Jacob is a gore hound, video gaming, wordsmith with a penchant for Young Adult Fiction and a good conversation about topics ranging from psychology and philosophy to anime and tabletop wargaming. He teaches fifth grade while keeping it really real. He also loves cats, especially his cat Kitty Pryde.

Horror Origins



The Scariest Stories You’ve Ever Heard series by Mark Mills, Katherine Burt, Tracey E. Dils

Stephen King’s older work, especially Carrie, Cujo, The Shining, It

Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, especially Welcome to Camp Nightmare, The Werewolf of Fever Swamp, Welcome to Dead House, and Stay Out of the Basement.

Rue Morgue magazine


American Horror Story” (2011-current)

Tales From the Crypt” (1989-1996)

Unsolved Mysteries” (1987-2010)

Are You Afraid of the Dark” (1990-2000)

Monstervision” (1993-2000) – Joe Bob Briggs is truly one of the best horror hosts of all time

Svengoolie” (WCIU version from 1994-current)


All of George A. Romero’s movies. Ok most of them but mainly Night of the Living Dead (1968), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1985), The Crazies (1973), Monkey Shines (1988), and Creepshow (1982)

Universal Monster movies, especially Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954) and The Invisible Man (1933)

The Fly (1986)

The Monster Squad (1987)

The Evil Dead and Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn (1981 and 1987)

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)



  • Subgenres – body horror and found footage
  • Directors – John Carpenter and David Cronenberg
  • The Fly (1986), directed by David Cronenberg
  • Monsters – The Creature from the Black Lagoon and werewolves
  • Genre Podcasts – The Horror Movie Podcast, Werewolf Ambulance, Horror 101
  • Non-Genre Podcasts – The Godzilla Podcast, Transformers Beast Wars Podcast, Hey Do You Remember…, Ultima Final Fantasy


Our AMAZING Monster Kids Contributors!


Minya Level

  • Optimus Primecast (Eric & Dale) @optimusprimecast
  • Andrew
  • Jacob R.
  • Mia @superspecs
  • Wayne @insanerwayner

Gamera Level

  • Kerry @kerrys72
  • Exploding Heads Podcast (Dave, Christian, & Brandon) @EHHorrorPodcast
  • Bloody in Love Podcast (Rich & Naomi) @bloodyinlove
  • Brian S.
  • Annette @idlecannibal
  • James @jamesd7004
  • Jonathan @samloomis13
  • John

Godzilla Level

  • Pax Church @kungfudracula
  • Tommy @grendeltech
  • Fred @BigRigBeard
  • Mad Max
  • Elizabeth @titania86
  • Skoll Hati @skoll_hati_777
  • Brian

Shin Godzilla Level

  • Chris @jappert_chris
  • Armando @blinkbomber
  • Ryan @TheGiantBWithYou
  • Jordan @bundyisback
  • Louis @louisoreo