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 made 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:
Here Be Monsters is Strange and Hypnotic - Heard Tell
The Creation of Here Be Monsters - Tape Radio
Tackling Personal Fears Through Podcasts - The Daily Dot
Where have I heard HBM before?
How do I listen?
Search for "Here Be Monsters" on the podcast app of your choice.
If you'd like more instructions, read our How To Listen page.
Do I need to start from the beginning?
No. In fact, we recommend starting with more recent episodes and working your way backwards.
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.
If you’d like to send us money directly, you can do that on our “Donate” page. Please not that these donations are not tax-deductible as HBM is an LLC. We use these donations mostly to commission episodes, art and music for the show. Also, look at our store for HBM merch.
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!
You on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram / et al?
Glad you asked.
Also, join our super secret Facebook group if you’d like a very casual way to connect with us and other listeners. We use this group as a sounding board and as a place to share half-cooked ideas for future episodes and merch, you get the drift.
You got swag?
Yes. We sell shirts, stickers and whatnot, but we tend to do limited runs. 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. Jeff’s alter ego.
Circling Lights: Oakland’s most beautiful tones.
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 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.
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.
Is Here Be Monsters "explicit"?
Sometimes. If we think an episode is especially rough on the ears, we'll give a verbal note at the beginning of the show.
Our current system for marking more general explicit-ness is here on our website. Visit any episode page, and look for a grey box titled "Content Note". There you'll see our notes on what we think could offend you. This system began with episode 81.
Prior to episode 81, we marked individual episodes in their titles with "[EXPLICIT]". These are easy to see, but not very descriptive.
If you have questions about an episode, don't hesitate to write us. And just remember, our definitions of offensive material may differ from yours.
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 Big Knob Studio - Monitor controller, audio interface, and pre-amps ($200)
Microkorg XL MIDI controller and synth ($300-ish, but hard to find this model anymore)
Sennheiser HD 280 Pro Headphones for recording($100)
Sennheiser HD 6XX Headphones for mixing ($220)
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)
Grainspace by Audiority ($45)
MSED Inline Mid/Side Processor by Voxengo (free)
MDA Plugin Pack by MDA (free)
Panagement by Auburn Sounds (~$30)
Post Production Suite 3 by Izotope ($1500)
CMS: SquareSpace ($150/year)
Theme: A moderately modded version of SquareSpace’s Peak Template
What Other Podcasts Should I Listen To?
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