MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.

MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.


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MonsterTalk: The Science Show About Monsters is a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves.




225 - Thylacines and Pademelons

Blake and Karen are joined again by Matt Baxter to talk about the latest Thylacine claims from the TAGOA. The photos dropped last night (US Time) and sadly don't meet up with the hype - but there's still much to talk about with this story. Triple M Radio with Neil Waters on Thylacine News Thylacine probably didn't attack sheep in the way feared by 1920's Sheep Herders. Was climate change a big factor in the decline of Thylacine? Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia (TAGOA) What are...


MTL014 - DOATS: The Hills Have Eyes

deBased on a True Story continues with the Wes Craven film The Hills Have Eyes (affiliate link). Allegedly the film was inspired by the "true" story of the Scot cannibal, Sawney Bean! But is that story even true? (Originally recorded live and available with Video on YouTube.)


MTL013 - Strange Arrivals with Toby Ball

We interviewed Toby Ball, the host of the podcast Strange Arrivals - a serious deep dive into the foundational UFO abduction case of Betty and Barney Hill. This interview was recorded as part of MonsterTalk Live on June 29, 2020. The video version of that discussion is available on YouTube. If you're interested in UFOs you will definitely want to check out this extremely well produced and researched show. There is so much more to this case than the polished, filtered summary that you...


MTL012 - Women in Paranormal Research

We were joined by paranormal investigator Allison Jornlin on 6/21/2020 for a discussion of women paranormal researchers. A lot of interesting historically significant figures are largely unknown today because they were limited by gender constraints during their time and we were happy to bring some of them to public attention by discussing Allison's research on this topic. Some of the people discussed: Zora Neale Hurston (1891 - 1960) - author, anthropologist and filmmaker. She studied...


224 - Coral Castle Roundtable

Karen and Blake are joined by Mat Baxter ( to discuss the mysterious story of Florida's 20th Century Megalith site - Coral Castle. Note: More images coming soon - I have to dig them out of my 2019 vacation pictures. -B Links and Images: The Coral Castle official park website. Billy Idol - Sweet Sixteen - official video Special music included in this episode is the song Night Drive by Rettward von Doernberg - there's a link in the show notes if...


MTL011 - DeBased on a True Story: The Changeling

We kick off a recurring series on the facts behind popular horror films - deBased on a True Story - with the 1980 ghost-story classic The Changeling. Blake and Karen are joined by Mat Baxter. Originally streamed as part of MonsterTalk Live 6-7-2020.


MTL0101 - Cicada 3301 - with Jerry Drake

Do you like puzzles? Were you captivated when you heard how England used a crossword puzzle to recruit code-breakers during WWII? Then join us on this episode of MonsterTalk Live where we talked with return-guest Dr. Jerry Drake to discuss the mystery of Cicada 3301. This episode streamed live May 31, 2020 during our MonsterTalk Live series.


MonsterTalk end of year message - 2020

It's been a rough year but we've high hopes for 2021. Hope to see you there. Remember Karen's got short stories and books available on Amazon, including her latest On The Offensive. ----- Shop for MonsterTalk gear Connect with me on Linkedin


223 - The Loveland Frog

Ryan Haupt joins us to discuss the strange case of "the Loveland frog." Links: Hot Damn! It's the Loveland Frog! A musical based on the Loveland Frog Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988) post-apocalyptic movie with Rowdy Roddy Piper Ryan Haupt podcast Science...Sort Of Skeptoid on Loveland Frog Wikipedia on Loveland Frog Full version: CUFOS doc on KY Goblins (includes Loveland Frog) Full version: CRIFO 1955 (Leonard Stringfield) Karen's Frog Boy research Excerpt from CUFOS...


Christmas Ghost Story #008 - The Upper Berth

Turn down the lights and settle in for a nautically themed classic ghost tale from Francis Marion Crawford. A dull dinner party gets quite lively when one of the guests shares the story of the time he had a ghostly encounter on a transatlantic crossing. We hope you have a safe and healthy holiday!


Wild Thing 2: Space Invaders

Blake and Karen talk with Laura Krantz, host of the podcast Wild Thing, about season two of her show which deals with UFOs, SETI, and more and features interviews with scientists and researchers looking into these topics. Wild Thing at The Cult of Alien Gods: H.P. Lovecraft and Extraterrestrial Pop Culture (Amazon) Jason Colavito's Blog SETI METI StarTalk Radio Cosmos Previous episode with Laura Krantz (#176) Annihilation (There is some spoiler discussion about the film...


221 - They Are Already Here - with Sarah Scoles

Author Sarah Scoles joins us to discuss her amazing book They Are Already Here: UFO Culture and Why We See Saucers. It's a terrific ride through UFO culture and the fallout from the 2017 New York Times front-page article about the US Government Program to examine unidentified objects in the sky. Links/Additional Reading/Terms: AATIP - the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program - the pentagon program associated with Luis Elizondo. TTSA - To The Stars Academy - the...


220 - Monster Manual

Roll for initiative as Karen and Blake discuss the history of roleplaying games and the Monster Manual with Jon Peterson. Jon Peterson (@docetist) is the author of PLAYING AT THE WORLD A HISTORY OF SIMULATING WARS, PEOPLE, AND FANTASTIC ADVENTURES, FROM CHESS TO ROLE-PLAYING GAMES. He was also a contributor to the recent retrospective volume looking at the game DUNGEONS & DRAGONS ART & ARCANA: A VISUAL HISTORY. His latest book is the official D&D cookbook (for real and actual food) titled...


219 - The Usborne book of Ghosts - Christopher Maynard

Join us for a very Halloween themed look at a book which was deeply influential on Karen and Blake. Usborne's WORLD OF THE UNKNOWN: GHOSTS authored by our very special guest, Christopher Maynard.


Introducing: On The Offensive

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218 - Season of the Witch

Peter Bebergal returns (previously on episode #180 with his book Strange Frequencies) to discuss magic, witchcraft, and the occult and how those things impacted the world of Rock & Roll music. Check the attachment to this episode for a bunch of music links relevant to the show and Peter's book Season of the Witch. Speaking of books - Karen has a new one and I made an easy to remember shortcut to it on Amazon: (The lettering case in that link does...


217 - The Unidentified

Author Colin Dickey is back with another fantastic book - this time it's taking a look at the culture of the weird including UFOs, doorways to Atlantis, cryptozoology, and jarring Fortean events. The Unidentified is available in paper, and audio via audible. Colin's previous episode was #149 and covered his fantastic book Ghostland. Discussed in this episode: Mt. Shasta - the doorway to the hollow earth and Atlantis The stabilized PGF film of Bigfoot The Kentucky Meat Shower Charles...


Sample: BigFootage - Night of the Demon

Warning: If you're bothered by gore and dismemberment in your horror, this movie ain't for you. But, if you want to watch the film (before or after listening to my coverage) you can find it "uncut" in two places that I was able to locate: On YouTube (when I posted this) and Streaming on Amazon Prime In this episode, I'm taking a look at perhaps the most controversial Bigfoot movie ever released to big screens. Here's a recipe for Night of the Demon: 1 lb of finely chopped 1980s slasher...


216 - Invasive Species

In this episode, we talk with Dr. Steven Johnson of the University of Florida about invasive species and specifically focus on the cane toad. This incredibly robust and prolific toad excretes poison fluid from glands on its back and has been introduced from its native habitat into several locations around the world, most notably (and destructively) in Australia. Mentioned in the episode There are two notable documentaries about the cane toad: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (1988) -...


215 - Chinese Ghosts

We are joined by Ph.D. student Minwen Huang, who shares with us the history of the literary genre of Chinese Ghosts called Zhiguai, and how such beings (and literature) are viewed from ancient times to the present. A wiki page about the character for "ghost": 鬼 Images of Women in Chinese Thought and Culture: Writings from the Pre-Qin Period through the Song Dynasty - a collection of Chinese stories including the Zhiguai stories of Gan Bao. Tales from a Chinese Studio by Pu Songling - a...