The Chronicles of the Creature

In this podcast series we trace the history of one of the classic Universal monsters, the Gill-man AKA The Creature from the Black Lagoon. We discover old legends of water monsters, and meet literary ancestors, before looking at the trilogy of movies starring the Gill-man. We then track down assorted unofficial appearances of the Gill-man, various aqautic movie monsters created to rival him, and finally even investigate alleged sighting of the Gill-man in real life!

THE SHAPES IN THE WATER
In celebration of Guillermo del Toro's new opus The Shape of Water, we submerge the Great Library of Dreams Bathysphere into the deeps to discover all manner of aquatic horrors. In this first episode, we explore the Gill-man's ancestry in mythology, legend and folklore, encountering kappas, nixes, nymphs, tritons and of course various mermaids and merfolk.

THE HARBOUR MASTER
In the second part of this series, we meet the the great-grandfather of all hybrid aquatic horrors, the weird tale of The Harbor-Master by Robert W Chambers!

THE CHRONICLES OF THE CREATURE Part I
In this episode, we take a leisurely boat trip down the Amazon river to the Black Lagoon. Here we'll learn of the origin and history of its famous resident monster the Gill-man, and all about the making of the classic movie The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954).

THE CHRONICLES OF THE CREATURE Part II
In this episode, we continue our history of the Gill-man and take an in-depth look at the classic horror SF movie The Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) directed by the great Jack Arnold. Plus we also take a peek at the Gill-man in print and unearth various plots for remakes.

TEATIME AT THE BLACK LAGOON
A bonus mini-episode for you all recounting a childhood encounter with the Creature!

THE CHRONICLES OF THE CREATURE Part III
In this episode we take a look at the further adventures of the Gill-man, discussing Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Taking an in-depth look at the Oscar winning monster movie from Guillermo del Toro. First we have a spoiler-free review of The Shape of Water, and then in the second half, we delve deeper, exploring its connections to The Creature From the Black Lagoon movies and other connections to folklore, fairy stories and classic films.

DAGON
In this episode, we round off the current leg of our exploration of aquatic terrors with a seminal tale of marine horror from the great HP Lovecraft.

SPAWN OF THE CREATURE Part I
We return to the world of aquatic horrors to discover assorted cameos and homages to the Gill-man, not to mention a few outright rip-offs too! We have a look at Return of the Creature (1955), Castle of the Monsters (1958), Monster Of Piedras Blancas (1959), Mad Monster Party(1967), Chabelo and Pepito vs. The Monsters (1973), The Monster Squad (1987), plus some small screen appearances in McHale's Navy and Night Gallery.

SPAWN OF THE CREATURE Part II
We continue our exploration of the Gill-man's kith and kin, this time rounding up assorted Black Lagoon knock-offs! We take a look at The She Creature (1956), Creature From The Haunted Sea (1961), Horror of Party Beach (1964), Beach Girls and the Monster (1965) and The City Under The Sea AKA War-gods of the Deep (1965).

SPAWN OF THE CREATURE Part III
In this episode Mr Jim Moon brings this series of podcasts on gill-men and aquatic horrors full circle with a look at some curious cases from the annals of cryptozoology which seems to have echoes of the Black Lagoon...

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