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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 minds. 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)

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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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podcast is better

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

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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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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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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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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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Not great

Would you try another book written by Aaron Mahnke or narrated by Aaron Mahnke?

Probably not.

What three words best describe Aaron Mahnke’s voice?

Calm, friendly, engaging.

Did The World of Lore, Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures inspire you to do anything?

Not really.

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I do not recommend it to LORE podcast listeners. It has all the same stories you can find on the podcast FOR FREE. However if you're new to the series and enjoy lore and paranormal stories, then it's a pleasure to listen. Although the quality might be a bit better.

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Interesting!

I love all the old supernatural mysteries and I found this to be really well researched and interesting, with a lot of origins I wouldn't have heard about before! left me looking forward to volume 2.

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Departs from the title

Thoroughly enjoyed, just like the podcast. However, it did detour from creatures to ghosts unfortunately. There were also a couple of quite large omissions I felt, especially such as giant apes (Bigfoot/yeti etc) which you'd have expected from an American author. I would have also liked more original material not yet published via the podcast but it was still immensely enjoyable with extra titbits added.