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sphinx4-featured Monster of the Week: The Sphinx

I chose “Oedipus and the Sphinx” by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres to illustrate our podcast episode “The Science of Coincidence,” so it seems a perfect opportunity to explore the mythical Sphinx as a Monster of the Week. Let’s approach the

baphomet2-feature Monster of the Week: Baphomet

This week let us consider Baphomet, a monstrous deity that emerged from the 14th century heresy trials of the Knights Templar. King Philip IV and  Pope Clement V’s dissolution of this powerful monastic military order is a subject unto itself,

DecapitatingGod-feature Monster of the Week: The Decapitating God

Many unnatural creatures revel in human decapitation. From the hatchet-wielding headless horsemen of the West to Gashadokuro, the starving skeleton of Japanese mythology, the impulse to slice or gnaw a person’s head off seems universal. And why shouldn’t it be?

pacherdevil-feature Monster of the Week: The Devil’s Backside

We’ve covered demons here before on Monster of the Week, but never the Devil himself. In keeping with this week’s episode on Satanic Panic, I thought we should change that. The physical manifestations of the horned one are too many

mantango2-feature Monster of the Week: The Mushrooms of Matango

The islands of the South Pacific are home to countless natural wonders — as well as a few unnatural ones. Monster Island tends to grab most of the headlines with its rampaging kaiju, but the isle of Matango offers an

godzilla2000-feature Monster of the Week: Godzilla

There’s much we don’t understand about Godzilla. His titanic size has always been problematic. As Danielle Venton sumarizes over at Popular Science, the monster’s most recent incarnation would weigh in at 164,000 tons and boast bones twice as strong as

garthim-featured Monster of the Week: The Garthim of Thra

Last week we discussed the culture and anatomy of the Gelflings of Thra, so this week we explore another creature from the world of the Dark Crystal: the deadly Garthim. The Skeksis engineered these massive creatures to serve as their

gelfling1-feature Monster of the Week: The Gelflings of Thra

As we explore in Jim Henson’s “The Dark Crystal,” the planet Thra is a world ravaged by schism and colonialism. Alien UrSkeks arrived on the planet during the first great conjunction and promptly divided into two distinct species: the zen-like

krampus2-feature Monster of the Week: The Krampus

I trust you’re familiar with the krampus: a species of alpine snow demon famous for its peculiar custom of terrifying, beating and kidnapping naughty children each and every December. Kids fear them, holiday-weary adults love them and at one point

grinch1-feature Monster of the Week: Of Grinch and Grendel

Whether contemplating the Grinch or Grendel, the scenario is much the same. Sure, one cave-dwelling monster haunts the Danish moors while the other lives within the microcosm of the Who Dust Speck. One tale ends in bloodshed, the other in

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