67 episodes

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.

The Monster Professor Josh Woods

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    • 4.8 • 20 Ratings

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.

    Shapeshifters and Ghost Investigations with John Kachuba

    Shapeshifters and Ghost Investigations with John Kachuba

    From prehistory and ancient myth to modern-day reports of real encounters, shapeshifters and ghosts surround us, so I dig into them with John Kachuba, author of several ghosthunting guides as well as the recent book Shapeshifters: A History (University of Chicago Press). Find more on John Kachuba here: http://johnkachuba.com The Monster Professor: a show in … Continue reading Shapeshifters and Ghost Investigations with John Kachuba

    • 58 min
    Halloween 1978

    Halloween 1978

    As a last-minute Halloween treat, I discuss the utter brilliance of the original 1978 film Halloween.

    • 37 min
    Halloween Watch 2021

    Halloween Watch 2021

    It’s time again to discuss (or more accurately, ramble on about) awesome horror and Halloween films I’ve (re)watched recently. Spoiler warning in full effect for the following: Joe Bob’s Last Drive-In ShowTourist TrapBlack ChristmasElijah Wood projects: Mandy, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, The Greasy Strangler, I Don’t Feel at Home in this World … Continue reading Halloween Watch 2021

    • 46 min
    Serial Killers in Greek Myth with Debbie Felton

    Serial Killers in Greek Myth with Debbie Felton

    Were serial killers lurking in the shadows of Classical mythology? To find out, we dig into Theseus’ gantlet of villains, the sphynx, Medea, and more, with Classics professor Debbie Felton, author of Monsters and Monarchs: Serial Killers in Classical Myth and History. Debbie Felton’s site: https://www.umass.edu/classics/member/debbie-felton The Monster Professor: a show in which we discuss … Continue reading Serial Killers in Greek Myth with Debbie Felton

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Ring-wraiths and Dracula

    Ring-wraiths and Dracula

    Are Ring-wraiths inspired by Dracula, perhaps even Tolkien’s version of vampires? We go through the details to find out. 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. joshwoodsauthor.com

    • 42 min
    Hercules the Monster Slayer with Kevin Sorbo

    Hercules the Monster Slayer with Kevin Sorbo

    Special guest Kevin Sorbo joins me to discuss his iconic role as the greatest monster slayer ever, Hercules. We explore the classic hero vs. anti-hero, and the value of hero vs. monster stories in the modern era, as well as Sorbo’s own personal battles and current projects focused on battling darkness with light. Links for … Continue reading Hercules the Monster Slayer with Kevin Sorbo

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

princess needle ,

F*CK YEAH, MONSTERS!!

The Monster Professor fulfills a desire that I didn’t know I had— everything I wanted to know about monsters (in literature, in pop culture, in film, etc.) is now in one place. This podcast is informative and entertaining, and its host is clearly an authority on the subject.

PigHelmet ,

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.

SirDaveG ,

Awesome Podcast

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.

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