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Monsters Out of the Closet

Summary: 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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  • Artist: Nicole Calande and Shriya Venkatesh
  • Copyright: Copyright 2018 Monsters Out of the Closet


 Episode 11 - Nature | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:38:34

Looking for an organic alternative to your everyday banalities? Well, search no further. Far outside our cities and deep beneath our skins...NATURE awaits. Featuring “Forest Floors” written and read by Julian Lopez (IG: Dream_Cradle), “The Heron Eats Young Crocodiles,” written by Sarah Schaff and read by Katie Youmans (@kateryoumans); “Uncanny Valley,” composed by Nicholas Vines (; “Natural,” written by supporting producer Taara Rangan; and “Squirm,” written by producer Nicole Calande and read by Della Robertson-Glenn. We are still currently seeking submissions for our fall 2018 episodes and beyond! Find out more at

 Bonus - Interview with Venus | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:21:28

Returning contributor, Venus, discusses her works "Lossless" and "It Gets Better." In a powerful and honest conversation, she and our producer, Nicole, address the homophobic discrimination that inspired her second piece. Their conversation covers emotions as ranging as monstrous anger, frustration with consolation, and gay righteousness. Learn more at

 Episode 10 - Reclaim | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:34:03

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 their voices in the ever-evolving horror genre. Featuring "It Gets Better", written by Venus and read by B (@afoolofatook); “RIP - a kirtan”, written by Shriya Venkatesh and performed by Taara Rangan; and “Total Eclipse of the Heart”, written by Nicole Calande (@NicoleCalande) and read by Lindsay Holt (@LHoltRVA). Music and sound by InspectorJ,, Benboncan, and composer Carter Burwell. Additional Quileute research on our website. We are still currently seeking submissions for our fall 2018 episodes and beyond! Find out more at

 Bonus - Interview with Ada Dela Cruz | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:21:38

From Filipina moms, campus cats, and misunderstood monsters—our producer, Nicole, discusses our latest featured piece "Little Leap of Logic" with author and student Ada Dela Cruz ( They discuss the inspirations of the piece, the characters, and possible web comic adaptations. Consider submitting your work today. Check out for more details.

 Episode 9 - Liberate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:45:47

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 by Lara Elaine, Zach Wells (IG @zachwellz), Lucille Valentine (twitter: @severelytrans), Eric Little, and Sam Andico (twitter: @samidoriya, IG: @sambajuice. Music by Kai Engel, and Sci-fi Laboratory Ambience by Iwan Gabovitch under CC-BY 3.0 License with sounds by wolick, swiftoid, Diboz, and beerbelly38. We are still currently seeking submissions for our August-October episodes. Find out more on

 Bonus - Interview with Lindsay Holt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:25:13

Our producer Nicole talks with "Song of Serena" author Lindsay Holt (@LholtRVA), who was featured in our May episode, CREATURES. They discuss the horror of Animorphs, mermaid world building, and owning your bisexuality. Consider joining the #MonsterMob today by submitting your own work to the podcast! Learn more on our website

 Episode 8 - Creatures | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:33:03

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” written by Lindsay Holt, read by Rachel Shaw (; excerpts from “Cryptid Shindig” written by Richard Stevenson (, read by Janine Carmel (@maryolivervevo); and "Hunting Season" written by producer Nicole Calande, read by Julian Lopez. Find out more on

 Bonus - Interview with Taara Rangan | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:21:55

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 interview, they cover Bury Your Gays, South Asian LGBTQ+ identity, crying while voice acting, and more. Our next full fiction episode, CREATURES, will be released May 29th.

 Episode 7 - Haunt | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:32:30

Art and obsession collide, their effects lingering ominously as characters find themselves haunted things they are unable to leave behind. Featuring “The Music of Erich Zann” composed by Michael Evans; and "Lossless" written by Taara Rangan, concept by Venus. Performances by Taara Rangan, Pen Tynan (Access:LARP), Anna Podds, and Danielle Williams. We are still currently seeking submissions for our June and July episodes. Consider submitting today! Find out more on

 Bonus - Producer Q&A | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:23:24

Halfway through our first podcasting year, producers Nicole and Shriya answer some listener questions about the Babadook, production workload, and some of the surprises and favorite moments from the last six months. Consider supporting us on Patreon, and contributing content for future episodes. Visit for more details.

 Episode 6 - Journeys | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:29:42

A Grindr date turns into a roadtrip through the zombie apocalypse. Some of the best journeys are the unexpected ones... Featuring "Swipe Left for Zombies" written by producer, Nicole Calande, and performed by Max George (@ScreamKingsPod), Matthew Aranda, and BRG (@afoolofatook). Sound design assistance was provided by Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans). Find out more on

 Bonus - Interview with Lucille Valentine | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:15:53

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 featured in our latest episode, SECRETS. In her interview, Lucy discusses podcasting, representation, and the feminism of witches with our producer, Nicole.

 Episode 5 - Secrets | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:24:06

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. Featuring "Drifting" written by Elana Stein and read by Nicole Calande; and "Garden," written by Lucille Valentine (@severelytrans), and performed by Katie Youmans (@kateryoumans), Kiku Marie (, and Eric Little. Music by Ross Crean, David Hilowitz, and Kai Engel. Additional sound design was provided by Lucille Valentine. Find out more on

 Bonus - Interview with Cero Lopez | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:17:44

Following our episode on FATE, our producer, Shriya, talks with featured author Cero Lopez about astrology, sexually transmitted monsters, and DnD. Get involved with our show - consider submitting your LGBTQ+ horror fiction to be featured on our show! We are currently seeking submissions for JOURNEYS due March 4th. Visit for more details.

 Episode 4 - Fate | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:44:47

Impending, immutable, and impartial — fate can be truly frightening. Featuring "You'll Be Glad For It" written and read by Taara Rangan (; and "Lapse," written by Cero Lopez and read by Catherine Draper (@FumblesMcStupid). Currently seeking submissions for our fifth episode, JOURNEYS, due March 4th. Learn more on our website:


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