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Monsters Out of the Closet

49 EpisodesProduced by Nicole Calande and Shriya VenkateshWebsite

Monsters Out of the Closet is a horror fiction podcast dedicated to proudly featuring spooky, suspenseful, and strange stories, poetry, songs, and other creative content from diverse LGBTQ+ voices.

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Hiatus Update

February 11th, 2020


Thank you for your patience during our hiatus as our lead audio producer, Nicole, recovers from her brain tumor. We're sharing some details about her …

Episode 26 - Wild

December 3rd, 2019


Do we take our position in the natural world for granted? What darker motivations lurk behind the flora and fauna around us?

Featuring “A Mockery of Birds”, written T.R. North and featuring performances by Natalie …

Episode 25 - Halloween III

October 31st, 2019


On this most special night, we revel in the pandemonium and jubilation of the season with this exciting and fun ode to Halloween.

Featuring “Morton Street”, written and performed by Victoria Black and featuring …

Episode 24 - Forbidden

October 23rd, 2019


The sweetest fruit is that which taunts you by staying just out of reach, stoking your desire to grasp the FORBIDDEN.

*Please note that this episode contains sexually explicit content.*

Featuring “Banksia Men” written …

Episode 23 - Vengeance

October 13th, 2019


Be on your guard - while you carry on with your life, others stalk the periphery, VENGEANCE in their hearts.

Featuring “Cracking Open a Cold One” …

Episode 22 - Rot

September 3rd, 2019


When life fades away and death is too shy to step forward, the ROT creeps in...

Featuring “Deathless” written by Emma Johnson-Rivard (@finalgirlz) and performed by Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans), Tal Minear …

Episode 21 - Grave

August 6th, 2019


Be wary of visiting cemeteries after dark. There can be GRAVE dangers lurking between the mournful markers...

Featuring “Digging” written by Charlotte …

Episode 20 - Ritual

July 2nd, 2019


In unpredictable times, RITUALS can be a lifeline...or a more insidious undertow.

Featuring “Proof of Evil” written and performed by Edward Ahern; and …

Episode 19 - Nightmare

May 28th, 2019


Whether you stray off the beaten path or are faced with senseless death, the line between reality and imagination can blur. Follow us into these …

Episode 18 - Gothic

April 2nd, 2019


Search out the ghastly secrets in this GOTHIC episode, and you may find more than you bargained for...

Featuring “Sparrow” written by M. Regan ( and performed by Sheila Begin, Abigail Birkett …

Bonus - Interview with Liesl Matzka

March 19th, 2019


In one of our last bonus interviews, our supporting producer and frequent contributor, Taara Rangan chats with author (and former roommate), Liesl Matzka about her piece, Beneath the Surface, which was recently featured …

Episode 17 - Fairy Tale

March 5th, 2019


Who says monsters can’t have happy endings? Experience the magic in these dark and delightful FAIRY TALES.

Featuring “Beneath the Surface” written by …

Bonus - Live(ish) from PodCon 2

February 14th, 2019


Producers Shriya and Nicole take you inside the many highlights from PodCon 2, including hilarious live events, the wonderful podcasters we met, and …

Episode 16 - Alien

January 29th, 2019


In a universe of mostly empty space, the rare contact with life not of this world can be rife with apprehension, fear, and chaos. However, it can also be a chance for curiosity, wonder, and escape. It’s time to reach …

Bonus - Interview with Jeff Baker and Phantom of the Cinema Excerpt

January 15th, 2019


Nicole and recently featured author, Jeff Baker ( have a quick creator chat about his piece, "Something in the Dark," and discuss …

Episode 15 - Darkness

December 25th, 2018


DARKNESS gathers around and lurks within the characters in this month’s episode. Will they give in? Or is there still a chance for light?

Featuring “O …

Bonus - Interview with Ari Reider and Nicole Penrod

December 11th, 2018


Shriya sits down with "Carmen Deer" writer and voice actor, Ari Reider (, and voice actor, Nicole Penrod …

Episode 14 - Familiar

November 27th, 2018


As we traverse into our second year of stories, you may think you are in FAMILIAR territory. But as it so often happens, things are not always what they seem.

Featuring “Carmen Deer” written by Ari Reider (Tumblr: …

Bonus - Interview with Lucian Clark

November 13th, 2018


Creator of (@itsGenderTerror) and recent contributor, Lucian Clark (@TinyAwoo), sits down with Shriya to discuss their piece, "The Bag" and the importance of LGBTQ+ narratives and creators in the horror …

Episode 13 - Halloween II

October 30th, 2018


Nightmarish spectres, haunted homesteads, gruesome discoveries, and supernatural hijinks—it’s time for our annual HALLOWEEN special!

Featuring …

Bonus - Interview with Nicholas Vines

October 23rd, 2018


How can music TRANSFORM the ordinary to something unsettling? Australian composer, Nicholas Vines, has beamed in from the other side of the world to …

Episode 12 - Transform

September 28th, 2018


Justice through adaptation, safety through change, and maturity through metamorphosis—this month, TRANSFORM with us.

Featuring “No Good Deed” written by supporting producer Taara Rangan with performances by Thomas Head, …

Bonus - Interview with Julian Lopez

September 11th, 2018


Julian Lopez (IG: dream_cradle) is a Portland-based visual artist and writer. His poetry and voice acting have been frequently featured on our …

Episode 11 - Nature

August 29th, 2018


Looking for an organic alternative to your everyday banalities? Well, search no further. Far outside our cities and deep beneath our skins...NATURE …

Bonus - Interview with Venus

August 14th, 2018


Returning contributor, Venus, discusses her works "Lossless" and "It Gets Better." In a powerful and honest conversation, she and our producer, …

Episode 10 - Reclaim

July 31st, 2018


The heroines in this month’s episode are out for vengeance, justice, and the power they deserve. Witness, as they RECLAIM their stories and find …

Bonus - Interview with Ada Dela Cruz

July 10th, 2018


From Filipina moms, campus cats, and misunderstood monsters—our producer, Nicole, discusses our latest featured piece "Little Leap of Logic" with …

Episode 9 - Liberate

June 26th, 2018


Life, but not as we know it… Area 51’s finest minds join an unexpected fight for freedom and find a little freedom for themselves along the way.

Featuring "Little Leap of Logic" written by Ada Dela Cruz, and performed …

Bonus - Interview with Lindsay Holt

June 19th, 2018


Our producer Nicole talks with "Song of Serena" author Lindsay Holt (@LholtRVA), who was featured in our May episode, CREATURES. They discuss the …

Episode 8 - Creatures

June 5th, 2018


It is time to celebrate beings both unique and strange, natural and supernatural. Our episode takes us beneath the waves, into the forest, and beyond to encounter the curious creatures within.

Featuring “Song of Serena” …

Bonus - Interview with Taara Rangan

May 15th, 2018


Taara Rangan is a repeat MOutC contributor, as both a writer and a voice actor. She and our producer Shriya discuss her most recent piece, the audio play, "Lossless" from our most recent episode HAUNT. In a very giggly …

Episode 7 - Haunt

May 1st, 2018


Art and obsession collide, their effects lingering ominously as characters find themselves haunted things they are unable to leave behind.

Featuring …

Bonus - Producer Q&A

April 10th, 2018


Halfway through our first podcasting year, producers Nicole and Shriya answer some listener questions about the Babadook, production workload, and …

Episode 6 - Journeys

March 27th, 2018


A Grindr date turns into a roadtrip through the zombie apocalypse. Some of the best journeys are the unexpected ones...

Featuring "Swipe Left for …

Bonus - Interview with Lucille Valentine

March 13th, 2018


Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans) is a voice actor ("The Six Disappearances of Ella McCray," forthcoming), writer, sound designer, and soon-to-be producer of audio dramas. Her audio play, “Garden” was recently …

Episode 5 - Secrets

February 27th, 2018


A secret that keeps a family apart, and a secret that dooms an intolerant community. A secret kept, a secret hidden—both made with binding love.

Bonus - Interview with Cero Lopez

February 13th, 2018


Following our episode on FATE, our producer, Shriya, talks with featured author Cero Lopez about astrology, sexually transmitted monsters, and DnD.

Episode 4 - Fate

January 30th, 2018


Impending, immutable, and impartial — fate can be truly frightening.

Featuring "You'll Be Glad For It" written and read by Taara Rangan …

Bonus - Interview with Anthony Hudson

January 15th, 2018


In this special interview, artist and performer Anthony Hudson (aka Portland’s premiere drag clown, Carla Rossi) and producer Nicole Calande discuss …

Episode 3 - Endings

December 29th, 2017


Endings can be reflective, shocking, violent, and complicated...

Featuring "Cadmium" written and read by returning contributor Sarah Schaff; "The …

Bonus - Interview with Mason Brubaker

December 8th, 2017


Producer Shriya Venkatesh talks with Mason Brubaker about heritage, monstrous feelings, and witch markets in Austin, Texas. Mason is the author of "The Well" featured in Episode 2 "Roots." She is also the author of "The …

Episode 2 - Roots

November 24th, 2017


The ties that bind and haunt us...

Featuring "Rust" written and recorded by producer Shriya Venkatesh; "Revelations" written and recorded by Sarah Schaff; and "The Well" written by Mason Brubaker of Eyetooth Fiction …

Episode 2 - Teaser

November 20th, 2017


The roots are growing... Episode 2 (ROOTS) airs this Friday, November 24th. Submissions for Episode 3 (ENDINGS) are due November 26th.

Follow us on …

Bonus - Interview with Ross Crean

November 17th, 2017


It’s important to everyone here at Monsters Out of the Closet that we support our artists, especially through our platform, so we’re thrilled to have our recent composer, Ross Crean (he/they), in conversation about his …

Episode 1 - Halloween

October 31st, 2017


The best night of the year is upon us. Happy Halloween! Collect your tricks and treats.

Featuring: "In the Garden" and "An Artist Meets His Maker" …

Episode 1 - Trailer

October 27th, 2017


An old house… A dark hallway closet… The closet door is open. They called us monsters, so monsters we became. We are Monsters Out of the Closet.

Our …

Bonus - "Find Me in the Flatwoods"

October 13th, 2017


"Find Me in the Flatwoods" - Written and Read by Nicole Calande.

Do you believe in fate? Connection? The otherworldly? The power of a date? Happy …

Teaser 2 - Crawling

October 12th, 2017


A primordial being is born from the earth.


Fiction submissions for our November episode are due October 29. More details can be found on our …

Teaser 1 - A Voice

October 5th, 2017


A voice singing in the ether... Premiering Halloween 2017.



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