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.
How Ghouls Work (HowStuffWorks)
Monster of the Week: The Scavenging Ghoul
A True Story of Mummies and European Ghouls
Monster of the Week: Crawlers ('The Descent')
Are you a ghoul? (HSW Quiz)
The Science of H.P. Lovecraft (podcast)
Monster of the Week: The Haunter of the Dark
Monster of the Week: Cthulhu
Monster of the Week: Dr. Edward Pretorius
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