252 episodes

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.

MonsterTalk Blake Smith

    • Natural Sciences
    • 4.6 • 975 Ratings

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.

    Monster Manual

    Monster Manual

    Roll for initiative as Karen and Blake discuss the history of roleplaying games and the Monster Manual with Jon Peterson.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Usborne Ghosts with Christopher Maynard

    Usborne Ghosts with Christopher Maynard

    Join us for a very Halloween themed look at a book which was deeply influential on Karen and Blake. Usborne's WORLD OF THE UNKNOWN: GHOSTS authored by our very special guest, Christopher Maynard.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Introducing: On The Offensive

    Introducing: On The Offensive

    Karen's latest book is available at Amazon and wherever books are sold. Support MonsterTalk by using the affiliate ad link: bit dot ly forward-slash OnTheOffensive

    • 1 min
    Season of the Witch (Rock & the Occult)

    Season of the Witch (Rock & the Occult)

    Peter Bebergal returns (previously on episode #180 with his book Strange Frequencies)  to discuss magic, witchcraft, and the occult and how those things impacted the world of Rock & Roll music.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Unidentified

    The Unidentified

    Colin Dickey returns to MonsterTalk to discuss his new book "The Unidentified" which deals with fringe culture, paranormal beliefs, alternative religions and the landscape of the paranormal. Bigfoot, UFOs, Mt. Shasta, Atlantis and more.

    • 59 min
    BigFootage - Night of the Demon

    BigFootage - Night of the Demon

    A sample of the Patreon bonus feature BigFootage. In episode 5 I discuss the Bigfoot slasher "video nasty" called Night of the Demon (1983).

    • 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
975 Ratings

975 Ratings

Troythulu ,

Monstrously good!

Here’s a show even an eldritch entity from beyond spacetime can enjoy! Blake and Karen chat, usually with interesting guests, about things that go bump in the night, and weird things that don’t as well, with open-minded straight-talk about all manner of bizarre critters as folklore, myth, urban legend, the occasional hoax, and many other hypotheses as well, all from a scientific perspective that strives for fairness, objectivity, and accuracy. This is, after all, the science show about monsters!

I give the show five stars and four tentacular thumb-analog extremities up!

Beyonce23706 ,

You don’t have to believe in monsters to love them

It can be hard to explain to people that loving paranormal subjects does not mean I believe in it. Monster Talk gets it. Thoughtful and fun deep dives into aliens, Bigfoot, cryptids, and much more. Thank you Blake and Karen for making my favorite show!

Shhhhhapppppooo ,

I wish they were more open minded

I love the topics, agree with most of the things they say, but they have said multiple things about religious people that are very close minded. I believe in global warming, support science and research, know how to read scientific papers and decipher statistical graphs, and I am a very active Christian. I don’t think religious people need to be more skeptical and logical, I think everyone needs to be. The fact they have called out religious people multiple times and lumped us all in one has been very frustrating to me, as I feel like I don’t belong in that category and don’t feel like being religious is the problem. We can believe different theologies, and still agree on well researched science.
Keep up the good work, love the information, maybe tone down the discrimination towards those who practice Christianity.

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