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Jan 1, 2020

Vampires, werewolves, and aliens, oh my! We’re joined this week by the incomparable Emily VanDerWerff to talk about her book, the Monster of the Week genre, and the horror genre. We discover Emily’s love for A Christmas Carol, Emily breaks a cardinal vampire rule, and make a LOT of horror recommendations. 

This week, Amanda recommends Jane Harper’s mystery thrillers and Well Met by Jen DeLuca.

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about diseases, body horror, death & existentialism, misogyny, environmental destruction, isolationist horror, the horror genre, and possession. 



Emily VanDerWerff is a critic at Vox, author of Monster of the Week (with Zach Handlen), host of the TV history podcast Primetime, and co-creator of the comedy-mystery podcast Arden. Find her on Twitter @tvoti.



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Spirits was created by Julia Schifini, Amanda McLoughlin and Eric Schneider. We are founding members of Multitude, a production collective of indie audio professionals. Our music is "Danger Storm" by Kevin MacLeod (, licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.