There is kindness in letting the one who loves you be the one to tell your story.
A tale of revenge
Mageboy is an 18-episode fiction fantasy podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and more.
Magic + being evil in a cleansing way + catholicism + "you wanna be saved from yourself so bad it makes you look stupid"
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This is a revenge plot.
Mageboy in the hen house
I. The Sorcerer's Tower
II. The Advent of Christianity
VI. The Bidding
VIII. Holy War
XIV. The Garden
a note from the author
I wrote Mageboy at the end of my third semester of graduate school in December 2020. It was finals season. I was teaching two sections of English 180 and grading almost 50 student papers. I was writing my thesis and working on seminar papers for the classes I was taking. Somehow (I don't remember how) I also wrote the first draft of Mageboy in those two and a half weeks.
Perhaps surprisingly, this story started off as my attempt at a children's book. However, thinks took a dark turn as I wrote the first chapter. The isolation of lockdown forced me to revisit my own childhood trauma, and thus Mageboy was born.
This book (now a podcast) became a way for me to process at the grief, fear, and anger I had carried for 25 years. It also enabled me to do something I had forgotten how to do after years of honing my craft and using my sharp self-critical eye to improve my writing: actually enjoy writing. Mageboy reminded me that writing is thrilling.
In writing Mageboy, I let myself indulge in everything I loved in a story as a kid. My sense of humor seeped into the work, something I found startlingly vulnerable as I was editing.
I hammered out that first draft fast, but I also took time to revise, get feedback, and improve the story so it could become something I am proud of. It was as I read several drafts aloud to my friend Eli that the idea of podcast format for sharing this book came to me. As a writer who enjoys sharing their work, I knew after speaking to an agent that this project would be too dark and sensational and too genre-nebulous to pitch as a novel.
This is for childhood me, the trauma she suffered, the anger she didn't let herself feel, and the kinds of stories she loved.
Mageboy is my most beloved creation and my favorite thing I've ever written. I hope you love it, too.
About Meghan E. O'Toole
Meghan O'Toole is from Illinois, but was raised by parents from Ireland and Poland. She was the 2021 fiction winner of the Ploughshares Emerging Writers’ Contest and the recipient of LitMag's Virginia Woolf Award for short fiction in 2018.
Mageboy may present listeners with challenging content. Each chapter (episode) will include trigger warnings in the episode description.
Below is a list of general triggers to watch out for:
Childhood sexual assault
Addiction and implied drug abuse