ALL ABOUT HERE BE MONSTERS
Here Be Monsters is a podcast created by and for people interested in pursuing their fears and facing the unknown. We’ve produced podcast episodes about crow death rituals, flesh eating beetles, internet scammers, nudism, hitchhiking, faith healing, transgender childhood, fake Sasquatch sightings, Cthulhu, psychological warfare, prayers to Satan, and more. Dig through our archive a bit and you'll find shows about nearly everything.
Here are some more in-depth write-ups about the show:
The Art of Podcasting: Jeff Emtman - The Timbre
The Creation of Here Be Monsters - Tape Radio
Tackling Personal Fears Through Podcasts - The Daily Dot
How do I listen?
Search for us on any podcasting app. We’re usually listed as “KCRW’s Here Be Monsters”. Of course, you can also listen here on this website, but that’s a bit clunky. For full instructions, check out our How To Listen page.
Do I need to start from the beginning?
No. In fact, we recommend starting with more recent episodes. Some of the earlier ones are….well….how do we put this gently? The early episodes are “creative and interesting”, one might say….”poorly mixed”. But really, start wherever you want to.
Here are some episodes we recommend all the time to new listeners:
Who produces Here Be Monsters?
How can I support the show?
The best thing you can do to help us out is tell your friends about HBM. Say to them “I’ve found this podcast called ‘Here Be Monsters’. I think you’d really like it.” This helps a lot.
The other best thing you can do is become a member of KCRW. When you join, tell them that we sent you. This tells KCRW that they’re not (completely) wasting their money on us. Becoming a member of KCRW supports many people who do great work.
Can I advertise my business/product/service on Here Be Monsters?
If you aren't a slimeball and have a product or service that you’d like to advertise, send a message and tell us what you’re about. We’ll get the ball rolling with our puppet-masters at KCRW!
Bruh, you on Twitter/Facebook?
Bruh, you got swag?
Sometimes! We do sell shirts, stickers and whatnot, but we tend to do limited runs. So you’ll have to snag the merch when it’s hot. We announce new merch in the credits of episodes. We accept all normal types of money. Here’s our store.
Where does the show’s music come from?
We license music from (mostly) independent musicians.
The Black Spot: Drones and clanging noises. Identity unknown.
Phantom Fauna: Brooklyn-based ambient duo.
Serocell (and associated acts): Abstract electronic from England
Flowers: Seattle producer of ethereal drones.
Lucky Dragons: LA experimental electronic duo
Nym: Bay Area / SE Asia hip hop producer
Flower Petal Downpour: Portland beautiful electronic
Swamp Dog: Alasakan folktronica
Monster Rally: Tropical instrumentals
AHEE: All over the place, literally and figuratively
Do you accept pitches?
Hell yeah! Mail us a pitch. We look for fleshed out ideas about any topic touching on fear or the unknown. In our books, concept trumps format. Weird and heartfelt are our bread and butter. Send us a couple paragraphs explaining your idea and send tape if you have it. We pay. Not great, but we pay.
Do you accept musical pitches?
Hell yeah! Mail us a link. We look for the same things in music that we do in episode pitches a la “weird and heartfelt”, interesting concepts, etc. If we put your music on HBM, we’ll pay you.
Does HBM have bad words? / Should my kids listen?
Sometimes. We cover a lot of dark topics. We do our best to be mature about it though. Regarding swear words, episodes with uncensored words will have “[EXPLICIT]” in the title. We also use this tag to denote episodes that contain rough or objectionable content. In the latter case, we’ll usually have some kind of spoken warning at the beginning that explains the nature of the material. Just remember that “explicit” is pretty arbitrary, so your mileage may vary.
What Equipment/Software/Hosting Do You Use?
Jeff started the show with a cheap recorder and a pair of headphones. Since then, the equipment's grown considerably. The long and short of it is that good sound doesn’t have to cost much. Prices listed below are in USD and are highly approximate.
Tascam DR100 MKIII handheld recorder ($400)
Beyerdynamic M 58 omnidirectional microphone ($250)
Zoom H2N handheld recorder (under $200)
Roland r-05 handheld recorder (this is the recorder we send people for audio diaries. It’s discontinued, but you can still find them for cheap)
Tannoy Reveal 501a studio monitors ($300-ish for a pair)
Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2 channel audio interface ($100)
M-Audio Axiom 25 MIDI controller ($80)
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones ($100)
Desktop computer (Windows) with moderate specs. ($1000)
Reaper DAW by Cockos ($100)
Foobar2000 by Peter Pawlowski (free)
MP3 Tag by Florian Heidenreich (free)
Jeff has a soft spot for old, free plugins with terrible UIs and gritty sound. A complete list here would be too long, but VST4free is good place to dig around. Here are some classics:
Reaplugs by Cockos (free)
Camel Crusher by Camel Audio (free)
MSED Inline Mid/Side Processor by Voxengo (free)
MDA Plugin Pack by MDA (free)
Panorama 5 by WaveArts ($150)
Anarchy Effects by Anarchy Sound Software (free)
CMS: SquareSpace ($150/year)
Theme: SquareSpace Peak Template
What Other Podcasts Should I Listen To?
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