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Jun 10, 2020

You probably know that Guillermo del Toro was inspired by The Creature from the Black Lagoon, but do you know what inspired that? We’re here to discuss the origin of our favorite Gill-Men, the party where that would lead to the Creature, and a couple of other Fishmen that might have laid the groundwork. 

Content Warning: This episode contains conversations about or mentions of gun violence, espionage, the Cold War, misogyny (in the workplace), racism, homophobia, enslavement, colonization, body mutilation, family member’s death, drowning, exorcism, interrogation, and HP Lovecraft. 



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