The Monster Gallery

The Ghoul
Photo courtesy Sam Inabinet

You know better than to wander the cemetery at night, yet here you are, strolling a landscape of weathered granite and dying flowers. Learn all about these corpse-munching denizens of the tomb in "How Ghouls Work."

Also, explore the human evolutionary history of scavenging and cannibalism in Monster of the Week: The Scavenging Ghoul.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.