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"Somewhere between being wrapped in your favorite blanket and jumping off a cliff. This show is magic."

–⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Wingilote on Apple Podcasts

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.

KCRW (Santa Monica) distributes Here Be Monsters, along with Left, Right & Center, The Organist, Unfictional and others. We release 20 new episodes per year. 

Here are some more in-depth write-ups about the show:

Where have I heard HBM before? 

Lots of places. Host Jeff Emtman has been on This American Life, RISK, and a Moth grand slam telling personal stories. Also, HBM's been featured on other shows like: 

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?

Jeff Emtman started the show in 2012. Bethany Denton joined in 2015. Lots of other people contribute episodes. Read about them on our Contributors page.

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.

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.




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:


What Other Podcasts Should I Listen To?

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