Welcome to Monstrum!

The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., takes us on a journey to discover a new monster in each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature, and film and digs deep into the history of those mythologies.

Welcome to Monstrum!


More to Explore from Monstrum

  • Unicorns: Magical Icons or Violent Beasts?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Unicorns: Magical Icons or Violent Beasts?

    S5 E3 - 12m 53s

    Unicorns are all over the place in popular culture these days - movies, TV shows, toys, clothing and books for children and adults alike. But you might be interested to learn that the majestic, all-white horse with a spiralized horn on its forehead is just one version of the many varieties of unicorns that have appeared in folklore throughout history.

  • How Bloody Mary Turns Fear Into Fun: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How Bloody Mary Turns Fear Into Fun

    S5 E2 - 9m 35s

    By some accounts, she’s hideously mutilated but in others she is beautiful but bloody—more commonly though—every aspect of her appearance is vague. There’s even versions where she was a witch burned at the stake in Salem. In some legends, she’s connected to a cult. But where she comes from and what she looks like is less important than the ritual that summons her.

  • Is Yuki-onna the Most Terrifying Snow Monster?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Is Yuki-onna the Most Terrifying Snow Monster?

    S5 E1 - 9m 32s

    Yuki-Onna, the icy snow maiden of Japanese lore, might steal your heart, or your life. This harsh winter monster is beautiful and dangerous, the incarnation of winter storms - as beautiful and pale as the falling snow. She may have black or white hair, but it is always very long. Her thin, tall body can appear naked but more often it is wrapped in a blindingly white kimono.

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