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Explore folklore and legends with Monster Expert and PBS host Dr. Emily Zarka

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Dr. Emily Zarka, writer and host for "Monstrum," an online series with PBS's Storied channel on YouTube that looks at complex histories and motivations behind some of the world's most famous monsters, myths and legends.

The world is full of monsters, myths, and legends and Monstrum isn’t afraid to take a closer look. Hosted by Emily Zarka, Ph.D., the show takes viewers on a journey to discover a new monster for each new episode. Monstrum looks at humans unique drive to create and shape monster mythology through oral storytelling, literature and film.

Dr. Zarka is a YouTube educator with PBS and a college professor. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in English from Arizona State University, specializing in British Romantic literature with an emphasis on the Gothic. Her research argues that monster history is human history.

Find out how one earns the title “Monster Expert” and learn the lore of the Kraken and La Llorna, and discover the complex history of the zombie—from its origins in the spiritual beliefs of the African diaspora to the development of Vodou in Haiti.


  • Dr. Emily Zarka, Monster Expert, Writer/Host, Professor