The Monster Professor
By Josh Woods
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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.
||ExplicitEpisode 17: Giants||In this episode, we go big as we explore the deep myth of giants and giantesses, and meet a couple of my favorites.||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 16: Monstrous Birds||In the wake of Turkey Day, we meet some of the biggest, weirdest, and most intriguing birds of myth and folklore.||11/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 15: Monsters of Greek Mythology feat. Sue Hardebeck||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.||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 14: Norse Wolves||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.||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 13: Monsters of Native America feat. Clint Stevens||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.||11/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 12: This Is Halloween||It’s Halloween! So I shamelessly discuss things I love about it.||10/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 11: Zombies||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.||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 10: The Gothic||In this episode, we discuss the uncanny tradition of the house as monster.||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 9: Ghosts||The most requested episode finally comes a-knocking, and moaning, and rattling chains. It’s time to talk about ghosts.||10/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 8: Morlocks and Orcs||From the Mines of Moria, to the sewers of New York City, to the factories of the year A.D. 802,701, there’s a world going on underground.||9/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 7: Serpents and Dragons||From primordial chaos to the twilight of the gods, here be dragons.||9/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 6: Werewolves feat. Pinckney Benedict||They’re wild, widespread, and weirder than you think. In this episode, I talk werewolves with Pinckney Benedict, author of, among many other things, one of the best modern werewolf stories, “The Beginnings of Sorrow.”||9/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 5: Dracula(s)||The many iterations of Dracula have captivated us for generations, yet each Dracula has been markedly different from the others. In this episode, we welcome them across the threshold.||9/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 4: Witches||Witches have been with us throughout time, across the world, across cultures, and in many ways are with us still. Join me in meeting some of them, if you dare.||9/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 3: Monsters in Literature Part 3||Literature is full of monsters, and always has been. But who are these monsters, and what do they mean, and why do they matter? We’ll answer those questions with a chronological survey in three episodes. In this episode, we go from Cthulhu to Hellboy.||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 2: Monsters in Literature Part 2||Literature is full of monsters, and always has been. But who are these monsters, and what do they mean, and why do they matter? We’ll answer those questions with a chronological survey in three episodes. In this episode, we go from Dante to Dracula.||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitEpisode 1: Monsters in Literature Part 1||Literature is full of monsters, and always has been. But who are these monsters, and what do they mean, and why do they matter? We’ll answer those questions with a chronological survey in three episodes. In this episode, we go from Gilgamesh to Beowul||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Entertaining and educational
If college literature courses were more like this, classrooms would be packed. Literate, funny, and extremely useful whether you plan to fight monsters or just want to know more about them. The host is learned, self-effacing, and funny, and that’s a rare combination.
Very entertaining and educational. One always reads about various types of monsters in all kinds of fiction and it is very useful for this podcast to talk about what they mean in the larger sense of the story. Very helpful.
Monsters Are My Favorite
Such a great, unexplored topic. Love Josh’s voice and storytelling. Ready right now for the all-BEOWULF episode.