spice_mass_by_lukeoram-big Monster of the Week: The Sandworms of ‘Dune’

“Now they had a circular relationship: little maker to pre-spice mass; little maker to shai-hulud; shai-hulud to scatter the spice upon which fed microscopic creatures called sand plankton; the sand plankton, food for shai-hulud, growing, burrowing, becoming little makers.” -

calibos-featured Monster of the Week: Calibos & his Giant Scorpions

This week’s podcast episodes concern the nature of tails, so I thought we’d explore one of cinema’s finest tailed monsters: Calibos from 1981′s “Clash of the Titans.” As you probably recall, Calibos was the the son of Thetis, goddess of

facedancer-main Monster of the Week: Face Dancers of ‘Dune’

The unnatural world of monsters contains many a nefarious shapeshifter, but few invoke such mystery as the Bene Tleilax face dancers from Frank Herbert’s “Dune” universe. To refresh, these creatures reside in a very curious interstellar civilization. After the rejection

thethingeyes-main Monster of the Week: The Thing

In a pair of disastrous 1982 incidents, humanity encountered a formless, aggregate organism from beyond our solar system known only as “the Thing.” Luckily, these incidents occurred in the inhospitable wastes of Antarctica, so we never had to learn what

skinspyfeatured2 Monster of the Week: The Consult Skin Spy

The unnatural world undulates with monstrous deception. Every familiar face may well prove a clever mask for some unspeakable horror. The world of Eärwa, detailed in R. Scott Bakker’s excellent “Second Apocalypse” saga, is no exception to the rule.* The

chippendalemupp-feature Monster of the Week: The Chippendale Mupp

In “Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book,” the good doctor takes us on a journey through the Kingdom of Sleep, introducing us to such fantastic sights as the Bumble-Tub Club dreamers and the Curious Crandalls. The long-tailed Chippendale Mupp, however, presents the

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

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