Episodes
Blake and Karen discuss some recent werewolf projects, and what to do with all this research material accrued since this project started in 2011.  Wolf-related MonsterTalk (previous episodes) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Jay Smith’s historical research on hyenas and French wolf attacks. (Behind a paywall, but you may be able to get free access at your local public or university libraries. Be sure and check with a librarian.) Scott Lilienfeld (et al) book on Psychology Myths mentioned...
Published 06/10/24
Friend of the show Ray Garton, author of many horror books including In a Dark Place, passed away April 21, 2024 of lung cancer. This show is largely a rebroadcast of episode #039 from 2011. Ray was one of the first and most prominent people who worked with Ed and Lorraine Warren who then went on to call them out for their duplicity. He wouldn't be the only one either, as we covered in The Warren Omission a few years later. Content Warning: Many of the alleged events that Ray wrote about for...
Published 06/03/24
We take a look at the 1992 BBC Halloween tv special, Ghostwatch. Ghostwatch (streaming Affiliate Link) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/27/24
This week we take a look at some recent news stories that fall within our bailiwick. We've got big cats, big-not-really-cats, and some UFO data to discuss. (with Matt Baxter.) Note - check out the articles for images of the "Thylacine", especially the Reddit thread and Galante's video. Tasmanian Tiger: Forrest Galante's YT Video Coverage in Newsweek Reddit readers have a go at the photos Alien Big Cat in UK BBC says DNA confirms big cat in UK Local news coverage 2023 article with similar...
Published 05/20/24
This week we're going to take a quick peek behind the curtains as to how THE SCIENCE OF MONSTERS came to be published by MonsterHouse, and what you can find inside. Sales of the book directly help the show, and all of that is explained during our MonsterTalking. The Science of Monsters - paperback & kindle The many lives of Joe Nickell Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/13/24
Blake and Karen are joined by Matt Baxter to discuss the new horror film Late Night with the Devil (AMZ affiliate link), a fictional work that draws very heavily from "real" paranormal history to anchor its verisimilitude.  Trailer for LNwtD Don Lane vs Randi incident CSICOP Randi vs James Hydrick Randi vs Popov Randi and Don Lane incident Randi Michelle Remembers Anton LaVey Jim Jones Branch Davidians Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/06/24
In this episode we talk with professor Jason Josephson-Storm about the concept of Disenchantment, why it's an important and influential concept, and why it is also a pervasive myth.  The Dialectic of Enlightenment by Max Horkheimer and Theodor W. Adorno Max Weber The Golden Bough by James Frazer  Deadly Words by by Jeanne Favret-Saada Our coverage of the homunculus - way back in episode 53! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/29/24
Is Bigfoot making peculiar stacks of bones in the forests of Mt. St. Helens? Archaeologist Andy White joins us to discuss the hypothesis that was the topic of a research paper by a Bigfoot proponent Mitchell Townsend. Andy's website (and response to Townsend's claims) Andy also has a YOUTUBE CHANNEL. Taphonomy Bigfoot proponent Townsend has been on Coast-to-Coast-AM more than once, where he also promoted his ideas about hidden images in stones. Mitchell's ideas are VERY reminiscent of the...
Published 04/22/24
Karen and Blake discuss three little mysteries they've run across while doing research that didn't quite warrant an individual episode, and which might benefit from some crowd-sourcing. Examples of "Bigfoot Tree Forts" Colorado Site discussing Tik-Tok Bigfoot Structures Fairy-Braids: This is a real phenomenon - example article with photos Loren Coleman discussing MK Davis discussing Bigfoot braids (Cryptomundo) Some examples of algorithmic analysis of biological behaviors (gScholar) Silver...
Published 04/15/24
Matt and Karen report back from their trip to Devil's Tower, Wyoming. reuters debunk traced to Facebook Satirical Post Watch CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND via Amazon affiliate link Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/08/24
[This episode contains some adult language.] This is the story of the search for Bigfoot as conducted by the NORTH AMERICAN WILDLIFE RESEARCH CENTER. (Which sounds a lot like the real Bigfoot research group North American Wildlife Research Team that famously setup the only permanent Bigfoot trap maintained by the national park service.) But while a lot of the stuff in this film sounds real - the whole thing is made up. The IMDB page gives you the details on the cast. A very good widescreen...
Published 04/01/24
We're excited to have Professor Chris French back to introduce his brand new book, The Science of Weird Shit: Why Our Minds Conjure The Paranormal (Affiliate Link). Links: Wilson & Barber and the "fantasy prone personality" Richard Wiseman appearances on MonsterTalk Susan Blackmore (wikipedia) Anomalistic Psychology Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/25/24
We catch up with Richard Estep and Bil Bungay, co-authors of The Black Monk of Pontefract: The World's Most Violent and Relentless Poltergeist to talk about the history and strange happenings alleged to take place in the village of Pontefract in Yorkshire. Website of the house (for bookings and photos) You can rent Bil's movie When The Lights Went Out on Vimeo for a small fee. And here is Bil's Parapod movie on Apple's platform. Colin Wilson's book on the topic (Poltergeist) which has the...
Published 03/18/24
This week Blake, Karen and Matt Baxter discuss celebrity UFO encounters. Why are they so popular? Why do we care? Some examples: John Lennon Olivia Newton John  Elvis Russell Crowe Mick Jagger David Bowie Kesha Demi Lovato Jimmy Carter (see The UFO Movie They Don't Want You To See) Heck - YouTube is just full of these stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/11/24
Blake and Karen discuss The Secret History of Bigfoot by John O'Connor.  The Secret History of Bigfoot (affiliate link) NYT Book Review Trey the Explainer on Bigfoot and Indigenous Culture (YouTube) Michael Barkun's Culture of Conspiracy (affiliate link) Spokane Washington Public Library reading by O'Connor (YouTube) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 03/04/24
There are lots of things to read about this on the Internet and you will not find a definitive answer, I'm afraid. My conclusions are based on parsimony not on explicit proof. Besides, we all know how hard it is to prove a negative. It's a complex topic with many black-box elements and those tend to lend themselves to conspiratorial thinking. If you have things to say on the topic, come comment on the episode on our Patreon. Some articles of interest: Test showing negative results...
Published 02/26/24
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 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 02/19/24
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...
Published 02/12/24
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...
Published 02/05/24
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...
Published 01/29/24
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) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 01/22/24
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...
Published 01/15/24
We talk with the multi-talented Miles Greb about AI Art in the first part of what will likely be several episodes this year touching on "artificial intelligence."  Miles' work can be found on his website and his podcast (Plastic Plesiosaur) can be found on your favorite podcasting platform.* Show Notes Orwell on Politics and the English Language Understanding Machine Learning with Carrie Anne Philbin Recent story about artists not-consenting to be training material for AI Specific AI Art...
Published 01/08/24
A 2023 end-of-year weird story roundup and some lighthearted chatting with Blake, Karen and Matt.  Links to coverage follow: UAP Hearings Colorado Bigfoot Nigerian Humanoid Champ Sonar Rat Boy Gaffe Tasmanian Tiger Videos Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 01/01/24
Once again we have Ghost Stories for Christmas in the tradition of the BBC's MR James inspired intermittent television series. John Charrington's Wedding is a creepy tale by E. Nesbit. Edith Nesbit may be more well known to you for her series The Railway Children.  Patrons get a bonus ghost story The Secret of Macarger's Gulch by Ambrose Bierce. I picked this because of Bierce's brilliant mix of genuine horrors with comedy of manners and wordplay.  Happy Holidays from Blake and Karen! Learn...
Published 12/25/23