9 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 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
    Episode 4: “A Man Who Wasn’t There”

    Episode 4: “A Man Who Wasn’t There”

    Today’s episode is a tribute to a beloved and influential author in my personal pantheon, Douglas Adams.  His work has entertained and amused me for most of my life – so this month I’ve dusted off a short story I wrote some years back called, “A Man Who Wasn’t There,” asked my friend and fellow enthusiast Shannon Perry to give it a dramatic reading, and here we are. Share and Enjoy!   This episode is read by Shannon Perry, and was written, edited and produced by D.J. Sylvis.







    MonkeyTales cover art is by Cora May. Our theme song is “Follow the Muse,” by Deborah Linden. Full additional music and effects credits below.







    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. Now I’m back to my work which includes sorting out the details of next month’s episode, a short piece that’s also being produced on stage this month called, “Platypus.”  Thanks for all you do to support our stories! See you on April 9th!







    Additional Credits: Umbrella Pants by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4559-umbrella-pants/







    Pamgaea by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4193-pamgaea/







    Thinking Music by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4522-thinking-music/







    License for the above three tracks: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/







    Sound effects from Freesound.org, including “Steam Leaking Stereo” by PatrickLieberkind, found at

    • 14 min
    Episode 3: “Chance”

    Episode 3: “Chance”

    In a possible future, a scout ship orbits a distant planet. While the two women inside perform their duties, they reveal to one another more of their selves than ever before – and along the way, they discover what it truly means to take a chance.This episode features Tina Daniels and Danielle Shemaiah, and was written 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.







    Thanks so much for listening to our latest episode! I know it pushed the boundaries a bit of what you might think of as hopepunk – but I believe these two characters truly brought hope to their story. Next month we’ll have something a bit lighter – a tribute to a very favourite author of mine called, “A Man Who Wasn’t There,” arriving in your feed on March 9th! Until then, dear listeners …

    • 18 min
    Episode 2: “Super”

    Episode 2: “Super”

    On a busy city corner stands a guy in a Superman suit, taking pictures with tourists and asking for donations. You gotta be a little strange to choose that for your day to day, right?







    This episode features Martin Chodorek and was written 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.







    Thanks so much for listening to our second story! Next month we’ll have “Chance,” coming to you on February 9th. All the hopepunk to you and your friends, family, acquaintances, coworkers, random strangers …

    • 11 min
    Episode 1: “Stars”

    Episode 1: “Stars”

    Stars is a conversation between two nonbinary lovers who have never met, brought closer by the universe that surrounds them both.



    This episode features Sena Bryer and Cole Burkhardt; and was written 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.

    Thanks so much for listening to our first story! Next month we’ll have “Super,” coming to you on January 9th. Happy holidays if that’s your thing, and good hopepunk adventures to all!

    • 12 min

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