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These are the stories of impossible encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of North America. We’ll travel the country, sit around campfires and talk about that thing that ran across the trail in the middle of the night, just beyond the beam of your flashlight. Come closer to the fire. Let’s hear the next legend.
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Join us by the fire as we try to scare each other with stories about those things you hear pass too close to your tent late at night or what made that sudden rustle in the bushes as you walked by. Every part of the country has its own legends to explain what it was you thought you caught a glimpse of. We’ll be traveling the country telling stories of the things that live beyond the firelight.While you listen, remember that these stories are just that: stories. Sure, some of them are based on the testimony of people who claim to have seen these creatures, but it’s up to you how much you believe, and how to explain away what you don’t.Come closer to the fire and let’s hear this week’s legend.The first episode of Camp Monsters is coming to your ears Tuesday, October 1st.
The Batsquatch

The Batsquatch

2019-10-0128:2230

After the blast of Mount Saint Helens, the area around the mountain was filled with ash and silence. And then something began to appear in this barren landscape. It always came at night and it was always accompanied by a terrible silence. This week’s tale is for all of those who have ventured into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and felt the need to look over their shoulder because of that feeling that someone—or something—was following them.
Tahoe Tessie

Tahoe Tessie

2019-10-0323:1510

When you go to Lake Tahoe, chances are you’ll see Tahoe Tessie. She’s a sea monster and a minor mascot for the area—pasted on the sides of buses, restaurant menus and adorning knick knacks in every gift shop.The problem is, if you look closely into the water you might see something that looks nothing like the charming and cheerful monster you’ve seen all over town. This episode is for those who love being out on the water... no matter what may lie beneath.
Slide Rock Bolter

Slide Rock Bolter

2019-10-0830:209

The mountains of Colorado have always been a quiet and rugged place but in the 1880s it drew a crowd with the promise of silver. Mining is dangerous work, but these men ran into more than the usual hazards. They stumbled upon something with fire-red eyes and a deep, dangerous rumble.
Thunderbird

Thunderbird

2019-10-1033:3513

The Great Plains are known for their flat lands and big skies. There’s no place for a mysterious creature to hide in that great wide open … or so you thought. There’s something hiding in the flashing lightning and rumbling thunder at the very heart of the storm—the eyes and voice of the Thunderbird.
Loveland Frogman

Loveland Frogman

2019-10-1525:3710

Down by a river in Loveland, Ohio you’ll find the typical things: birds, frogs, crickets and the smell of the evening air. And then you’ll get a whiff of something that doesn’t smell right—something sweet and dry and … not pleasant. Local rumors state that there’s something unnatural behind that smell and it’s best not to be down by the river at night. Just in case you run into him. Or it. Or whatever it is that lives down there.
The Ozark Howler

The Ozark Howler

2019-10-1729:5710

Hiking through the Ozarks will lead to breathtaking views and comforting silence. But when the silence if broken by the eerie call of the Ozark Howler, you’ll find yourself running for safety. This story is for anyone who has caught sight of something out of the corner of their eye... and everything in them tells them to run.
The Snallygaster

The Snallygaster

2019-10-2230:1013

In the 1700s the United States was full of mysterious creatures that kept people wary of dark woods and unexplored territories. And for good reason. In the woods of the North East there were rumors about a mysterious creature that was haunting the local residents. Some people thought that the monster was created to warn children about the consequences of bad behavior... but others weren’t so sure.
The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

2019-10-2436:0813

There are more than just birds and shadows in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. For centuries, legends have told of a cursed, winged creature that haunts the Barrens by night, terrifying visitors and residents alike.
We're back! Well sort of. Because we know monsters are an all year interest, we're bringing you our mini-monster series; a new story every month that'll keep you spooked until our new full-length season launches in September. This month's monster is something that calls the Scottish Highlands home. Something that makes a lonesome mountain in the mist of Scotland feel all the more ominous. Do you hear those footsteps behind you? 
Mini Monster: Kongamato

Mini Monster: Kongamato

2020-04-2010:597

Deep in the wilds of Zambia, Tanzania, and Congo, there are stories of a creature that exists beyond the furthest bounds of known science. First-person accounts trickle out of something fearsome, something prehistoric, that calls the skies over the rivers and swamps home. It must just be a local legend, a case of mistaken identity. Or is it? Sources:Genesis ParkOccultopedia Wikipedia - Kongamato
One of Camp Monsters biggest fan, a 4.5-year-old named Albie, was given the opportunity to record his version of season one's Batsquatch, a creature that was born from the ashes of the Mt. St. Helens explosion. While somewhat unintelligible, this version of a Camp Monsters classic is guaranteed to make you smile. Want more spooky stories that are a little easier to understand, albeit nowhere near as cute? Check out season one of Camp Monsters.
This month, we’re doing something a bit different. Our friends over at West Elm—you know, the ones with all the great furniture and home decor—reached out and asked us if we could find out more about a creature that washed up near their corporate headquarters in Brooklyn a few years ago. We did some digging and found enough to write about, and enough to make you a little nervous the next time you hear something scurry in the dark.Sources:Brooklyn Bridge Monster May Be Distant Relative of Long Island Montauk MonsterWhat The Heck is the Terrifying Creature Found Under the Brooklyn Bridge?Manhattan Monster
Re-Release: Batsquatch

Re-Release: Batsquatch

2020-06-1630:123

Summer is right around the corner which means it’s time for campfires, s’mores and spooky tales. Even if it’s just in your own backyard, there’s something very special about gathering around the fire to tell stories late into the night. And while our second season of Camp Monsters is still a couple of months away, we figured now was a good time to re-share the episode that started it all — The Batsquatch. This creature, born out of the explosion of Mt. Saint Helens 40 years ago, was known to roam the area called the dead zone.  Gather round and kick off your summer with season one of Camp Monsters. There are eight episodes that’ll keep you entertained long into the night with our new season coming to your ears in early September. You can find all of season one anywhere you listen to podcasts or at rei.com/camp-monsters. 
Mini Monster: Basilisk

Mini Monster: Basilisk

2020-07-0822:294

This month we are traveling to Europe, to tell the story of a creature that has haunted that continent for centuries.  Nowadays it is the stuff of legend, the kind of thing you see on old coats-of-arms or hear about in the colorful tales of local folklore.  But the further you go into the more remote, forgotten corners of the European countryside, the darker and more forceful the folklore gets. The harsher the stories, the starker the warnings.  Until the history of this most deadly of creatures begins to seem more immediate than history should be.  And you begin to wonder whether there is some fatal truth to the old tales… some hidden secret, surviving from times long past.Sources:Smithsonian MagazineFandomWikipedia 
Mini Monster: Chupacabra

Mini Monster: Chupacabra

2020-08-0519:024

We’re very excited to announce that YETI, known for their ridiculously strong and durable coolers, bottles, bags, chairs, and other much-needed outdoor gear, is this season’s sponsor.  To welcome YETI to our campfire, we naturally asked if they’d heard of any monsters prowling around their hometown of Austin, Texas.  They told us this story of a close encounter with a creature you’ve probably heard rumors about.  A nocturnal monster known to pick off livestock in a very vampiric way.  Do we believe the story?  Well, listen for yourself: do you?  Learn more about YETI. 
This season we'll go to the coast of the Carolinas and the cliff edges of California. From underground creatures lurking beneath New York City to a monster that sneaks up on you while you're fast asleep... it's a lineup you won't forget. Gather 'round the fire for the newest season of the Camp Monsters podcast, coming to your ears September 9th. This season's monster artwork was done by the talented Tyler Grobowsky. You can find his work on Instagram at @g_r_o_b_o. Season sponsor:Yeti 
The Dark Watcher

The Dark Watcher

2020-09-0934:266

There are certain places around the country where you can never feel sure. The central coast of California is one of those places — a desolate, rugged, beautiful area where there have long been whispers about something haunting the cliffs. An outline, a figure, watching you from above. A creature you can’t identify… but know you don’t want to meet.
Creature at Owl Creek

Creature at Owl Creek

2020-09-1633:229

You've probably heard the fairy tale about the troll under the bridge, but have you heard of the creature at Owl Creek? This monster is rumored to haunt an abandoned train track in the Kentucky wilderness. Series sponsor:YetiArtwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
Mogollon Monster

Mogollon Monster

2020-09-2327:507

If you’re looking for a beautiful sunset, go to the Mogollon Rim in Arizona.  They call it the Rim because that’s what it is: the rim of the giant Colorado plateau, where it drops off into the pine forest lowlands below.  Most of the Rim is National Forest, so you can drive or hike or bike or even ride horseback to countless viewpoints where you can watch the descending sun turn everything a glowing red. But you know this episode isn’t about beautiful sunsets.  It’s about what has sometimes been seen along the Mogollon Rim after sunset. When it gets dark out. When the shadows start to lengthen and take on shapes ...People call it the Mogollon Monster, a Bigfoot like creature sneaking around in the wilderness out there.  But those who have seen it, they don’t like to describe it at all.  Because describing it takes them back out into the dark desert night, into an all-surrounding darkness ... a darkness that suddenly reaches out to grab them.Season sponsor:YetiSeries artwork by Tyler Grobowsky. 
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Comments (42)

Apple Betty

Best story telling voice ever! Very soothing.

Jul 10th
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Jenna

A little, sometimes a lot, creepy. Always fun.

Oct 12th
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Matt GingerFlameKing

Is there any news on a season 5? This is my favorite podcast. I need more!

Aug 19th
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T

Thus is such a cozy podcast that I enjoy listening and relistening to often. The writing really draws me in and holds my attention, and his voice is soothing and unique. Not to mention the episode art is cool, too. Everyone working on the podcast seems really talented! Lately, when I can't sleep because my anxiety is bad, I turn on the podcast and it immediately draws me out of my anxious thoughts and I instead focus on the story. Basically, thank you for making and sharing this podcast!

Apr 12th
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Tina Morris

please please say that we will be hearing more of him retelling stories. love this

Oct 15th
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A.L.

Gives a whole new meaning to Razorbacks!

Sep 15th
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T

Thank you all for making and continuing this podcast. I can get pretty stressed out with work and school, but these stories help me focus my mind and give me something cool to listen to before I sleep. I always look forward to new episodes. Ngl some of the newer episodes have some loud bits that I find kind of too loud when the rest of the podcast is pretty quiet, but that could just be because I listen to it at night when I'm getting ready for bed. But honestly no matter what, I've always enjoyed this podcast. Thanks again!

Aug 11th
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Kyle Maxwell

A friend and I were just talking about this legend. It sounds like the base of the story is the Chapel Hill Light. I live just a few miles from where this is supposed to happen, and have friends that claim to have seen it. There is no mention of a signal house though. Where this takes place is a cut off rail to let trains pass. Supposedly, a signalman was killed at the road crossing trying to slow a train down on a cold rainy night. Some claim to see a headless man holding a lantern when the light appears. Other times, it's just a light. I have done very little research on this, but nothing to confirm this story. Awesome show and gave me goosebumps when he said a haunted railroad in Tennessee.

Jul 28th
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T

Yesss! I got so excited when I saw this episode had published! I've been waiting for the new season. :)

Jun 23rd
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Yeej

Re-listenig for the hundredth or so (definitely more) time in anticipation for season 4. Super excited!!

Jun 17th
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T

Very excited for new episodes! Thank you to everyone working on this podcast -- I look forward to new ones and re-listen to older ones.

Jun 6th
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T

I really like the artwork for each episode. the drawing of the char man is pretty freaky (In a good way)

Oct 31st
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T

this one was really freaky but really cool.

Sep 25th
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T

I always look forward to a new Camp Monsters episode. It helps me relax after a hard day of studying and homework

Sep 17th
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T

I'm always excited when a new Camp Monsters episode comes out. The story telling is really good!

Aug 25th
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Cassandra Hulett

We would run towards the street! (Husband and I) Great show!

Jul 28th
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Lindsay Gartner

I would run to roger

Jul 23rd
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Kyle Maxwell

I would run back the way I came. I don't know what's in front of me, but I know what is behind me

Jul 15th
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Orin Gartner

I would definitely stay silent

May 31st
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T

Ohh this one is freaky! I love listening to this podcast, it actually helps me fall asleep (which is saying a lot coming from someone who struggles with insomnia!) I think if I were the person in the woods I would hide from the creature moving towards me--best not be noticed!

May 29th
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