The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Without monsters to challenge them… Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons…they aren’t merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The new Parcast original, Mythical Monsters, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday.
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Parcast Network is spinning a web of new shows and special programming to celebrate our favorite season. Follow us into the darkest depths of history, mystery, and the human mind — starting with this episode of Crime Countdown! Hosts Ash and Alaina are ranking the top 10 haunted crime scenes, including an Irish castle with a deadly trap door and the home of a ghostly bride.
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The Wolfman is more than just a Universal Monster — it’s a representation of man's capacity for evil. Today's story retells one of the original werewolf stories from Norse mythology's The Saga of the Volsungs.
Every Wednesday, meet us at the intersection of chaos and fate… We’re unveiling the backstories and hidden lessons inside superstitions from around the world, and telling the stories of those who dare to defy them. Are these eerie codes of conduct simply about exerting control in an unpredictable world? Or can we truly sway supernatural forces to work in our favor?
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When the demi-god Heracles is tasked with defeating the three-headed guard dog of Hades, we see what happens when the world’s greatest hero meets the underworld’s greatest monster.
Their ubiquity in pop culture suggests zombies are a recent creation, but the ideas animating these cannibalistic cadavers originated in a 16th century French colony. Enslaved Africans conceived of a soul in unrest, occupying the ether. In Western culture, zombies transformed into flesh-eating ghouls.
She’s the queen of death, a folk saint known as the champion of lost souls. Those who pray to Santa Muerte are granted what they desire without judgement. But her generosity comes with a dark side.
Before “Lord of the Rings” and “Game of Thrones,” dragons stalked the pages of mythology across the world. The European version became a powerful metaphor for the evils that supposedly stalked mankind. And that's where we get the most iconic European Dragon Story, featuring a man known as Saint George.
From Jewish mythology, a dybbuk is a ghost with the power to enter and seize control of the body of a living person. While they are often the malicious soul of a particularly sinful person, possession by even the most well-meaning dybbuks can have disastrous consequences.
To the ancient Egyptians, Ammit was known as the Devourer of the Dead and the Eater of Souls. A hybrid creature and a demon of the underworld, she plays a vital role in the Final Judgment of souls, doling out deadly punishment to those found unworthy.
The Djinn that appear in the Qu'ran and throughout Arabic mythology are far more terrifying and dangerous than the wish-granting entities known as genies. They’re complicated spirits with incredible powers and free will, able to grant immense fortune… or gruesome death.
The Roc is an enormous bird of prey from Arabic mythology that was said to be large enough to carry elephants in its huge talons. It was once the ultimate symbol of adventure, and featured heavily in the adventures of Sinbad the Sailor.
They’re mysterious ghost lights, lurking in swamps and marshes. In European folklore, the Will O’ the Wisp, or Ignus Fatuus, are said to be the spirit of a sinful man, using his lantern to lure travelers to their deaths…
It’s known the world over as a symbol of innocence and purity… But the unicorn has a history as dark as any other beast in the mythological menagerie. Through its evolution from dangerous and deadly to noble and majestic, its story has always been one of blood, sacrifice, and transformation.
Hailing from Arthurian Legend, the Questing Beast is not so much a horrific predator or a noble creature… It’s an enigma, layered with symbolism and competing interpretations. With a bizarre appearance—and even more confounding purpose—the barking animal conjures a sense of immense strangeness.
It’s a symbol of chaos and destruction. A chimeric beast with the body of a lion, the tail of a scorpion, the face of a human man… and an appetite for human flesh. But is the manticore’s horrific visage a mirror for humanity’s own evil propensities?
Vampiric and reptilian, the Chupacabra first appeared in Puerto Rico in the 1990s. It’s known for sucking the blood of goats, but its true victims are the communities it destroys. Its thirst is so great, it will feed and feed until nothing is left…
In some legends, this elemental creature is considered a sacred force for good, while in others, it is a dangerous figure with the power to create unparalleled chaos and destruction. In every telling, it’s clear: the Thunderbird inspires equal amounts of awe and terror.
The Leviathan is an enormous sea monster, often depicted as a serpent or dragon. While best known for its appearances in the Old Testament of the Bible, its story is part of a mythological tradition that stretches all the way back to the very first civilizations.
An ancient alien goliath slumbers at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, awaiting the day when he will rise again to destroy humanity. From the mind of weird fiction author H.P. Lovecraft comes Cthulhu, a cosmic entity of almost unimaginable scale and power.
In Medieval Europe, parents lived in fear of the Fae-folk, who liked to steal sleeping infants from their crib. Whenever they did this, the faeries would replace their human child with one of their own. These Changelings would take the shape of the human child, so that the parents would have no way of knowing that it was an imposter.
This half-man, half-horse creature from Greek mythology combines the wisdom associated with civilization and the wildness of nature. We'll look at the stories of several of the worlds' most famous centaurs, each of which shines a light on the bestial elements of human nature.
It is a mermaid-like creature from Inuit folklore that makes its home in the icy-cold waters of the arctic. The qalupalik pounces on any children foolish enough to stray into its path.
It’s a mischievous, shape-shifting trickster from Celtic folklore, often appearing in the guise of a demonic horse. Though the Púca can bring good or bad fortune, its ability to hold a grudge has made it an enemy of Irish farmers for centuries.
Part man, part monstrous amalgamation—his thighs are said to have been made of snakes, and his back covered in feathers and wings. A denizen of pure evil, Typhon was created for the sole purpose of sowing chaos, and has often been called the father of all monsters.
Part eagle, part lion, these formidable creatures have commanded respect for centuries. Today, the griffin is used as a symbol of strength. But hundreds of years ago, its incredible size and power instilled true dread.
They are an obscure but truly disturbing army of monsters found in the Book of Revelation. While the description for Abaddon’s Locusts is less than 12 lines long, these hybrid creatures make a real impression—torturing everyone they see who isn’t marked for safety by God.
They’re a mysterious race of giants mentioned in the Book of Genesis. The non-canonical Book of Enoch tells the story of the Nephilim’s conception—sired by rebellious angels and human women, they were one of the most destructive forces in the world before the Great Flood covered the earth.
He is a demon prince of hell, often depicted as the right-hand man of Satan. But long before Beelzebub appeared in the Bible or Paradise Lost, he was the pagan god Ba'al Zebub, the "Lord of the Flies."
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Appearing in Abrahamic mythology, the Behemoth is a gargantuan beast of chaos. Its steps shake the earth and drive livestock insane. At the end of the world, it will face its sister Leviathan where the land meets the sea.
If you enjoy the stories told in Mythical Monsters, check out this episode from our series Tales: An adult Nathanael attempts to overcome the traumatic experiences of his childhood. But he knows, deep down, that Coppelius will always return, ready to take his eyes.
If you enjoy the stories told in Mythical Monsters, check out this episode from our series Tales: Young Nathanael fears the one who comes in the night, who takes the eyes of children. His fear only grows when his father's co-worker, Coppelius, begins to show signs of being the boogeyman himself.
Prevalent in medieval European folklore, the Succubus is a demonic entity that assumes a female form and seduces men as they sleep. She was said to drain her victims of vitality, bringing fatigue, mental illness, and even death.
They were two sea monsters from Greek mythology that represented real-life hazards in the Strait of Messina. One was a jagged, rocky cliff wall, and the other, a deadly whirlpool. Greek sailors who tried to pass through the strait found themselves caught between a rock and a hard place...literally.
Due to the unfortunate spread of COVID-19, Parcast has decided to halt recording for the time-being. This is a precautionary measure taken to ensure the safety of our hosts and staff. In the meantime, we're excited to share one of our classic episodes that we know you'll enjoy!
He’s not the loveable guy you’re used to seeing in animated films: These 12th century monsters were usually depicted as large, hideous, man-like beings that ate humans—especially infants and children.
They’re one of history's most pervasive mythological creatures, appearing in the folklore of cultures from around the world. From the temples of Ancient Assyria to the epic poems of Ancient Greece, mermaids have endured the test of time to make a big splash in pop culture.
Known as the “Irish harbinger of death,” this female fairy appears before the death of members of the oldest families of Ireland. If the Banshee appears to you, it means that before the day is over, some unlucky soul will perish.
Before Lamia was a monster, she was a queen. Her children were sired by Zeus, and her life was perfect. But then, Hera, the queen of the gods, became jealous.
Pearly white and standing no more than two feet tall, Yumboes have been described as Senegal’s Wolof counterpart to the European fairy. Unlike fairies, however, Yumboes are the chosen form of the spirits of the dead, who haunt the hills of the woodland savannah.
For years, Zulu people living near Howick Falls in South Africa have reported encounters with the Inkanyamba—a giant water-dwelling serpent with a horse-like head.
It’s a legendary creature said to live in the Richtersveld, a desert region of South Africa. Was the Grootslang an abomination from the dawn of the Earth, or a mythological warning against the dangers of man’s greed?
The Kongamato is a legendary winged creature first described by the Kaonde tribe of modern Zambia, formerly Northern Rhodesia. Sightings of the Kongamato have continued well into the 21st century, leading some cryptozoologists to believe that it might actually exist.
In Hindu Mythology, Narasimha was the fourth avatar of Lord Vishnu. Vishnu took the form of the half-lion, half-man to face the evil Asura Hiranyakashipu—adopting Narasimha’s fierce lion appearance to fight evil, injustice, and to protect the earth.
A walking corpse with inhuman strength and the power to change its shape and size, the Draugr was a true outcast. In death, it preyed upon the society it had scorned in life.
Long before the Vikings, before the first man, and even before the Gods, there was Ymir—a primordial giant who figures prominently in the Norse creation myth. As the first being to exist in Norse cosmology, Ymir gets to the very heart of their culture and belief system.
Vampires have sucked on our attention for centuries, thriving on our fears. But they reached a new height in 1897, when Irish author Bram Stoker published his novel, Dracula.
It had the head and body of a lion, as well as a goat’s head protruding from its back, and a long tail that ended in the head of a serpent. Chimaera is one of the most fearsome legendary beasts in the Greek pantheon.
Also known as the Yeti, the Abominable Snowman has purportedly stalked the mountainous areas of Nepal, Tibet, and Bhutan for hundreds of years. Often reported, but never caught, the Yeti is the spirit of the harsh conditions of the Himalayas, where death is a constant companion.
According to Japanese legend, when a golden orb-weaver spider turns 400-years-old, it grows horrifically large and becomes capable of transforming into a beautiful woman known as the Jorōgumo. Their shape-shifting abilities enable them to lure young, virile men into their webs to devour.
A powerful and mischievous shape-shifter from Japanese mythology, Tengu was known as a mythological trickster. Its depiction ranges from a fierce demonic dog in Chinese folklore to a modern half-man-half-bird creature that permeates Japanese art and ceremony.
In Greek mythology, Argus Panoptes was a giant with 100 eyes spread over his entire body. Unlike most of the giants, who rebelled against the gods, Argus was one of Queen Hera’s most loyal servants.
Instantly recognizable by her venomous snake hair, and for the ability to turn mortals to stone with a single glance, Medusa is one of the three Gorgon sisters and an iconic monster from Greek Mythology.
A chimeric beast from Chinese mythology—the Qilin has an appearance that ranges from resembling a unicorn to a dragon-headed, ox-tailed, tiger-bodied creature. But in all its forms, it is considered the lord of the four-footed creatures, and always a symbol of good things to come.
Born from an egg laid by two roosters—and hatched by a toad—Basilisks were hybrid monsters who terrorized ancient and medieval Europe with their deadly gaze and even deadlier breath.
Demonically possessed or merely architectural design? While they were believed in mythology to frighten away evil spirits, the idea of Gargoyles physically coming to life is a more recent notion.
Hooded and scythe-wielding, he walks the living world collecting the souls of the recently departed. Signifying death, the Grim Reaper is one of the most recognizable mythical figures in the western world.
Not the loveable guy you’re used to seeing in animated films...these 12th century monsters were usually depicted as large, hideous, man-like beings that ate humans—especially infants and children.
A mythical shape-shifter? An evil raccoon dog? The Tanuki is one of Japan’s most famous fairy tale creatures, known for being a trickster god lurking in the woods.
Greek mythology’s vicious monster with golden fur. Impervious to attack by mere mortals.
Under the oceans of ancient Scandinavia lurked a monster that nobody quite understood. Was it a crab? A massive squid? An incredibly large starfish? One thing was certain, the beast had an incredible size and was a threat to all seafarers. Over time, it came to be known as the Kraken, and tales of its destructive tendencies spanned centuries.
The great heroes of myth are known throughout the world. Their deeds are legendary. But what would these champions be without obstacles in their path? Without monsters to challenge them… Dragons, sea serpents, giants, demons...they aren't merely foils to the hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The new Parcast original, Mythical Monsters, tells the stories of these beasts and asks what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday.