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

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United States

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

Language:

English


Episodes

Hercules the Monster Slayer with Kevin Sorbo

7/23/2021
Special guest Kevin Sorbo joins me to discuss his iconic role as the greatest monster slayer ever, Hercules. We explore the classic hero vs. anti-hero, and the value of hero vs. monster stories in the modern era, as well as Sorbo’s own personal battles and current projects focused on battling darkness with light. Links for … Continue reading Hercules the Monster Slayer with Kevin Sorbo

Duration:00:29:28

Live Event at FSW

5/7/2021
This episode is the audio of the live Monster Professor/guest author event at the Florida SouthWestern State College Research Expo on April 13, 2021. The full video is on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/6vDj3van8pg In this event, Josh Woods share his ideas about Horror Structure as one of two storytelling archetypes, reads a short story from his … Continue reading Live Event at FSW

Duration:02:32:08

Zombies with PBS Monstrum Host Emily Zarka

4/23/2021
Emily Zarka, zombie expert and host of Monstrum (PBS, Storied channel), takes us through the history of zombies, how they’ve changed and fascinated us through films and games, the spiritual traditions that protect their secrets, and even how they help us prep for emergency situations. Zarka’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZarkaEmily Zarka’s website: https://www.emilyelizabethzarka.com/ Monstrum on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_lsQEz7yLOpq278N-4I72cTXlRE1kVUN … Continue...

Duration:00:36:20

Werewolf Hunting with Michael Chemers

4/9/2021
Werewolf expert Michael Chemers returns to take us on his real-life werewolf hunt in Germany. We also reach back to the proto-origins of werewolves and follow werewolf hunts and trials through the ages—including American werewolves in recent years. Chemers is Professor of Dramatic Literature and Theater Arts at the University of California Santa Cruz, and … Continue reading Werewolf Hunting with Michael Chemers

Duration:00:38:55

Monster Studies Medieval and Today with Asa Mittman

3/26/2021
Asa Mittman invites us into the world of Monster Studies as an official academic field in universities, and he reveals Medieval maps of monsters to show us the darker social consequences of such ideas, both then and now. Asa Mittman is the author of Maps and Monsters in Medieval England, a prolific co-author and co-editor, … Continue reading Monster Studies Medieval and Today with Asa Mittman

Duration:03:01:09

Nosferatu with Dana Gioia

2/5/2021
Dana Gioia brings us into the powerful darkness of his opera libretto Nosferatu, and along the way guides us through the place of monstrous and gothic stories within the literary tradition, and even touches on the truth of evil itself. Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet, writer, and editor, as well as former California Poet … Continue reading Nosferatu with Dana Gioia

Duration:02:42:02

Sharks and Minotaurs with Matt Davids

11/12/2020
Matt Davids from DiceGeeks.com returns to discuss two man-eating monsters that have captured imaginations both modern and ancient, under the surface and in the maze of the mind. DiceGeeks.com Podcast and Website: https://www.dicegeeks.com/ Matt Davids’s Drive Thru RPG books: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse.php?artist=Matt%20Davids And his Amazon page: https://www.amazon.com/Matt-Davids/e/B077SBKV9Y?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1605022261&sr=8-1 The Monster Professor: a show in which we...

Duration:00:58:05

Halloween Viewing 2020

10/23/2020
As an informal Halloween treat, I share some excellent new shows and movies to watch for Halloween, along with some retro gems that might be new to you (as they were to me), and even some unofficial Screen Monster Awards to recent series and films for Best Zombie, Best Water Creature, Best Invisible Person, and … Continue reading Halloween Viewing 2020

Duration:00:24:08

Fairies and Demons with Amy Trogan and Brandi George

10/2/2020
I speak with Inklings scholar Amy Trogan and poet Brandi George as we explore the perilous realm where fairies and demons cross paths, especially as they exist in traditional folklore, in the works of C.S. Lewis, in the creative writing process, even in real personal experience. More about Brandi George: https://www.brandigeorgepoetry.com/ More about Amy Trogan: … Continue reading Fairies and Demons with Amy Trogan and Brandi George

Duration:02:10:46

Cosmic Horror with Simon Strantzas

9/18/2020
The universe as monster: author and editor Simon Strantzas joins the show to discuss cosmic horror in literature, the weird vs. the strange, the exploratory philosophy of horror, and more. Find out more about him and his projects through these links: Simon Strantzas’s website: http://strantzas.com Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Simon-Strantzas/e/B004K34LSU?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1599753250&sr=8-1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/thinkinghorror/ Also check out the journal Thinking...

Monstrous Nature: Ocean and Earth with Joe Van Gaalen

9/4/2020
Real sea monsters staring up at you from the deep, sinkholes suddenly opening under your bed and swallowing you whole, invisible clouds of death seeping from volcanoes and killing whole villages… we explore all these natural horrors and more with Dr. Joseph Van Gaalen, expert in geology and oceanography. The Monster Professor: a show in … Continue reading Monstrous Nature: Ocean and Earth with Joe Van Gaalen

Duration:01:22:01

Monsters in the Contemporary Dark with Richard Thomas

7/30/2020
Richard Thomas is the award-winning author of seven books and over 150 published stories, and he has edited four anthologies and numerous magazines. He also teaches creative writing and contemporary dark fiction. In this episode, we discuss the new era of dark, weird, and horrific stories on both the page and screen, advice on how … Continue reading Monsters in the Contemporary Dark with Richard Thomas

Duration:00:48:55

Monsters in Theatre with Michael Chemers

7/16/2020
Michael Chemers, author of The Monster in Theatre History: This Thing of Darkness and a true monster professor in his own right, reveals how vital monsters are to the stage and audiences, and how vital stage-monsters have been to our monstrous imagination to this day. We hit them all: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, constructs, freak-shows—and I … Continue reading Monsters in Theatre with Michael Chemers

Duration:00:43:45

Horror in Woodcraft with Steve Ramsey

5/22/2020
YouTube sensation Steve Ramsey of the channel Woodworking for Mere Mortals just so happens to be a massive horror buff and monster enthusiast. We discuss his horror and Halloween projects (including his infamous Ouija board video), his lifelong journey of finding joy in the dark side, his favorite monsters, and the horror films that make … Continue reading Horror in Woodcraft with Steve Ramsey

Duration:00:32:33

Masked Monster Professor with Pinckney Benedict, Sarah Jilek, and Mandi Jourdan

5/8/2020
Four weird writers don disguises to discuss monsters, robots, and the supernatural in their own works, as well as the strange new possibilities for storytelling in social media, virtual reality, and beyond. See the full video, masks-and-all, on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/z4IxJcUF1Ns (and please subscribe). Pinckney Benedict is a Full Professor of creative writing and virtual-reality … Continue reading Masked Monster Professor with Pinckney Benedict, Sarah Jilek, and Mandi Jourdan

Duration:00:44:33

Monsters and the Martial Arts with Jeff Westfall

4/24/2020
Monsters and martial arts? What about self-defense against zombies, vampires, and werewolves? What about the real-life human monsters that make martial arts necessary, and which martial art is your best bet? We get answers to these and more by talking with martial arts expert Jeff Westfall, black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ajarn in Muay Thai, black-belt … Continue reading Monsters and the Martial Arts with Jeff Westfall

Duration:00:37:53

Monstrous Plagues

3/13/2020
Viruses and similar epidemics have infected our horror stories for generations, so let’s discuss some of the most fascinating examples and try to figure out what drives our fear of monstrous plagues. Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. … Continue reading Monstrous Plagues

Duration:00:34:54

Grendel and Middle-earth Monsters with Michael Drout

2/7/2020
I talk with Michael Drout about Grendel, dragons, Balrogs, and more such monsters of both Middle-earths. Michael Drout is one of the world’s leading scholars on Tolkien and Beowulf; author and editor of numerous books, collections, and journals; lecturer on language and liberal arts; expert in Anglo-Saxon; and Professor of English and Director of the … Continue reading Grendel and Middle-earth Monsters with Michael Drout

Duration:01:27:11

Appalachian Folklore Monsters with Valerie Nieman

1/24/2020
I talk with author Valerie Nieman about her gritty supernatural novel To the Bones as well as local folklore, Appalachian monsters, the art of mixing the supernatural with the literary, and more. Find out more about her and her books at www.valnieman.com Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore … Continue reading Appalachian Folklore Monsters with Valerie Nieman

Duration:01:19:46

Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Monsters with Corey Olsen

11/29/2019
I talk with the Tolkien Professor, Corey Olsen, about monsters in The Lord of the Rings and other works by J.R.R. Tolkien. We get into Ring-wraiths, orcs, monstrous transformation, the morality of monster slaying, and the Tolkien Professor’s favorite monster of all time. Olsen’s podcasts and online lectures on Tolkien reached such widespread success and … Continue reading Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings Monsters with Corey Olsen

Duration:01:52:36