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Here Be Monsters

The Podcast about the Unknown

Episodes

  • HBM120: Own Worst Interest

    Jun 05 2019

    In the fall of 1989, in Vancouver, Washington, a short, 29 year-old man named Westley Allan Dodd raped and murdered three young boys. The boys were brothers Cole and William Neer, ages 10 and 11, and four year old Lee Isli. A few weeks later, police arrested Westley at movie theater after he tried and failed to abduct another boy. He quickly confessed to the three murders. The prosecution sought the death penalty, and Dodd pled guilty. Death penalty cases take a long time due to all the appeals...more

  • HBM119: An Episode of Pebbles and Twigs

    May 22 2019

    The end of our seventh season draws near! Just one more episode until we hang up our podcasting hats for a few months.   We don’t want you to miss us too much though, so on this episode, we’re tying up some loose ends, answering some questions, and sharing ways that you can stay connected with us even when our podcast feed is quieter. Here are five ways to stay connected during the dry months: HBM Summer Art Exchange.  You like to make art?  You like to get art? Exchange something with a fello...more

  • Listen to Lost Notes

    May 15 2019

    Lost Notes is a podcast that we love.  It’s about music. We think you should subscribe.  This episode comes from the new season and it’s about Suzanne Ciani, an early user of the modular synthesizer.  Ciani wound up being nominated 5 times for a Grammy Award for Best New Age Album, but gained her biggest audience from her iconic commercial work for Coca Cola and others.

  • HBM118: Mountain Seabed

    May 08 2019

    Life on earth began in the oceans.  And it used to be simpler. For the first few billion years, life consisted of microbes that didn’t really swim or hunt; they mostly floated and, if they were lucky, bumped into something they could engulf and digest. But that changed during the Cambrian period. Over a relatively short period of time known as the Cambrian Explosion, organisms started becoming larger and more complex. For the first time they grew limbs and exoskeletons; intestines and eyes. Ani...more

  • HBM117: Grave Oversight

    Apr 24 2019

    Sudan has been involved in ongoing civil wars since 1983. The wars were about religion, culture and resources. By 2005, approximately two million civilians had died. In 2011, the southern part of the country voted to secede from the north, creating the new country of South Sudan.  But there were still three regions that were claimed by both north and south: Abyei, Blue Nile, and South Kordofan. These regions are rich in oil and have fertile farmlands, so politicians and humanitarians predicted t...more

  • HBM116: Finest and Most Rotten (Going Forward)

    Apr 10 2019

    Mar 21, 1919 - NEW YORK CITY An anonymous writer for the New York Tribune stands at 154 Nassau.  The writer asks passers-by a simple question: “Do you think this is a good world?”  It’s just four months after Armistice Day, and on the tail of a flu pandemic that killed 55 million worldwide.  The writer publishes five answers, ranging from “damned rotten” to “the finest”. Mar 21, Mar 21, 2019 - NEW YORK CITY Producer Ula Kulpa stands at the same spot and flags down passers-by 100 years later and ...more

  • HBM115: Bound in Walton et al.

    Mar 27 2019

    A highway robber with many aliases lay on his deathbed after contracting a bad flu. He dictated his life story to his captors before succumbing to his illness in July of 1837.  His captors published the highwayman’s story posthumously with the title: Narrative of the life of James Allen, alias George Walton, alias Jonas Pierce, alias James H. York, alias Burley Grove, the highwayman. Being his death-bed confession, to the warden of the Massachusetts State Prison.   The cover of James Allen’s boo...more

  • HBM114: Envisioning AIDS

    Mar 13 2019

    In a warm and dark room in the winter of 1987, people lay on the ground with their eyes closed.  A facilitator from the Shanti Project guides those assembled on an intimate visualization through the process of dying from AIDS.   This took place at the Interfaith Conference on AIDS and ARC for Clergy and Caregivers in San Francisco.  The conference hoped to give religious organizations tools to help their dying congregants. The conference featured speakers representing Catholicism, Judaism, many ...more

  • HBM113: The Last Ones

    Feb 27 2019

    Bethany Denton’s been thinking about grief a lot lately. In 2017, two of her friends, a mother and a daughter, died unexpectedly just two months apart. Since then, Bethany’s started seeing grief in just about everything, including a caribou at Woodland Park Zoo that dropped her antlers after a miscarriage. Bethany’s good friend, Jesse Brenneman has also been thinking a lot about grief. It was his mother and sister who died in 2017. And shortly after that, his grandfather and father died too. So...more

  • HBM112: Negative Space

    Feb 13 2019

    Back when HBM host Jeff Emtman was a photographer, he used to solve his problems with walks in the woods. There, he’d see the ways that branches frame the sky. As an artistic concept, negative space gets hogged a lot by the visual arts. In this episode, Jeff attempts to wrestle the concept into the sonic world; address his current problems by listening to the spaces between words and by listening to the ambiences of a semi-empty, possibly haunted hotel. Music: The Black Spot💀👉Buy our book!👈🐏...more

  • HBM111: Waiting for Earth

    Jan 30 2019

    Motherhood always seemed non-negotiable for Bethany Denton. Her upbringing in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints certainly instilled this. Mormons believe in what’s called a “premortal existence,” a place up in heaven where the eternal souls eagerly wait their turn to be born on Earth so they can prove their faith to Heavenly Father, and then return to glory in the afterlife. For Mormons, life on Earth is just a short test, an opportunity to practice free agency and serve God’s will...more

  • HBM110: Big Numbers

    Jan 16 2019

    For two thirds of his life, HBM host Jeff Emtman has been thinking about the distance to The Moon in terms of corn snacks. Bugles specifically. It was a factoid written on the packaging that purported to convey information about the distance to the moon. The number itself has been long forgotten, but the taste of degermed yellow corn meal lingers. In this episode, Jeff takes issue with the significance that is placed on large and round numbers. And he talks to his 2 year old nephew while they pl...more

  • HBM109: Untitled Noises of New York (Sound Matters)

    Jan 02 2019

    HBM host Jeff Emtman travels to New York City in an effort to fulfill open-ended recording assignments issued from afar by Tim Hinman for an episode of Bang & Olufsen’s Sound Matters podcast. It should be noted that in this episode, Tim incorrectly states that Jeff is from the “lentil capital of Washington State.” In fact, Jeff is from the self-proclaimed lentil capital of the world. This episode was produced and scored by Tim Hinman. Tim also hosts the fantastic podcast Third Ear. Read an ...more

  • HBM108: Witch of Saratoga

    Dec 19 2018

    Angeline Tubbs may have been as old as 104 when she died alone in the woods, in a hut she made with her own hands. She came to America with a British officer who fought in the Battle of Saratoga (see HBM074: Benedict Arnold Makes People Nervous). Only known photograph of Angeline Tubbs. Circa 1860.  Republished in the January 30th, 1959 issue of The Saratogan. It’s uncertain what happened to the officer, but soon after the battle, Angeline began living a hermit’s life, on the outskirts of societ...more

  • HBM107: Carlo Surrenders

    Dec 05 2018

    Carlo Nakar spent more than twenty years in the United States before he was called by God to return to the the Philippines. It happened during one of his first classes of grad school at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology. He looked into the rafters and asked, “Lord, what would be the hardest thing that you could ever ask me to do?” He received a verbal answer: “You should work with sexually trafficked girls in the Philippines.” At that time, Carlo was in grad school to find himself af...more

  • HBM106: Beautiful Stories about Dead Animals (part 2)

    Nov 21 2018

    Listen to Part 1 This is a special two-part episode, in which Kryssanne describes the many times where she’s seen death or inflicted it upon animals. Soon, this will turn into a book, which will be available to purchase in our store. Kryssanne Adams.  Photo by Jeff Emtman Kryssanne is a writer in Bellingham, Washington, where she also helps run the Bellingham Alternative Library, sings in a Threshold Choir, and works at a museum. Jeff Emtman produced this episode with help from Bethany Denton. M...more

  • Listen to Nocturne

    Nov 14 2018

    Nocturne is a podcast that we love. It’s about the night. We think you should subscribe. This episode is a re-airing of Nocturne’s I Don’t Get Lost, produced by Vanessa Lowe. Nocturne is now a part of KCRW.

  • HBM105: Beautiful Stories about Dead Animals (part 1)

    Nov 07 2018

    Before Kryssanne Adams was old enough to understand death, she found a dead mouse and carried it around with her in a plastic Easter egg shell. She talked to it and gave it water. Kryssanne Adams in Bellingham, Washington This is a special two-part episode, in which Kryssanne describes the many times where she’s seen death or inflicted it upon animals. Soon, this will turn into a book, which will be available to purchase in our store. Kryssanne is a writer in Bellingham, Washington, where she al...more

  • HBM104: Scrapheap Reactor

    Oct 24 2018

    Max Turnquist advises against wearing shorts while dumpster diving for used lab equipment. Almost every day, Max visits a university parking garage, where there are several small mountains of discarded equipment, some of it quite rare. Max Turnquist looks for lab equipment in a pile of discarded electronics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It’s where he found his ion pump, and a lot of his rack-mounted monitoring gear and power supplies. He’s building a small nuclear fusion reactor from scratch in ...more

  • HBM103: Fate’s Notebook

    Oct 10 2018

    Somewhere in Maritza Gulin’s basement, there’s a typewritten notebook that belonged to her father, Reynaldo. The notebook contains essential advice and warnings to Reynaldo, his wife Flora, and their five children.  Young Flora Gulin. In his younger life, Reynaldo’s atheism was strong and biting. But chronic migraines would often flatten him for days at a time. A stranger approached Reynaldo one day on the subway to tell him that he’d always suffer until he got right with God. Young Reynaldo Gul...more

  • HBM102: Breath Holder

    Sep 26 2018

    Archer Mayo has always loved finding lost things. He grew up on several navy bases and spent much of his childhood swimming and looking for human detritus–sunglasses, teacups, glass bottles. That’s why he takes such delight in searching for old lead weights in the murky waters of the Columbia River in Washington state. Even on land, Archer loves finding lost things, like this broken pair of glasses. Archer is a free diver and uses no breathing apparatus when he dives. He just holds his breath an...more

  • HBM101: Much Corruption

    Sep 12 2018

    Growing up, Jeff Emtman had a hard time balancing his piety for the One God with his piety for the Gnomish lord Berwyn. Generally, he deferred to the latter, though he lost favor eventually with both. Jeff’s scoutmaster, a retired surgeon with a habit of collecting unusual boats, was always trying to get Jeff outside, away from the computer where he spent most of his free time playing a game where he tried to save the world from corruption and evil. Ancient Domains of Mystery (more commonly call...more

  • Season 7 and HBM Sweatshirts

    Aug 15 2018

    Our 7th season starts on September 12th, 2018.  We have a new sweatshirt!  Order yours. Sign up for KCRW’s Radio Race. Listen to The Organist.

  • HBM100: Faraway Minds

    Jun 06 2018

    Anna Klein thinks that tea tastes better on the Faroe Islands than in Denmark. She thinks the water’s more pure there, and the Northern Lights let the sky be whatever color it wants to be. She often thinks about moving there. A sandy beach in Skagen, the northernmost town of mainland Denmark But she also worries that her fantasies of running away to the remote corners of the world may be a familial urge to isolate herself, the same way her father did...a tendency that ultimately contributed to ...more

  • HBM099: Spell for the Repulsion of Astral Vampires

    May 23 2018

    There’s currently an invisible, supernatural pandemic affecting the world, or so claims HBM host Jeff Emtman. What else could explain the wide-ranging malaise of our current times? He thinks that the most logical conclusion is that astral energy vampires are draining humans of their life force en masse. Jeff’s never encountered one of these beasts, but that’s probably because he’s developed an elaborate spell to trap them in an alternate timeline. In this video episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff ...more

  • HBM098: Feed the Queen

    May 09 2018

    The Victoria Bug Zoo is home to dozens of species of insects and arachnids, and two leaf cutter ant colonies. There's the new colony, with a three year old queen whose kingdom grows every day. If all goes well, she is expected to live to the age of fifteen, laying an egg approximately every three seconds. Her colony is teaming with a healthy population of soldiers, gardeners, and foragers with the potential to reach more than a million ants. There is a constant stream of activity; the soldiers p...more

  • HBM097: Fox Teeth

    Apr 25 2018

    In the Westfjords of Iceland, people wait for birds to come ashore so that they can gather the feathers they leave behind. These birds, called Eider Ducks, are the source of eiderdown, a ridiculously expensive and rare stuffing for bedding. Icelandic Language documentary on the production of eiderdown This has (literally) landed the Arctic Fox in the crosshairs. These relatively common foxes are opportunistic eaters who snack on eider ducks if they get the chance. So the Icelandic government pla...more

  • HBM096: Are We Still Afraid?

    Apr 11 2018

    Here Be Monsters is almost 100 episodes old. It’s grown a lot since Jeff was a scared 22 year old learning audio editing in his basement. So as we approach the milestone, we take a look back, check in with some of our memorable guests, and take the chance to answer some listener questions while we’re at it. On this episode we’ll hear updates from or about: Luke Eldridge and his sons Griff and Ira from HBM076: Griff’s Speech, Remi Dun from HBM080: An Ocean of Halves, Muhammad Tariq from HBM077: S...more

  • HBM095: The Bats that Stay

    Mar 28 2018

    Not all migratory bats migrate. We don’t know why some choose to stay behind at their summer roosts. But according to the University of Washington’s Sharlene Santana, the bats that stay tend to die. In this episode, HBM host Jeff Emtman attempts to make a metaphor about bats and humans. Perhaps it’s anthropomorphic, perhaps it’s unnecessarily poetic, or perhaps it’s a fair one. Jeff leaves his home in Seattle to move cross-country to Boston. Along the way he takes a five day layover in Colorado ...more

  • HBM094: The Fatigue of Violence

    Mar 14 2018

    In the nearly 20 years that Susan Randall’s been working as a private investigator, she’s seen Vermont’s most disadvantaged people struggling to have life’s most basic amenities. Sometimes her job is to interview people addicted to crack, to help determine whether they’re suitable parents. Sometimes her job is to examine blood spatter at gruesome crime scenes. She recently helped defend a client who murdered a DCF worker in broad daylight. Susan has seen how humanity’s worst instincts become pos...more

  • HBM093: The Brain Scoop

    Feb 28 2018

    In school, Divya Anantharaman used to get teased for having long skinny fingers like ET. But now she sees them as valuable asset for the intricate work she does. Divya runs Friends Forever Taxidermy in Brooklyn, New York. Divya Anantharaman with a deceased Himalayan pheasant. Jeff Emtman edited this episode with help from Bethany Denton. We found out about Divya through Erika Harada, another skilled artist in the Brooklyn taxidermy scene.In this episode Divya carries a recorder with her while as...more

  • HBM092: Carry the Scent

    Feb 14 2018

    Robert Larson does not have an easy job. He searches for missing people with his dog Captain Dexter as a K9 search and rescue volunteer. Robert often travels across the Midwest, and he does this work pro bono, relying on donations from his supporters to pay for gas, lodging, and dog food. Robert does not work with law enforcement. He’s not certified to do this work by any professional agency. He says that he has to work alone to do his best work, outside of the red tape of official search and re...more

  • HBM091: Hypnosis of Hunger

    Jan 31 2018

    Producer Bethany Denton found a box in her basement storage room with two old cassette tapes inside. It took her a moment to realize what they were. Bethany at Disneyland with her brother Jared and her sister Shelby. 2001. Bethany has been fat her whole life, even when she was a kid. She ate hidden stashes of food when she felt anxious. By the time she was eleven years old, Bethany’s parents worried she would have health problems as as an adult, and they thought weight-loss hypnotherapy could h...more

  • HBM090: Two Small Creatures with Human Eyes

    Jan 17 2018

    Ian Tattersall, Curator Emeritus of Human Origins, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History. Ian Tattersall, of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, is a paleontologist who sometimes oversees the construction of models for the museum. Of personal interest to Here Be Monsters producer Jeff Emtman are reconstructions of very lifelike early humans, one with an arm draped over the other. Ian calls these the “Laetoli Figures”—named for the place in modern-day T...more

  • HBM089: Human Wish Tree

    Jan 03 2018

    Tatianna Zichella is the sideshow performer also known as The Amazing Mazi Keen*. Sometimes, Amazing Mazi sticks swords down her throat and into her stomach juices. Sometimes she suspends her body from hooks in her skin. And sometimes she asks people to make a wish, write it on a piece of paper, and staple it to a fleshy part of her body. “Like a human wish tree!” she tells producer Bethany Denton, as she hands her a staple gun. Music: Lucky Dragons *This name is derived from Mazikeen, a comic ...more

  • HBM088: Riptides and a Sinking Ship

    Dec 20 2017

    A riptide recently pulled Ariana into open water off the shore of Santa Monica.  She thinks it’s her closest brush with death thus far.  A lifeguard rescued her.Even before the incident in Santa Monica, Ariana had a deep fear of water and drowning—so deep that she wondered if some previous version of herself sunk in a shipwreck. The are different kinds of panics, some more helpful than others. Pro tip: In a pinch, a condom can make any mic a hydrophone. Just make sure to rinse any lube off...more

  • HBM087: Trifle Not with Sacred Things

    Dec 06 2017

    It hasn’t been easy for Ashley Fryer to let go of her faith. For thirty years, she dedicated her life to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She grew up attending church multiple times a week, and dutifully studied her scriptures. Over the years, she found inconsistencies in church doctrine, and would pile these up on what she calls ‘the shelf’. She’d pile it higher and higher, thinking, “well, I’ll deal with it later.” Ashley Fryer in her home For Ashley, her shelf broke on Novem...more

  • HBM086: Eve is Hungry

    Nov 29 2017

    In HBM085: Ascended Fiction, we explored a rumor about Scientology and whether there exists a belief that founder L. Ron Hubbard will return to Earth. Sources we talked to within and outside of the Church of Scientology gave different answers, and it's hard to know the actual truth, because the church's most sacred texts are kept secret. It got us thinking about hidden knowledge, and whether it's moral to withhold information. So in this follow-up episode, we delve into that more, but this time ...more

  • HBM085: Ascended Fiction

    Nov 22 2017

    There’s an office in every church of Scientology dedicated to the founder. It’s a full reconstruction: desks, chairs, books and memorabilia. The church says these offices are traditional, a way of honoring the memory of L. Ron Hubbard, who died back in 1986. David Miscavige addresses Scientologists in 1986 to announce the death of L. Ron Hubbard L. Ron Hubbard’s office in Copenhagen, Denmark sits on a busy street. There’s a big window that allows passersby to speculate on its utility. Elisabeth...more

  • HBM084: Are You Sure You’re Awake?

    Nov 08 2017

    Chrissy was having trouble remembering who she was when she woke up.  First she thought it was early-onset dementia, then she thought it was schizophrenia.  She had recurring hallucinations about being stalked by a beast that would talk to her while she slept. Chrissy's bedA doctor eventually told her she was waking up frequently throughout the night, some 30+ times per hour.  It was this inability to maintain a regular sleep cycle that helped her get a diagnosis of narcolepsy, explaining Chriss...more

  • HBM083: Sweet​ ​Like​ ​Snap​ ​Peas

    Oct 25 2017

    Ryan Graves thinks that store-bought asparagus is as flavorless as potatoes. But that’s just because he’s spoiled on the really good stuff. His preferred crop grows wild among the tombstones at Clinton Cemetery, hidden on an old gravel road between the towns of Pullman, Washington and Moscow, Idaho. Most who are buried there died over 100 years ago. That intervening century left the cemetery mostly forgotten and overgrown. And Ryan thinks the deep-rooted asparagus taste so good because of the na...more

  • HBM082: MI5​ ​MI6​ ​KGB​ ​CIA

    Oct 11 2017

    John Barner spent his entire childhood fiddling with his dad’s shortwave radio, picking up transmissions from all over the world. He like the way the sounds crackled, and the voices speaking foreign languages, and the eerie whine of transmissions coming in and out of static. One night John got a phone call from one of his friends who also had a shortwave radio. “I think I just found spy stuff,” John’s friend said, “come over.” John and his friends had found a number station, coded transmissions ...more

  • HBM081:​ ​Kinnikinnick​ ​Nick​ ​VS​ ​The​ ​Bear

    Sep 27 2017

    Boy Scout Leadership Camp was a bad fit for Jeff Emtman. He was a meek 13 year old who didn’t eat meat and talked to animals with his mind. Regardless, Jeff wound up in the dry forests of Eastern Washington, with a group of other boys and a young scout leader, Nick, whose leadership style was...let’s just call it “eclectic". Nick was rarely around, and when he did show up, he’d impart scouting wisdom on building giant towers, making drug paraphernalia, and pooping in the woods. It was Nick’s les...more

  • Psychic Blob and The Radio Race

    Aug 09 2017

    On a hot summer day in 2014, HBM host Jeff Emtman received a bit of amateur, backyard surgery from a fish biologist. It was for the KCRW 24 Hour Radio Race. which is a one day radio contest now in its fifth year. The race gives contestants 24 hours to record, edit and publish the most interesting radio story they can find. The 2017 24 Hour Radio Race is happening on August 19th (saturday), and you can sign up at kcrw.com/radiorace. And, this should go without saying, but never do or receive amat...more

  • HBM080: The Ocean of Halves [EXPLICIT]

    Jun 07 2017

    Please Note: This episode is about sex. And there’s swearing. Remi Dun enjoys her job. She's good at it, she makes good money, and she generally enjoys her clients’ company. And although her job rarely gives her sexual pleasure, one client with a curious tongue gave her two surprise orgasms. Another client doesn’t know that she stops making sexy faces as soon as he can’t see her. And another client simply wants companionship—his dad died recently and he’s still emotionally raw. And yet another c...more

  • HBM079: The Tingles

    May 24 2017

    Devaan describes it as a pulsing, tingling feeling on the back of his neck. His preferred stimuli are whispers, shuffling cards, scissors, tapping noises, anything that makes a crisp enough sound to trigger his ASMR. These sounds make him feel relaxed, euphoric and drowsy. Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is a physical reaction experienced by some unknown percentage of the population (to varying degrees). Due to being only recently recognized and named, ASMR still poorly understood scientifi...more

  • HBM078: Sagittarius has $45 [EXPLICIT]

    May 10 2017

    Sagittarius has been good for the last year. That’s what he told us. He told us that the cage that Luna designed for him is working. She controls his money, his businesses, can read his email, can see his bank accounts, and can track the location of his phone. He says that the next time he messes up, Luna will leave him, and take the kids with her. Avoiding this scenario makes the cage worth it. Please Note: This episode contains frank discussions of sexual addiction and desire. All names in thi...more

  • HBM077: Snow on Date Trees, then on Pines

    Apr 26 2017

    Muhammad Tariq still doesn’t know who the men with guns were. They wore masks on their faces when they came into the teachers’ lounge. His small, gender-integrated school in Panjur had been anonymously receiving literature that scolded them for teaching girls. Tariq and the other teachers didn’t take it seriously until the six men showed up. While they beat the maintenance worker with the butts of their guns and smashed the office’s computers, one of the masked men mentioned that he knew who Tar...more

  • HBM076: Griff's Speech

    Apr 12 2017

    As a baby, Griff Eldridge was quieter than most. But he slept well. He fed. He played with his big brother Ira. And he smiled easily. For a long time, his parents Luke and Davinia didn’t worry, because he was so happy and healthy. When Griff became a toddler, Luke and Davinia started to compare his speech to the speech of other children and to the standards laid out in the Personal Child Health Record, a book issued to new parents by the UK government. Griff was on track when he started to babbl...more

  • HBM075: The Weight of Science

    Mar 29 2017

    Anita Woodley went to the Rhine Research Center for scientific confirmation. Since childhood, she’d dreamt the future, able to predict imminent murders in her neighborhood. She prayed away her abilities for a period of her early adulthood, but they returned unexpectedly after the birth of her first child. Her psychic abilities troubled her. Going to the Rhine Center was her doctor’s suggestion. Her doctor said she wasn’t alone, that there were others with her gift. The Rhine Research Center is A...more

  • HBM074: Benedict Arnold Makes People Nervous (Rumblestrip)

    Mar 01 2017

    There is an unusual piece of carved grey stone in the hills of upstate New York. It depicts the boot of a notorious American villain who was shot in the leg during the Battle of Saratoga. Major General Benedict Arnold’s name is nowhere to be found on the inscription. Instead, it refers only to the "most brilliant soldier of the Continental Army”. The rest is implied. Steve Sheinkin thinks that we can’t—and don’t—talk about Benedict Arnold’s actual history because it serves Americans an unpalatab...more

  • HBM073: A Trial Ghost Hunt

    Feb 15 2017

    Ken Arnold and his wife Donna have opposite work schedules, but they are lucky to share a hobby. For the last nine years they have operated an all-volunteer group called the Puget Sound Ghost Hunters. They spend nearly every weekend together, along with a handful of other volunteers investigating paranormal activity in residential homes and notoriously haunted buildings all across western Washington. They don’t get paid for the work they do and over the years they have invested their own money i...more

  • HBM072: Ant God [EXPLICIT]

    Feb 01 2017

    As far as gods go, Jacob Lemanski is more tepid than most. Despite his omniscience, he feels unequipped to deal with the ethical decisions required of him. Jacob is the owner of AntLife, a company that makes large ant farms. In one of his prototype farms, he was experimenting with different soil types. One of his formulations caused a problem: tunnel collapse. And during a cave-in, one of his ants became trapped in a small underground cavern, just inches from the surface.In this episode, Jacob r...more

  • HBM071: The Evangelists of Nudism

    Jan 18 2017

    Growing up Mormon in Montana, Bethany Denton had a phrase drilled into her mind from an early age: “modest is hottest.”  To her, it became a mantra even while many of her friends, especially other girls, struggled with Mormonism’s strict modesty standards. But never Bethany–she was fat enough to know that no one wanted to see that anyway.By the time Bethany moved to Washington State for college, she had rejected the church and was looking for new, broader experiences.  She got a job as a campus ...more

  • wet-slop-plop.wav (Among Other Sounds)

    Jan 04 2017

    There are about 10,000 files in the Here Be Monsters sound library. HBM producer Jeff Emtman has been recording, synthesizing and downloading them since way back before this show started. And of these thousands of sounds, there’s a tiny subset of them that just keep winding up on podcast episodes. On this interstitial episode, Jeff plays back some of these heavily-used sounds and asks whether they occur because of an inherent goodness, a force of habit, or some kind of weird nostalgia he feels f...more

  • HBM070: The Way The Blood Flows

    Dec 21 2016

    “I used to think you were brilliant” Evan Williamson’s dad wrote to him in a letter. Evan was in treatment for chemical dependency at the time. His father asked if they could meet in Alaska to continue a family tradition of fathers and sons who fished together. The boat chartered by Evan and his father.  The Alaskan waters were teeming and two spent entire days ending lives together. Evan’s dad, amid all the death, explained that he too was dying. .Some of the fish Evan and his father caught in ...more

  • HBM069: Redwoods of the In-World [EXPLICIT]

    Dec 07 2016

    Ariadne, Jacqueline, North, and others unnamed are all part of the same system.  They share a single body.  They take turns “fronting” the body, controlling it.  And when they’re not fronting, the system members are free to roam an infinite landscape, a pocket reality that they call the “in-world”. Together, they go to work every day, spend time with friends and lovers, go to shows, play video games, and live many aspects of a typical life. But when multiple people with varying interests, social...more

  • HBM068: The Wake Up Stick [EXPLICIT]

    Nov 23 2016

    When Dylan Wright placed his first Craigslist ad back in 2006, he called himself a “nice and genuine person with waking up problems.” He was looking for someone to help him in the mornings. First it was phone calls, but those didn’t work, so he moved on to something more personal.Dylan’s problem is that, left to his own devices, he sleeps and doesn’t stop sleeping: “Seventeen hours was the longest I ever slept...that’s like four times as much as some people get daily.” And he’s tried to fix it i...more

  • HBM067: Dispatches From PestWorld 2016

    Nov 09 2016

    Feeling anxiety about the American presidential election, HBM host Jeff Emtman took a trip to a place he hoped to be insulated from politics: PestWorld 2016, the largest American gathering of pest management professionals. Jeff has always liked bugs and pest animals, so it was a miniature vacation.He talked with the following attendees about the tools and the philosophy of pest management: Rose Eckhart of ZappBugg bed bug heaters. Carlita Turk of TAP Pest Control Insulation David Walters of HY-C...more

  • HBM066: What Jacob Heard [EXPLICIT]

    Oct 26 2016

    Jacob Sutton loved going to church when he was a little boy. He sang in the choir, and when he got older he led Bible studies and helped teach Sunday school classes. Eventually he learned to speak in tongues. Jacob grew up Pentecostal, the oldest son of a deacon. His father used to work with people who believed they were possessed by demons, and would use prayer and Bible readings to cast the wicked spirits out. All of his life, Jacob knew that demons and The Devil were very real, and that they ...more

  • HBM065: We Pay Them In Meat

    Oct 12 2016

    Walk through any natural history museum and you’ll see rows of effortlessly clean animal skeletons.  Chances are you're looking at a strange form of human/insect symbiosis happening in the museum’s back rooms.Preparing an animal’s skeleton for display is incredibly labor intensive for human hands.  So curators have turned to a family of beetles with millenia of experience.The dermestidae family of beetles have followed humans since our early history.  They’re opportunistic eaters, and they like ...more

  • HBM064: A Shrinking Shadow [EXPLICIT]

    Sep 28 2016

    Erin was fat as a kid. Since middle school, she tried all different methods to lose weight. From a young age she developed the idea that the most important thing she could do with her life was lose weight.   That's part of why she and HBM producer Bethany Denton were such good friends in high school. They were both fat, nearly the same size. Both tried and failed to lose weight since childhood. Together they felt safe to enjoy food without judgment.   But they parted ways after high school.  Bet...more

  • HBM063: The Art of the Scam, by Malibu Ron [EXPLICIT]

    Sep 14 2016

    Presumably, any given mystic falls into one of two groups: true believers and scam artists. But it's near impossible to know which they are unless they tell you outright. On this episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff Emtman has a conversation with a scam artist. Vice Media would call an "Etsy witch"; he calls himself a "haunted demon seller". Regardless, he doesn't give out his real name. For the purpose of this show, let's just call him "Malibu Ron". Malibu makes his living selling trinkets suppose...more

  • HBM062: The Near Death of Sir Deja Doog [EXPLICIT]

    Aug 31 2016

    Before Doog could walk, his family gave him a guitar to hold and encouraged him to play music. By the time he was twelve, he'd started writing songs as a way to make sense of the confusing world around him. Back then he was just Eric Alexander, the friendly weird kid who dressed like a punky cowboy.  In college a fellow musician asked Eric what his middle name was. "Douglas," Eric replied. "Douglas? Doug, Doug... Doog... I'm going to call you Doog." The name stuck, and eventually Eric created ...more

  • HBM061: The Natural State of Hitchhiking [EXPLICIT]

    Aug 17 2016

    Jeff Emtman left home in the summer of 2011 to hitchhike the United States, to see if strangers would chop him up and put him in their trunks, if he gave them the option to. He was 22 years old with straight teeth, a trimmed beard and a strong fear of strangers. This episode picks up just after Jeff came a little too close to true violence, in the form of a fatal shooting at a restaurant in rural Mississippi. He turns around, decides to head back to the land of dry beds and predictability, Washi...more

  • Season 5 Soon!

    Aug 08 2016

    Well, it's official. We're coming back! We're producing another 20 episodes of Here Be Monsters next year. Season 5 starts Wednesday, August 17 with a new story from Jeff Emtman's hitchhiking trip across America. In the meantime, go ahead and listen to your favorite episodes from the archives, leave us a review on iTunes and tweet us.

  • HBM060: The Predators of McNeil Island [EXPLICIT]

    Apr 20 2016

    Please Note: This episode is largely about sexual violence towards children. Most of the descriptions throughout the audio are clinical, but one description from our court recordings is particularly graphic and disturbing. Keep this in mind, especially if you are listening within earshot of children. McNeil Island sits in Washington State's Puget Sound, just three miles northwest of Steilacoom. For much of its existence, the island served as a fishing outpost for indigenous coastal people. But ...more

  • Your Last Memory Of Being Free

    Apr 13 2016

    This is a preview of our 60th episode and season 4 finale. It will be about a man who's lived his last two decades on an island in the Puget Sound of Washington against his will, and the trial that sought to free him. In this preview, his defense lawyer, Andrew Morrison, asks him to recall the last time he remembers being free. For more information on the subject matter of this episode, please reference Chapter 71.09: Sexually Violent Predators in the Revised Code of Washington. Track Image is o...more

  • HBM059: When Cthulhu Calls

    Mar 23 2016

    The most notable monster created by Howard Phillips Lovecraft was completely omnipotent, yet completely uncaring. A massive, tentacled being that sleeps in the depths of the ocean--Cthulhu. A creature that will one day rise again from its watery home to reclaim the Earth for itself. In this episode of Here Be Monsters, we team up with Eric Molinsky of the Imaginary Worlds Podcast from Panoply Studios. Eric speaks with Sheldon Solomon, a psychologist who co-founded the study of Terror Management...more

  • HBM058: Kelly is Cold

    Mar 02 2016

    It was early in the morning of New Years Day and Kelly had just bought a purse-load of psychedelic mushrooms from Laramie Wyoming's local "druggist." Kelly handed them out to the assembled company and took some himself. He felt a bit apathetic about the world. He was wearing thin shoes, a t-shirt and a pair of jeans. But when he went outside to look at the stars, he realized what he wanted more than anything else in the world...a book on combinatorics. Suddenly, Kelly found himself elsewhere, in...more

  • HBM057: Impostor in a Pink Pinstripe Suit [EXPLICIT]

    Feb 17 2016

    Growing up in small-town Montana, Bethany Denton's parents and teachers told her what she knew already: she was brilliant. Bethany couldn't help but feel destined for something big, even though she often skipped her school readings and phoned it in. Why try hard when you already know everything? In high school, Bethany joined the speech and debate team and started winning medals in an event called Serious Oral Interpretation. One afternoon Bethany went to the bookstore and stumbled across a mono...more

  • HBM056: It Works Better in Movies [EXPLICIT]

    Feb 03 2016

    When Lina Misitzis was a teenager, she told people she was dying. She wasn't. But, an entire genre of "dying girl gets the guy" movies taught her that landing a boyfriend required a certain brevity on this planet. She only lied to men, men she wanted to be with. That was more than ten years ago, but the guilt of exploiting imaginary illness for (failed) romantic gain stays with her to the present. Julia Wallace, her therapist, thinks that Lina can overcome this guilt by re-writing the story of h...more

  • HBM055: Ghost Tape Number Ten

    Jan 20 2016

    All is fair in love and war... even mind games. The United States military employs psychological warfare in nearly every war it's part of. From creating a "ghost army" of inflatable tank fleets in World War II, to blasting heavy metal music toward enemy territory during the Gulf War, the purpose of these tactics is to decrease morale and inspire enemy combatants to surrender or defect. The US Military calls these tactics "Psychological Operations", or "PSYOP". The Vietnam War was no different. T...more

  • HBM054: Flaming Sword of Truth

    Jan 06 2016

    Patti Negri is a witch who lives in a house buried deep in the Hollywood Hills. Here Be Monsters producer Jeff Emtman and performance artist Lenae Day went to visit her one day in October 2015, audio recorder in-hand, in an attempt to better understand the mechanisms behind her magic. One of Patti's tools is astral travel (or astral projection), a form of controlled out of body experience where the travelers eschew their flesh and bone bodies for ones made of souls, or energy, or something else ...more

  • HBM053: Eleven Trips to Dreamworld

    Dec 23 2015

    In 2014, Jeff Emtman mailed tape recorders to people around the world. He asked them to keep the recorders by their beds and flip them on early in the morning as their dreams were still fresh in their minds. Once the tape was full, they mailed it back to Jeff. Until now, the dreams remained private. But, on this episode of Here Be Monsters, you'll hear a small collection of the first set of dreams. In the coming months, more dreams will be uploaded to the Dream Tapes Project at DreamTapes.org. T...more

  • HBM052: Call 601-2-SATAN-2 [EXPLICIT]

    Dec 09 2015

    Christian prayer hotlines are common in the United States. Less common are prayer hotlines for the other guy. Since 2012 the Satanic Missionary Society in Olympia, Washington manages a Satanic prayer line on their blog and receive prayer requests from people all over the country. They ask for help with things like miscarriage, a romantic affair with a mother-in-law, a successful rap career, and more. Among those callers was Tyler Higgins, a young man from New England asking for Satanic prayers t...more

  • HBM051: Sister Bethany, Proxy for the Dead

    Nov 25 2015

    Bethany Denton was about five years old when she learned that she was a Mormon. When she was eight, she learned that she was an eternal spirit destined for an eternal afterlife. The idea of eternity terrified her, and made her afraid to stargaze into the boundless universe. When she got older, Bethany was allowed to enter the Mormon temple in Billings, Montana to act as the proxy in baptisms for the dead. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was founded in 1830, and has practiced bapt...more

  • HBM050: The Scientist is Not the Angel of Death

    Nov 11 2015

    What's a life worth? About $25, before shipping. At least, that's the case if you want a high-quality inbred lab mouse, like the C57BL/6J (in the biz, they just call them "black mice"). In this episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff Emtman joins "The Scientist," an unnamed cancer researcher, for an after-hours trip to his lab, where they visit the hundreds of lab mice that he tends to. The Scientist's job is to inject his mice with cancer cells, then attempt to cure them using experimental treatments...more

  • HBM049: Sam's Japan Tapes

    Oct 28 2015

    When Sam Parker went to Japan to celebrate his mother's 60th birthday, he brought along a handheld audio recorder. For the next few weeks, he recorded every sound that he could find, attempting to capture as many audio snapshots of Japan as possible. Sam doesn't really take pictures. Without his glasses he's legally blind twice over. So, to remember and share his trip, he created five beautiful audio postcards. On this episode, Sam Parker and Jeff Emtman discuss the merits of deep listening and ...more

  • HBM048: Barrie's Mental Tempest [EXPLICIT]

    Oct 14 2015

    Barrie Wylie has heard voices for as long as he can remember. Growing up on a small island in Scotland, the voices in his head were like secret best friends that he could play with. When he left school to become a fisherman at 15, his voices told him he was a disciple of Jesus. He believed he could control the weather and prevent harm befalling his boat and his crew. As Barrie got older, his voices intensified. They became more aggressive, telling him to harm himself and others. He learned to co...more

  • HBM047: Peacocks Without Tails [EXPLICIT]

    Sep 30 2015

    When Hippocrates noticed that the hair on the top of his head was falling out, he fought it by applying various ointments of opium to his scalp. But none of them worked. So he called it a disease and named it "Alopecia" (translated to "disease of the fox") after the mangy, hairless foxes that wandered Greece in those days. His friends called it something different though, they called it a "Hippocratic Wreath." He also tried sheep urine. That didn't work either. Like Hippocrates, HBM Host Jeff Em...more

  • HBM046: Crooked Skirts

    Sep 16 2015

    Growing up in Queens, NY, Karen Smith had no reason to suspect anything was wrong with her. Even when it hurt to sit for too long, or when her clothes didn't fit right, everything seemed fine. That's because Karen's mother did everything she could to hide the fact that Karen had Spina Bifida. The condition gave Karen severe scoliosis, a curve in her spine that made walking painful and made her skirts hang crooked. Her mother removed any full-length mirrors from the house in attempts to keep Kare...more

  • HBM045: Deep Stealth Mode (How to Be a Girl)

    Sep 02 2015

    Marlo Mack gave birth to a son. At least, she thought she did. But her son crawled towards dresses, wanted to be a princess, and asked to grow long blonde hair. At age 3, Marlo's son asked to go back into mommy's tummy, so he could come back out as a baby girl. Marlo thought it was a phase--it wasn't. So she began learning how to raise a very young transgender daughter. Along the way she kept an audio diary. In this episode, Marlo sends her 7 year old child to a new summer camp, and struggles to...more

  • HBM044: Distant Warfare

    Aug 19 2015

    Bridget Burnquist was backpacking around Southeast Asia. After weeks of drinking cheap liquor on beautiful beaches, she was beginning to feel as though her experiences were merely superficial. She heard rumors that the nearby country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) was home to beautiful mountain villages that have hardly changed for centuries, accessible only by hiking for days in the Burmese jungles. So she headed west into Myanmar, despite (or perhaps, because of) warnings from the U.S. State Depa...more

  • Lying in a Stranger's Grave

    Aug 05 2015

    Carlos Gemora loved the feeling of the dirt at the cemetary where he used to dig graves. One day he climbed down into the loamy, silty soil and looked up at the sky. It felt like a womb...a death womb. Music by Nym and Lucky Dragons

  • HBM043: Last Chance To Evacuate Earth

    Jul 22 2015

    Marshall Applewhite met Bonnie Nettles in 1972, and together they built a religion. It was called Heaven's Gate, and it drew heavily from the bible, astrology, and Star Trek. Applewhite and Nettles believed they were placed on Earth to deliver a holy message. They were the leaders of their new religion, and they changed their names to Do and Ti (pronounced "doe" and "tea"). After Nettle's death, the group developed a larger, stronger following, its doctrine evolved—incorporating more and more el...more

  • HBM042: Deers

    Jul 08 2015

    Andy Wilson and Ryan Graves are best friends, despite having very different opinions on the hierarchy of human and animal life. The two come face-to-face with those differences after a fatal encounter on a frigid winter day in northeastern Idaho when Andy's dogs chase a deer into Lake Chatcolet. Today, Andy is happily married (celebrating his year anniversary next week), working as a fine woodworker at Renaissance Fine Woodworking, and living in Pullman Washington. He now has three brown dogs an...more

  • HBM041: Crossing The River, Being Watched

    Jun 24 2015

    In his junior year of high school, Here Be Monsters host Jeff Emtman left his home and everything he knew to study in a tiny village nestled in the Cascade Mountain Range of Washington state. An outsider among outsiders in a tight-knit rural community, it wasn't long before Jeff felt the unmistakable feeling of being watched. This is the first episode of season 4 of Here Be Monsters. The podcast recently joined KCRW. If you'd like to know what that means for the show, you can read a little bit a...more

  • Fear of Silence

    May 20 2015

    HBM producers Jeff and Bethany are having more and more trouble bearing silence. On this episode, Jeff calls back crow researcher Kaeli Swift and asks her what it was like to sit in silence with a stranger. And Bethany explains the differences in the anxieties that she and Jeff have towards silence.

  • Terrible Resonance: Live Show Announcement

    Feb 20 2015

    Terrible Resonance: A live podcast from Here Be Monsters about subversive sound, earthquakes, ghosts, outer space, sonic weaponry, and whales. There is a murky and uncertain world of sound below the bassiest bass we can hear. Despite the physical limitations of our ears, these rumbles, called "infrasounds," affect us, in wildly different ways--sometimes beautiful, sometimes terrifying. Terrible Resonance is a journey from 0-20hz, telling stories from the well-studied rumbles of Earth's crust, so...more

  • Forty Monster Bites

    Dec 31 2014

    A look back at our first 40 episodes. Look for the timed comments for links to full episodes! Stay in touch while we're on break. Find all the ways to listen and all the ways to get ahold of us over on our website. We love you. Thanks for listening.

  • Nearly Opposite Reactions

    Dec 10 2014

    This episode is a follow-up to Here Be Monsters Episode 40, in which producer Emile B Klein talks to the pastor of The Reformation Puritan Bible Church, an anti-papal and white supremacist organization. If you haven't already heard that episode, go ahead and listen to it first. In this episode, Elle Farmer and Anise Hotchkiss offer their thoughts on the show. One argues for justified hatred and the other argues for compassion in every circumstance. In her letter to the show, Anise offers the exa...more

  • HBM040: The Reformation Bible Puritan Baptist Church [EXPLICIT]

    Oct 29 2014

    Eric Jon Phelps knows a lot of things. He knows that the Pope controls the world. He knows that it was the Jesuits who poisoned him in Tampa. And he knows that we can avoid the Vatican's plans to incite global race wars is to keep the races separate. Eric is the pastor of rural Pennsylvania's Reformation Bible Puritan Baptist Church. The strange thing about Eric is that he's completely open he is about his views--and he doesn't shy from criticism. He's exceedingly knowledgeable about the Protest...more

  • HBM039: A Goddamn Missionary

    Oct 01 2014

    Terry Sanford Crowley understands that he is an imperfect hero. But his efforts to help people in crisis are made possible by his ability to speak their language. That's because Terry himself has Bipolar Disorder and has been treated five times for thinking he was Jesus. But Terry, who splits his time between the small town of Hoquiam, Washington and Seattle, knows that keeping his delusions in check will mean the success of his mission to help his friends and family and the "crazies" on the str...more

  • HBM038: Do Crows Mourn Their Dead?

    Sep 10 2014

    Crows have really strange habits around death. When a bird dies, crows gather, squawking loudly and gathering as many other birds as they can find to come and look at the dead body. Much of what we know about crow funerals comes from the work of John Marzluff a biologist at the University of Washington in Seattle. He and Kaeli Swift (one of his grad students) are trying to get to the bottom of these strange phenomena using taxidermy crows and masks and Cheetos and raw peanuts. On this episode of...more

  • Potential Energy (Live) [EXPLICIT]

    Aug 13 2014

    Here Be Monsters host, Jeff Emtman grew up in a small town in Eastern Washington. In the summers, he struggled to find things to do, so he started going to bed an hour later each night. During his nocturnal summer, his friends decided to throw a dance party in the laundromat. Watch the video of the performance at http://HBMpodcast.com This episode is a recording from a live storySLAM organized by The Moth. However, this is *not* from The Moth's podcast. The Moth's podcast lives here: http://the...more

  • HBM037: Uncertain Death

    Jul 30 2014

    Recent podcasts of Here Be Monsters have been largely about death. So on this episode David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg talk about the exact opposite--immortality, living forever. Their documentary film, The Immortalists, follows a small community of scientists who think of aging itself as a preventable disease, not an inevitable outcome. Watch trailer for The Immortalists: http://vimeo.com/43515949 Seeking immortality is nothing new, in fact, the oldest known text, The Epic of Gilgamesh, is la...more

  • HBM036: Throw It In The Ocean [EXPLICIT]

    Jul 09 2014

    Eric Chase's memory of April 19th, 1989 is largely a blur. On that day, he was aboard the USS Iowa, a World War 2 era battleship, equipped with some of the world's biggest cannons, capable of leveling a city block with a single hit. April 19th, 1989 was the day when one of the 16 inch guns aboard the ship malfunctioned and caused a huge internal explosion that claimed the lives of 47 sailors and caused a huge fire on the ship. Eric Chase was one of the responders who ventured into the turret to ...more

  • HBM035: Spirits Of The Past

    Jun 26 2014

    It was a group of businessmen in the late 19th century who originally invented the Ouija Board. They sold them in toy shops and promising it would answer questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy.” Spiritualism was all the rage in the United States, and, while hiring a professional medium could be costly, the Ouija Board allowed ordinary people to communicate with the dead. www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-s…0627/?no-ist= In this episode of Here Be Monsters, freela...more

  • HBM034: The Grandmother And The Vine Of The Dead

    Jun 04 2014

    Ayahuasca is one of the most powerful and most illegal hallucinogens in the world. It contains DMT. But, for as long as anyone can remember, it's been used by people who have wanted to know more about the universe. These people have traditionally been involved with shamanic tribes of the Amazon Rainforest, but in recent years, more and more people have had access to Ayahuasca through ceremonies lead by shamans in countries near the South American Equator. Ayahuasca (also called Iowaska, Yagé, Vi...more

  • HBM033: What One Does [EXPLICIT]

    May 21 2014

    Ryan Beitz recently experienced a meteoric rise to fame as the Chairman of the World Speed Project, which aims to collect every single VHS copy of the 1994 movie SPEED (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels). Please note that this episode contains strong language. Ryan's presence is bizarre...he never wears pants. instead, most days, he opts for giant shapeless coats and tall hats and sorority girl sunglasses. And he's intensely funny. All this comes through loud ...more

  • HBM032: Fugitives Of The Blue Laguna

    May 07 2014

    Back when David was a nerdy Oklahoman teenager, he fell in love with Stephanie. They both had angst towards their overbearing, conservative parents and they both wanted out. So, when the opportunity presented itself, they decided to run for it. They took David's blue 1976 Chevy Laguna and as much money as they could find and started driving to Portland to start a new life Stephanie's mom found out and hired a private investigator. She told the PI to break David's arms if he ever caught up with t...more

  • HBM031: The Roman Slug Death Orgy

    Apr 23 2014

    In a strange, small, moss-covered forest in Bellingham, Washington, Jeff stumbled on to the most gruesome scene of hedonism he's ever seen. While it's not common for humans to witness slug death orgies, every once an unsuspecting human wanders into one of the most perverse rituals on the planet. These slugs are most likely European Red Slugs (Arion Rufus), which were first noticed in the Western United States by a Californian biologist who found one in a lawn in Seattle. Now, the slugs are commo...more

  • HBM030: Crickets, Cadavers And Conventional Wisdom

    Nov 27 2013

    This episode is a Grab-bag, it contains three segments that serve as follow-ups to the three most recent episodes of Here Be Monsters. PART 1: CRICKETS ON TAPEFollow-up to episode HBM029: Do Crickets Sing Hymns? Herebemonsters – Hbm029-do-crickets-sing-hymns In this segment, Jeff takes apart his tape recorder and installs a knob to help him slow down the tape without using digital wizardry in attempts to de-muddy the waters after that episode. He bought some more crickets and slowed the casse...more

  • HBM029: Do Crickets Sing Hymns?

    Nov 15 2013

    A bit of stunningly beautiful audio has surfaced online recently and it's riling up two different kinds of people--churchgoers and audio engineers. Some are saying that this music proves God's intention, others say it's a load of crap. The funny thing is that it's just recordings of bugs, crickets chirping, but with the speed turned waaaaaayyyy ddoooowwwnnn. Whatever it is, it's...undeniably "church-y". But some have argued that it's not just bugs in the recording, that there's voices or guitars...more

  • HBM028: Jonathan's Cadaver Paintings

    Oct 30 2013

    Jonathan Happ's white lab coat and latex gloves make him look like a doctor when he stands in a room full of people. But he's not a doctor...he's an artist, and the people he shares this room with are all dead. In this episode, Jonathan takes a recorder into the University of Washington's cadaver lab and reports on what he sees, and why he draws and paints images of the bodies. Sensitive listeners should note that this episode contains graphic (but mostly scientific) descriptions of the cadavers...more

  • HBM027: Balancing Act

    Oct 17 2013

    For thousands of years, Western Medicine thought it had itself figured out. Everything came in fours. There were four sensations, four fluids in the body, four kinds of people, and four elements making up the world. They were all related. There wasn’t one without the other. Everything was a balancing act, and it was called Humorism. In recent history, vaccines, sterilization, and other modern treatments have pushed Humorism out of the picture. But traditions ingrained in culture, science, and re...more

  • HBM026: John Comes Down The Birth Canal

    Oct 02 2013

    It was 40-odd years before John Hanneman figured out what the night terrors that haunted his youth were actually representing. In this episode, John describes the first trauma that he experienced in life—something we all share. And he explains how he overcame that trauma to become the person he is today. Check out some pictures of John Hanneman over on the HBM Facebook page: is.gd/HBMfacebook If John’s voice sounds familiar, you aren’t imagining it. John appeared on the show waaay back on episod...more

  • HBM025: The Sasquatch Of Pumpkintown vs Motley Crue Jon Bon Jovi

    Sep 18 2013

    Homemade Bigfoot costumes can get you in a lot of trouble. And in gun-toting community of Pumpkintown, SC, a fake Bigfoot costume might get you killed too. But when the recession caused a local outfitter’s store sales to sag, it was a risk he was willing to take. In the episode, Ben Becker tells the story of a disgusting hound dog named “Motley Crue John Bon Jovi”, a tobacco-juice soaked Sasquatch suit, and the world’s worst hot sauce. Sharp listeners should note that no one fact-checked a singl...more

  • HBM024: The Friendliest Town In Texas [Explicit]

    Sep 04 2013

    Shoppingspree Clark showed up on the side of the road outside the “Friendliest Town in Texas” with nothing more than a sketchpad and the burnt-out ruin of the RV he’d just bought. Coleman, Texas’ self-claimed title is true because it used to be on a billboard above the highway. And the people that live there are diverse, troubled, religious, unusual…and friendly. This episode contains many adult themes, including suicide, prejudice, and racism. There are also unbleeped swear words and racial slu...more

  • HBM023: The Near Destruction Of Rey Jaguar [Extended Cut]

    Aug 21 2013

    For Mexican Wrestlers, masks are everything. They wear them in the ring, they wear them to the grocery store, they wear them any time they appear in public. No one knows what face lies under that mask, so it makes sense that de-masking a Luchadore or Luchadora is highest taboo in the sport. In this episode, we travel to Seattle’s South Park neighborhood for Lucha Libre In The Park, a free wrestling event put on by Lucha Libre Volcanica. Costumes, yelling kids, exquisite masks, cross-dressing, mo...more

  • HBM022: The Holy Ghost Fixes David's Brain

    Aug 07 2013

    David Blackshire Key has been called a douchebag more times than he can count. It's probably because he used to wear big sunglasses--day and night, indoors and out. He wasn't a movie star, he just had brain cancer. One of his side-effects was a strange sensitivity to light called "photophobia". Even after doctors removed the tumor, his painful sensitivity continued. So he turned to his faith, looking for healing from a supernatural force. Writer and radio producer Bridget Burnquist produced this...more

  • HBM021: Potential Energy

    Jul 24 2013

    Season 2 of Here Be Monsters begins. The reasons why I bike fast at night are diverse. It’s partly because I don’t feel graceful anywhere else, it’s partly to run away, and it’s partly out of persistent defiance of my failing vision. But mostly, it's because it's a sensation totally alien to anything else in my life and it lets me think about things better. I recently biked out to a parking garage on the outskirts of Boulder, Colorado and remembered the most significant moment of my eighteenth y...more

  • HBM000: Hello There!

    Jul 24 2012

    Thank you for subscribing.  Here Be Monsters is a podcast about strange and unusual and beautiful and sometimes dark things.   Jeff Emtman started Here Be Monsters in 2012. Here are three things you should know about the show: You can listen to the episodes in any order you want, there’s no need to start from the beginning. Some of our oldest oldest episodes aren’t on the feed anymore, but you can hear them all on our website, HBMpodcast.com. If you listen to this show and you like it, pl...more