On my little show this year, we have been exploring the history of the Gill-man and similar aquatic horrors. Starting with a look at assorted legends and folklore about aquatic monsters, we traced appearances of dwellers in the deep in weird fiction, and discovered how Universal came up with the iconic Gill-man. The series then explored the various sequels that followed, including Del Toro's The Shape of Water, a love letter to the Creature from the Black Lagoon. We then went on to uncover assorted cameo appearances by the Gill-man and finally we have looked at the assorted similar creatures, both reverent homages and outright knock-offs that followed in his wake.
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In celebration of Guillermo del Toro's new opus The Shape of Water, Mr Jim Moon sets sail on a new new podcast series and submerges 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.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 85 - The Shapes in the Water
In the second part of our Shapes in the Water podcast series, we look at the grandfather of all hybrid aquatic horrors, the weird tale of The Harbor-Master by Robert W Chambers!
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - The Harbor-Master by Robert W Chambers
HYPNOGORIA 86 - The Chronicles of the Creature Part I
In this episode, Mr Jim Moon invites you all to 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).
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 86 - The Chronicles of the Creature Part I
A bonus mini-episode for you all recounting a childhood encounter with the Creature!
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - Tea-time at The Black Lagoon
In this episode, we continue on your exploration 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.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 87 - The Chronicles of the Creature Part II
In this episode Mr Jim Moon takes a look at the further adventures of the Gill-man, exploring Revenge of the Creature (1955) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 88 - The Chronicles of the Creature Part III
HYPNOGORIA 89 - The Shape of Water
In this episode, Mr Jim Moon takes 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.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 89 - The Shape of Water
In this episode, we round off the current leg of our series on aquatic terrors with a seminal tale of marine horror from the great HP Lovecraft.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - GREAT LIBRARY OF DREAMS 43 - Dagon by HP Lovecraft
Beginning a new mini-series, Mr Jim Moon returns to the world of aquatic horrors to discover assorted ameos 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.
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 92 - Spawn of the Gill-man Part I
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).
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 93 - Spawn of the Gill-man Part II
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...
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - HYPNOGORIA 94 - Spawn of the Gill-man Part III
DIRECT DOWNLOAD - The Doom That Came To Sarnath by HP Lovecraft
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