All Episodes

Krampus: Origins of the Yuletide Monster

We look at the historical origins of Krampus in the winter festivals of the Alpine region.

The Origins of ‘Big Bug’ Science Fiction

Learn all that contributes to this beloved film subgenre featuring footage from Deep Look!

Trolls: Scandinavia’s Malevolent, Magical Outcasts

This episode takes you through the Nordic sagas that contribute to the prowess of Trolls.

The Werewolf’s Modern Metamorphosis

This episode will help you understand why the popularity of the werewolf continues to grow

The Killer Origins of the Werewolf

How did wolves come to be associated with cannibalism, sorcery, and mental illness?

Fire Cat or Fire Cart? The History of Japan’s Kasha

The Kasha drags the bodies of the dead to the underworld for a life of damnation.

El Silbón: The Deadly Whistler of the Grasslands

This emaciated, whistling devil is cursed to wander the South American Countryside.

The Macabre Origins of the Grim Reaper

This episode looks at the history of the scythe-wielding skeletal form of the Grim Reaper.

Don’t Let Them In! The Urban Legends of Black-Eyed Children

Urban legend idea that the youngest of our species are out to destroy us.

Basilisk or Cockatrice? The Mysterious King of Serpents

Find Out the Surprising truth of What the Basilisk and the Cockatrice have in Common

Yara-ma-yha-who: Australia’s Regurgitating, Blood-Sucking Mo

This vampiric creature uses its fingers and toes to suck your blood.

Will-o’-the-Wisp: Monstrous Flame or Scientific Phenomenon?

These elusive blue flames have been reported globally and inspired a wealth of folklore.

Leprechaun: From Gold-Loving Cobbler to Cultural Icon

The diminutive faerie folk was once more popularly known for their role as tricksters

Taotie: The Mystery of Chinese Mythology’s Famous Glutton

This influential ancient monster from Chinese mythology predates the written word.

Werehyena: The Terrifying Shapeshifters of African Lore

This monster is an animal that disguises itself in human form.

Baba Yaga: The Ancient Origins of the Famous ‘Witch’

One of the most beloved (and feared) figures in Russian and East Slavic folklore,

About Monstrum

The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., takes us on a journey to discover a new monster for each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature and film.

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