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The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. The show, hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D. and produced by PBS Digital Studies, takes us on a journey to discover a new monster for each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans' unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature, and film.

Monster history is human history. Episode topics include Frankenstein's monster, Medusa, the origins of the zombie, and more. This series offers the perfect way to weave in Halloween themes in a history or literature classroom. 

Click here to explore seasons 1 and 2 on PBS. 

And don't forget to tune in to GPB-TV on Friday, October 30th, at 10 PM ET to watch the one-hour broadcast special outlining the origins, lore, and films behind one of the most iconic monsters: zombies. The special outlines zombies’ roots in the transatlantic slave trade all the way to the films that shape the wandering undead we recognize today.