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November 4, 2020

Monster Books: Episode 1 - Middle Grade Cosmic Horror

This introductory episode of Monster Books is all about middle grade cosmic horror!

Host Jessica Scott gives a rundown on what cosmic horror is and why she prefers that term over Lovecraftian horror.

Then she talks about the creepy, absurdist graphic novel Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale and The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, which combines ‘50s sci-fi and ‘80s horror tropes into a spooky modern adventure.

She dives into the reasons why groups of kids banding together against evil resonates so much with horror fans, why the bleakness of cosmic horror is so appealing, and why carnivorous nachos are such an important topic in horror literature.


  • 00:58 Cosmic horror vs. Lovecraftian horror
  • 03:18 Apocalypse Taco review and discussion
  • 10:05 The Darkdeep review and discussion
  • 20:21 Wrap-up

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  • Music: Drew Pidgeon
  • Cover Art: Lily Todorov

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