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MonsterTalk is the science show about monsters—a free audio podcast that critically examines the science behind cryptozoological (and legendary) creatures, such as Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, or werewolves. Hosted by Blake Smith and Dr. Karen Stollznow.

Mar 31, 2020

Today Karen and Blake discuss "Screaming Skulls" - a surprisingly common yet particularly English kind of haunting. Karen has a new short story based on this legend.

Karen Stollznow Short Story

Screaming Skull animated Gif

Multiple Examples:

Possibly dozens more and many have disappeared over time.

1895 book with a chapter on various Screaming Skulls.

Allegedly, Lord Byron had a skull he used to drink from as a part of occult rituals. It, or a copy of it, was sold at auction in 2017 and was expected to fetch a tidy sum.

Patreon supporters can see attachment (PDFs) for various newspaper stories featuring an assortment of Screaming Skull tales.

F. Marion Crawford's famous short story on the topic.

The 1958 film The Screaming Skull. (streaming on Amazon, higher quality)

The Mystery Science Theater 3000 take on The Screaming Skull.

A nice little "documentary" about The Screaming Skull of Theophilus Broome.