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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.

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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.

    Conversation with Steve Ramsey

    Conversation with Steve Ramsey

    YouTube sensation Steve Ramsey of the channel Woodworking for Mere Mortals just so happens to be a massive horror buff and monster enthusiast. We discuss his horror and Halloween projects (including his infamous Ouija board video), his lifelong journey of finding joy in the dark side, his favorite monsters, and the horror films that make … Continue reading Conversation with Steve Ramsey

    Masked Monster Professor with Pinckney Benedict, Sarah Jilek, and Mandi Jourdan

    Masked Monster Professor with Pinckney Benedict, Sarah Jilek, and Mandi Jourdan

    Four weird writers don disguises to discuss monsters, robots, and the supernatural in their own works, as well as the strange new possibilities for storytelling in social media, virtual reality, and beyond. See the full video, masks-and-all, on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/z4IxJcUF1Ns (and please subscribe). Pinckney Benedict is a Full Professor of creative writing and virtual-reality … Continue reading Masked Monster Professor with Pinckney Benedict, Sarah Jilek, and Mandi Jourdan

    Conversation with Jeff Westfall

    Conversation with Jeff Westfall

    Monsters and martial arts? What about self-defense against zombies, vampires, and werewolves? What about the real-life human monsters that make martial arts necessary, and which martial art is your best bet? We get answers to these and more by talking with martial arts expert Jeff Westfall, black-belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Ajarn in Muay Thai, black-belt … Continue reading Conversation with Jeff Westfall

    Monstrous Plagues

    Monstrous Plagues

    Viruses and similar epidemics have infected our horror stories for generations, so let’s discuss some of the most fascinating examples and try to figure out what drives our fear of monstrous plagues. Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore monsters in literature, myth, film, games, folklore, culture, and beyond. … Continue reading Monstrous Plagues

    Conversation with Michael Drout

    Conversation with Michael Drout

    I talk with Michael Drout about Grendel, dragons, Balrogs, and more such monsters of both Middle-earths. Michael Drout is one of the world’s leading scholars on Tolkien and Beowulf; author and editor of numerous books, collections, and journals; lecturer on language and liberal arts; expert in Anglo-Saxon; and Professor of English and Director of the … Continue reading Conversation with Michael Drout

    Conversation with Valerie Nieman

    Conversation with Valerie Nieman

    I talk with author Valerie Nieman about her gritty supernatural novel To the Bones as well as local folklore, Appalachian monsters, the art of mixing the supernatural with the literary, and more. Find out more about her and her books at www.valnieman.com Subscribe to The Monster Professor, a show in which we discuss and explore … Continue reading Conversation with Valerie Nieman

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 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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