Monsters Among Us
Monsters. Ghosts. Zombies. From horror movies to Halloween, we see the creatures that go bump in the night everywhere, but where did they come from? The primal fears of our ancestors fueled the stories that lived on through legend, page, and screen. Join us as we peer into the histories of some of the most prevalent creatures in pop culture, including vampires, werewolves, zombies, and ghosts. Come and meet the Monsters Among Us, if you dare.
S01:E01 - Vampires: From Folklore to Literature
The presence of vampires throughout history, culminating in the writing of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, literature’s most famous bloodsucker.
S01:E02 - Vampires: The Rise of Dracula
The popularity of Dracula cemented the vampire into fiction and popular culture, and was supplemented by the invention of cinema. Between Dracula and its not-so-subtle clone Nosferatu, vampires became a horror movie staple.
S01:E03 - The Undead
The idea of the dead coming back to life haunted stories for centuries. Differing takes on the myth led to different monsters – resurrection through science created Frankenstein’s monster, Egyptian mythology and mummified pharaohs led to reanimated mummies, and external forces of evil or radiation brought forth zombies.
S01:E04 - The Spirit World
The idea of a parallel world of the spirits has persisted since the beginning of civilization. Ghosts returning to earth, or remaining as echoes of the past, are explored in this episode.
S01:E05 - Demons
Humans have always sought justification for the presence of evil in the world. Demons, in their various incarnations through religious descriptions, folklore, and literature, are often cited as the source.
S01:E06 - Witchcraft
Witches in popular culture have a particularly insidious origin – religious persecution. In later years, the image of a witch has evolved – both through pop culture, and greater religious freedom.
S01:E07 - Werewolves and Shapeshifters
In this final episode, the role shapeshifters have played in stories and legends is explored. The evolution of the concept eventually brought us Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Wolf Man.
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