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Monster of the Week: Succubi, Ants & Sperm Theft

We’ve covered the succubus here on Monster of the Week before, from its Asian fox spirit guise to the European complexities of incubus and succubus. Yet a recent study from the University of Vermont casts new scientific light on this

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A Time Before Fire

Humans hardly invented fire, and yet if we travel back far enough in time, we encounter a time before the flame. Remember, three ingredients are necessary for fire. As the boss is quick to remind us, you can’t start a

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Space Music: ∆ICASEA Select 031, Moons of Saturn

In our podcast episode “Saturn’s Brood: Beyond the Outer Ring,” we mention a fabulous space music mix featuring fantastic retro-documentary narration about the Saturnian moons. As promised, I share it with you now. It’s a 2012 mix from UK artists

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When the Moon Rains Shark Teeth

Imagine you’re out for a moonlight walk on a hillside path in second-century Rome. The night is warm, the crickets are chirping, when suddenly the beautiful silver light from the moon begins to take on a pink hue. A lunar

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Monster of the Week: The Nonmen of Eärwa

Long before barbaric tribes ventured into Northern Eärwa, the Nonmen battled for the survival of their own advanced and waning civilization. Known to themselves as  ji’cûnû roi or “the People of Dawn,” the Nonmen proved culturally, psychologically and biologically distinct from

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Space Music: Varied Sounds of Controlled Bleeding

I love a rich, varied discography — especially in the age of Spotify. There’s a sense of sonic archeology to the whole process, and the journey is all the more rewarding when it’s an established act you’ve simply never explored

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Artatomical: Sewing Posture Bisection

Here we see a couple of illustrations from an early 20th century posture book, educating us on the right and wrong way to sit at a sewing machine. Either way, just make sure you’re naked and cut in half. There’s

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Art Spotlight: The Flaying of Marsyas

Our podcast episode “Incomplete/Unfinished” explores the nature of unfinished or incomplete works of literature, art, music and the human experience. In discussing intentionally-unfinished or non finito works of art, Joe and I discuss a number of captivating paintings. Many of the

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Space Music: Space Dimension Controller

Space Dimension Controller (AKA Jack Hamill) has given us such a lovely dose of space music in “Orange Melamine.” It’s an album full of light synth elegance, glitching drum beats and cascades of VHS-era electronic dream. You know, so it’s

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Space Music: The ‘Dune’ Music of Grimes

Following our previous “Science of Dune” podcast episodes, I shared a few different musical selections inspired by Frank Herbert’s “Dune.” Since that time, I’ve embraced the synth-pop styling of Grimes — particularly her albums “Art Angels” (2015) and “Visions” (2011)

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