Today AOAS Pod Squad is launching another new podcast: Monster Books!

The podcast, hosted by the wonderful Jessica Scott, is about horrifying middle grade and young adult literature. New episodes will drop every other Wednesday.

For the first episode, Jessica explores middle grade cosmic horror with a rundown on what it is and why she prefers that term over Lovecraftian horror.

Then she talks about the creepy, absurdist graphic novel Apocalypse Taco by Nathan Hale and The Darkdeep by Ally Condie and Brendan Reichs, which combines ‘50s sci-fi and ‘80s horror tropes into a spooky modern adventure.

Finally, Jessica dives into the reasons why groups of kids banding together against evil resonates so much with horror fans, why the bleakness of cosmic horror is so appealing, and why carnivorous nachos are such an important topic in horror literature.

Follow Monster Books Podcast and your host Jessica Scott on Twitter: @MonsterBooksPod, @WeWhoWalkHere, and @SpookyKidLit.

  • Music: Drew Pidgeon
  • Cover Art: Lily Todorov