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

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

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Original and Delightful

By Brain the Size of a Planetoid - Aug 29 2019
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I love this take on a horror anthology - the writing is completely original, the acting on point, and some of the contributions are outside anything I hear from podcasts yet, including part of an opera and a chilling violin piece! The creators have obviously invested so much ingenuity into this project and it just keeps getting better.

A+🌈

By DukeDeBhavana - Nov 03 2017
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A horror podcast featuring queer writers and queer stories? Sign me up!

iTunes Ratings

14 Ratings
Average Ratings
14
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Original and Delightful

By Brain the Size of a Planetoid - Aug 29 2019
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I love this take on a horror anthology - the writing is completely original, the acting on point, and some of the contributions are outside anything I hear from podcasts yet, including part of an opera and a chilling violin piece! The creators have obviously invested so much ingenuity into this project and it just keeps getting better.

A+🌈

By DukeDeBhavana - Nov 03 2017
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A horror podcast featuring queer writers and queer stories? Sign me up!
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Monsters Out of the Closet

Latest release on Aug 25, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Hiatus Update

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Thank you for your patience during our hiatus as our lead audio producer, Nicole, recovers from her brain tumor. We're sharing some details about her upcoming surgery and when we expect production to resume.

Music by Sergey Cheremisinov.

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Feb 11 2020

1min

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Rank #2: Episode 25 - Halloween III

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On this most special night, we revel in the pandemonium and jubilation of the season with this exciting and fun ode to Halloween.

Featuring “Morton Street”, written and performed by Victoria Black and featuring performances by Dallas Wheatley (@swheatpodcasts; credited as Sarah Wheatley), Kiki Gonglewski, Troy H. Gardner (@troyhgardner), Kim Schmidt (IG @kats_cant_draw), Meredith Katz (@MeredithAKatz), B (@afoolofatook), and Kimberly Evans; “Bin Night”, written and performed by Mason Hawthorne (@MasonH_wr) with additional performances by Rachel Shaw, Eric Little and J.M. Dow (@whirlingnerdish); and “A Night Called Halloween”, created and performed by Darius James (youtube.com/DariusJames92389).

Addition music and sounds by Eric Matyas, Blue Dot Sessions, and Pooleside.

Learn more at monstersoutofthecloset.com.

Oct 31 2019

32mins

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Rank #3: Episode 22 - Rot

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When life fades away and death is too shy to step forward, the ROT creeps in...

Featuring “Deathless” written by Emma Johnson-Rivard (@finalgirlz) and performed by Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans), Tal Minear (@starplanes), and Shriya Venkatesh; and “After” written by Nicole Calande and performed by Dallas Wheatley (@swheatpodcasts; credited as Sarah Wheatley), Kim E., Taara Rangan, Max George (@CrowleyPhoen) of @ScreamKingsPod, Cole Burkhardt (@Kingcoleminer), Maxx Fidalgo (@genimmax), and VXN (IG @nghm15). Music by Eric Matyas, LJ Kruzer, and frankum. Sound design by Mariel Calande and Cameron Seagraves.

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Sep 03 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: Episode 8 - Creatures

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It is time to celebrate beings both unique and strange, natural and supernatural. Our episode takes us beneath the waves, into the forest, and beyond to encounter the curious creatures within.

Featuring “Song of Serena” written by Lindsay Holt, read by Rachel Shaw (furi-road.tumblr.com); excerpts from “Cryptid Shindig” written by Richard Stevenson (richardstevensonbooks.com), read by Janine Carmel (@maryolivervevo); and "Hunting Season" written by producer Nicole Calande, read by Julian Lopez.

Find out more on monstersoutofthecloset.com.

Jun 05 2018

33mins

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Rank #5: Episode 26 - Wild

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Do we take our position in the natural world for granted? What darker motivations lurk behind the flora and fauna around us?

Featuring “A Mockery of Birds”, written T.R. North and featuring performances by Natalie Lydick (@backtonat), and “The Cruor Garland,” written by Julie Travis (@zawngoddess) with performances by Matt, Eric Little, J. M. Dow (@whirlingnerdish), Meredith Katz (softcryptid.com, @MeredithAKatz), Casey Lucas (@CaseyLucasQuaid), Mason Hawthorne (@MasonH_wr), and Troy Gardner (@troyhgardner).

Addition music by Eric Matyas and Kai Engel.

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Dec 03 2019

43mins

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Rank #6: Episode 19 - Nightmare

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Whether you stray off the beaten path or are faced with senseless death, the line between reality and imagination can blur. Follow us into these living NIGHTMARES...

Featuring “The Creature in the Woods” written by Christopher J. Teuton of Filthy and Free Publishing and performed by Ari Reider (Tumblr: hendecagram); and “I Call Him Charlie” written by Nicholas Wunderli and performed by Sheila Begin, Matthew Aranda, and Kai Hudson. Additional music is by Eric Matyas, Bensounds, Geographer, Twin Musicom, Aaron Kenny, Myuu, Sextile, Sextile, Dan Bodan, and Silent Partner.

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May 28 2019

53mins

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Rank #7: Episode 18 - Gothic

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

Featuring “Sparrow” written by M. Regan (facebook.com/mreganfiction) and performed by Sheila Begin, Abigail Birkett (@abigailbirkett), Eric Little, Anna Podds, and Dell Robertson-Glenn. Additional music is by David Hilowitz, Soularflair, Kai Engel, and Jason Shaw. Sound design by Allara Din.

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Apr 02 2019

41mins

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Rank #8: Episode 24 - Forbidden

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The sweetest fruit is that which taunts you by staying just out of reach, stoking your desire to grasp the FORBIDDEN.

*Please note that this episode contains sexually explicit content.*

Featuring “Banksia Men” written and performed by Mason Hawthorne (@MasonH_wr), and “Hungry Red” by Aya Denise Bautista, performed by Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans). Music by Blue Dot Sessions and Eric Matyas.

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Oct 23 2019

35mins

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Rank #9: Episode 17 - Fairy Tale

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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 by Kai Engel, David Hilowitz, and Eric Matyas. Sound design support provided by Allara Din.

Learn more at monstersoutofthecloset.com.

Mar 05 2019

37mins

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Rank #10: Bonus - Interview with Liesl Matzka

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In one of our last bonus interviews, 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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Mar 19 2019

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Rank #11: Episode 23 - Vengeance

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Be on your guard - while you carry on with your life, others stalk the periphery, VENGEANCE in their hearts.

Featuring “Cracking Open a Cold One” written by Taara Rangan and performed by Ari Reider, Taara Rangan, VXN (@nghm15), and Shriya Venkatesh. Music by Eric Matyas.

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Oct 13 2019

38mins

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Rank #12: Episode 20 - Ritual

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In unpredictable times, RITUALS can be a lifeline...or a more insidious undertow.

Featuring “Proof of Evil” written and performed by Edward Ahern; and “Believe and Be Justified” written by Felix Flynn (@frightfulfelix) and performed by Casey Lucas (@CaseyLucasQuaid). Additional music by Eric Matyas, Kevin MacLeod, David Hilowitz, Blue Dot Sessions. Sound design by Ari Mathae (@Ari_Mathae).

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Jul 02 2019

35mins

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Rank #13: Bonus - Live(ish) from PodCon 2

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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. Check out our website to find the podcasts and creators we mentioned in our conversation.

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Feb 14 2019

31mins

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Rank #14: Episode 16 - Alien

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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 (@NicoleCalande) and performed by Sheila Begin, Matthew Aranda, Eric Little, Katie Youmans (@kateryoumans), Liesl Matzka, Janine Carmel (@maryolivervevo), and Abigail Birkett (@abigailbirkett); Scene 2 of “The Music of Erich Zann” composed by Michael J. Evans; and “The Orb” written and performed by Cero Lopez. Additional music and sound by Eric Matyas, Norman Hittle, and ondrosik.

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Jan 29 2019

37mins

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Rank #15: Bonus - Interview with Jeff Baker and Phantom of the Cinema Excerpt

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Nicole and recently featured author, Jeff Baker (authorjeffbaker.com) 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."

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Jan 15 2019

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Rank #16: Episode 15 - Darkness

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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 (@NicoleCalande) and performed by Ari Reider (Tumblr: hendecagram), with additional voices by Taara Rangan, Matthew Aranda, Eric Little, Nev, Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans), and Dell Robertson-Glenn; “Jubilee” written by Perry P. (Tumblr: perringwrites), performed by Max George (@crowleyphoen) of Scream Kings (@ScreamKingsPod), Sheila Begin, Zach Wells, and Lindsay Holt (@LholtRVA); and “Something in the Dark” written by Jeff Baker and read by Eric Little. Additional music and sound by Douglas Grindstaff, Jack Finlay & Joseph Sorokin, Michael Evans, Irma Thomas, and Bluedark.

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Dec 25 2018

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Rank #17: Bonus - Interview with Ari Reider and Nicole Penrod

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

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Dec 11 2018

27mins

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Rank #18: Bonus - Interview with Nicholas Vines

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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.

Visit our website monstersoutofthecloset.com for more information about Nicholas' work.

Oct 23 2018

28mins

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Rank #19: Episode 12 - Transform

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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 (IG: Dream_Cradle), Eric Little, Dell Robertson-Glenn, and Liesl Matzka; “Terraformation - Soletta,” composed by Nicholas Vines (nicholasvines.com) and performed by Ryan MacEvoy McCullough; and “Sea and Stone,” written by producer Nicole Calande (@NicoleCalande) and read by Gabbie Sibal (@gabbersib). 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.

Sep 28 2018

37mins

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Rank #20: Bonus - Interview with Julian Lopez

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Julian Lopez (IG: dream_cradle) 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.

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Sep 11 2018

21mins

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