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The Monster She Wrote Podcast

Aug 10, 2021

Content Warning: We do discuss sexual assault and murder in this episode, but not in great detail. Still, we wanted to place a warning for those who might be triggered by such content. Here's the number for the Sexual Assault Hotline, for those who may need it: 1-800-656-4673.

We all know the words: “In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories.” That’s, of course, the famous opening to Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, the television show that introduced us to the characters Stabler and Benson. In her novella, “Especially Heinous: 272 Views of Law and Order SVU,” author Carmen Maria Machado takes Stabler and Benson through a cosmic horror nightmare. It’s a full 12-season journey, with ghosts. 

Recommended in this episode: Kaiju movies (Gamera!) and Ted Lasso, season 2 

Up Next: the 1944 film Laura, based on the novel of the same name by Vera Caspary

Women in horror short film fest: 

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Our social media is @MonsterWrote on Twitter and Instagram. Our email is This episode was produced and researched by Lisa and Mel. Theme music is “Misconception” by Nicolas Gasparini, used with permission.