Monsters Out of the Closet

A LGBTQ+ HORROR FICTION PODCAST

Monsters Out of the Closet is a horror fiction podcast dedicated to proudly featuring spooky and strange stories, poetry, songs, and other creative content from diverse LGBTQ+ voices.

Episode 18 - Gothic

Search out the ghastly secrets in this GOTHIC episode, and you may find more than you bargained for...

Featuring “Sparrow” written by M. Regan and performed by Sheila Begin, Abigail Birkett, Eric Little, Anna Podds, and Della Robertson-Glenn.

Featured songs were “Cobweb Morning” and “November” by Kai Engel; “The Mask of Sanity” and “Cue - Drone-Ghostly-Spooky-Dark-Simple” by Soularflair; “Pensive Piano” and “Before Dawn” by Jason Shaw; and “Equilibrium I Cello,” “Angle of Light,” “Paralytic Insomnia,” “The Bridge (Horror I),” “Transformations II” by David Hilowitz. Sound design by Allara Din.

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Bonus - Interview with Liesl Matzka

In one of our last bonus interviews (in audio format), our supporting producer and frequent contributor, Taara Rangan chats with author (and former roommate), Liesl Matzka about her piece, Beneath the Surface, which was recently featured in FAIRY TALE. The discuss a formative love for mythology, writing from the perspective of a child, and creating complex characterization. Check it out!

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Episode 17 - Fairy Tale

Who says monsters can’t have happy endings? Experience the magic in these dark and delightful FAIRY TALES.

Featuring “Beneath the Surface” written by Liesl Matzka and performed by Robin Tynan, Christine Nguyen, Abigail Birkett (@abigailbirkett), and Ari Reider (Tumblr: theunstoriesseries) and “No Place for Deals” written and performed by Nicole Penrod (@nicolecpenrod).

Additional music included “Global Warming,” “Periculum,” “Fryeri,” “September,” “Changing Reality,” “Deserted City,” “Extinguished,” “Back to Lighted Streets,” “Anxiety,” “Run,” and “Visum” by Kai Engel, “Moment of Truth” by David Hilowitz, and “Wrong Turn,” “Castle Lost,” and “Drafty Places” by Eric Matyas. Sound design support provided by Allara Din.

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Bonus - Live(ish) from PodCon 2

Producers Shriya and Nicole take you inside the many highlights from PodCon 2, including hilarious live events, the wonderful podcasters we met, and even a few steps we are taking to welcome other marginalized voices in our show.

Some podcasts we’re excited about: Liberty: Tales From the Tower, History is Gay, Tides, Crossing Wires, Insula, and Unwell. Check out some of the podcast creators we connected with: Lucille Valentine, Kaitlin Statz, Georie Taylor, and TK Dutes.

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Episode 16 - Alien

In a universe of mostly empty space, the rare contact with life not of this world can be rife with apprehension, fear, and chaos. However, it can also be a chance for curiosity, wonder, and escape. It’s time to reach out and experience the ALIEN, in all its permutations.

Featuring “The Bermuda Tapes” written by producer Nicole Calande and performed by Sheila Begin, Matthew Aranda, Eric Little, Katie Youmans, Liesl Matzka, Janine Carmel, and Abigail Birkett; Scene 2 of “The Music of Erich Zann” composed by Michael J. Evans; and “The Orb” written and performed by Cero Lopez. Featured songs included “Castle Lost,” “Drafty Places,” and “Lurking in the Shadows” by Eric Matyas. Additional sounds were created by Norman Hittle and ondrosik.

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Bonus - Interview with Jeff Baker and Phantom of the Cinema Excerpt

Nicole and recently featured author, Jeff Baker, have a quick creator chat about his piece, "Something in the Dark," and discuss everyday eeriness, writing what you know, and building a regular writing process. After this mini-interview, we have a quick excerpt from our Patreon movie review of Netflix's "Hold the Dark."

Check out Jeff’s Facebook page and weekly column, as well as some of the sites he contributes to and follows, including Queer SciFi (X) and Friday Flash Fics.

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Episode 15 - Darkness

DARKNESS gathers around and lurks within the characters in this month’s episode. Will they give in? Or is there still a chance for light?

Featuring “O Fortunato” written by producer Nicole Calande and performed by Ari Reider (Tumblr: hendecagram), with additional voices by Taara Rangan, Matthew Aranda, Eric Little, Nev, Lucille Valentine, and Della Robertson-Glenn; “Jubilee” written by Perry P., performed by Max George of Scream Kings, Sheila Begin, Zach Wells, and Lindsay Holt; and “Something in the Dark” written by Jeff Baker and read by Eric Little.

The songs featured were “Scene 4” of The Music of Erich Zahn composed by Michael J. Evans, “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is” by Irma Thomas, “Whispers of sorrow” by Bluedark, and “Wrong Turn” “Castle Lost” and “Drafty Places” by Eric Matyas. Additional sound effects were created by Douglas Grindstaff, Jack Finlay & Joseph Sorokin, everythingsounds, ksesoko, patchen, and jacobmathiassen.

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Bonus - Interview with Ari Reider and Nicole Penrod

Shriya sits down with "Carmen Deer" writer and voice actor, Ari Reider, and voice actor, Nicole Penrod. Together they discuss existential fears, marginalized identities within the genre and format, complicated queer heroes, and more.

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Episode 14 - Familiar

As we traverse into our second year of stories, you may think you are in FAMILIAR territory. But as it so often happens, things are not always what they seem.

Featuring “Carmen Deer” written by Ari Reider with performances from Christine Nguyen, Nicole Penrod, and Julio Urquidi. Additional music and sound by Hallock Hill (“Her Grass Will Not Grow”), Kai Engel (“Fryeri” “Salue” and “Cendres”), Eric Matyas (“Lurking in the Shadows” and “Drafty Places”), PatrickLieberkind, bigmanjoe, and klankbeeld.

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Bonus - Interview with Lucian Clark

Creator of GenderTerror.com (@itsGenderTerror) and recent contributor, Lucian Clark, sits down with Shriya to discuss their piece, "The Bag" and the importance of LGBTQ+ narratives and creators in the horror genre.

You can find Lucian’s book here, and their Gaymer X interview here.

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Episode 13 - Halloween II

Nightmarish spectres, haunted homesteads, gruesome discoveries, and supernatural hijinks—it’s time for our annual HALLOWEEN special!

Featuring “Horror Lullaby” written by Tyler Thatcher (Tumblr: written-in-the-margins) and read by by Penn Tynan of Access:LARP;  “Coming Home” and “The Three Disciples” from Ross Crean’s album, Summerland: A Ghost Story; “The Bag” written by Lucian Clark and read by Lucille Valentine; "...and the freaks shall inherit the earth" from Nicholas Vines' album, Hipster Zombies From Mars (produced by @PARMArecordings); and “Blood Bank Withdrawal” written by Hayley van Hoek and performed by Danielle Williams, Lara Elaine (IG: laraelainee; Tumblr: lostinlaraland), and Janine Carmel.

The songs used were “Trees Reflected in the Water” by Shadows on the Snow, “Moon Saturday” by The Owl, “The Ruins Pt 2” by i AM esper, “Haunted By Screams” by Myuu, “Here,” by Blear Moon, and “Whispers of Sorrow” by Bluedark. Additional sounds and music were provided by Eric Matyas, superfreaky, Sirkoto51, RokZRooM, Scrampunk, and 11linda.

We are still currently seeking submissions for Episode 16 and beyond—be sure to check out our updated themes.

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Bonus - Interview with Nicholas Vines

How can music TRANSFORM the ordinary to something unsettling? Australian composer, Nicholas Vines, has beamed in from the other side of the world to discuss his recently featured album, "Hipster Zombies From Mars." Together, Nicholas and our producer Shriya, explore how sounds can disrupt audience expectations and celebrate difference.

You can listen to and download “Hipster Zombies From Mars” here, listen to more music by Nicholas Vines here and here, and read more about the album and Nicholas here and here.

We are still currently seeking submissions for episode 15 and beyond—be sure to check out our updated themes.

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Episode 12 - Transform

Justice through adaptation, safety through change, and maturity through metamorphosis—this month, TRANSFORM with us.

Featuring “No Good Deed” written by supporting producer Taara Rangan with performances by Thomas Head, Julian Lopez, Eric Little, Della Robertson-Glenn, and Liesl Matzka; “Terraformation - Soletta,” composed by Nicholas Vines and performed by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough; and “Sea and Stone,” written by producer Nicole Calande and read by Gabbie Sibal. Additional music and sound by maisonsonique, Kai Engel, and Sergey Cheremisinov.

We are currently seeking submissions for our December episode and beyond! Find out more at monstersoutofthecloset.com.

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Bonus - Interview with Julian Lopez

Julian Lopez is a Portland-based visual artist and writer. His poetry and voice acting have been frequently featured on our podcast, most recently in Episode 11, NATURE. Our producer Nicole and Julian discuss his artistic process, themes of memories and trauma, surrealist imagery, and the complexities of darkness.

We are still currently seeking submissions for our fall 2018 episodes and beyond—be sure to check out our updated themes.

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Episode 11 - Nature

Looking for an organic alternative to your everyday banalities? Well, search no further. Far outside our cities and deep beneath our skins...NATURE awaits.

Featuring “Forest Floors” written and read by Julian Lopez, “The Heron Eats Young Crocodiles,” written by Sarah Schaff and read by Katie Youmans; “Uncanny Valley,” composed by Nicholas Vines (SoundCloud, YouTube) and performed by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough; “Natural,” written by supporting producer Taara Rangan; and “Squirm,” written by producer Nicole Calande and read by Della Robertson-Glenn. Additional music and sound by Bensound, Annerie, and jjhouse4.

We are still currently seeking submissions for our fall 2018 episodes and beyond—be sure to check out our updated themes.

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Bonus - Interview with Venus

Returning contributor, Venus, discusses her works "Lossless" and "It Gets Better." In a powerful and honest conversation, she and our producer, Nicole, address the homophobic discrimination that inspired her second piece. Their conversation covers emotions as ranging as monstrous anger, frustration with consolation, and gay righteousness.

We are still currently seeking submissions for Halloween episode and beyond. Consider submitting today!

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Episode 10 - Reclaim

The heroines in this month’s episode are out for vengeance, justice, and the power they deserve. Witness, as they RECLAIM their stories and find their voices in the ever-evolving horror genre.

Featuring "It Gets Better", written by Venus and read by B; “RIP - a kirtan”, written by Shriya Venkatesh and performed by Taara Rangan; and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, written by Nicole Calande and read by Lindsay Holt. Music and sound by InspectorJ, PremiumBeat.com, Benboncan, and composer Carter Burwell.

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We are still currently seeking submissions for our fall 2018 episodes and beyond.

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Interview with Ada Dela Cruz

From Filipina moms, campus cats, and misunderstood monsters—our producer, Nicole, discusses our latest featured piece "Little Leap of Logic" with author and student Ada Dela Cruz. They discuss the inspirations of the piece, the characters, and possible web comic adaptations.

We are still currently seeking submissions for our August through October episodes. Consider submitting today!

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Episode 9 - Liberate

Life, but not as we know it… Area 51’s finest minds join an unexpected fight for freedom and find a little freedom for themselves along the way.

Featuring "Little Leap of Logic" written by Ada Dela Cruz, and performed by Lara Elaine, Zach Wells, Lucille Valentine, Eric Little, and Sam Andico (IG: @sambajuice). Music by Kai Engel, and Sci-fi Laboratory Ambience by Iwan Gabovitch under CC-BY 3.0 License with sounds by wolick, swiftoid, Diboz, and beerbelly38.

We are still currently seeking submissions for our August-October episodes!

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In honor of PRIDE MONTH - consider supporting us (and our artists) through Patreon! Our goal is to reach 20 Patrons (at any level) by the end of June, so spread the word.

Bonus - Interview with Lindsay Holt

Our producer Nicole talks with "Song of Serena" author Lindsay Holt, who was featured in our May episode, CREATURES. They discuss the horror of Animorphs, mermaid world building, and owning your bisexuality.

We are still currently seeking submissions for our July-October episodes. Consider submitting today!

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