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The Monster Professor: a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. Podcast host: Josh Woods, author, editor, professor, and monster expert.

The Monster Professor: a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. Podcast host: Josh Woods, author, editor, professor, and monster expert.
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The Monster Professor: a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. Podcast host: Josh Woods, author, editor, professor, and monster expert.

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English


Episodes

Episode 26: Botanical Monsters

4/12/2019
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Strangling vines, bewitching forests, bloodthirsty houseplants–they’re mean and green, and they are bad.

Duration:01:43:29

Episode 25: Monster Definition and Horror Theory

3/29/2019
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In this episode I respond to the common request to clarify how I define “monster,” and I explain how that relates to my theory about the fundamental story-telling structure of Horror.

Duration:00:51:56

Episode 24: Ring-wraiths and Barrow-wights

3/15/2019
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It’s finally time to discuss just some of monsters that J.R.R. Tolkien created and showcased in The Lord of the Rings, these two being among the most relevant monsters to appear in the 20th Century.

Duration:00:35:05

Episode 23: Invisible Monsters

3/1/2019
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Just because it’s not there doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Duration:00:33:56

Episode 22: The Gothic Part 2 with David Schauer

2/15/2019
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In this episode, David Schauer picks my brain on the Gothic—particularly the Southern Gothic—for a fascinating graduate-level project of his.

Duration:02:19:08

Episode 21: How Do You Kill It?

2/1/2019
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In this episode, we explore the equipment and strategies you’d need to face of against vampires, witches, ghosts, changelings, demons, and more.

Duration:00:38:12

Episode 20: Vampires feat. Martin Lastrapes

1/18/2019
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In this episode, I talk with author and podcaster Martin Lastrapes about what makes vampires so compelling, how to create your own vampires in fiction, and—believe it or not—what secret lairs are actually under the Las Vegas strip. Find out more about Martin here: https://www.martinlastrapesshow.com/

Duration:00:39:58

Episode 19: Robots and Golems

1/4/2019
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In this episode, we wander down into the uncanny valley to explore the origins of the mechanical monster, and what makes them tick, maybe what makes us tick.

Duration:00:39:50

Episode 18: Addamses, Munsters, and Monstrous Families feat. Pinckney Benedict

12/21/2018
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Pinckney Benedict returns to talk with me about the Addams family, the Munsters, and other such inhabitants of the familial Gothic. And in this episode, the excellent cover you’ll hear of theme from “The Munsters” is courtesy of The Student Loan Stringband.

Duration:01:17:38

Episode 17: Giants

12/7/2018
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In this episode, we go big as we explore the deep myth of giants and giantesses, and meet a couple of my favorites.

Duration:01:56:33

Episode 16: Monstrous Birds

11/23/2018
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In the wake of Turkey Day, we meet some of the biggest, weirdest, and most intriguing birds of myth and folklore.

Duration:00:31:46

Episode 15: Monsters of Greek Mythology feat. Sue Hardebeck

11/16/2018
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In this episode, I talk with Dr. Sue Hardebeck, professor of Greek Mythology, about some of the coolest monsters from the culture that couldn’t get enough of them.

Duration:01:45:33

Episode 14: Norse Wolves

11/9/2018
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They devour the sun and the moon, guard the cave to Hel, slay the gods themselves, even serve as the mascot for this podcast—in this episode we explore the rich and wild tradition of the monstrous wolves of the North.

Duration:00:57:21

Episode 13: Monsters of Native America feat. Clint Stevens

11/2/2018
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Wendigos, underwater panthers, and a witch chase perhaps more than 10,000 years old—in this episode I speak with Dr. Clint Stevens, professor of Native American Literature, about the monsters who were here first.

Duration:01:54:57

Episode 12: This Is Halloween

10/27/2018
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It’s Halloween! So I shamelessly discuss things I love about it.

Duration:00:33:32

Episode 11: Zombies

10/19/2018
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In this episode, we join the horde and go walking with the most popular—and perhaps most relevant—monster of our era. It’s time for zombies.

Duration:00:32:37

Episode 10: The Gothic

10/12/2018
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In this episode, we discuss the uncanny tradition of the house as monster.

Duration:00:34:12

Episode 9: Ghosts

10/6/2018
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The most requested episode finally comes a-knocking, and moaning, and rattling chains. It’s time to talk about ghosts.

Duration:00:35:33

Episode 8: Morlocks and Orcs

9/29/2018
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From the Mines of Moria, to the sewers of New York City, to the factories of the year A.D. 802,701, there’s a world going on underground.

Duration:01:35:17

Episode 7: Serpents and Dragons

9/22/2018
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From primordial chaos to the twilight of the gods, here be dragons.

Duration:00:36:30