Ghouls: Myth, Fiction and... Evolutionary Heritage?


If your fictional diet contains significant quantities of horror or dark fantasy, then you've likely encountered the ghoul: a scavenging, grave-robbing race of unnatural beings with an insatiable hunger for the dead. As Robert and Joe explore in this episode, the roots of ghouldom sink back into pre-Islamic Arabic folklore -- as well into the distant evolutionary history of humanity itself.

Ghouls: Myth, Fiction and... Evolutionary Heritage?

Image Credit: "Ghouls" by Gordon Napier, commissioned for Cubicle 7 and used with permission. Be sure to check out Cubicle 7's selection of card and RPG games right here.

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Suggested Ghoul Reading:

"Throne of Bones" by Brian McNaughton

"Pickman's Model" by H.P. Lovecraft

"Daughter of Hounds" by Caitlín R. Kiernan

"Far Below" by Robert Barbour Johnson

"The Grave Stompers: Six Tales from the Southern Earth" by Robert J. Lamb

"The Mythical Ghoul in Arabic Culture" by Ahmed Al-Rawi

Topics in this Podcast: myth, cannibalism, fiction, Halloween, evolution, monsters