10 – Putting Twists on Classic Monsters With Mur Lafferty

The Mythcreant Podcast

Mur Lafferty joins Oren, Mike, and Chris to talk about classic creatures. They revisit the long history of werewolves, vampires and zombies, share their favorite depictions of monsters in stories, and question whether it’s better to use existing creatures or make up new ones.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton

Show Notes:

Shambling Guide to New York City

Werewolves as Serial Killers

Werewolf: the Apocolypse by White Wolf

Taming of the Grue

Nordic Wolf Warriors

Wolfman (1941)

Being Human TV Series – American and British Version

Carrie Vaughn’s Kitty Books

30 Days of Night

Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin

White Trash Zombie Series by Diana Rowland

Haitian Zombie Origins

Zombie Shopping Protests

Newsflesh Series by Mira Grant

Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Cloud of Sparrows by Takashi Matsuoka

The Scar by China Mieville



Discworld Vampires, Dwarves, Elves, Werewolves

Marco and the Red Granny

The Cookbook from The Simpsons

Newsletter by Connie Willis, in Miracle and Other Christmas Stories

Common Cold – reference to War of the Worlds

Water and a Baseball Bat – reference to Signs

True Blood TV Series


Matrix Reloaded Ghosts, Werewolves and Vampires

Colonel Sanders in the Matrix

Galaxy Quest

Pantheon Series by James Lovegrove

Once Upon a Time by ABC

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  1. Sonia

    An interesting thing about early werewolf stories: there is a 12th-century tale by Marie de France about a werewolf. He transforms by taking off his human skin during the full moon. His wife, curious as to where he disappears, finds the skin and steals it, condemning him to live as a wolf. Later, he meets King Arthur, who, curious about the very tame and affectionate behaviour of this wolf, takes him in. Eventually, he is able to unmask his wife and get his human skin back. So even back then there were “good werewolf stories”. And no, he was not called Marrock; his name was Bisclaveret.

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