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These are the stories of impossible encounters with impossible creatures in the wildest corners of North America. A wolf man with bat wings thirty feet across. An enormous eel in America’s most popular lake. A frog half the size of a man. Something terrible that howls in the Ozark nights. We’ll travel the country, sit around campfires and talk about that thing that ran across the trail in the middle of the night, just beyond the beam of your flashlight. Come closer to the fire. Let’s hear the next legend.
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This month, we’re doing something a bit different. Our friends over at West Elm—you know, the ones with all the great furniture and home decor—reached out and asked us if we could find out more about a creature that washed up near their corporate headquarters in Brooklyn a few years ago. We did some digging and found enough to write about, and enough to make you a little nervous the next time you hear something scurry in the dark.Sources:Brooklyn Bridge Monster May Be Distant Relative of Long Island Montauk MonsterWhat The Heck is the Terrifying Creature Found Under the Brooklyn Bridge?Manhattan Monster
One of Camp Monsters biggest fan, a 4.5-year-old named Albie, was given the opportunity to record his version of season one's Batsquatch, a creature that was born from the ashes of the Mt. St. Helens explosion. While somewhat unintelligible, this version of a Camp Monsters classic is guaranteed to make you smile. Want more spooky stories that are a little easier to understand, albeit nowhere near as cute? Check out season one of Camp Monsters.
Mini Monster: Kongamato

Mini Monster: Kongamato

2020-04-2011:004

Deep in the wilds of Zambia, Tanzania, and Congo, there are stories of a creature that exists beyond the furthest bounds of known science. First-person accounts trickle out of something fearsome, something prehistoric, that calls the skies over the rivers and swamps home. It must just be a local legend, a case of mistaken identity. Or is it? Sources:Genesis ParkOccultopedia Wikipedia - Kongamato
We're back! Well sort of. Because we know monsters are an all year interest, we're bringing you our mini-monster series; a new story every month that'll keep you spooked until our new full-length season launches in September. This month's monster is something that calls the Scottish Highlands home. Something that makes a lonesome mountain in the mist of Scotland feel all the more ominous. Do you hear those footsteps behind you? 
The Jersey Devil

The Jersey Devil

2019-10-2436:0810

There are more than just birds and shadows in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey. For centuries, legends have told of a cursed, winged creature that haunts the Barrens by night, terrifying visitors and residents alike.
The Snallygaster

The Snallygaster

2019-10-2230:107

In the 1700s the United States was full of mysterious creatures that kept people wary of dark woods and unexplored territories. And for good reason. In the woods of the North East there were rumors about a mysterious creature that was haunting the local residents. Some people thought that the monster was created to warn children about the consequences of bad behavior... but others weren’t so sure.
The Ozark Howler

The Ozark Howler

2019-10-1729:577

Hiking through the Ozarks will lead to breathtaking views and comforting silence. But when the silence if broken by the eerie call of the Ozark Howler, you’ll find yourself running for safety. This story is for anyone who has caught sight of something out of the corner of their eye... and everything in them tells them to run.
Loveland Frogman

Loveland Frogman

2019-10-1525:378

Down by a river in Loveland, Ohio you’ll find the typical things: birds, frogs, crickets and the smell of the evening air. And then you’ll get a whiff of something that doesn’t smell right—something sweet and dry and … not pleasant. Local rumors state that there’s something unnatural behind that smell and it’s best not to be down by the river at night. Just in case you run into him. Or it. Or whatever it is that lives down there.
Thunderbird

Thunderbird

2019-10-1033:358

The Great Plains are known for their flat lands and big skies. There’s no place for a mysterious creature to hide in that great wide open … or so you thought. There’s something hiding in the flashing lightning and rumbling thunder at the very heart of the storm—the eyes and voice of the Thunderbird.
Slide Rock Bolter

Slide Rock Bolter

2019-10-0830:216

The mountains of Colorado have always been a quiet and rugged place but in the 1880s it drew a crowd with the promise of silver. Mining is dangerous work, but these men ran into more than the usual hazards. They stumbled upon something with fire-red eyes and a deep, dangerous rumble.
Tahoe Tessie

Tahoe Tessie

2019-10-0323:245

When you go to Lake Tahoe, chances are you’ll see Tahoe Tessie. She’s a sea monster and a minor mascot for the area—pasted on the sides of buses, restaurant menus and adorning knick knacks in every gift shop.The problem is, if you look closely into the water you might see something that looks nothing like the charming and cheerful monster you’ve seen all over town. This episode is for those who love being out on the water... no matter what may lie beneath.
The Batsquatch

The Batsquatch

2019-10-0128:2620

After the blast of Mount Saint Helens, the area around the mountain was filled with ash and silence. And then something began to appear in this barren landscape. It always came at night and it was always accompanied by a terrible silence. This week’s tale is for all of those who have ventured into the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and felt the need to look over their shoulder because of that feeling that someone—or something—was following them.
Join us by the fire as we try to scare each other with stories about those things you hear pass too close to your tent late at night or what made that sudden rustle in the bushes as you walked by. Every part of the country has its own legends to explain what it was you thought you caught a glimpse of. We’ll be traveling the country telling stories of the things that live beyond the firelight.While you listen, remember that these stories are just that: stories. Sure, some of them are based on the testimony of people who claim to have seen these creatures, but it’s up to you how much you believe, and how to explain away what you don’t.Come closer to the fire and let’s hear this week’s legend.The first episode of Camp Monsters is coming to your ears Tuesday, October 1st.
Comments (13)

Tyler Jade Miller

Are any more episodes in the works? I'm really loving how these are done :(

Jan 15th
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AC K

more please!

Dec 8th
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Tahlf F

really cool. actually spooked me a little.

Nov 28th
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Amy Linam

This is a perfect show for a rainy Midwest autumn. I love that smooth, velvety, jazz DJ voice that the storyteller has.

Nov 21st
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Micajah Shiflett

it's actually pretty good 👍

Nov 9th
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Christopher Davis

I absolutely love this podcast...love the dark humor and cozy narration! Keep the new episodes coming!

Nov 2nd
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Devende Ann Whitehead

My friend just recommended this podcast. I was excited to see The Jersey Devil as the newest monster. I would love to hear you do one on the Fouke Monster of Fouke Arkansas. Or the Mothman. :)

Oct 26th
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Steven Mann

Okay, so let's be clear. This is a storytelling podcast that pulls from American myths and legends...and it does a great job of doing just that. It needs to be assessed and reviewed based on what it is and not what it isn't. Even though this is an "REI" sponsored podcast, it isn't a product review or camping adventure podcast. I'm actually impressed that REI decided to put out a tale tales storytelling podcast. Maybe REI would be open to a product review or camping adventure cast if that is what their customer base wants. The cool thing about podcasts is that REI could sponsor any number of them they want.

Oct 26th
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Matthew Ferguson

I genuinely enjoy this podcast. I like the idea of the "campfire after dark" type of storytelling, and the monsters themselves are very unique and outside what most other podcasts seem to center around. This podcast does a great job in its storytelling and makes it feel like you are right by the fire.

Oct 25th
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Ryan Vance

I was so excited to see a podcast from REI but this is just flat out lame. nobody cares about Bigfoot style urban legends that have been retold a thousand times. I suggest REI instead focus on chronicling adventures the same way sidetracked magazine does, or doing gear reviews and testing or talk about modern environmental and political issues. this podcast just doesn't cut it

Oct 24th
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ejw o331

boring

Oct 8th
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