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Inner Monster Podcast

53 EpisodesProduced by Rick KitagawaWebsite

A monstrous mashup of flash fiction, mythology, and personal development.If you’ve ever wondered how demons can segue into a conversation about value, how a Japanese ghost can inspire a conversation about the stories we tell ourselves, or how the mythology behind vampires can teach you about procras… read more

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Satan - Education vs. Learning

September 6th, 2021


When a trip goes awry, something demonic emerges and convinces someone to make a fatal choice..

To celebrate the 50th episode(!) as well as mark the end of Season 1 of the Inner Monster Podcast, I take a look at Satan …

Frankenstein's Monster - Making Better Decisions - EP 49

August 30th, 2021


I'm hiking through a foggy forest, when I encounter a patchwork creature that is very angry at humanity...

We go literary this episode and dive into Mary Shelley's Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, the origin for …

Matau the Giant - Building Resilience Towards Failure and Rejection - EP 48

August 23rd, 2021


I find myself bruised and battered, in a place altogether unfamiliar to me. And then a shocking discovery is made...

This week's episode explores the …

Lusca - Diving into Deep Conversations - EP 47

August 16th, 2021


I'm finally on vacation, when a scuba adventure goes horribly, horribly wrong...

This episode we're diving into deep underwater holes to explore the …

The Hydra (replay) - Art announcement edition - EP 46

August 9th, 2021


In order to preserve any shreds of sanity I have left, I've recorded a bit of a new intro regarding why I'm taking a break from releasing a new episode this week, and also announcing my Friday the 13th art extravaganza.

Banshee - Ineffective Postures of Leadership - EP 45

August 2nd, 2021


I'm visiting a friend in Dublin, when I come across a woman in a green dress with bloodshot eyes, and she begins to wail...

This week, we jump across …

Naga - The Seven Postures of Leadership - EP 44

July 26th, 2021


I'm diving in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Cambodia, when I discover something rather unexpected on the walls of a cave...

This week, the …

Garuda - Leadership Through the Lens of Support - EP 43

July 19th, 2021


I'm swimming at the base of a waterfall, when something emerges from a cave, and something even more surprising comes from the sky..

This week, the …

The Disembowler - Defining and embracing authenticity - EP 42

July 12th, 2021


I'm out on a scientific expedition in Greenland when I realize my research partner is missing. And then I find him...

In this week's episode I bring …

Siats - Simple Solutions - EP 41

July 5th, 2021


I'm in the desert of Utah on an archaeological dig, when I see someone emerge from a rocky outcropping...

This week we'll look at two things from …

Flying Head - Consistency between your speech, actions, and beliefs - EP 40

June 28th, 2021


I'm on vacation at a cabin rental when something completely unexpected flies out of the sky..

In this week's episode, I introduce the Flying Head, an …

The Dukes of Hell - Hierarchies and why they often suck - EP 39

June 21st, 2021


The port's a mess, an whole fleet of government dogs are after me, and the only way out I can see is through the ritual...

In this week's episode, …

Mummies - Specialness and Rethinking of the term Snowflake - EP 38

June 14th, 2021


Visiting a museum with a mummy, I notice something strange about the bandaged corpse, and then things get interesting..

This week I look at the Egyptian mummy monster myth, a true fact that's more horrific than the …

Nukekubi - How building structures will bring success - EP 37

June 7th, 2021


I find myself chilling in my room in Tokyo, when a knock comes at my 7th floor window...

This week I share with you the interesting story of the Nukekubi, another Japanese creature which is basically a flying vampire …

Hotu-Puku - Using humility to battle shortsightedness - EP 36

May 31st, 2021


A swim in New Zealand takes a turn for the worst when something really, really big emerges from it's cave...

This week's episode looks as Hotu-Puku, …

El Coco - Adaption As Success - EP 35

May 24th, 2021


I hear a noise in my son's bedroom, and find something very, very wrong...

In this week's episode, I'll talk about the terrifying bogeyman from Portugal, El Coco (aka El Cuco and El Cucuy). This shifty creature, …

The Dun Cow - Clarity In Communication - EP 34

May 17th, 2021


I'm on a nice hike in the English countryside, when a very upset cow decides it's angry with me...

In this week's episode, we dive into the mythology …

Uath Mac Imoman - Honor in the Modern Age and What to Do About It - EP 33

May 10th, 2021


I'm on the scene of a huge car crash, when something unexpected pops out of one of the cars...

Today I'll introduce you to Uath Mac Imoman, a …

Ratatoskr - Dealing with Trolls and Provocations - EP 32

May 3rd, 2021


I'm just trying to get home to eat my pizza when a garden-variety creature turns out not-so-garden-variety..

Big thanks to Greg Knox for the suggestion of doing an episode of Ratatoskr, the unicorn-like squirrel …

Hidebehind - Finding Happiness In The Process - EP 31

April 26th, 2021


Gather round the campfire, as I've got a story to tell that, cross my heart, is 100% true, and I barely lived to tell the tale...

In this episode, I look at the fearsome critter known as the Hidebehind, which, no …

Nuckelavee - Boundaries As A Gift - EP 30

April 19th, 2021


Someone killed my dog, and I've got a rifle and anger to deal with it. Then, I find who's to blame, and things get ugly..

In this episode, I dive …

Manananggal - Why We Need to Stop Separating Ourselves - EP 29

April 12th, 2021


I'm wasted after my bachelor party, and my friend is filling up with gas when I hear something in the tree line..

I don't know why I'm drunk again in this episode's story, but today I explore a monster from the …

Minotaur - How Exclusion Can Be A Force of Good - EP 28

April 5th, 2021


It's late, I'm drunk, and I'm lost in Greece when I stumble upon a stranger who looks a bit off..

This episode I explore the minotaur, the half-man, …

Oni - Empathy For Those We Dislike - EP 27

March 29th, 2021


I'm out hiking in the forests of Japan, when I come across a BBQ that I don't want to be a part of..

This episode I take a peek at the stock villain …

Chupacabra - Dealing with Uncertainty - EP 26

March 22nd, 2021


Exhausted from the concert, I drive my friends home on a deserted highway late at night when something appears in my headlights...

This episode I share a true story about my run in with something mysterious, and we dive …

Bogeys - Facing Your Fear - EP 25

March 15th, 2021


Exhausted, I crawl into bed, but find a sinister surprise waiting for me in my closet..

This week we take a look at the long line of bogeys - the …

Int'l Women's Day Special Episode - Special 01 - EP 24

March 8th, 2021


It's time for a different type of horror story - one that's real...

In this week's episode, in celebration of International Women's Day, I'm encouraging you to go listen to podcasts or other media by women creators. …

Arachne - Enrolling Others In Your Ideas - EP 23

March 1st, 2021


I find some weird, creepy spiders in my basement, and I realize that those are the least of my problems...

In this week's episode, we'll look at the ancient Roman myth of Arachne, the first spider ever. After we go into …

Cherufe - Building an Environment for Change - EP 22

February 22nd, 2021


I'm awaken by the eruption of a volcano, which is even worse than it initially sounds..

In this week's episode, we'll venture into the myths and …

Samebito - The Danger of Assumptions - EP 21

February 15th, 2021


I'm on a yacht excursion this time (I guess I'm into boating or something) when I'm confronted by a new passenger..

In this week's episode I'll share …

Sirens - Taking More Ownership in Life - EP 20

February 8th, 2021


I'm on a boat excursion, when suddenly, I hear some strange singing that's strangely irresistible..

In this week's episode we'll look at the classic …

Backahasten - Building Up Ourselves With Honesty - EP 19

February 1st, 2021


As I float down the river, an unexpected encounter gets violent and bloody...

In this week's episode we'll take a trip north up to the mythological …

Kumiho - Creating Change In Yourself - EP 18

January 25th, 2021


A beautiful woman decides to go home with me, but all is not what it seems...

In this week's episode we'll go on a pan-Asian journey, looking at the …

The Monk Fish - Finding Belonging In Oneself - EP 17

January 18th, 2021


I'm a bit early to a class fieldtrip to the tide pools, when I see a man being hit by waves. At least, I think it's a man...

In this week's episode …

Werewolves - The Myth of Silver Bullet Solutions - EP 16

January 11th, 2021


On my super popular stream, I'm going to prove that werewolves are completely fictional - unless something goes horribly wrong..

After last week's …

Vampires - Procrastination and Focus - EP 15

January 4th, 2021


I'm being followed by someone in a carnival funhouse, and the maze of mirrors is the worst possible place to be in..

Happy 2021!  For the first …

Krampus - Being Generous To Oneself - EP 14

December 21st, 2020


I take a peek at Santa, but it turns out that I was being visited by something else that's much scarier..

This last episode of 2020 is all about …

Kappa - Rethinking the quest for perfection - EP 13

December 14th, 2020


While conducting some biological surveys in the Japanese wetlands, I find myself face-to-face with an unknown creature...

Today's episode is all …

Peluda - Re-framing Rejection As a Positive - EP 12

December 7th, 2020


After buying a new home(!) in France, I find myself in the rampaging path of a large, greenish creature..

In this week's episode, we dive into the story of the French creature known as the Peluda, both it's history as …

La Llorona - Sunk Costs and Quitting - EP 11

November 30th, 2020


When my truck breaks down on the way home, a dangerous encounter with a woman in white puts my sons lives in jeopardy...

For this episode I wanted to celebrate one of my favorite ghost stories of all time, La Llorona, …

Rage Zombies - How to Express Anger in a Healthy Way - EP 10

November 23rd, 2020


I'm surrounded by hordes of the undead, my supplies are running low, and I make a terrible choice in this last recording..

In this episode, I veer …

Catoblepas - Changing Your Posture In Life - EP 09

November 16th, 2020


While traveling in Africa, my host's goats wake us up, and when we head outside, we find a deadly creature waiting for us..

In this episode, I'll explore the myth of the Catoblepas, a heavy-headed deadly creature in …

Golems - Using the Power of Language to Beat Impostor Syndrome - EP 08

November 9th, 2020


I'm about to head to bed, when someone - or something - decides to knock at my door, and doesn't stop..

In this episode, I'll share the history of …

The Lambton Worm - Being Wrong - EP 07

November 2nd, 2020


A peaceful fishing trip on the docks soon gets crashed by a gigantic serpent, and all I've got is a pocket knife..

In this episode, I'll be telling …

Hydra - Sustainability - EP 06

October 26th, 2020


While doing some contract labor, a seemingly unkillable serpent rears its ugly heads, much to my dismay...

In this episode, I'll bring you on an …

Sasquatch - Being Seen - EP 05

October 19th, 2020


Large, hairy feet?  Check.  Alone in the forest and encountering a giant creature who could rip you in half?  Check.

In this episode, I'll bring you …

The Sphinx - Curiosity - EP 04

October 12th, 2020


When archaeologists go missing, and you hear the growl of a lion and the flap of giant wings, I hope you're really good at riddles...

In this …

EP 03 - Kuchisake Onna - Narratives

October 5th, 2020


I hope you never walk into a woman covering her mouth and holding  a pair of giant scissors, as you probably won't like what happens next..

In this …

EP 0 - New Listener Trailer

September 28th, 2020


Interested in what's going on here at the Inner Monster Podcast?

Get a sweet, delicious bite of what we're all about here, and don't forget to leave a review, share, subscribe, and all that stuff that helps us out …

EP 02 - Demonic Pacts - Value

September 28th, 2020


Deals with the devil are all fun and games and lifetimes of wealth and power, but eventually he'll come to collect...

In this episode, we'll look …

EP 01 - Doppelgangers - Impostor Syndrome

September 28th, 2020


What happens when you run into a copy of yourself?

Doppelgangers are creatures who can take on the form of another. In the first episode of the Inner …

Inner Monster Podcast - Trailer 1

September 17th, 2020


A quick overview of what's in store for the Inner Monster Podcast, as well as the launch date (psst - It's 9/28/2020)

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Inner Monster Podcast - Trailer 00

September 14th, 2020


Learn what the Inner Monster Podcast will be all about, and save the date for it's launch on Sept. 28, 2020.

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