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.




S03E10 - The Exorcist Effect part 1

We're joined by Joseph Laycock and Eric Harrelson to discuss their new book THE EXORCIST EFFECT. This book is a great deep-dive into how fiction and fact intermingle in culture to generate new ways of interacting with the supernatural and paranormal. It's a feedback loop. It's a mobius strip. It's ouroboros. And it's really informative to be aware of this process. The Exorcist Effect book (Affiliate Link) Remember that Eric and Joe will be signing their book in December of 2023 in the Austin area. Dec 15th - Signing at Glass Coffin Boutique 3009 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78722 Dec 17th - Curio Arcanum 5924 S Congress Ave Unit 23, Austin, TX 78745 And I should also say that while in Austin you should check out the Minnesota IceMan over at the MUSEUM OF THE WEIRD over on 6th street. Tell 'em MonsterTalk sent you. We don't have any promotional relationship - but it would be pretty cool of a bunch of folks dropped in and said that. Maybe you'd weird them out at the museum of the weird. Worth a shot. If you somehow haven't seen THE EXORCIST you can watch it here. (Affiliate Link) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E09 - Cheesman Park

There's a park in Denver that is home to some macabre legends - and some of those legends are based in fact! Matt Baxter joins us to talk of the strange and macabre history of Cheesman Park. [Warning this episode does contain numerous references to the disposition, disarticulation, and desecration of the dead.] Victorian thoughts on burial The Changeling (discussed via MTLive) Poltergeist (DOATS) The history of Cheesman Park Denver area park vandalism in news What is Bentonite? Stories about "haunted Cheesman park" (note how many are dated to October) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E08 - Hunt the Wampus

Blake and Karen discuss their trip to JSU, and begin a conversation about the enigmatic Wampus Cat. Show Notes: Wampus Cat in Potterverse Wampus Cat (wiki) Underwater Panthers (wiki) Example of early 20th century newspaper report (there are many) More on the Wampus (and a list of schools who use it for mascot/team name) Pop Culture: Hunt the WUMPUS ← note spelling M.U.L.E. video game featuring "hunt the mountain wampus" mini-game Some bio on Dani Bunten (whose games were tremendously influential to Blake) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E07 - Hogzilla part 2

We continue our discussion of feral hogs as monsters with Dr. John Mayer. He was a forensic investigator on three alleged giant hog cases. Join us as we root around for the facts perhaps left unexcavated by the media at the time. (Sausage?) Links for Part 2 Brucellosis Pseudo-Rabies Rhonda Shearer's site on media & giant pig stories. MonsterQuest tackles giant pigs (full episode) MonsterPig A list of notable pigs - Wikipedia In the media: Razorback (1984) - Amz affiliate link Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E06 - Hogzilla part 1

Learn about the biology of feral hogs and how their morphology changes when farm pigs go hog wild. Our guest is Dr. John J. Mayer who has spent more than five decades studying pig morphology, and who investigated several famous allegedly monstrous feral pig kills in the mid 2000s. In part one of this interview, we will look into pig biology and discuss the facts and myths around these animals. Next week we will look into the specific news stories around the "giant feral hog" craze of the first decade of the 21st century. Dr. Mayer's webpage USDA Guide to Feral Hogs Pigs have been domesticated since 8,000 BCE Religions that eschew the chewing of pigs The Feral Pig time-bomb Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E05 - The Imitation Gang

[Content Warning] Hey we're back again with Dr. Brian Sharpless to talk about more of his new book - which is now available everywhere books are sold: MONSTERS ON THE COUCH - the real psychological disorders behind your favorite movies! This one gets a content warning because many of the things that people with these psychological disorders have gotten up to has been quite disturbing and might not be suitable for all audiences. Listener discretion is advised. Show Notes: Brian's Book MONSTERS ON THE COUCH (Amz affiliate link) Brian's Website Movies mentioned (affiliate links): The Thing (John Carpenter) Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978) It Follows Additional: The Irish Changeling Murder Capgras Syndrome (NIH) Fregoli Syndrome (Wikipedia) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E04 - Haunted Cars

Buckle up as Blake and Karen are joined by Matt Baxter to discuss haunted automobiles and creepy highway adjacent stuff like cursed vehicles. Spooky stories abound and check the show notes for lots of links. WARNING: This episode does contain brief discussion of suicide and murder. As we always like to mention, if you're having troubling thoughts related to self harm please seek help. You don't have to struggle alone - in the USA you can call 988 any time and get real help immediately from people who care. The Wraith Christine Maximum Overdrive The Manitou Link back to Telly Savalas episode The Hitchhiker (TZ) James Dean's Little Bastard | Jason Colavito on this topic The Golden Eagle (allegedly very cursed murder car) A famous British "ghost car" crash The ghost in the back seat (Blake's research) The Hairy Hands Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E03 - UFOs over Italy with Massimo Polidoro

We're joined by psychologist, writer, journalist, television personality, and co-founder and executive director of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudosciences (CICAP), Massimo Polidoro to discuss the 1954 Florence "Soccer" mass sighting of UFOs. BBC article: “The day UFOs stopped play” The unlikely story that this case inspired David Bowie Pwdre Ser (Star Jelly) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S03E02 - Parapsychology with Chris French

Chris French joins us to talk about his career, his upcoming book, and why he says that Parapsychology is not pseudoscience. Robert Morris (Parapsychology) Uncanny Tour Uncanny BBC Radio Learn more about your ad choices. Visit



Laura Krantz is back to talk about her new young-adult non-fiction book, IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? This gorgeous book is built from her research on season 2 of her podcast WILD THING. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


311 - S2E50 - Legends of Whitby

Christopher Klimovitz returns to talk to us more about the legends and folklore around Whitby, the town where Dracula comes to England in Bram Stoker's famous novel. Christopher previously talked with us back in #179 about folklore of the Balkans Dracula (full novel) Lych-Wake Dirge Monty Python - Four Yorkshire Men Whitby's Connection to Dracula The Night Frankenstein was Born The Wreck of the Dmitry (inspiration for The Demeter in Dracula) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


310 - S02E49 - Georgia Cryptids Part 2

A continuation of our look at Georgia Cryptids, excerpted from a DragonCon 2023 presentation. In this episode we take a deeper look at Altie, plus discuss Bigfoot, Aliens, and Hogzilla. 2011 Creative Loafing story featuring Blake Smith & Rick Spears Hogzilla and other giant pigs Georgia Martian Moon Monkey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


S02E48 - 309 - The Case of the Georgia Werewolf

Did a European-trained Werewolf haunt late 1800's Georgia? Blake and Karen discuss the case of the Georgia Werewolf. Sheep Ranching in Georgia Red Wolf range today (and historically) Grave of the GA Werewolf (Don't legend trip here - it's private land) Ghostly re-telling of the Emily Burt story Same story - from Week in Weird Georgia Ghosts by Nancy Roberts(affiliate Link) Nancy Roberts Amazon author page(affiliate Link) The Kennesaw House (allegedly haunted location in Marietta, GA) 2017 film loosely based on this story - LYCAN (affiliate Link) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


308 - Altie History Part 1: An Interview with Rick Spears

Blake and Karen interview Georgia paleo-artist Rick Spears and discuss his iconic sculpture depicting the local "estuary monster" that inspired the piece. Currently located in the Darien, GA Welcome Center, the statue is a beautiful reminder of the colorful local folklore that we will be discussing in our interview. Rick Spears' website Darien Welcome Center (home of the statue) 2012 Creative Loafing article that cites Blake and Rick Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


307 - S02E46 - MonsterTalking 8-27-2023

Catching up on what we've been working on, what's up next, where you can see Blake talk at DragonCon this next weekend, and other big news relative to Monster House, LLC. October Forsyth County Library - 10/15/2023 DragonCon 2023 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


306 - S2E45 - The Truth About Dowsing

This week we're seeking the truth about the strange but pervasive idea that people can use sticks or rods to mysteriously locate things. Water is often the target, but certainly isn't the only one. It might be considered aqueous yet innocuous when the quest is just for a new well, but what if the seeker is being paid to find treasure? Or oil? Or cancer? Knowing how this stuff works (and doesn't) is a fascinating gateway into understanding the human brain and the tools we can use to test this are a great entrance to the methodologies of Scientific Skepticism. Our guest for this episode is Jonathan Jarry with the McGill University's Office for Science and Society. Jarry's article about Dowsing Uri Gellar's side-hustle as an oil & mineral dowser Gilligan's Island dowsing episode In reSearch of... Water Seekers Skeptoid's coverage of Dowsing Dowsing for explosives (VERY BAD IDEA) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


305 - S02E44 - The Women in Black

Chris Woodyard returns to tell us all about the strange and mysterious phenomenon of The Women in Black that erupted in the United States at the end of the 1800s. Patrons can read a selection of contemporary news stories about this outbreak at LINKS FOR THIS EPISODE: Ghost & Witch Panics Victorian Mourning Clothes Whitby Goth Weekend Ohio Cryptid - The Crosswick Monster Gossamer (Looney Tunes) More by Chris Woodyard: Chris' Amazon Author Page (affiliate Link) Victorian Book of the Dead blog Haunted Ohio books blog --------------- Extra: Kickstarter for amazing monster book Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


304 - Omens

For the next two episodes we'll be in conversation with Chris Woodyard, an author and researcher whose work will likely be of interest to many of our listeners. This week we're discussing omens and it turns omens can be almost anything we find symbolic or evocative - and they're not all bad. Have a listen! Links for this episode (Omens): Black Dogs as Victorian slang for Depression Telling the bees Psychopomps Colony Collapse Disorder Chris' Amazon Author Page (affiliate Link) From the music box insert: The George Hotel Henry Clay Work History of the Tick Tock Music Box Clock Fisher Price Clock Music (YouTube) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


303 - Necrophilia [EXPLICIT]

We welcome back Dr. Brian Sharpless to discuss his exciting new book (due in October) called Monsters on the Couch. The book looks at some of our most common monster types and discusses the real psychological conditions that can appear quite similar to these creatures. In this episode we'll be talking about the sensitive topic of necrophilia - and because this is the practice of having sexual relations with a corpse, the episode gets an explicit tag and the Patreon edition includes quite a few extra moments that were excised from the free feed. Brian's previous MonsterTalk episode Brian appeared on our video series MonsterTalk Live! Pre-Order Brian's Book Brian's website Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


302 - Ghost in the Machine part 2

Part two of our look at time travel stories involving old computers covers the strange and twisted tale of John Titor - aka TimeTravel_0 - a self-described time warrior from the 2030s who has come back to the early 2000s to get an old computer and save the world. Hilarity ensues. Part 2 links: The Hoax Hunter reveals his candidate. Reddit discussion of the Haber identity Rochester Magazine coverage - has interesting counterpoints on Haber identity Old posts about the civil war of 2005 from Titor's perspective The operation manual for Titor's "time machine." Stephen Hawking's Time Travel Party John Titor's final post What is 16-bit computing? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit