Blake and Karen help debunk dismissive presumptions by advocating the relevancy of paranormal skepticism in today’s world!

As the hosts of MonsterTalk, the long-running science show about monsters, they have interviewed a plethora of academics who research belief in monsters from a social science viewpoint, despite modern skepticism’s tendency towards rationalism and reductionist-materialism.

But if monsters don’t exist, why are we still talking about them, and what can they actually teach us?

Blake and Karen make the case for monsters as gateways towards scientific thought, sources of historical and cultural insight, and personifications which help us form our own beliefs and suspicions.


Huge THANK YOU!!! to Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow for this amazing and insightful conversation, as well as all the support and kind reception they provide our community of small indie creators ❤️

Check out their podcast MonsterTalk HERE or on

For extra content check their YouTube channel, or if you wish to hear more F-bombs check their Patreon as well.

And grab yourself an amazing book by Dr. Karen Stollznow via her Amazon page, or visit her website


Send us suggestions and comments to

Follow us on Instagram @tracingowls or Twitter @TracingOwls

Check our Linktree:

Intro sampled from “Something strange lurks in the shadows” by Francisco Sánchez (@fanchisanchez)

Sound effects obtained from

Page | Posts

Vuk/Darwin, host of Tracing Owls Podcast. All-around trickster weirdo discussing biology, forteana, the paranormal and their intricate cultural nuances!