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Publisher's Summary

A fascinating guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of the hit podcast Lore.

They live in shadows - deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our mind. They're spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives' tales, passed down through generations. And 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 also 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 and Key West, Florida, home of a haunted doll named Robert.

The monsters of folklore have become not only a part of our language but 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....

©2017 Aaron Mahnke (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

Praise for the Lore podcast: "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)
"Narrated by Mahnke in a style that evokes spooky campfire stories, Lore is a history lesson like no other." ( Esquire)

What listeners say about The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures

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don't listen alone at night before bed

some very scary, good true stories in history, the base of a few horror movies.

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great storyline. robotic reader.

love the series, extremely well written. but I feel this series should he read by someone with a less monotone, robotic voice

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  • vinayak
  • 15-12-2018

Awesome

Amazing collection of tales. Love the podcast too. Great work Aaron. I hope I can get a taste of more lore in future.

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  • Unto Nordling
  • 04-05-2018

fascinating

I love Aron Mahnke's voice and dry jokes. This book is a fascinating peek into a mythology and folklore of our favourite characters and creatures: vampires, zombies, Jersey Devil and many others. Even if you are familiar with the amazon tv series or Lore podcast, you'll propably find something new :)

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  • Samantha
  • 20-11-2017

podcast is better

not the wordt but save your credit and follow the podcast its far better produced

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  • Miss Kenyon
  • 11-01-2018

Nothing new

I love Lore Podcast. I really really do. But this book didn’t seem to contain many, if any, stories that you couldn’t hear for free on the podcast. Kind of a disappointment.

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  • Clare Hughes
  • 27-10-2017

Good, but I've heard it before.

A lot of the content of this book seems to be lifted straight off the Lore Podcast.

It's entertaining, sure. But I feel like I've heard it all before.

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  • Emily
  • 01-02-2018

Just a mash-up of his podcasts D:

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I am a big fan of the Lore podcasts and was disappointed that this book is just the podcasts in one big long recording! I feel cheated. The podcasts are free and I wasted a credit on this.

HOWEVER, I love Aaron’s voice and the stories he tells. And if I didn’t know his podcasts then this would have been excellent.

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  • STENSDEN
  • 15-02-2018

Ermmmm......

Great idea for a book and first third is interesting but then it just descends into a load of old tosh about ghosts and strange events taken from 19th century newspapers. Shame

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  • Henry
  • 28-08-2018

Heard this somewhere before

Great stories, great performance. But it’s just the podcast stitched together. It’s still nice to hear them all in one go and it flows perfectly.

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  • conor
  • 11-10-2017

Fantastic listen!!!

A truly fantastic listen!. Would recommend to anyone who is fascinated by the weird and scary stories of this world. It’s not only scary stories, but case studies of different cultures and period of our history and how we may not be so different from our ancestors as we would like to think. Love the podcast, get this!.

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  • Tanskibeat
  • 31-07-2018

Super

I love the Lore podcast and, although some of the stories are the same, there is plenty of new and interesting lore in the book to make it a worthwhile purchase. As always, Aaron Mankhe delivers the well researched tales in his charmingly affable manner. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in history, especially that of the unusual, overlooked and weird variety.

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  • Sam Rico Batista
  • 11-06-2019

A bit incredible

I was looking for a book exploring lore and perhaps what some of it says about the human condition / cultures / etc. Unfortunately, the author gives far too much credence to what are at times laughably out-there stories, with a basic ‘it could be true, ooooh’ message repeated throughout. He also tells the stories as if they were true, most of the time, I.e. ‘the ghost then presented himself to her and said...’ or similar, which makes it all very silly. Aside from this, the voice acting is a bit over dramatic in some parts and quite dry, with strangely stilted intonation, in others. Particularly noticeable when there are attempts at humour, which fall quite flat because of this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-2018

Love it

Loved the TV series. The book is even better. Really looking forward to volume 2!

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