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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.

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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.

    Connecticut Cryptids

    Connecticut Cryptids

    A lighthearted discussion of the cryptids of Connecticut with the author and illustrator of 
    Connecticut Cryptids: A Field Guide to the Weird & Wonderful Creatures of the Nutmeg State, Patrick Scalisi and Valerie Ruby-Omen.

    Patrick's Amazon Author's Page (affiliate link)
    Valerie's facebook page
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    • 43 min
    House of the Unholy (pt 2)

    House of the Unholy (pt 2)

    We conclude our two-part look at Boleskine House, on the shores of Loch Ness. Matt Baxter joins Karen and Blake to wrap up this investigation.
    Links for Part 2:
    Article about sale of Boleskine
    Report of death of Major Grant (1960)
    A Dark Song (movie loosely based on Crowley/Abramelin working) (affiliate link)
    The Cadco Affair - or the great sausage scandal
    Pre-fire article (2015) about Boleskine after Page sale
    Current owners hope link to Outlander series will generate restoration funds
    The Boleskine House Foundation - seeking to restore the site
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    • 38 min
    House of the Unholy - Part 1

    House of the Unholy - Part 1

    Part 1 of a 2-part look at Boleskine House, the little house on the shores of Loch Ness that allegedly once hosted an infamous ceremony attempt by Mr. Aleister Crowley. Matt Baxter joins Karen and Blake to discuss. 

    Thanks to previous guests Peter Bebergal, Jerry Drake and Al Ridenour for their assistance on preparing this episode.

    Related Links - Part 1
    News article chock full of the legends we discuss
    What happened to the kids from that Led Zeppelin album cover?
    Who was Kenneth Anger?
    Documentary on Crowley (sometimes explicit content - YouTube)
    The OTHER Loch Ness Monster - doc that Blake thinks influenced expansion of legend
    Documentarian seeking to capture the restoration and demystify site
    The Boleskine House Foundation - seeking to restore the site
    BBC article on restoration efforts
    Samuel MacGregor Mathers - Crowley's mentor and translator of Abramelin
    The Golden Dawn - English magical society (1887 - 1903)
    The English translation of the Abramelin Working by Mathers
    The Confessions of Aleister Crowley - Internet Archive
    Images for Part 1:
    The graveyard downhill from Boleskine
    YouTube compilation of photos from inside and outside the house
    Atlas Obscura info on the site
    Related Episodes:
    The Great Beast 666 - a look at Crowley
    Theosophy & Western Esotericism - pt1
    Theosophy & Western Esotericism - pt2
    Grimoires Part 1
    Grimoires Part 2
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    • 44 min
    The Goblins of Wikipedia

    The Goblins of Wikipedia

    Blake wraps up his seven year deep dive into the Kelly-Hopkinsville Goblins case by taking a look at the many myths and misconceptions still enshrined in the Wikepedia article at the time of this recording. Yep - it's Blake rant time again... 
    The two-part article is published in the UK's Skeptic.

    Part one is live now:
    https://www.skeptic.org.uk/2024/01/guns-and-goblins-what-really-happened-during-the-kentucky-alien-invasion/
    Part two should be live Monday, Jan 29th, 2024.
    If this link is wrong, I'll correct it.
    https://www.skeptic.org.uk/2024/01/the-kentucky-alien-invasion-putting-to-bed-the-myths-and-mysteries/

    If you're serious about this topic and want more, we've got plenty of places to go:

    #136 – AMERICAN GOBLINS—PART 1
    #137 – AMERICAN GOBLINS—PART 2
    #138 – AMERICAN GOBLINS – PART 3
    Astonishing Legends podcast coverage: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

    The troublesome Wikipedia article on this topic.
    The journal article by Schmaltz and Lilienfeld. 
    The correction to that article - that still didn't correct the problem.
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    • 38 min
    Maximum PG Effort

    Maximum PG Effort

    A look at Blake's ongoing research into the missing history of the Patterson-Gimlin film. 
    This is pre-publication and the raw data is not ready to share yet, but we discuss some of the findings. 
    Episode 12 - Greg Long
    Cryptid Cinema - Steve Bissette (affiliate link)
    Cryptid Cinema vol 2 (affiliate link)
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    • 37 min
    The Toronto Tunnel Monster

    The Toronto Tunnel Monster

    In 1979 a man named Ernest encountered a mysterious creature in a tunnel in the Cabbagetown neighborhood of Toronto. Now, four decades on, we're joined by author Jeff Dupuis to look back on this peculiar incident and ask talk about why some monsters go viral and others remain "deep cuts" of cryptozoology.
    LINKS:
    Jeff Dupuis and the TORONTO Cabbage Town Monster:
    Jeff Dupuis - cryptid-themed novels
    Additional:
    The UFO "Commander-X" - possibly Timothy Green Beckley (at least in part)
    Obit for Timothy Green Beckley
    Commander-X (the hacktivist) extradition from Mexico
    Colorful character Salako Kalfou mentioned in the interview
    Goldenstein's article from 1979
    Freak Encounters (2010) - affiliate link
    Captain Midnight TV hack
    Vrillon 1977 "Alien" TV intrusion
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
146 Ratings

146 Ratings

KRS_Sven ,

A Must-Listen Show

Simply a must-listen for any fans of monsters, cryptids and bizarre stories as well as the empirical evidence that surrounds them. Any discussion of these topics needs to happen through a lens of reason while also embracing the fact that we often want things to be real that we know are (or probably are) myth.

Gary_1969 ,

Monster Talk

I love this show! Blake and Karen are great. An absolute must listen for fans of the weird and wonderful. And puns!

dialectic coma ,

not bad

interesting show but brought down a bit by frequent ads, short length and inconsistent audio quality. worth a listen, room for improvement, hosts both seem nice

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