The Monster Professor

The Monster Professor

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.... Show More

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July 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 Conversation with Richard Thomas
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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 Conversation with Michael Chemers
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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 Conversation with Steve Ramsey
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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 w...
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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 Conversation with Jeff Westfall
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March 12, 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
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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 Conversation with Michael Drout
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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 Conversation with Valerie Nieman
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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 Conversation with the Tolkien Professor Corey Olsen
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November 15, 2019
In this episode I explore the disturbing image of the Doppelganger in literature as part of an ongoing attempt to figure out what it means and why, apparently, I have some kind of obsession with it. Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, … Continue reading Doppelgangers
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I talk slasher films with novelist and slasher-genre expert Fred Venturini, author of The Escape of Light and The Heart Does Not Grow Back. Find out more about him at https://fredventurini.com/ Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. Podcast … Continue reading Conversation with Fred Venturini
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I talk with the prolific novelist Laura Benedict, author of mysteries, thrillers, and gothics (most recently the novel The Stranger Inside) about such topics as ghosts in literature, the supernatural in storytelling, gothic influences, and sewing body parts together. Find out more about her at https://www.laurabenedict.com/ Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which … Continue reading Conversation with Laura Benedict
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I talk with Matt Davids, who is the game-master behind Dicegeeks.com as well as an Amazon best-selling author of RPG supplements. We discuss storytelling with monsters, the creative process of narrative, and the strange new paths of self-publishing. Find out more about him at https://www.dicegeeks.com Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we … Continue reading Conversation with Matt Davids
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Dr. Tom Shippey is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading scholars in his field. He has published more than 100 articles, mostly in the fields of Old and Middle English language and literature, and he has a long-standing interest in modern fantasy and science fiction. He is a regular reviewer for The Wall … Continue reading Conversation with Tom Shippey
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I talk with Kermit Moore, who is not only a real-life crime-fighter and doughty opponent of evil–a modern paladin, if you will–but has also been rendered as three different fictional characters in various publications. We discuss the confrontation with true evil and how to deal with it, as well as the nature of intuition, premonition, … Continue reading Conversation with Kermit Moore
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I talk with the award-winning creators of the tabletop roleplaying games Mouse Guard, Torchbearer, and Burning Wheel (among others) about their unique approach to game design, the art bringing stories to life at the table, the role of monsters in quests and adventures, and the monstrous nature of humanity itself. Luke Crane is also Head … Continue reading Conversation with Luke Crane and Thor Olavsrud
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In this one-year anniversary episode, I speak with Monster Professor VIP and most frequent guest, Pinckney Benedict, this time more broadly about storytelling, podcasting, and his favorite monsters. Pinckney Benedict hails from West Virginia and earned degrees from Princeton and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has published a novel, DOGS OF GOD, and three books … Continue reading Conversation with Pinckney Benedict
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John Michael Greer is a widely read author and blogger whose work focuses on the overlaps between ecology, spirituality, and the future of industrial society. He has published 24 books (and counting) on spirituality, the paranormal, and the occult, including MONSTERS: AN INVESTIGATOR’S GUIDE and THE NEW ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE OCCULT, which are not to … Continue reading Conversation with John Michael Greer
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Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated special effects make-up artist Edward French is known for his work on TV (Westworld, House, etc.), in movies (Star Trek VI, Terminator 2, etc.), in commercials (the Spectrum ad monster campaign, etc.), but he also has a simultaneous audiobook/narration career in which he gives voice to horror, fantasy, and science-fiction literature (by … Continue reading Conversation with Edward French
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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 Conversation with Ron Newcomb
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