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  • Written by: Aaron Mahnke
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  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures

Written by: Aaron Mahnke
Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
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Publisher's Summary

A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, featuring stories from the Lore podcast - now a streaming television series - including “They Made a Tonic, ,“Passed Notes”, and “Unboxed", as well as rare material.

They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They’re spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives’ tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

In this volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves. Aaron Mahnke invites us to the desolate Pine Barrens of New Jersey, where the notorious winged, red-eyed Jersey Devil dwells. He delves into harrowing accounts of cannibalism - some officially documented, others the stuff of speculation...perhaps. He visits the dimly lit rooms where séances take place, the European villages where gremlins make mischief, even Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.

In a world of “emotional vampires” and “zombie malls”, the monsters of folklore have become both a part of our language and a part of our collective psyche. Whether these beasts and bogeymen are real or just a reflection of our primal fears, we know, on some level, that not every mystery has been explained and that the unknown still holds the power to strike fear deep in our hearts and souls. 

As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even scarier than the lore.

The World of Lore series includes:

  • Monstrous Creatures
  • Wicked Mortals
  • Dreadful Places
©2017 Aaron Mahnke (P)2017 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Truth can often be much scarier than fiction - something Mahnke proves as he dives deep into the world of folklore and the darker side of history in a quest to root out the fragment of truth at the bottom of our fears." (Entertainment Weekly)

"Unlike so much horror that needs over-the-top viscera to scare you, this podcast leans on history - folklore, myth, the stuff people once thought was true - to tell its tales." (The Atlantic)

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Excellent, BUT...

... you can hear all these stories for free, with background music, as a podcast. If you’ve listened to that already, you’ve heard all these tales before. They’re wonderful, mind you, and are compiled in groups of related topics, but still not worth spending money on if you have the ability to download podcasts.

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Like lore but 8 hours long

Loved it! Its basically an 8 hour long LORE episode..which I need more of in my life.

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unique stories

I have watched the shows and heard some of the stories, but I killed off this audiobook in one day.

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Enjoyable

I read other reviews about a podcast and while I didn't know this I found this collection of lore enjoyable especially as it gets close to Halloween.

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Great book but very close to the podcasts

Great book, and even better that it's narrated by Aaron himself. If you're a "constant listener"of his podcast though, you will find it a bit repetitive. At first it seemed like some of the stories were from the podcast, but with a bit more detail, but by the end I think they were very similar. Still, is all great content.

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Leaves you wanting so much more!

If you love stories or lore and old wives tales, then you will live this Book! Each individual story is written (about, I guess you'd say) with a perfect mystery behind it and, as per usual (see Lore podcast), Aaron Mahnke has the perfect cadence to tell them.

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