Here Be Monsters

Here Be Monsters

By Jeff Emtman and Bethany Denton

The Podcast about the Unknown

Episodes

HBM137: Superhappiness

David Pearce wants to end all suffering.
13/05/201h 0m

HBM136: Jacob’s Lost Biography

Jacob Lemanski tries to write an unreadable book.
29/04/2018m 53s

HBM135: Dying Well

Amanda Provenzano says people are too afraid of death; that’s why she became a death doula.
15/04/2019m 29s

What Can You Hear? (Love Me)

A wonderful episode of a wonderful podcast: the CBC’s Love Me.  Subscribe on your favorite podcast app. 
08/04/2024m 10s

HBM134: Questionable Hobbies of the Socially Isolated

Jeff makes blackout poetry with cassette tapes. 
01/04/2019m 50s

HBM133: Prey of Worms

Is your body more of a machine, or a garden?
18/03/2031m 16s

HBM132: Moral Enhancement

If there’s a pill that makes people less racist, should cops be forced to take it?
04/03/2022m 50s

HBM131: A Cure for Carsickness

The smell of gasoline imparts nausea and a heartfelt nostalgia on HBM producer Bethany Denton. 
19/02/2023m 27s

HBM130: Mother Pigeon / Sister Marta

New York City’s defender of maligned animals enacts “pigilante” justice while dressed as a nun. 
05/02/2019m 16s

HBM129: The Underearthlings

Legends of an underground people on a small Baltic island. 
22/01/2027m 16s

HBM128: Seeing Auras

A childhood loss leads Colby Richardson to meet a man who teaches him to see his dead mother’s aura. 
08/01/2021m 33s

HBM127: QALYs

Would you trade a month of your life to give a decade to a stranger?  What if it were four strangers? Or thirty?
25/12/1937m 14s

HBM126: Sounding the Deep

Most of the ocean floor has never been mapped in detail.  Some scientists are trying to change that, using sonar to see what satellites can’t. 
11/12/1916m 21s

HBM125: Deepfaking Nixon

How to make the president say what he never said.
27/11/191h 0m

HBM124: Banana Softies

A cancer researcher grows tired of euthanizing monkeys.
13/11/1916m 49s

HBM123: Water Witches

What moves the rods of a water dowser? Is it magic, science or imagination? 
30/10/1948m 2s

HBM122: Should Cows Have Names?

Producer Bethany Denton wants to know if her meat-eater’s guilt is justified. 
16/10/1930m 5s

HBM121: True North

Here Be Monsters host Jeff Emtman climbs a tree, stops believing in God. 
02/10/1934m 8s

Season 8 = October 2

Here Be Monsters is back!  Season 8 begins October 2nd, 2019. 
23/09/191m 33s

HBM120: Own Worst Interest

Should you have the right to hasten your own execution?
05/06/1926m 14s

HBM119: An Episode of Pebbles and Twigs

An episode where Jeff finds little things on the forest floor and hands them to you...metaphorically speaking.
22/05/1931m 5s

Listen to Lost Notes

Lost Notes is a podcast that we love.  It’s about music. We think you should subscribe.
15/05/1940m 33s

HBM118: Mountain Seabed

Meeting an ancient relative that’s no bigger than your thumb.
08/05/1921m 48s

HBM117: Grave Oversight

Can satellites help prevent genocide?
24/04/1930m 23s

HBM116: Finest and Most Rotten (Going Forward)

Do you think this is a good world?
10/04/1917m 27s

HBM115: Bound in Walton et al.

A book bound in the skin of its author causes eye-rolls for its modern-day caretakers.
27/03/1922m 40s

HBM114: Envisioning AIDS

With your eyes closed in a dark room, a voice guides you through the process of dying from AIDS.
13/03/1936m 18s

HBM113: The Last Ones

Two radio producers and a conservationist explore grief, loss, and caribou habitat on a snowy walk in the woods.
27/02/1928m 48s

HBM112: Negative Space

Jeff listens to the spaces inbetween words to see if the answers to his problems are buried there.
13/02/1921m 25s

HBM111: Waiting for Earth

Bethany Denton wonders if her unborn children still watch her from the premortal existence.
30/01/1929m 23s

HBM110: Big Numbers

Jeff explains why numbers are like telescopes.
16/01/1926m 20s

HBM109: Untitled Noises of New York (Sound Matters)

HBM host Jeff Emtman attempts to capture the essence of NYC. Re-aired from the Bang and Bang and Olufsen podcast Sound Matters.
02/01/1927m 5s

HBM108: Witch of Saratoga

Sleeping in the forest as homage to Angeline Tubbs, aka. “The Witch of Saratoga.”
19/12/1818m 53s

HBM107: Carlo Surrenders

In theology school, Carlo Nakar asked, “Lord, what is the hardest thing you could possibly ask me to do?” He got a verbal answer.
05/12/1832m 35s

HBM106: Beautiful Stories about Dead Animals (part 2)

Personal stories of animal death and the bodies they leave behind, as told by writer Kryssanne Adams. Part 2 of 2.
21/11/1828m 46s

Listen to Nocturne

Nocturne is a podcast that we love. It’s about the night. We think you should subscribe.
14/11/1827m 35s

HBM105: Beautiful Stories about Dead Animals (part 1)

Personal stories of animal death and the bodies they leave behind, as told by writer Kryssanne Adams. Part 1 of 2.
08/11/1828m 11s

HBM104: Scrapheap Reactor

Max Turnquist is building a fusion reactor in his bedroom.
24/10/1829m 34s

HBM103: Fate’s Notebook

Reynaldo Gulin had a notebook full of warnings and advice that was supposed to keep his family from danger. But after he died, a second, unforeseen death shook his family’s faith in Santeria.
10/10/1838m 50s

HBM102: Breath Holder

Free diver Archer Mayo searches for unusual treasures in the murky water of the Columbia River.
10/10/1818m 4s

HBM101: Much Corruption

Jeff Emtman finds himself distracted by dragons and their ilk as he kayaks with one of the world’s hairiest people.
12/09/1832m 42s

Season 7 and HBM Sweatshirts

Our 7th season starts on September 12th, 2018. 
07/09/1840m 15s

HBM100: Faraway Minds

Anna Klein 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 his early death.
07/09/1834m 38s

HBM099: Spell for the Repulsion of Astral Vampires

In this video episode of Here Be Monsters, Jeff shares his special spell of repulsion for astral energy vampires that are draining humans of their life force en masse.
07/09/1814m 59s

HBM098: Feed the Queen

There's the new colony of leaf cutter ants at the Victoria Bug Zoo with the potential to reach over more than a million ants.
07/09/1823m 24s

HBM097: Fox Teeth

The Icelandic government placed a bounty on each Arctic Fox killed (if you can provide its tail as proof).
07/09/1820m 59s

HBM096: Are We Still Afraid?

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.
07/09/1830m 33s

HBM095: The Bats that Stay

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.
07/09/1829m 47s

HBM094: The Fatigue of Violence

Susan has seen how humanity’s worst instincts become possible where cyclical poverty, incarceration, and drug addiction wreak havoc on communities.
07/09/1821m 41s

HBM093: The Brain Scoop

In this episode Divya carries a recorder with her while as she slowly disassembles a deceased pet parrot: snipping joints, scooping brains, removing eyes, separating the skin from the body.
07/09/1816m 1s

HBM092: Carry the Scent

Robert Larson searches for missing people with his dog Captain Dexter as a K9 search and rescue volunteer. 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 rescue teams and law enforcement agencies.
07/09/1822m 50s

HBM091: Hypnosis of Hunger

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.
07/09/1823m 38s

HBM090: Two Small Creatures with Human Eyes

Natural history museums are art galleries. Scientifically focussed art galleries, but art galleries nonetheless.
07/09/1825m 1s

HBM089: Human Wish Tree

Sometimes, Tatianna Zichella asks people to make a wish, write it on a piece of paper, and staple it to a fleshy part of her body.
07/09/1810m 49s

HBM088: Riptides and a Sinking Ship

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.The are different kinds of panics, some more helpful than others. 
07/09/1825m 0s

HBM087: Trifle Not with Sacred Things

After dedicating thirty years to the Church of Jesus Christ, Ashley Fryer put down her beloved scriptures unsure what to do with relics of a religion she no longer believed in. This episode follows her journey of spiritual discovery.
07/09/1813m 4s

HBM086: Eve is Hungry

HBM085: Ascended Fiction 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 with Christianity.
07/09/1819m 42s

HBM085: Ascended Fiction

There's a full reconstruction of L. Ron Hubbard's office in every church of Scientology rumored to be more than a traditional way of honoring the memory of the founder. It might be needed by the author upon his alleged reincarnation and return to earth.
07/09/1834m 25s

HBM084: Are You Sure You’re Awake?

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. 
07/09/1819m 23s

HBM083: Sweet​ ​Like​ ​Snap​ ​Peas

Ryan thinks the Clinton Cemetery's deep-rooted asparagus taste so good because of the natural quality of their fertilizer.
07/09/1812m 38s

HBM082: MI5​ ​MI6​ ​KGB​ ​CIA

Shortwave enthusiast John Barner and his friends had found a number station believed to be a form of espionage where intelligence agencies broadcast encrypted messages to field operatives.
07/09/1816m 10s

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

Boy Scout Leadership Camp was a bad fit for Jeff Emtman.
07/09/1832m 31s

Psychic Blob and The Radio Race

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 amateur surgery. We just got Instagram! Follow us.
07/09/186m 54s

HBM080: The Ocean of Halves [EXPLICIT]

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, Remi Dun enjoys her job. Please Note: This episode is about sex. And there’s swearing.
07/09/1830m 4s

HBM079: The Tingles

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.
07/09/1821m 39s

HBM078: Sagittarius has $45 [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1827m 4s

HBM077: Snow on Date Trees, then on Pines

Muhammad Tariq's 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 six men with guns showed up. After the incident in his school, Tariq feared for his life; said he needed to get out of Pakistan. So he applied for and received a J1 visa, a cultural exchange program run by the US State Department.
07/09/1835m 52s

HBM076: Griff's Speech

Griff was on track when he started to babble around 12 months old. But, unlike other children, the babble never evolved to understandable sentences. In this episode, producer Luke Eldridge (Griff’s father) shares scenes from their home as his family works together to help Griff learn to talk.
07/09/1822m 15s

HBM075: The Weight of Science

Since childhood, Anita Woodley dreamt the future, able to predict imminent murders in her neighborhood. The Rhine Research Center is America’s oldest parapsychology lab and going to the Rhine Center was her doctor’s suggestion. Her doctor said she wasn’t alone, that there were others with her gift.
07/09/1823m 37s

HBM074: Benedict Arnold Makes People Nervous (Rumblestrip)

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.
07/09/1828m 51s

HBM073: A Trial Ghost Hunt

For the last nine years, Ken Arnold and his wife Donna have operated an all-volunteer group called the Puget Sound Ghost Hunters. They put an ad up on their website and on their Facebook group inviting hunters to join their team. But before Ken and Donna offer membership, they arranged a trial ghost hunt to see how the candidates behave in the field. HBM producer Bethany Denton comes along to record the night’s activity.
07/09/1827m 36s

HBM072: Ant God [EXPLICIT]

Jacob is the owner of AntLife, a company that makes large ant farms. And during a cave-in, one of his ants became trapped in a small underground cavern, just inches from the surface. Despite his omniscience, he feels unequipped to deal with the ethical decisions required of him.
07/09/1819m 0s

HBM071: The Evangelists of Nudism

Growing up Mormon in Montana, Bethany Denton had a phrase drilled into her mind from an early age: “modest is hottest.” But by the time Bethany moved to Washington State for college, she had rejected the church and that’s when she met Helen. She invited Bethany to join her for an all-expenses paid nude vacation, courtesy of an eccentric tech millionaire who evangelized the merits of nudism.
07/09/1822m 57s

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

There are about 10,000 files in the Here Be Monsters sound library. 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 for the early days of the podcast. 
07/09/1815m 4s

HBM070: The Way The Blood Flows

The Way The Blood Flows is a short story written and read by Evan Williamson, who currently makes videos and music with his wife Sidra as they travel the world.
07/09/1810m 14s

HBM069: Redwoods of the In-World [EXPLICIT]

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”.
07/09/1837m 15s

HBM068: The Wake Up Stick [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1814m 4s

HBM067: Dispatches From PestWorld 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.
07/09/1831m 1s

HBM066: What Jacob Heard [EXPLICIT]

In his freshman year of high school, Jacob was feeling helpless against his gay attractions. Exasperated, he asked aloud for a demon to come into his body. He figured he was already evil, so he might as well “get something out of it”.
07/09/1824m 50s

HBM065: We Pay Them In Meat

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.
07/09/1818m 42s

HBM064: A Shrinking Shadow [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1827m 21s

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

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.  
07/09/1821m 21s

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

When he was twelve, Eric Alexander started writing songs as a way to make sense of the confusing world around him. Faced with the prospect of an early death later in his life, he ignored the doctors’ orders fearing the surgery would affect his musical creativity. Instead, Eric decided to focus his energy on creating his masterpiece: Sir Deja Doog's Love Coffin. 
07/09/1823m 2s

HBM061: The Natural State of Hitchhiking [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1830m 14s

Season 5 Soon!

We're coming back! We're producing another 20 episodes of Here Be Monsters next year. Season 5 starts Wednesday, August 17.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM060: The Predators of McNeil Island [EXPLICIT]

McNeil Island sits in Washington State's Puget Sound, just three miles northwest of Steilacoom. For the last 150-odd years, McNeil Island has been a place to house society's undesirables. Eventually the island prison closed, but by then McNeil Island had sprouted a different kind of facility, also nested inside razor wire. It wasn't a prison, but its residents weren't allowed to leave either.
07/09/1840m 16s

Your Last Memory Of Being Free

This is a preview of our 60th episode and season 4 finale. In this preview, a defense lawyer asks a man to recall the last time he remembers being free.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM059: When Cthulhu Calls

The most notable monster created by Howard Phillips Lovecraft was a massive tentacled being omnipotent, yet completely uncaring that sleeps in the depths of the ocean. Cthulhu, Lovecraft called it --a creature that will one day rise again from its watery home to reclaim the Earth for itself.
07/09/1824m 21s

HBM058: Kelly is Cold

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. 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.
07/09/1817m 6s

HBM057: Impostor in a Pink Pinstripe Suit [EXPLICIT]

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?
07/09/1824m 42s

HBM056: It Works Better in Movies [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1824m 0s

HBM055: Ghost Tape Number Ten

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. The US Military calls these tactics "Psychological Operations", or "PSYOP".
07/09/1813m 28s

HBM054: Flaming Sword of Truth

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.
07/09/1827m 8s

HBM053: Eleven Trips to Dreamworld

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.
07/09/1815m 49s

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

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.
07/09/1818m 15s

HBM051: Sister Bethany, Proxy for the Dead

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.
07/09/1822m 28s

HBM050: The Scientist is Not the Angel of Death

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. After the cancers become too large, he kills the mice.
07/09/1825m 51s

HBM049: Sam's Japan Tapes

On this episode, Sam Parker and Jeff Emtman discuss the merits of deep listening and whether it's possible for a sound to be truly ugly. Sam also shares three of his audio postcards.
07/09/1822m 58s

HBM048: Barrie's Mental Tempest [EXPLICIT]

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.
07/09/1825m 21s

HBM047: Peacocks Without Tails [EXPLICIT]

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."
07/09/1831m 29s

HBM046: Crooked Skirts

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.
07/09/1816m 45s

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

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.
07/09/1820m 46s

HBM044: Distant Warfare

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 small 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 into Myanmar...
07/09/1831m 15s

Lying in a Stranger's Grave

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.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM043: Last Chance To Evacuate Earth

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.
07/09/1839m 34s

HBM042: Deers

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.
07/09/1814m 5s

HBM041: Crossing The River, Being Watched

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. As an outsider among outsiders, Jeff soon began to feel like he was being watched.
07/09/1818m 57s

Fear of 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. Bethany explains the differences in the anxieties that she and Jeff have towards silence.
07/09/181h 0m

Terrible Resonance: Live Show Announcement

A live podcast from Here Be Monsters about subversive sound, earthquakes, ghosts, outer space, sonic weaponry, and whales.
07/09/181h 0m

Forty Monster Bites

A look back at our first 40 episodes.
07/09/181h 0m

Nearly Opposite Reactions

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.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM040: The Reformation Bible Puritan Baptist Church [EXPLICIT]

In this episode, Emile visits the church to investigate the story of Eric's rise and fall in the bizarre, radical, niche world of anti-papal internet talk radio and finds out how Eric's upbringing in the Civil Rights Era informed his views on white supremacy.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM039: A Goddamn Missionary

In this episode of Here Be Monsters, Terry often refers to Manic Depression, a condition that, per the DSM 5 has been reclassified as Bipolar Disorder.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM038: Do Crows Mourn Their Dead?

On this episode of Here Be Monsters, we look at the strange behaviors of crows and how they might be able to teach humanity about the origins of funerals and emotions.
07/09/181h 0m

Potential Energy (Live) [EXPLICIT]

This episode is a recording from a live storySLAM organized by The Moth. However, this is *not* from The Moth's podcast.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM037: Uncertain Death

On this episode David Alvarado and Jason Sussberg talk about the exact opposite--immortality, living forever.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM036: Throw It In The Ocean [EXPLICIT]

In this episode of Here Be Monsters, Eric describes his experience inside the turret, putting organic material into garbage bags, wading through the destruction. He describes how it awakened a contradiction between his sense of duty and his sense of dissatisfaction with the Naval chain of command and policy.
07/09/1816m 57s

HBM035: Spirits Of The Past

In this episode of Here Be Monsters, freelance producer Mickey Capper attends a modern seance, conducted by 20-somethings under an udder-like canopy in a living room in Chicago.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM034: The Grandmother And The Vine Of The Dead

In this episode, producer Lauren Stelling visits her old boss Cherub, who was facing a lot of grief after her best friend's daughter, Zippy, was killed in a freak accident of nature.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM033: What One Does [EXPLICIT]

In this extended interview, Ryan Beltz talks about German Romanticism, jouissance, Stoicism and the nature of anger, and how The World Speed Project is a rebellion against the "what one does" that society shoves our throats.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM032: Fugitives Of The Blue Laguna

This week's episode is about a nerdy Oklahoman teenager named David who runs away with the love of his life to what started as an adventure, turned into something really serious, really fast.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM031: The Roman Slug Death Orgy

In a strange, small, moss-covered forest in Bellingham, Washington, Jeff stumbled on to the most gruesome scene of hedonism he's ever seen.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM030: Crickets, Cadavers And Conventional Wisdom

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: Do Crickets Sing Hymns, Balancing Act, Johnathan's Cadaver Paintings.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM029: Do Crickets Sing Hymns?

In this episode, audio engineer Toby Reif takes us down the rabbit hole of audio theory to help us understand how sound-stretching works, and the reasons why the long loop of cricket noises have touched so many.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM028: Jonathan's Cadaver Paintings

In this episode, Jonathan Happ is an artist who 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 dead bodies in display.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM027: Balancing Act

In recent history, vaccines, sterilization, and other modern treatments have pushed Humorism out of the picture. But traditions ingrained in culture, science, and religion for thousands of years don’t just vanish.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM026: John Comes Down The Birth Canal

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.
07/09/181h 0m

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

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.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM024: The Friendliest Town In Texas [Explicit]

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.
07/09/181h 0m

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

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.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM022: The Holy Ghost Fixes David's Brain

David Blackshire Key had brain cancer and one of his side-effects was a strange sensitivity to light called "photophobia". After doctors removed the tumor, his painful sensitivity continued. So he turned to his faith, looking for healing from a supernatural force.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM021: Potential Energy

The story involves electronic dance music, a laundromat, a bunch of sweaty teenagers pretending like it’s the eighties and one of the loudest amplifiers I’ve ever heard.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM020: Without Name

In this episode, Lina goes back to her old neighborhood looking for nothing in particular. She's greeted by familiar faces, new tenants, and a series of stories that tell a modern ghost story of a building in the bad part of Brooklyn.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM019: The Other One Percent

This week’s show is about Pete Brook’s 2011 journey across America to interview photographers, criminologists, and, most of all, the prisoners of New York’s Sing Sing Correctional Facility.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM018: How I Learned to Love Rejection (Pt. 2)

This episode looks at the lessons Jeff Emtman learned in his trip, joining a carnival, sleeping in a cemetery, and camping with a train rider named Puke.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM017: How I Learned to Love Rejection (Pt. 1)

This episode looks at the lessons Jeff Emtman learned in his trip, including meeting a pastor, finding a strange cave, admiring the bizarre beauty of Yellowstone, and witnessing a fatal shooting. 
07/09/181h 0m

HBM016: 10,000 Juggalos [EXPLICIT]

On this episode of the Here Be Monsters Podcast, Director Sean Dunne speaks of the bizzare culture of The Gathering where he found a system of mutual respect and "practicing what you preach" in every aspect from religious tolerance to settling bad drug deals.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM015: Jacob Visits Saturn

An aspiring sophisticate drinks liquid MDMA and experiences a rollercoaster of self esteem and significance. This episode looks at what it means to live a meaningful life through the eyes of Jacob on his journey across the solar system. He's writing a fictionalized children's book about his trip.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM014: Andrea Quits NPR

On this episode, Andrea Seabrook talks about why she was quit her job as NPR's Congressional Reporter and about the true nature of Washington DC as she explains in her new podcast she's producing called DecodeDC.
07/09/181h 0m

The Operating System of Dictators

In this Brief, we're going to take a look at the Red Star operating system--meant for use in what many consider to be the most isolated country on this planet.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM013: Bridget Finds Loss

Writer Bridget Burnquist went to vacation on the eve of her 27th birthday. She felt dead. On this episode, she tells a story from the colorful slums of Lima, Peru where she had an experience that made her alive again.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM012: How to Live and Die Until You're 80

A college professor (who prefers to remain nameless) collapses in class and becomes one of the few people to survive his own death. On this episode, he tells his story of death and resurrection.
07/09/181h 0m

Fellowship Wrap Up

Closing thoughts on the Soundcloud Community Fellowship. Production will continue in coming months, though at a decreased pace.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM011: Puke Quits Trainriding [EXPLICIT]

I met Puke when I was walking down the street on a trans-America hitchhiking trip in 2011. We camped together in the park, and before we fell asleep, I pulled out my recorder and had him tell some stories about his impending transition from trainriding to college.
07/09/181h 0m

The Golden Age of Piracy

A brief followup to Episode 10: The Time Traveler's Convention. Ben "New Roommate" Becker tells us about his favorite historical period.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM010: The Time Travelers Convention

On this episode, Andrew Nissenbaum tells his story and explains some of the achievements and hurdles yet to overcome before the 2013 Time Travelers Convention.
07/09/181h 0m

What the $&@# is that Bug?

Help me identify this many-legged friend and you could win a neat prize that will make you the coolest kid on the block by a long shot.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM009: Captain Staudinger Flees Myanmar

On this episode, Chris Staudinger tells his story of escaping Myanmar (Burma) after he and his friends saw something that they should not have seen.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM008: Chuck Gets Circumcised [EXPLICIT]

Chuck was twelve when he went to a health clinic in the Philippines to rid himself of his "tip" and become a man. Of course, little went according to plan.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM007: Placentophagy

Humans are one of just four land-dwelling mammals who don't regularly eat their placentas after childbirth. But that's changing as, each year, more and more mothers are electing to save their placenta to eat.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM006: Clever Hans

On this episode, Kathy Johnson of the Medicine Horse Project explains the nature of equine intelligence in regards to Clever Hans.
07/09/1828m 52s

HBM005: The Team Says "Hello"

Here Be Monster's five producers (Bethany Denton, Gina Cole, Lindsay Myron, Kyle Gootkin, and Mark Nowak) introduce themselves to you.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM003: John Dips Below

On this episode takes place on a night when John goes down to visit a friend, under a dock.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM002: Of Maps and Monsters

This episode is a discussion of historical reactions to the unknown--from the monsters living in margins of the Nuremberg Chronicle to the a apocryphal predictions of a "future" map of the world.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM001: Prisoner's Cinema

Prisoner's Cinema is a phenomena experienced by those who spend prolonged amounts of time in the dark. The "Cinema" refers to the series of images that the mind creates, often emotionally intense or terrifying.
07/09/181h 0m

Jeff Emtman is a 2012 SoundCloud Fellow

Here Be Monsters is a new radio project supported by the 2012 SoundCloud Community Fellowship.
07/09/181h 0m

HBM000: Hello There!

Here Be Monsters is a podcast about fear and the unknown.
07/09/182m 15s
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