149 episodes

An Irish podcast about 'Lost Worlds' in lore and literature

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    • 4.9 • 24 Ratings

An Irish podcast about 'Lost Worlds' in lore and literature

    Apocalypse Kong: Kong Skull Island (with Dr Justin Mullis)

    Apocalypse Kong: Kong Skull Island (with Dr Justin Mullis)

    Dr Justin Mullis drops into the Explorers Club to discuss the 2017 film Kong: Skull Island. Topics include:

    -Japanese cryptozoology

    -The depiction of apes in popular culture

    -Kong as a colonial Lost World story?

    -the ecology of Skull Island

    -The significance of the 70s Vietnam setting

    -John Goodman and the Monarch organisation

    -Kong’s reinvention as a Kaiju

    -Some of the best CGI in a recent creature film?

    -The Skullcrawlers’ link to the original 1933 King Kong

    -Cryptozoology in the Monsterverse

    -The mystical gateway that often guards the Lost Worlds


    -Justin’s academia edu

    -Justin's Notes for the episode (availability pending)

    -Justin at Adventures In Poor Taste

    -From Cryptids to Kaiju

    -Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, John Rieder

    -Kaiju Transmissions episode

    -G-Fest 2024

    -King Kong Cometh, Paul A. Woods

    -Kong Unmade, John Lemay

    -Encyclopedia of Weird War Stories, Paul Green

    -The Great War and Prehistoric Memory, Ross J Wilson

    • 1 hr 37 min
    Just Like His Old Man: Son Of Kong (with Eddie Guimont)

    Just Like His Old Man: Son Of Kong (with Eddie Guimont)

    Return to Skull Island back in 1933 with Eddie Guimont to see whether there's more to the overlooked SON OF KONG than you've heard. Topics include:


    -Occult beliefs in Bolsonaro’s government

    -Was Kong intended to be sympathetic?

    -The origins & making of Son of Kong

    -The real-life colonial adventures of Kong’s creators

    -The social and economic world of Kong’s 1933

    -The trope of the ancient lost monument-builders

    -The ethnicity of the Skull Islanders

    -Willis O’Brien’s special effects

    -Lovecraft and Mysterious Islands


    Jason Colavito on Percy Fawcett


    Kong: The History Of A Movie Icon, Ray Morton, 2005


    When The Stars Are Right, Edward Guimont and Horace A Smith


    From Crypto's to Kaiju, Justin Mullen (currently restricted access)


    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Lost White Tribe (with Michael Robinson)

    The Lost White Tribe (with Michael Robinson)

    Cian chats with Michael Robinson, author of The Lost White Tribe. Topics include:

    -the story of Henry Morton Stanley and his 'white' Ruwenzori tribe, a story that was famous at the time but is almost never mentioned today even in biographies of Stanley

    -the birth of adventure fiction, the obsession with plots about lost cities and lost races

    -connections to the life and work of HR Haggard, his place as a founder of lost world literature, his fictional lost white tribes in King Solomons Mines and She

    -Richard Ogelsby Marsh's white tribe in Panama

    -Ernst Schafer and the 1938 Nazi Tibet expedition


    The Lost White Tribe book

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    • 55 min
    Through the Crater's Rim by A. Hyatt Verrill

    Through the Crater's Rim by A. Hyatt Verrill

    A lost race in Panama and some man-eating trees show up in this Amazing Stories tale from 1926, written by traveller and finder of Lost Worlds in fact and fiction, A. Hyatt Verrill!

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    • 38 min
    Frank Frazetta's Thun'da

    Frank Frazetta's Thun'da

    A lost world comic book from the 50s drawn by the great Frank Frazetta!

    • 36 min
    Lost Valley Podcast - Episode Zero

    Lost Valley Podcast - Episode Zero

    Cian explains changes coming, a new show, a slight change of theme, and some behind-the-scenes info!

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

I Doubt It ,

Smart, fun, balanced, informative

I’ve heard the gamut of “paranormal” themed content. If you are tired of just stories with no original thoughts, Cian’s work is the polar opposite. It is thoughtful, very well-researched, and interesting. You will learn new things. It takes examination of the weird to a new level without being stuffy and arrogant. I’m working through the entire back catalog - even the movie and media episodes are a treat. Great work.

Bilas Peles ,

Interesting tales by a sceptic

Amusing accounts of supposed encounters with aliens and monsters presented by someone who is definitely a sceptic.

Bookishboy ,

Smashing Podcast - my new fave thing!

Cian is providing a smashing podcast, learned and funny in equal measure and so very pleasant to listen to, it is my new fave thing and I am tearing through the back catalogue while I have coffee and later when I make dinner, really do check it out, it is enjoyable even if, like me, you’ve been steeped in this stuff since you were a kid lol ;)

Well done all around! :)

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