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83 – Our Favorite Monsters

The Mythcreant Podcast

Special recurring guest host Jim is back, and this time it’s not even to talk about the law! Instead, he joins Oren and Chris in a discussion about their favorite monsters from TV, books, RPGs, and beyond. Or at least, that was a plan before the hosts started drawing lines in the sand over who did or did not like Cabin in the Woods.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Pennaggolan as seen in Legend of the Five Rings

The Strain (2014 – )

Ophiocordyceps unilateralis the “Zombie-ant” fungus

Mimic aka “Chest Monster”

Beast as seen in Over the Garden Wall

Marauders as seen in Mage the Ascension

The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Fetch as seen in Changeling

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Comments

  1. Christopher Hawkins

    I think the thinking behind the strain parasite is that the parasitic worm that reproduces in people is itself a vector for a retrovirus that alters human tissue, making the lungs, esophagus, etc into the feeding thingy.

    The books are worth reading btw. I can’t even remember if they were good, I just remember devouring them. I think the story is that Guillermo del Toro pitched the show and was turned down, so he wrote the books with a buddy as a proof of concept. It’s also a comic. I hope a grad student somewhere is doing a thesis on that story being realized differently across media.

  2. Hunter-Wolf

    Mine is the Xenomorph from Alien, its design and abilities are both terrifying and facsinating.

    I specially like the idea of making its bodily fluids acidic which makes it a very dangerous monster to fight in close combat while its agility, senses and ability to scale surfaces allow it to avoid ranged confrontations, hide and always have the elements of surprise (until we and Predators developed anti-Alien tech, but even then they are still dangerous).

    And don’t get me started on the way they reproduce and all the violent, nightmerish sexually suggestive horrors involved in that.

    To me Aliens are on the top of the list of monsters i don’t want to ever meet anywhere in real life.

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