The Monster Gallery

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The most dangerous member of the Texan cannibal clan, Leatherface is known for his love of sledge hammers and chainsaws, but his nickname stems from the various human skin masks he dons. Sure, you'll find direct connections between this fictional proto-slasher and the world of true crime, but what of animal parallels? Read more in "Monster of the Week: Leatherface & Hermit Crabs."

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.