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
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.
It’s time to dedicate an episode to the storytelling phenomenon that is still going strong after 200 years.
From the Temple of Solomon to the dunes of Arrakis lurk fabulous and monstrous worms.
Strangling vines, bewitching forests, bloodthirsty houseplants–they’re mean and green, and they are bad.
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.
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.
Just because it’s not there doesn’t mean it’s not there.
In this episode, David Schauer picks my brain on the Gothic—particularly the Southern Gothic—for a fascinating graduate-level project of his.
In this episode, we explore the equipment and strategies you’d need to face of against vampires, witches, ghosts, changelings, demons, and more.
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/
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.
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.
In this episode, we go big as we explore the deep myth of giants and giantesses, and meet a couple of my favorites.
In the wake of Turkey Day, we meet some of the biggest, weirdest, and most intriguing birds of myth and folklore.
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.
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.
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.
It’s Halloween! So I shamelessly discuss things I love about it.
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.