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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 32: Conversation with Ron Newcomb

7/12/2019
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Fantasy and science-fiction indie filmmaker Ron Newcomb shares his insights on how you can get your own indie project off the ground—films, shows, comic books, you name it—and some of the new media platforms he’s helping to pioneer. We discuss the wide and passionate appeal of otherworldly storytelling and why monsters are necessary for it. … Continue reading Episode 32: Conversation with Ron Newcomb

Duration:00:29:10

Episode 31: Sirens and Mermaids

6/21/2019
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Alluring and mysterious in both mythic poems and historical records, they will sing to you of secrets and storms, and you will listen at your own peril.

Duration:00:35:35

Episode 30: Conversation with Joseph Nigg

6/7/2019
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Joseph Nigg is perhaps the world’s leading expert on fabulous beasts, and he is a personal inspiration of mine. His books include The Phoenix: An Unnatural Biography of a Mythical Beast (University of Chicago Press), Sea Monsters: A Voyage Around the World’s Most Beguiling Map (University of Chicago Press), The Book of Fabulous Beasts (Oxford … Continue reading Episode 30: Conversation with Joseph Nigg

Duration:00:43:05

Episode 29: Conversation with Mac Kelly of Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In

5/25/2019
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I get to talk with a television horror hero of mine, Mac Kelly, host of Wolfman Mac’s Chiller Drive-In! We talk monsters, retro spook shows, haunted houses, and more.

Duration:01:25:42

Episode 28: Frankenstein

5/10/2019
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It’s time to dedicate an episode to the storytelling phenomenon that is still going strong after 200 years.

Duration:00:44:54

Episode 27: Worms

4/26/2019
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From the Temple of Solomon to the dunes of Arrakis lurk fabulous and monstrous worms.

Duration:02:04:22

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