Here Be Tygers Podcast Ever been curious about the real or fictional worlds and how we define them? Here’s your chance to find out. Here Be Tygers follows artists, writers, scientists, creators of all kinds, the stories they tell, and asks them “what inspires?” Featuring host and occasional real-life person, Jarod Cerf, the world of ‘Earth, but not quite’ as he designs it, and the many strange, fine friends who help bring tales to life. This is Here Be Tygers.

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Here Be Tygers Ever been curious about the real or fictional worlds and how we define them? Here’s your chance to find out. Here Be Tygers follows artists, writers, scientists, creators of all kinds, the stories they tell, and asks them “what inspires?” Featuring host and occasional real-life person, Jarod Cerf, the world of ‘Earth, but not quite’ as he designs it, and the many strange, fine friends who help bring tales to life. This is Here Be Tygers.

  • The Wizards Who Gave Us Power
    by Jarod Cerf on December 28, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    Joining today: journalist and co-author of Conquering the Electron: the Geniuses, Visionaries, Egomaniacs, and Scoundrels who Built our Electronic Age, Eric BrachMost of the crew is off and away for the holidays, so I thought it might be a fun treat to revisit one of my earliest episodes from a previous show.Back then, I was focused almost entirely on authors and their work. So I created In Character to reflect how the people who write our favorite stories often have unusual tales of their own.Eric was an awesome first guest to have on the show: full of thoughts and insights on the technological wizards who gave us power (as well as our constant expectation for new devices and growth).- J You can follow Eric online at Twitter (@ebrachwrites) or Instagram (@brachobama).  You can also find his book, Double Lives: True Tales of Crime Next Door, on Amazon.com and other online stores.Like what you hear and want to show your support?  Leave a review on your app of choice or subscribe to our Patreon site. The Magician, written & performed by Immersive MusicKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. Here Be Tygers is now a proud member of The ESO Network.&nbs […]

  • “In the Matter of...”
    by Jarod Cerf on October 24, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Joining today: author, essay writer, and advocate for mental health and criminal justice reform, Dave GeigerNot every life goes according to ‘the plan’: be it God’s, some shadowy conspirator’s, or our own expectations at the time.  We like to think in those moments—when we’re asked to change, to ‘do what’s right’, and revise our plans—that what we see and feel and act upon is irrefutable, or at the least, something we can rely on.  But what happens, and how do we define ourselves, when our own mind can no longer tell us what’s real—or just a shadow we’ve devised?In the Matter of Edwin Potter is one man, Dave Geiger’s, attempt to describe what happened when an undiagnosed mental illness devoured his family and life and his journey to find meaning, purpose and value in the aftermath of one terrible night.- J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review on your app of choice or show your support on our Patreon site. You can also find the full Show Notes there.The Magician, written & performed by Immersive MusicKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. Here Be Tygers is now a proud member of The ESO Network.&nbs […]

  • The Unforgiving Tree
    by Jarod Cerf on September 5, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Joining today: longtime friend and fan of sci-fi, horror and Picard, Ken Hurt. Sometimes, the world of Here Be Tygers is a kind, forgiving place. And sometimes, it’s an evening or night away from the fires that ‘those who dream too much’ cannot escape. On today’s episode, Ken and I talk about what it’s like to give a part of your world it’s own sense of time and space—before the story or your main characters arrive there. From places fantastic to the more mundane aspects of daily life, we’ll take a look at what remains, play with some new ideas, and see how the people in a strange land survive. Please note, there are quite a few spoilers this time: both for my book and a few other series. So for those of you who prefer to be surprised, you’ll want to skip ahead from 51:56 to our final break at 63:02 (don’t worry, we give you a countdown). Do be sure to stay for the space whale, though. - J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review on your app of choice or show your support on Patreon. You can also find the full Show Notes there. The Magician, written & performed by Immersive MusicKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. Here Be Tygers is now a proud member of The ESO Network. […]

  • Interview with a Webcomic Writer
    by Jarod Cerf on July 30, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Joining today: creator of Phables, Greystone Inn, and Evil Inc, writer of The Webcomics Handbook, and host of ComicLab, Brad Guigar Brad and I met at a Patreon live event earlier this year and within the first five minutes I knew we had to invite him. He’s full of stories and advice; just the kind of people we like. And he’s had quite the interesting career: from newspaper apprentice and early webcomic writer (think Geocities, Angelfire) to successful creator, mentor, advisor and Eisner Award nominee. So join us as we talk about the pressures of time and change, what your fans and Patrons can inspire, and how to define success as an independent writer. - J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review on your app of choice or show your support on my Patreon. You can also find Brad online at his Patreon site, Evil-Inc.com, Instagram (@bradguigar) and Twitter (@guigar). The Magician, written & performed by Immersive MusicKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. Here Be Tygers is now a proud member of The ESO Network.&nbs […]

  • A Mid-sized Sea Journey, Part 2
    by Jarod Cerf on June 22, 2018 at 4:00 am

    And we’re back! Hope you all enjoyed the break while we set things up at our new home. Last time, Dave and I talked about a few of our favorite tales and how they pull the reader in right from the beginning. So now we’ll share a few of our own, mostly from actual play or in-real-time storytelling games: the kind where the players can decide their own fate, the characters take on a strange life, and failures, mistakes, and the unexpected, shared delight can lead to a surprising change.What will you do when the ‘golden opportunity’ that you’ve been waiting for finds you? And will you care if it drools, has an impervious scale hide, or a nano-carbon fanged bite? — J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review or show your support on Patreon. You can find the show notes there as well. And of course, if you’d like to be on Tygers or have an idea for an episode, feel free to write us at: feedusyourtales@herebetygers.com ‘Noah’s Stark’, written & performed by krackatoa krackatoa.comKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. Here Be Tygers is now a proud member of The ESO Network.&nbs […]

  • A Mid-sized Sea Journey, Part 1
    by Jarod Cerf on April 18, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Joining today: frequent guest and Odder Worlds host, David Herman of TheBrothersHerman. Though it may seem odd, the starting point of any tale we devise is often the hardest to find. Sometimes it helps to see what other bodies of work have done well (or not) and why. And sometimes we wander off into the wilds of the stuff we like before we talk about the tools, ideas and techniques we’ve tried. - J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review or show your support on Patreon. You can find the show notes there as well. (Noah’s Stark) written & performed by krackatoakrackatoa.comKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. […]

  • Be Kind to Your Squamous, Toothed & Undulate Friends
    by Jarod Cerf on March 16, 2018 at 4:00 am

    Joining today: short story and horror writer, Matt Quinn, and author of The Thing in The Woods. What happens when you allow a writer to take revenge on his fictional hometown? We talk with Matt about the Southern aesthetic, his love for monsters and splatter effects, and the many celebrities he would cast. I had a rather severe bout of bronchitis when we recorded this, so please forgive any unusual sounds that might be present. - J Like what you hear and want to see more of what I write? Leave a review or show your support on Patreon. (Noah’s Stark) written & performed by krackatoakrackatoa.comKudos to @BrothersHerman for the final edits. […]

  • “Hello, World!”/The Circle Game
    by Jarod Cerf on February 28, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Joining today: Two-thirds of The Brothers Herman and Geekly Oddcast hosts, Stephen and Dave What can I say? We sang a lot of Joni Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane when I was a child (I believe White Rabbit was my favorite). And yes, that is a title shout to some antesocial programming language. Sadly, the time lapse of our terrestrial efforts perished on that same day; though one artist’s rendering of the attempt yet remains. Which leaves us with an interesting question: did those who dream too much fold some (or most) of the world away? - J (Noah’s Stark) written & performed by krackatoakrackatoa.com […]

  • Rambling Man
    by Jarod Cerf on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Joining today: Sci-fi, horror, and wrestling fan, and also my friend of over two decades, Ken H. “Confusion,” as my screenwriting professor, Syd Field, used to say, “is the first step toward clarity.” Well that and, “the act of writing is like that of surfing: first, you have to catch the wave...” After which, he paused and let us contemplate. ”And then?” We asked. To which he paused again, then stared at us, and laughed. “I was hoping one of you could fill in the rest.” Sometimes it’s easy to be lost within the details of what happens. And it takes another voice to ask: “Why not let this scene just be a chapter?” - J (Noah’s Stark) written & performed by krackatoakrackatoa.com […]

  • “I Hit a Rock!”
    by Jarod Cerf on February 17, 2018 at 5:00 am

    Joining today: my longtime friends and two-thirds of our gaming group, David Herman (of The Geekly Oddcast and @BrothersHerman) and Pablo DiFerrari We were rather punchy when we started this (12am) and supremely so by the end (at 2am). Nevertheless, we prevailed and had ourselves a grand old time by a coffee table with the ends of my world, a giant rock, and the sorts of folk of who would survive them. Oh, and there might be spoilers. I hope you enjoy.  - J (Noah's Stark) written & performed by Krackatoawww.krackatoa.com […]