13 episodes

MonkeyTales is a hopepunk audio fiction anthology series arriving monthly from Monkeyman Productions.

MonkeyTales D.J. Sylvis

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MonkeyTales is a hopepunk audio fiction anthology series arriving monthly from Monkeyman Productions.

    Episode 10: “Reminiscence”

    Episode 10: “Reminiscence”

    Two friends are cleaning out a storage area to use as a greenhouse. What they find in the process leads them to contemplate their past and future, and the community that any two of us can create. 







    Episode written by Luísa Lopes; featuring JayJay and Mandy Wong; directed by D.J. Sylvis. Audio production by Trace Callahan. 







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    Welcome to a new year, with new hope and new battles to be fought. We’ll be beside you all the way – and back soon with more stories to share. Take care, friends, and light a bonfire. 

    • 12 min
    Episode 9: “Impressions”

    Episode 9: “Impressions”

    Trey and Tali hide out in a doorway recovering from the fear and flight of a bigoted attack. Their date ended before it really had a chance; but the conversation is only beginning.







    Content Warning: Discussions of violence and transphobia







    This episode was written and directed by Evan Tess Murray, creator of the deeply touching audio fiction This Planet Needs a Name, among others, and featured Charlie Pacheco and Khalila Roney. Audio production was by Cass McPhee.







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    Thank you for returning for another hopepunk story. We’ll be back again next month with another new writer. Take care, fight back where you can, and keep finding love.

    • 11 min
    Episode 8: “Extra-Natural Creature Solutions”

    Episode 8: “Extra-Natural Creature Solutions”

    Are monsters tramping down your marigolds? Creatures of the night making it difficult to have a few friends over for a cookout? Who you gonna call? Never fear, there’s a solution close at hand!







    Today’s episode was by Maddy Searle, creator of another piece of fine audio fiction, The Prickwillow Papers! It was directed by Tal Minear, and featured Nerys Howell and Caroline Mincks. Audio production was by Claudia Elvidge. MonkeyTales is produced by D.J. Sylvis.







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    Thank you for joining us again! We’ll have another story from another new writer a month from now. Be good to one another and keep hope alive.

    • 14 min
    Episode 7: “Text-Based Adventures”

    Episode 7: “Text-Based Adventures”

    “YOU find yourself sitting in a chair in a small, featureless room …” in this tribute to the most old-school style of gaming, and the connections inherent in telling a story. 







    This episode was written and produced by D.J. Sylvis. Tal Minear and D.J. Sylvis co-starred. D.J. Sylvis did the dialogue edit, and Tal Minear did the sound design. All music and effects used are in the public domain.







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    Today’s story co-starred Tal Minear, who also did the sound design and is just a generally wonderful person. You can find their work in many places as a part of many works of audio fiction, but two we particularly love and find hopeful are Sidequesting, a delightful fantasy about avoiding the main plot – in the most interesting ways – and Light Hearts, a queer sitcom about friendship and love and ghosts and working together and – just go listen to both, they’re well worth your time and will lift your spirits.







    We’ll be back again next month with our own hopeful stories! Until then, take care of one another and keep finding ways to be a part of the resistance.

    • 10 min
    Episode 6: “The Littlest Bugbear”

    Episode 6: “The Littlest Bugbear”

    “The Littlest Bugbear lived in a side corridor far from the heart of the dungeon, with his Mother and Father and 1d8 siblings.” This month we take a trip into a familiar fantasy scenario, but not from a familiar point of view …  







    This episode is narrated by Tom Zalatnai, and was written / edited / produced by D.J. Sylvis. Ambiences provided courtesy of Tabletop Audio; additional effects from Freesound.org (CC0 licensed).  







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    Thanks for sharing another one of our hopepunk stories, in another whole different world! It’s been wild seeing how many directions we can take things. Please note that after this, we’re taking a month or two off while we get into heavy pre-production on our sibling show, Moonbase Theta, Out. Don’t worry, we’ll be back – lots more stories to tell! And some new writers coming soon! Take care, and be good to you …

    • 25 min
    Episode 5: “Platypus”

    Episode 5: “Platypus”

    Twenty years ago, Lila and Jovette went to high school together. Neither had come out, life was far less than perfect, and they were far less than friends. Today they’ve met again for the first time – and sparks fly, but not necessarily the good kind. 







    This episode features Jas LaFond and Cap Blackard, with a special appearance by Evan Tess Murray. It was edited by Gabriel Taneko, and written / produced by D.J. Sylvis.







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden.







    You can find more information on our website, or on Twitter under Monkeyman Productions or MonkeyTales. Our Patreon backers make the show possible – join them in support of independent audio fiction at https://www.patreon.com/monkeymanproductions; we’ve got some great perks including early access to all our shows and behind-the-scenes glimpses at what’s coming next.







    I hope you enjoy – this was a really special one to put together, and there’s no question it draws a lot on my own high school experiences. This script was originally set to be produced on stage last month as well here in Toronto – but the production had to shut down because of the pandemic. I’m glad this version was already recorded to share, and they do an amazing job with it. 

    • 17 min

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