RONIN by Travis Heermann
Amanda Palmer
Critiki Party Podcast
Mario Acevedo
Mile Hi Con
Jeanne C. Stein
Jim Pinto
DEATH WIND by Travis Heermann
The Matrix
Ann Randolph
Spiderman (Movie)
The Firefly RPG - Smuggler's Guide to the Rim
Serenity
AEG
Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition
The Illusionist's Daughter (D&D Supplement)
EVE Online
Gen Con
Monica Valentinelli
Margaret Weis
Firefly (Episode: Heart of Gold)
http://travisheermann.com
http://twitter.com/travisheermann
http://facebook.com/travisheermann

Episode 125 How to Handle Critiques  

There are good ways to handle critiques and bad ways. This week we talk about the good ways.

Mentioned in this episode:
Charlaine Harris
THE SOUTHERN VAMPIRE SERIES (Book Series) by Charlaine Harris
True Blood (TV Show)

Episode 124 Artist Self Care  

Self-care is vital for artists and authors, but it's often neglected. That's why, this week, we're talking about how we rest and relax.

Mentioned this week:
THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron
Supernatural (TV Show)
Steven Universe (TV Show)
Daredevil (TV Show)
Stranger Things (TV Show)
Supergirl (TV Show)
Harry Potter (Book Series) by J.K. Rowling
Beyond The Trope Episode 85 Time Management

Episode 123 Emily's Colfax Kitsune  

This week Emily shares the first few pages of her short story, Colfax Kitsune.

Mention on the episode:
COLFAX KITSUNE by Emily Kay Singer
KITSUNE TALES by Emily Kay Singer
https://www.amazon.com/Kitsune-Tales-Two-Short-Stories-ebook/dp/B01BSZ3RKU/
Nathan Lowell
World Con
Agatha Christie
Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Episode 122 Interview with Nathan Lowell  

Sci-fi and fantasy author, Nathan Lowell, joins us to talk about his journey through independent publication.

Mentioned this week:
http://podiobooks.com
QUARTER SHARE by Nathan Lowell
TRADER'S TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE OF THE SOLAR CLIPPER (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SHAMAN'S TALE by Nathan Lowell
TANYTH FAIRPORT ADVENTURES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
SMUGGLER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
CAPTAIN'S SHARE by Nathan Lowell
IN ASHES BORN by Nathan Lowell
Audible
SEEKER'S TALES (Book Series) by Nathan Lowell
TO FIRE CALLED by Nathan Lowell
SUICIDE RUN by Nathan Lowell
BY DARKNESS FORGED by Nathan Lowell
HOME RUN by Nathan Lowell
Stephen King
Karen S. Conlin
CAPE GRACE by Nathan Lowell
The American Public Library Association
Random House
http://nathanlowell.com
http://twitter.com/nlowell

Episode 121 Interview with Mur Lafferty  

This week we're joined by Mur Lafferty, writer and podcaster extraordinaire.

Mentioned in the episode:
I Should Be Writing (podcast)
Ditch Diggers (podcast)
Escape Artists
Mothership Zeta
THE SHAMBLING GUIDE TO NEW YORK by Mur Lafferty
Netflix
The Finishing School Series by Gail Carriger
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth
SIX WAKES by Mur Lafferty
Lost (TV Show)
Lost In Space (TV Show)
Agatha Christie
Sunil Patel
Patrick Hester
World Con
Terry Brooks
The Roundtable Podcast
The John W. Campbell Award
Bookburners Season 3 from Serial Box
http://murverse.com
http://twitter.com/mightymur
NaNoWriMo

Episode 120 Interview with Laurence MacNaughton  

Urban Fantasy author, Laurence MacNaughton, joins us to talk about his writing, name pronunciation, and telemarketers.

Mentioned this week:
IT HAPPENED ONE DOOMSDAY by Laurence MacNaughton
Hugh Howey
Publishers Weekly
RT Book Reviews
Library Journal
Kirkus Review
The Matrix (Movie)
Patrick Hester
Kristen Nelson
CHRISTINE by Stephen King
THE SPIDER THIEF by Laurence MacNaughton
http://booktrack.com
Soundcloud
http://laurencemacnaughton.com
"Am I Evil" (Song) by Metallica
DAGON by H.P. Lovecraft
THE CASE OF THE GREEN EYED WEREWOLF by Laurence MacNaughton
THE CASE OF THE MUMMY'S SECRET by Laurence MacNaughton
Alasdair Stuart
EscapePod
PsuedoPod
PodCastle
Thomas A. Fowler
jbCM Radio
"In The Air Tonight" (Song) by Phil Collins
Mr. Angry
MAGIC CARPET RIDE by Laurence MacNaughton

Episode 119 Giles' Trunk Novel  

Giles submits another trunk novel for your listening and learning pleasure.

Mentioned this week:
NaNoWriMo
The Gingerbread Man
TWILIGHT by Stephanie Meyer
Shadowrun (Roleplaying Game)

Episode 118 Interview with Thomas A. Fowler  

Thomas A. Fowler joins us to talk about three new projects he's been working on.

Mentioned on this episode:
Denver Comic Con
http://writersconquest.com
THE WRITER'S CONQUEST: ESTABLISH A BRAND by Thomas A. Fowler
Nerdy Things Publishing
JURASSIC PARK by Michael Crichton
DISCLOSURE by Michael Crichton
CONGO by Michael Crichton
SPHERE by Michael Crichton
THE LOST WORLD by Michael Crichton
Neal Stephenson
SHATTER YOUR IMAGE (Anthology) Edited by Thomas A. Fowler
Tracy Thornton Brisendine
Beyond the Trope Episode 93 (http://beyondthetrope.libsyn.com/episode-93-forensics-with-tracy-brisendine)
Alasdair Stuart
Stephen Hood
Storium
Vimeo
Lego Bricks and Toys
Kleenex
http://thomasafowler.com
Crash Philosophy (Launching March 2017)
http://twitter.com/thomasafowler

Episode 117 Interview with Josh Viola  

This week we're joined by the co-founder of Hex Publishing, Josh Viola.

Mentioned in this episode:
Hex Publishing
Mario Acevedo
Jason Heller
Dean Wyant
Free Words
Mark Stevens
Angie Hodapp
Warren Hammond
Aaron Michael Ritchey
KOP by Warren Hammond
TIDES OF MARITINIA by Warren Hammond
Jean C. Stein
CYBER WORLD (Anthology) Edited by Jason Heller and Josh Viola
Saladin Ahmed
Paolo Bacigalupi
Cat Rambo
Nisi Shawl
E Lily Yu
Stephen Graham Jones
The Hugo Awards
NEUROMANCER by William Gibson
BLOOD BUSINESS (Announced Anthology) Edited by Josh Viola and Mario Acevedo
Pirates of the Caribbean (Video Game)
Smurfs (Video Game)
Horse Life Adventures (Video Game)
BOOMER AND FRIENDS by Josh Viola
Michael McKibben
Aaron Lovett
THE ZOO'S SECRET by Lindsey Bell
JAM Publishers
NIGHTMARES UNHINGED (Anthology) Edited by Steve Alten
Frontier Natural Meats
TRIGGER POINT by Sean Eads
Shirley Jackson Award
Selena Chambers
Carrie Vaughn
Steve Rasnic Tem
Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles (Book Series) by Jean C. Stein
http://hexpublishers.com
http://facebook.com/hexpublishers
http://twitter.com/hexpublishers
http://joshuaviola.com

Episode 116 Interview with Alasdair Stuart  

Alasdair Stuart, the amazing owner of Escape Artists and host of the Pseudopod Podcast.

CORRECTION: In this episode we said that our interview with Stephen Hood came out one week before the release of this episode. Our interview with Stephen is actually Episode 110.

Mentioned this week:
http://EscapeArtists.net
Pseudopod
Mothership Zeta
PodCastle
EscapePod
Thought Bubble
World Fantasy Con
Marguerite Kenner
Clarkesworld
Denver Comic Con
AnomalyCon
Lifeline Games
Magnus Archives
Uncanny County
Archive 81
The Deep Vault
The Bridge
Stephen Hood
Storium
http://alasdairstuart.com
http://twitter.com/alasdairstuart
http://mothershipzeta.com
Cast of Wonders
Jeremy Clarkson

Episode 115 LARPs The Series  

This week we're joined by Julian Stamboulieh, Benjamin Warner, Jon Verrall, and Elizabeth Neale of LARPs The Series from Geek and Sundry.

Mentioned in this episode:
Beanduck Productions
Geek And Sundry
The Gamers (Movie)
Gen Con
Dungeons and Dragons
HollyWeb Festival
Arrow (TV Show)
Indie Series Awards
http://larpstheseries.com
http://twitter.com/larpstheseries
http://facebook.com/larpstheseries

Episode 114 Michelle's Trunk Novel  

Michelle shares the ending of a short story that turned into the first novel she shared with us at critique group. It's far better than many of her previous submissions.

Episode 113 Interview with WC Bauers  

We met WC Bauers at Denver Comic Con 2016 and decided right away that we needed him to come talk about his amazing books, so he kindly agreed.

Mentioned on this episode:
UNBREAKABLE by WC Bauers
INDOMINABLE by WC Bauers
NaNoWriMo
Tor Publishing
Denver Comic Con
Mile High Con
http://wcbauers.com
http://facebookcom/wcbauers
http://twitter.com/wcbauers

Episode 112 Interview with Alex Bledsoe  

Alex Bledsoe joined us this week to talk about traditional and rural fantasy.

Mentioned in this episode:
INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE by Anne Rice
TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer
Star Trek (TV Show)
Andrew Vox
THE TUFA NOVELS (Book Series) by Alex Bledsoe
DRACULA by Bram Stoker
Nosferatu (Movie)
Blackula (Movie)
EDDIE LACROSSE (Book Series) by Alex Bledsoe
SAM SPADE (Book Character) created by Dashiell Hammett
Philip Marlowe (Book Character) created by Raymond Chandler
Babylon 5 (TV Show)
MEPHIS VAMPIRES (Book Series) by Alex Bledsoe
THE FIREFLY WITCH (Short Story Collection Series) by Alex Bledsoe
Tor.com
Uncanny Magazine
THE CHAPEL OF EASE by Alex Bledsoe
http://alexbledsoe.com
http://facebook.com/alexbledsoe
http://twitter.com/alexbledsoe

Episode 111 Interview with Colleen Watson  

This week we're talking to author, Colleen Watson.

Mentioned in this episode:
HOW TO SURVIVE A MINOR ALIEN INVASION by Colleen Watson
San Diego Comic Con
NaNoWriMo
HOW TO WRITE A DAMN GOOD MYSTERY by James N Frey
Joss Whedon
Firefly (TV Show)
Deviant Art
centuryplantpublishing.com
facebook.com/centuryplantpublishing

Episode 110 Interview with Stephen Hood  

This week we're talking to Stephen Hood, creator of Storium.

Mentioned in this episode:
Minecraft (Video Game)
GENRENAUTS by Mike Underwood
PRIMETIME ADVENTURES (Roleplaying Game) by Matt Wilson
Leonard Balsera
Modus Operandi (Online MUD)
Overwatch (Video Game)
Fallout 4 (Video Game)
Pokemon GO (Video Game)
http://storium.com

Episode 109 Emily's Trunk Novel  

This week we dissect another one of Emily's trunk novels, which is actually a short story.

Mentioned in this episode:
MOBY DICK by Herman Melville

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