Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Episode 7: Going Where Monsters Walked

Have you ever watched a classic sci-fi or monster movie and wondered, "Where the heck did they film this?" If so, this is the podcast for you! This episode the crew -Larry, Bob, and Karen - have a sit down with Gail and Ray Orwig, authors of the terrific book, Where Monsters Walked: California Locations of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, 1925-1965. Gail and Ray discuss what drove them to write the book, the secrets to finding so many filming locations, and the many adventures they had along the way! What was the hardest, but most fulfilling movie location to find? You'll have to listen to find out -but it involved some enlarged critters...

Ray, Gail, Bob, and Larry
To get your copy of this marvelous book, check out Amazon or the publisher, McFarland.

Ray and Gail will be appearing at Creatures Con, on August 12th, in San Ramon, California. For more information, visit Be sure to stop by and say hi, and get a copy of the book!

Your Planet 8 crew -at least Commander Larry and Engineer Bob - will take some shore leave and  also attend Creatures Con! Come by their table and get some goodies, and you may wind up on a future episode!

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Thanks for Listening!


  1. Ah, yes, so nice to leave a comment for a current show - unlike the over one-month delay on my Ant-Man & Wasp comment.
    Anyway, another great episode! I always like learning some new stuff, especially when you have interesting guests to explain it. I was only vaguely aware of some of these locations for the movies and TV all of us geeks love so much, and it's so cool that Gail and Ray not only embarked on the long-term project to explore these places but then also write a book about it. (Also, I love the T-shirt Gail is wearing in that photograph.)
    You guys conducted a great conversation as well; there were several points where I was thinking it would be cool to ask them such and such, and sure enough, one of you asked that very question.
    Edo Bosnar

    1. Thanks for the comments and for continuing to listen Edo. We really enjoy the comments and the ability to connect and continue the conversation after the podcast air.

  2. Hi Edo, thanks for your kind remarks. We had a blast talking with Ray and Gail, and would love to have them back on the show. As you can tell, they are incredibly knowledgeable and a lot of fun too. There were a million questions we could have asked, and believe me, there was a lot of discussion both before and after the digital tape rolled! I'm glad we were able to provide you with some new information and ideas to explore. We'll be bringing more guests on in future episodes.

  3. This was an amazing episode!
    It's always a pleasure to listen to Gail and Ray talk about their adventures, journeys, labors of love...,
    You also reminded me that I need to purchase their book!
    Thanks again, and keep up the good work!