Behind the Creaking Door
A Podcast of Ice and Fire was founded in March 2008 and launched as an attempt to fill in the hollow gaping void the fifth book delay had left in Mimi’s heart. The concept of a structured, professional approach to podcasting about a book series was inspired by the structure of the Harry Potter-devoted Mugglecast. The idea of thorough coverage of varying aspects in the books was spawned by the original ASOIAF podcast, Winter is Coming. However, the result ended up something different altogether.
If you are looking for serious discussion that focuses on A Song of Ice and Fire details, facts, and historical accuracies, this is (for the most part) not the podcast for you.
If you find yourself occasionally offended or disturbed by discussion about sexual deviance, violence, or Pokemon, this is not the podcast for you.
But if you’re looking for something to casually listen to that provides you with a whole slew of ASOIAF-related dick jokes, you’ve come to the right place. We are what it would be like to sit around lazily and discuss the books and TV show with friends. If your friends were creepy and had shitty microphones.
New to the podcast? We recommend reading this guide before starting on your epic listening journey.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: WTF am I listening to?
A: Don’t panic. If you were looking for a panel of American Literature professors with encyclopedic knowledge, you’ve found the wrong podcast. Exit cautiously. But if you can handle some lowbrow humor and giggling, we hope that you stick with us and learn to love the Manwoody.
Q: I’d like to join you for an episode. Do I need to run a popular website, or date Kyle? How can I become a guest host?
A: Luckily, no on both accounts. Please read the forum topic: guest hosting on the podcast.
Q: How can I contribute to the podcast and tell you how wrong you were about something?
Q: I have listened to every episode and just can’t get enough of your podcast! Help me?
A: Check out our illegitimate, offshoot podcast, the Bastards of Kingsgrave!
About the Hosts
The nerd rage.
Likes: video games, reading in bed, bubble baths, science
Dislikes: everything else
Likes: fanfiction, wizardrock, anime, most things that generally get you beaten up in school
Dislikes: people who don’t know what the word cosplay means
The sex appeal.
Likes: long walks on the beach
Twitter Page: JavadiAmin
Location: Los Angeles
Likes: BBQ, gummy snacks, traveling, comic books, beautiful women and geek talk
Twitter Page: Madcanard
Podcast Web Presence
Mimi and Amin have written articles about ASOIAF along with some other authors in a recently released e-book: Tower of the Hand – A Flight of Sorrows.
Coming sometime soon will be a podcast store, feature podcast t-shirts and print copies of the paint project. For now, if you plan to do some shopping on Amazon, feel free to do so via our Amazon links page:
To suggest new terminology or see a larger list of terminology (feathered hat theory, etc) check out the forum post here.
Manwoody – House Manwoody is an old Dornish noble house in the series that has is mentioned, but currently irrelevant in the storyline. Upon discovering that such an awesomely named House exists, the podcast has proudly taken up its banners. Manwoody rules over Kingsgrave, a full sentence that portrays ‘badassery’ and hilarity at the same time. Note: the current heirs to the House are named Mors Manwoody and Dickon Manwoody.
Blackwoody – House Blackwoody is a noble house that descends from a younger son of House Manwoody who took a Summer Islander as his wife. Blackwoody is also the term coined by Ashley in reference to our podcast’s sometimes black sheep status in fandom.
San/San – A popular terminology among ASOIAF shippers, and frequently referenced by Ashley 1, this refers to the idealized relationship pairing between Sansa Stark and Sandor Clegane.
King Tommen - Our nickname for our former one-time host, Ben, who greatly resembled the child king of Westeros. And might have died when a tree fell on his house, partly fulfilling Maggy the Frog’s prophecy.
Cersei’s Cameltoe – Discovered during our “Cover Art Critique” episode, and impossible to unsee: the Croatian cover for A Feast For Crows. Zoom into Cersei’s nether regions if desired.
Booby-trapped saddle (AKA Booby-sapped traddle) – What happens when a new Game of Thrones viewer/non-reader gets confused by plot intricacy and obtains access to Twitter. The roughly paraphrased tweet: “Catelyn took Tyrion hostage because he gave her son a booby-trapped saddle!” The idea that Tyrion would commission a saddle that is rigged to eject Bran off his horse is both brilliant and seductive, and gained immediate appreciation in our podcast.
What Listeners Say
“This podcast is 50% ice and fire and 50% vulgar content. What’s not to like? If you like the series then you must know it goes together like peanut butter and jelly. If you’re like me and don’t scan the forums for ice and fire stuff then this podcast is the next best thing.” – /3lacksnow
“…the delivery and banter can get quite base at times… not that my ear is offended” – podakayne
“Not always on topic but always entertaining. This podcast has pretty much everything you would expect in a podcast on the series: enthusiastic hosts, knowledgeable commentary, thoughtful speculation, and a sprinkling of sex and violence.” – Steven Shuster
“complete garbage” – Audrey Wolff
“I like the straightforward way of discussion without taboos. You are the reason why people in the train look at me strangely when I break out laughing while listening to your podcast!” – Thomas
“It’s not professional sounding, but that is part of its charm. The podcasters are engaging. They have something here. Join the cult following.” – Oxmix
“Since a flashcard full of your podcasts came to my village from America, I have actually enjoyed my powerless nights here. It gives me something else to think about other than freezing my ass in my room wondering why the hell a donkey is screaming outside my window.” – Anthony, Peace Corps Volunteer