Sham Fiction: A Writing Podcast

88 EpisodesProduced by Two Jackets Productions

A podcast from Eric Carlson, Marcus Mann, and Andrew Neill where we write and perform fiction based on TV shows, movies, and books we've never seen before!

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75: The Ritual

December 10th, 2018

1:17:57

Who's been carving these mysterious runes into these trees? Why are my best mates and I being tormented by these horrible nightmares? What is it that's hunting us in this dark scandinavian forest? Will these questions …

74: The Dragon Prince

November 27th, 2018

1:27:42

When is a book not a book? When it's a season of a Netflix original series of course! In this episode Andrew and Eric cut their way through Marcus' rambling pitch as he talks about The Dragon Prince: Book 1: Moon and …

73: Riverdale

November 12th, 2018

1:13:59

Riverdale. "The town with pep!" If you're just passing through, you see what they want you to see: white picket fences, manicured lawns, the unmarked chrome of the famous dining car, Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe. Go to …

72: Westworld

October 29th, 2018

1:22:55

The term 'Host' is a complicated one. Some hosts are your favorite voices behind a beloved podcast. Others are cold-blooded murder machines …

71: Disenchantment

October 17th, 2018

1:26:17

There's a time in every girl's life when she realizes that the boy she wants to get with won't touch her because he's afraid of being killed by her …

70: A Quiet Place

October 1st, 2018

1:15:21

Imagine a world in which making a sound could mean certain death. A sudden cough or a sneeze (or probably a toot) could result in your being mauled …

69: Lost in Space

September 17th, 2018

1:15:52

Sometimes in this mixed up, dying world, you just need to hear a couple feel-good stories about a boy and his robot. Sure, Dr. Smith might not be who …

68: Cobra Kai

September 3rd, 2018

1:14:47

I have three rules for you: Strike first. Strike hard. No mercy. Follow those commandments and you'll be doing awesome kicks and stuff in no time. …

67: Firewatch (Indie Game Edition)

August 20th, 2018

1:19:41

If we've learned anything over the last few episodes, it's that video games aren't all Calls of Duty and Super Marios anymore. Case in point: this week's game, Firewatch, in which you play as a guy who takes a summer …

66: What Remains of Edith Finch (Indie Game Edition)

August 6th, 2018

1:17:55

Sham Fiction's Indie Video Game series is back with its second edition! In this episode, Marcus and Andrew will explore the eerie and surprisingly macabre roots of America's most unfortunate family, and introduce us to …

65: Celeste (Indie Game Edition)

July 23rd, 2018

1:18:09

Join us as we celebrate digital storytelling with the first adventure in our Indie Games Series! Marcus has climbed the mountain and shares his tales of traveling with Madeline and accidentally killing her literally …

64: Brigsby Bear

July 9th, 2018

1:02:46

Hi friends! It's your friend and host for this week, Andrew! Isn't it great that I get to do a show with my friends, Eric and Marcus, and you all …

63: Mr. Mercedes

June 25th, 2018

1:07:38

It's another Stephen King edition of Sham Fiction, and this time, we're taking on our favorite atuhor's recent gumshoe detective novel, Mr. Mercedes! …

62: You're the Worst

June 11th, 2018

1:07:07

Jimmy Shive-Overly, the subject of today's featured property, would definitely have a heckle or two (or seven) for us for even attempting to sham his …

61: The Shape of Water

May 28th, 2018

1:12:56

The darkly beautiful fantasy worlds of director Guillermo del Toro have captured movie-goers' imaginations for over twenty years. Now, with The Shape …

60: Future Man

May 14th, 2018

1:08:39

Alright, shut your rat-holes and listen up, humans! Tiger and Wolf have stolen the TTD from the evil Biotics, but it's up to you to save the …

59: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

April 30th, 2018

1:04:06

How many times do we have to warn you not to play mysterious board games that you find on the beach that metamorphize into slightly more appetizing video games? It's just not worth it! Sure, you may learn some lessons …

58: Unforgiven

April 16th, 2018

1:01:21

It's a helluva thing... writing a sham. Eric and Marcus should know that more than most. In this episode, they have to bear the heavy burden of …

57: Species

April 2nd, 2018

1:04:45

56: Artemis

March 19th, 2018

1:07:22

55: Mindhunter

March 5th, 2018

1:02:53

54: Demon Knight

February 19th, 2018

1:08:35

53: Runaways

February 5th, 2018

1:04:26

Season duel begins with a visit to Los Angeles as Andrew and Eric take on Marvel's Runaways! Before it was a Hulu show, it was a comic, and now it's …

Season 2 Demo 3: Fargo Season 2

January 22nd, 2018

1:00:31

Season 2 Demo 2: Leviathan Wakes

January 22nd, 2018

57:48

Season 2 Demo 1: Baby Driver

January 22nd, 2018

57:33

Season 2: Episode Duel Zero

January 22nd, 2018

23:13

Just the Fics Volume Four (Part 2/2)

April 3rd, 2017

1:30:28

In this second part of our final Just the Fics Shamthology, we cover episodes 46-51. No pitches. No discussion. Just the cold-hard fics!

Just the Fics Volume Four (Part 1/2)

April 2nd, 2017

2:30:42

Season 1 of ShamFiction has been over since January, and it's finally time for our final Just the Fics collection! In this special episode, we bring …

52: Season One Finale Special

January 29th, 2017

1:29:38

Jeepers, gang, the ShamFiction guys have had a heck of a year, and now it's time to reflect, celebrate, and look to the future! What could be in …

51: HamFiction #3: Marcus writes Mad Men

January 22nd, 2017

1:07:23

This week, we're going MAD! ...ison Avenue as Marcus writes the sixties-set, smoke-filled, booze-soaked drama, Mad Men! Meanwhile, your hosts may be legitimately going mad. Like the "crazy" kind of mad. Why? Because …

50: HamFiction #2: Andrew writes Spider-Ham

January 15th, 2017

55:41

HamFiction continues into its triumphant second episode! This week, Andrew spins a tale of romance and adventure as he explores a day in the life of the Amazing Spider-Ham! He's part spider, part ham, and all ham! This …

49: HamFiction #1: Eric writes Hamilton

January 8th, 2017

1:03:26

This one's for all the bastard orphans out there! Especially those who are sons of Scotsmen and whores. Preferably dropped in the Carribean. Impoverished to squalor? Even better! This one's for you! We thought we'd …

48: Marcus writes Lost at Sea

January 1st, 2017

1:01:48

Time to gas up and hit the road with the ShamFiction boys! Our destination: self-discovery! We're coming-of-age this week as Marcus sham-writes a …

From the Vault: Star Wars - Rebels: A Star Wars Story: Holiday Special

December 25th, 2016

44:39

This week, we dig deep into the Jedi archives and uncover a very special holocron from Life Days past! It's a secret episode of ShamFiction that the …

47: Andrew writes The Girl with All the Gifts

December 18th, 2016

1:09:05

It's Andrew's birthday! Well, the release day of this episode is. How fitting that Eric and Marcus should choose this installment to introduce your …

46: Eric writes Accounting VR

December 11th, 2016

1:03:43

The future is now! Virtual Reality lets you explore the world, fight aliens, or perform magic from the comfort of your own home. Or you can try accounting! Why not? Are you too good for accounting? It's important! There …

45: Marcus writes The Colour of Magic

December 4th, 2016

59:28

Jumping from one beloved author to another, this week Marcus takes on Sir Terry Pratchett's epicly hilarious discworld series! That's right, Andrew and Eric actually read a book that Marcus hadn't! So, if you've got a …

44: Andrew writes The Gunslinger

November 27th, 2016

1:00:28

We couldn't leave Stephen King alone! This week, Andrew is joining the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain on his search for the Dark Tower. There will …

43: Eric writes 11/22/63

November 20th, 2016

1:05:53

This week, jump into a time hole with us and journey back to the 1960s! The trip won't be all fun and games though; we've got a mission. We're going …

42: Marcus writes The Iron Giant

November 13th, 2016

1:02:31

Travel back to a simpler time when school desks were your best defense against nuclear weapons, and giants were made of good ol' fashioned iron - …

41: Andrew writes Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

November 7th, 2016

1:31:00

It's finally happening, gang. ShamFiction is crossing the barrier between platforms 9 and 10 as Andrew tackles that holiest of holies known as Harry …

40: Eric writes Scream

October 30th, 2016

1:08:15

Happy Halloween, sham-listeners! We've reached our final destination on the Spooky-tober trail! Let's kick this episode off with a question: Do you like scary movies? The killer in this week's property sure does. He'll …

39: Marcus writes Stranger Things

October 23rd, 2016

1:03:48

Our next Spooky-tober stop is in Hawkins, Indiana. 1983. A boy named Will Byers has vanished, and it doesn't feel like an ordinary incident. There's been a lot of movement at a nearby government facility ever since; …

38: Andrew writes I Am Not a Serial Killer

October 16th, 2016

1:00:49

Spooky-tober continues with Andrew's dark take on Dan Wells' horror/thriller, "I Am Not A Serial Killer"! Venture deep into the mind of John Wayne Cleaver, an unassuming youth in small-town America who has a dark …

37: Eric writes Suicide Squad

October 9th, 2016

1:09:31

To kick off our Halloween-themed Spooky-tober series, Marcus and Andrew implant an explosive into Eric's head and tell him to go save the world with a team of DC Comics villains you all know and love! We've got …

Just the Fics Volume Three

October 6th, 2016

2:44:53

In this special bonus episode of ShamFiction, we've compiled "Just the Fics" from our third quarter of the season and put them all into this one …

36: Marcus writes Mr. Robot

October 2nd, 2016

59:10

Hello friends. Are you ready to take back control of your lives? Oh, we know what you're thinking. "You're mistaken, ShamFiction guys. I'm in control …

35: Andrew writes Twilight

September 25th, 2016

1:03:07

This week we're packing up the U-Haul and moving to Washington - state, that is - to a sleepy, little town called Forks. We've heard the scenery is …

34: Eric writes Sharknado

September 18th, 2016

1:00:44

Do you hear that? A faint sound of thunder and chomping in the distance? And the wind is picking up now, blowing in the horrible, fishy odor of death. These signs can't point to anything else... In this episode, Eric …

33: Marcus writes Brick

September 11th, 2016

45:25

Cover for us in homeroom! We have some sleuthing to do! Well, Marcus does at least. This week, he's raiding lockers, turning over tables in the cafeteria, and knocking heads together under the bleachers - anything to …

32: Andrew writes A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

September 4th, 2016

59:12

Did you know that A Song of Ice and Fire, the hit series that HBO's Game of Thrones is based upon, is not the only tale from Westeros that George R. R. Martin hasn't finished? This week Andrew spends a couple hours in …

31: Eric writes The West Wing

August 28th, 2016

52:58

On this week's show, Mr. Carlson goes to Washington! Ready or not, Eric's been assigned an immense challenge: to sham-write a piece based on the most prestigious of all prestige dramas, Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing! …

30: Eric and Andrew write Ex Machina

August 21st, 2016

1:03:55

In this final week of Dueling ShamFiction, Marcus asks Eric and Andrew to wrap up their days as crime-fighting heroes and make some real change - in …

From the Vault: Marcus writes There Will Be Blood

August 14th, 2016

25:54

The Dueling ShamFiction finale proved too big a beast to tame in only a week's time! In its stead, we've pulled an episode out of the vault! This is …

29: Marcus and Eric write The Leftovers

August 7th, 2016

59:37

It's week two of our Dueling ShamFiction series! In this installment, Eric and Marcus go head-to-head to see who can make Andrew cry harder! It's the saddest episode of ShamFiction yet, as we battle grief and confusion …

28: Andrew and Marcus write Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood

July 31st, 2016

1:37

In the first of our three-part Dueling ShamFiction special, Andrew and Marcus tune up their automail limbs and go transmutation-circle to …

27: Marcus writes Cowboy Bebop

July 24th, 2016

1:03:08

Three, two, one, let's jam! This week, we're jazzing things up by getting down with the coolest crew of bounty hunters this side of the solar system. …

26: Andrew writes My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

July 17th, 2016

1:05:07

Hey everypony, canter right up and fill your favorite feed-bag for Andrew's version of one of the biggest fandoms in the history of fanfiction! That's right, it's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic! We'll make a brony …

25: Eric writes The 100

July 10th, 2016

1:04:05

The hormones are flowing on this week’s episode of ShamFiction! We’re sending Eric down to Earth to observe and report on the angsty/horny/teenaged settlers of The CW’s The 100! Turns out they’re all criminals! And …

Just the Fics Volume Two

July 6th, 2016

2:22:33

In this special bonus episode of ShamFiction, we've compiled "Just the Fics" from our second quarter of the season and put them all into this one …

24: Marcus writes The Wolf of Wall Street

July 3rd, 2016

1:07:09

Welcome to the worst episode we've ever done! In this, the last ShamFiction before the censors catch on, Marcus writes a jolly little tale that …

23: Andrew writes Titan AE

June 26th, 2016

1:03:56

You might think you can beat the Drej, but did you know they're pure energy? Because, you can't beat them; they're pure energy! Andrew learns this lesson and more as he navigates the future of humanity in Titan AE! …

22: Eric writes Silicon Valley

June 19th, 2016

1:07:07

Boot up your laptop, take a hit from the bong, and try not to be too awkward around girls, because this week we’re crashing at the hacker hostel with the Pied Piper gang! L33t h4x0rz know what I’m talking about! It’s …

21: Marcus writes The Darjeeling Limited

June 12th, 2016

1:01:52

Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, oh wow! In this week's ShamFiction, Marcus is given the enviable task of writing in the style of auteur filmmaker Wes Anderson. I, on the other hand, have been given the …

20: Andrew writes Bob's Burgers

June 5th, 2016

1:00:55

How many things can go wrong for one mustachioed burger-purveyor? How many people can simultaneously experience the best day of their respective …

19: Eric writes John Wick

May 29th, 2016

58:35

Are you ready to be gun-punched in the face by sheer ShamFiction gold?! Of course, you are! This week, Eric comes out of a two-week retirement to …

Bonus: ShamComs Wrap-Up

May 22nd, 2016

37:40

In this special episode, we sit down with our amazing performers from the last three weeks (Rachel Palashewski, Joe Rapp, Katie Vannelli, and Allen Voigt) to get their feedback on our ShamCom trilogy! After this, you …

18: Marcus writes Friends

May 22nd, 2016

1:25:55

We've reached the final installment of the epic ShamCom trilogy! Don't be too sad, because we've saved the best for last (in Andrew's correct opinion)! It's Friends! (Clap, clap, clap, clap!) Marcus is writing and our …

17: Andrew writes Frasier

May 15th, 2016

1:27:28

It's week two of our tribute to sitcoms, and what better way to celebrate than with Seattle's number one radio-psychologist, Frasier Crane?! Once …

16: Eric writes The Big Bang Theory

May 8th, 2016

1:19:32

It's the first of our ShamCom Trilogy! In this special episode, Eric writes an episode of The Big Bang Theory, and a full cast of our favorite actors …

15: Marcus writes The Thing

May 1st, 2016

59:20

Bundle up in your warmest parka, strap on your favorite flamethrower, and keep an eye on Clark, because Marcus is using his noodley-wigglers to assimilate John Carpenter's 1982 horror classic, The Thing. Who knows, it …

14: Andrew writes Steelheart

April 24th, 2016

1:18:00

Andrew has heard about someone who has seen Steelheart bleed, and he intends to write about that guy-- or whatever-- seeing Steelheart bleed again, probably. Join us in Newcago for our first ShamFiction based on the …

13: Eric writes Magic Mike XXL

April 17th, 2016

1:09:38

Does Eric have what it takes to move and groove with the hunky heroes and debonaire dudes of everyone's favorite cross-country male-stripping team, the Kings of Tampa? More, importantly, will there be dong? Find out …

Just The Fics Volume One

April 13th, 2016

2:06:43

In this special bonus episode of ShamFiction, we've compiled "Just the Fics" from our first twelve episodes and put them into one mega-episode for …

12: Marcus writes Howl's Moving Castle

April 10th, 2016

1:08:02

Don't step out into the Wastes without your good hat, a sentient scarecrow companion, or some sort of hairy child-apprentice, because there are witches and wizards out there (and boy do their curses stick!). This week, …

11: Andrew writes Ms. Marvel

April 3rd, 2016

1:14:00

She can shape-shift! She can stretch! She can learn to accept herself, even when she's being written by an infidel named Andrew! In this, our first episode about a comic book, we explore Kamala Khan's alter-ego, Ms. …

10: Eric writes The X-Files

March 27th, 2016

1:09:08

Forget Area 51, Roswell, or our secret reptilian overlords, the real conspiracy this week is how Eric went 20+ years without seeing a single episode of The X-Files. At least that gives us an excuse to join Special …

9: Marcus writes Downton Abbey

March 20th, 2016

1:10:50

Put on your finest formal wear and worst British accents, and prepare for a lovely visit to Downton Abbey. A place where marrying your cousins is encouraged (as long as they're named Matthew) and the Titanic isn't just …

8: Andrew writes Deadpool

March 13th, 2016

1:08:43

If a motion picture adaptation of Marvel's Deadpool can break box-office records, then a ShamFiction adaptation of that adaptation oughta break …

7: Eric writes The Graveyard Book

March 6th, 2016

1:03:10

Neil Gaiman is one of the greatest writers and storytellers of our time. Eric has a beard. What happens when we combine the two? We get a new take on Nobody Owens' adventures in The Graveyard book! Grab some tea and …

6: Marcus writes Fifty Shades of Grey

February 28th, 2016

56:11

Pour yourself a nice glass of red, put on your favorite grey silk tie, and strap yourself in (with implements found at your local hardware store, preferably) for a voyeuristic peek into the seedy underbelly of Grey …

5: Andrew writes The Name of the Wind

February 21st, 2016

58:55

He has stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. He has burned down the town of Trebon. He has spent the night with Felurian and left with …

4: Eric writes Arrow

February 14th, 2016

50:12

He needs to clean up this city. He needs to cross a name off his list. He needs to turn on the freakin' TV once in a while and see what all the hype is about! This week, Eric fails this city as he dons the Hood, flexes …

3: Marcus writes The Big Lebowski

February 7th, 2016

48:36

Sometimes there's a man who fits right in there. Sometimes there's a man who is the man of his time and place. Sometimes there's a man who has managed to avoid seeing The Big Lebowski for 18 gosh-dern years. In this …

2: Andrew writes Star Trek: The Next Generation

February 7th, 2016

56:02

Space. The final frontier. These are the voyages of the ShamFic Enterprise. Andrew's ongoing mission: to explore what a beaming chamber is, to seek …

1: Eric writes Lost

February 7th, 2016

52:28

Polar Bears! Smoke monsters! A sequence of important-sounding numbers! It's as if Eric has been stranded on an uncharted island for the last 12 years …

Episode 0: What is ShamFiction?

February 7th, 2016

16:22

It's the inaugural episode of Two Jackets Productions' new podcast, ShamFiction! In this installment, Andrew, Eric, & Marcus discuss writing, fan-fiction, filmmaking, and why in blazes they decided to make a podcast.

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