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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

walkingdeadguts--feature Monster of the Week: The Odorous Zombie

The biology of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” can prove a tad confusing at times. Why do zombies eat? Why don’t they rot? Who shaved Rick’s neck in the hospital? As perplexing as these questions may be, most characters on the

monsterhusband-feature Monster of the Week: Husbands From Outer Space

If you’ve ever looked at your beloved partner as an inhuman entity from another world, then 1958′s “I Married a Monster From Outer Space” is required viewing. Marge (played by scream queen Gloria Talbott) marries her sweetheart Bill only to

thunder1-feature Monster of the Week: Thunder of the Three Storms

Venture into the domain of Lo Pan and you’ll encounter a netherworld of the darkest magic. Here the Ultimate Evil Spirit plots his reconquest of the physical universe — and he has more than a few minions at his command.

cratemonster3 Monster of the Week: Fluffy the Crate Dweller

My colleague Dr. Anton Jessup knows a thing or two about dangerous artifacts in university basements. He can tell you that crates from doomed Arctic exhibitions are probably best left alone. Who knows what monstrosities they contain? Why, monstrosities such

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