In this first episode, we discuss monsters in general, touching on what a monster is, how to discover their meanings, and what they mean to us and people more broadly. We touch on creatures like Medusa (Clash of the Titans), the Xenomorph Queen (Aliens), the Kuchisake-onna (the 'slit-mouthed woman' of Japanese folklore and the film 'Carved'), the Babadook, and the titular creature of John Carpenter's The Thing. Also discussed are Friday the 13th films and the movie Revenge.
Sezin Koehler (blogger for Black Girl Nerds and Looper and author of 'American Monsters' and 'Crime Rave')
W. Scott Poole (Professor of History at the College of Charleston and author of 'Monsters in America' and 'Wasteland: The Great War and the Origins of Modern Horror')