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A chilling who’s who of the most despicable people ever to walk the earth, featuring stories from the Lore podcast - now a streaming television series - including "Black Stockings", "Half-Hanged", and "The Castle", as well as rare material.

Some monsters are figments of our imagination. Others are as real as flesh and blood: humans who may look like us, who may walk among us, often unnoticed, occasionally even admired - but whose evil deeds and secret lives, once revealed, mark them as something utterly wicked.

In this volume from the host of the hit podcast Lore, you’ll find tales of infamous characters whose veins ran with ice water and whose crimes remind us that truth can be more terrifying than fiction. Aaron Mahnke introduces us to William Brodie, a renowned Scottish cabinetmaker who used his professional expertise to prey on the citizens of Edinburgh and whose rampant criminality behind a veneer of social respectability inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.  

Then there’s H. H. Holmes, a relentless and elusive con artist who became best known as the terror of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair when unwitting guests were welcomed into his “hotel” of horrors...never to be seen again. And no rogues’ gallery could leave out Bela Kiss, the Hungarian tinsmith with a taste for the occult and a collection of gasoline drums with women’s bodies inside.

Brimming with accounts of history’s most heinous real-life fiends, this riveting best-of-the-worst roundup will haunt your thoughts, chill your bones, and leave you wondering if there are mortal monsters lurking even closer than you think.

The World of Lore series includes:

Monstrous Creatures
Wicked Mortals
Dreadful Places

©2018 Aaron Mahnke (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Amazeballs!!!

I’m a huge fan of the lore podcast and this book definitely lives up to those standards. I can’t wait for the third book to come out!!

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Like the Podcast.... but longer

The books are pretty much a long version of the podcast which is honestly exactly what I expected. Some of the stories are repeated from the podcast but that didnt bother me since I havent relistened to a lot of the old episodes. As per usual Aaron Mahnke did an excellent job with the narration and I can't wait for the next book. :) #Audible1

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  • Tony D. Martinez
  • 2018-07-09

It has similar stories to the podcast so that kinda of dilutes it

If you listen to the podcast don’t waste the credit. Aaron is still masterful just not worth the credit if you listen to the mascot.

Tony

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  • Mr FluFF n puFF
  • 2018-06-08

Same as the Podcast

if you listen to the podcast, you've heard this whole book before. don't get me wrong, it's very good, but it's the podcast basically word for word

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-05

Lazy writing and the same old stories.

I've been a huge fan of Lore, but if I wanted to hear the same stories over and over again, I would have listened to the free podcast. The title is called Wicked Mortals, but a majority of the stories have nothing to do with that. It's repeating Elizabeth Bathory, HH Holmes, and that unsolved murder at the farm house. Is he really out of material, or is he just being lazy? He writes like it's the podcast, which would be great for an audiobook, but I would be irritated if I read the text. Stick with his free content. I used to pay for patreon so I could get the extra episodes, but he stopped doing them. Aaron has spread himself thin, and I think he's lost the quality he once had. At least his book on places have some new, great stories, but I had to skip chapters in this book.

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  • Megan C.
  • 2018-06-04

For Fans of The Lore Podcast

Akin to the first book in this Lore collection (Monstrous Creatures), this book covers many of the same topics that have been researched and broadcast on the titular podcast. This book goes further in-depth and covers various types of 'wicked mortals.' Think the likes of the serial killer H H Holmes, resurrectionists who amassed their wealth from body snatching the recently interred, or black widow types who systematically poisoned everyone around them (typically for insurance).

Chapter changes are marked with some music, but I miss having it ambiently play throughout as it does on the podcast.

While I love the lore, the primary reason I purchased this was in support of the author and his podcast. Aaron Mahnke is a wonderful story-teller, but most of the content here can be found on the podcast or on the Amazon Prime show.

I will likely get the upcoming Lore: Dreadful Places, but with the understanding that it, like the two books that have come before it, is going to be an in-depth retelling of the podcast.

I would highly recommend this to fans. And for those who have never heard of Mahnke or Lore, I suggest listening to his Lore podcast first so you can experience his reading and story-style.

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  • Daniel Hand
  • 2019-05-08

love lore

was really great!! I enjoyed this book a whole lot, I was engaged the whole time.

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  • Jax
  • 2019-03-25

Same stories as the podcast

There are a few stories in this book that I haven’t heard before but most have already been in the Lore podcast.

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  • John
  • 2019-03-09

Great book for fans of the podcast.

As with the other books in the series, if you love the podcast, you will love the book.

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  • Jo
  • 2018-08-22

Great book, audio could be a touch better.

I love the story and the reader but as a fan of the podcast I found this audio a little bit lower in quality. Great stuff, just not as clean in listening quality.

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  • Josh vega
  • 2018-07-31

Only thing missing was the piano.

As the title says, the only thing missing that keeps this performance from being perfect is the piano.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-07-01

Mahnke has done it again!

I finished his first audio book in the Lore series and I really hope this continues. I have been a Lore Podcast listener and fan for three years now, it was the first podcast I tried out. The previous book explores mythical monsters and creatures, everything Lore is about. This book, however, covers the stories of H.H Holmes and other strange or wicked humans throughout our history. Again, I'll say that if you have listened to the podcast, this book is no different other than the lack of Chad Lawson's musical moments.
Since each story is an old podcast episode and depending on how many you've listened to, I would say that this book series is a perfect filler during the void you patiently wait for the next Lore Podcast episode.
What I love about Mahnke's series is that there is a touch of everything in it: history, creepiness and delightful atmosphere. I like stuff like The No Sleep Podcast, but hate the harsh language and the not needed disgusting sound effects. Mahnke and Lawson weave a wonderful creepy experience that is both clean and informative. I also his witty sense of humor, reminding me of a modern day Charles Dickens.

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