Here Be Monsters
Dark and slippery and refusing to take a fixed form, Here Be Monsters is a genuine original. Founded in 2012 and hosted by the honey-voiced Jeff Emtman, who produces this independent program with a small collective of like talents, it leaps from one far-flung subject to another, whittling out the strange, essential kernel at the heart of each one. We are introduced to the funereal rites of crows; a man who survived a suicide cult; a seance; a mugging; a pair of teenage runaways. If it all sounds a little grim, that's kind of the idea. But it's also curious and smart, full of wonder, often dryly funny. Stories are brought to us by an array of voices, usually in the form of first-person narrative, and wrapped in a tripped-out, textural sound design that never fails to alert the senses.
There. We have exhausted our superlatives. Now we can only direct you to their archives, which are groaning with stories you want to hear.
Gateway episodes: 54: Flaming Sword of Truth (6 Jan 2016) / 43: Last Chance to Evacuate Earth (22 Jul 2015) / 40: The Reformation Bible (29 Oct 2014) / 38: Do Crows Mourn Their Dead (10 Sep 2014) / 24: The Friendliest Town in Texas (4 Sep 2013) / 10: The Time Travelers Convention (17 Oct 2012)