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The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures
The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures | Aaron Mahnke
A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, featuring both rare and best-loved stories from the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an online streaming series. 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 beautifully illustrated 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. 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 “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 “Narrated by Mahnke in a style that evokes spooky campfire stories, Lore is a history lesson like no other.”—Esquire
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StellaDz
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Here‘s the thing: this is the podcast in written form. Obviously I would say listen to Mahnke tell the stories because he‘s amazing. But if you do like I did, and caught up on 100+ episodes really quickly, reading them again is nice. Quick horror stories covering vampires, werewolves, hauntings, creatures such as Mothman, and even Annabelle... what‘s not to love?

Only downside? I wish there were more drawings, because they are gorgeous.
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StellaDz
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Vampire hunters in Bulgaria are born into the tradition, but only on specific days. Sometimes superstition and lore make sense... sometimes they seem too random. 😳 #currentlyreading

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StellaDz
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Picking up this book today! I love Mahnke‘s podcasts (one of the same name) and this book is gorgeous inside!

Also, unplanned matching with book 😉

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laurenslibrary
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Little haul from HPB this morning. The box on top is a pack of puppy cards I found! If any #litsylove peeps are wondering where to get cute, cheap cards, HPB is a good place to check out. I think all the packs I saw were only around $3 each! 📮😉

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh yay!! I‘ll check it out!! 🙌🏻 2mo
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 2mo
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Jovy
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I would not have picked this up if not for the #Booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast prompt but I'm glad I did! Very fascinating background on how urban legends came to be. The stories towards the end really gave me the chills so I ended up finishing this in broad daylight. 😅

Cinfhen Ha!! I may try this for #pop19 #mysticalcreatures 4mo
Jovy @Cinfhen 👍🏼 4mo
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BookwormAHN
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I really enjoyed this book. I love folklore and monsters. Some of the stories I was familiar with but a lot them I hadn't heard of. I admit I still haven't heard the podcast this book was written from, but I did watch the Amazon series. As usual the book was better. The series was entertaining though 👹
#booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Glad to hear it‘s a pick because another reader thought it was a dry read. 4mo
SmartSassery I've been wondering about these. 💜 4mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This was good. Very well researched, but the writing was a bit dry and disjointed. Not bad, but I‘m not rushing to get the next book. #booked2019 #basedonapodcast

Cinfhen I was thinking of using it for #pop19 but I‘m not running to read it so fast. Thanks for the honest feedback 4mo
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Nessavamusic
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I enjoyed this transcript of some of the podcasts. I love urban legends and paranormal everything. Not that I‘m a believer... #horror #podcast

Weaponxgirl I love all that stuff too and I love the lore podcast as he tends to be able to keep the creepy feeling without sounding like a nutter who believes every paranormal thing in the world must be true. 6mo
Nessavamusic Yes it‘s the right balance of reasonable doubt with an open mind. 6mo
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Nessavamusic
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Good morning fellow readathoners! Working to finish my #audiobook Rose Daughter and switching off to the print transcript of a Lore podcast. On the path to maybe getting there today! #24in48 #24B4Monday
@24in48 @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great time, well done. 👏👏👏 6mo
TheReadingMermaid Woop woop 🤘🏻 6mo
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LaraReads
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Pretty interesting listen! We‘ll have to see what sort of dreams this conjures up over the next few days! 🧛🏻‍♂️👺☠️ It‘s very telling how much fear and the unknown drive a lot of our folklore & lead us to do some crazy things! Dun, dun, dun...

#readharder #readharder2019 #task15 #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast

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Jadams1776
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I‘ve been a fan of Aaron Mahnke‘s podcast Lore for a long time. Though some of these chapters seem to be word for word from the podcast, I did enjoy reading them. The illustrations by M.S. Corley also add something special.

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RebeccaRoo7
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My fiancé knew just what I wanted for Christmas. Any man who will buy you books is a man to keep. I love the Lore Podcast and TV show. Now I am the owner of the beautiful books! Can't wait to get into these. #theworldoflore #fact #fiction #monstrouscreatures #wickedmortals #dreadfulplaces #bookmas

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PirateJenny
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This was a fun book. Shortish anecdotes and stories much like the podcast (which I love). If you enjoy spooky stories, even if you know these stories, this is a fun read

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esurient
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Dun dun DUN!

A pick, but I would have been just as happy to have found this series in the library. I'm not jiving with the conversational tone of the writing, which I understand replicates the tone of the original podcast.

This one was a neat read, but I cut my eyeteeth on those dusty old Enchanted World volumes and they're still tops to me.

esurient The Enchanted World series, Vol 6: 8mo
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esurient
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Aaahh this whole trilogy has had a price cut to $2 each AND I had wanted to read it! #buy #pricedrop

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LauraJ
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Love the podcast? Then you‘ll love the audiobook! But you‘ll be missing out on all the wonderful illustrations in the print version. Buy the book and read it (with Mahnke‘s voice in your head).

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chrissy.ww
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The art in this book is super fun and quirky - perfect for the tone of this book!
#lore #theworldoflore #monstrouscreatures #funart

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chrissy.ww
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That is insane!!! #lore

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chrissy.ww
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Aaron Mahnke has the best turn of phrase #lore

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chrissy.ww
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That art though ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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chrissy.ww
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I‘m so excited to be finally reading these.
I adore Lore, and I am already reading these in the glorious Aaron Mahnke‘s voice, with beautiful music playin in my head 🎧 🎵

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BookwormAHN
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Thank you so much @BlameJennyJane I love everything so much. I can't waite to read the books. I love Pinhead he so cute. The socks look really cozy. I love all the candy. And Carrie is going to look great next to Pennywise and Jack Torrence. Also love the packaging 🧡🎃🧡🎃🧡🎃🧡
#HalloweenHorrorSwap @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid Awesome! 9mo
BlameJennyJane I‘m so happy you like everything! My hope was that you still wished for the titles on your wishlist. 😁 I had a blast picking little treasures out for you. Happy Halloween! 🤗🤗 (edited) 9mo
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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Penguin Random House is giving out their free monthly audiobook! Available for free download from today until October 31. This one is on my TBR, so I'm definitely going to get it, plus it's perfect for the Halloween season.

Here's the link to download: http://www.penguinrandomhouseaudio.com/blog/free-download-lore-monstrous-creatur...

#HappyListening #freebie

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LauraJ
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Here‘s a good freebie available on the Volumes app thru Halloween. 🖤 Aaron Mahnke

SexyCajun I‘m not seeing this app! Where is it 🤷🏼‍♀️ 9mo
SexyCajun Found it! 9mo
LauraJ @SexyCajun Hooray! They offer some pretty good books every month. 9mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Free right now on the Volumes app. Not quite sure how much longer ... so grab it if you like scary things!

SexyCajun Yassss I doooo! 🧟‍♀️🧟‍♂️ 9mo
4thhouseontheleft Happy Birthday!!!🎉🎂🎁 9mo
SexyCajun @BarbaraTheBibliophage your birthday? Ahhh happy Birthday!! 😎 9mo
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Kalalalatja
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This was soooooo interesting! Mahnke did an amazing job narrating the book, and I couldn‘t stop listening to all these weird, creepy, out-of-this-world stories! Now I just need to listen to the rest of the books 📚

DGRachel I‘m currently listening to the second book and it‘s even creepier! 9mo
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Arkrayder
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Again Manke has produced a really interesting and well researched book. Even if you don‘t believe in the paranormal the history behind the story is really just as absorbing. That‘s mostly why I read ghost stories. You can learn a little bit of history of an area if you shift through the added drama.

Laura317 I quite liked this book! Makes me want to listen to more of the podcast. 9mo
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kaykay521
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Great book, perfect for the Halloween season. Goes through various classic creatures such as vampires, elves, wendigo, werewolves, and many more. Presenting their history and cultural significance through the world. There‘s also apparently a podcast and an amazon series if anyone is interested.

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melissajayne
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Really enjoyed the read. #readathon #24hourreadathon #deweysreadathon

Linsy I loved listening to this one! ♥️ 9mo
melissajayne @Linsy I think I listened to some of them on his podcast called Lore. 9mo
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melissajayne
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cinann I'm reading this one too! 😀 9mo
melissajayne @cinann 👍🏻 9mo
FlowerFairy Loved this one! Such a fun book and the author‘s snarkiness is wonderful! 9mo
melissajayne @FlowerFairy I love his podcasts. 9mo
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DGRachel
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I struggle with short stories and podcasts. It‘s a failing, I know. But, I switched from print to audio for this one, and it‘s narrated by the author. I‘ve heard that most of the stories in the book can be heard on his podcast, but I enjoyed this collection. It was an easy listen with just the right level of spooky for me. I will probably listen to the other two books as well, because the audiobook format works for me with this one.

TamaraH71 Sometimes Lore scares the crap outta me. Have you watched the Amazon series? Three words: Robert The Doll 9mo
DGRachel @TamaraH71 I watched the first episode and it scared the crap out of me. I think the audiobook format was good because I could half pay attention which lowered the fear factor. Dolls. Are. Evil. 🙈 9mo
TamaraH71 Right! That doll. Damn. I recommend listening or reading that one. Im such a fan of Lore, Ill get the books even tho i have the pods saved. 9mo
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Jadams1776
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“We can play armchair Exorcist all we want, but we can‘t change their decisions.” 😂 I play armchair exorcist often.

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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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This is such a perfect book for the Halloween season! And even the inside cover is creepy!

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Laura317
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Enjoyed this. If you subscribe to@the podcast,you‘ll enjoy it, too. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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FlowerFairy
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1. This is Bud. He came for a visit. He does not like his photo taken. Looks like a cross between an alien & a gremlin.
2. Sitting in my office waiting for Hurricane Michael to make his arrival.
3. The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke
4. Cat litter. Isn‘t that the most important hurricane supply? 🤪
5. Asian

Susanita Be safe! 9mo
AmyG Hope you are ok. 9mo
FlowerFairy @Susanita @AmyG Thanks! We‘re good. Outside the path of the eye but catching quite a bit of the feeder bands. Just rain and wind. 9mo
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cinann
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I bought this book last year and never got around to reading it. I figured this would be a good time of year to read it. It sounds like it's a bit of a #monstermash

#octoberxfiles @Robothugs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I like the cover 💀 9mo
Robothugs I like it as well! I‘ll be interested in seeing what you think! 9mo
FlowerFairy Currently reading this. Such a fun book! 9mo
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Laura317
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Reading Lore while the kiddies (and husband) play at Universal. This introvert is in her happy place - alone time with a book!

mabell That looks fun! 9mo
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DGRachel
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Finished Agatha and will review it tomorrow. But first, I‘m going to start this #blameitonLitsy book tonight!

#Bailey has this bad habit of not closing her outer eyelids when she sleeps. It is as creepy as I hope this book will be. 😂😱 #dogsoflitsy #pitbullsoflitsy

tjwill I love the podcast. I look forward to seeing your review! 9mo
Joy0201 I love these books even though a lot of stories are repeats of podcast episodes. The third book comes out this month! 9mo
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Laura317
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Sitting in a motel room reading this while the kids and husband watch tv.

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PathfinderNicole
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Some #coverlove for my current read! I also included the inside title page because whoa that artwork! 😍
#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

BrittanyReads I love his podcast!! Haven‘t read the books yet 10mo
PathfinderNicole @BBL4nkensh1p I love the podcast too! This is the first of the books I‘ve read and it‘s great! 10mo
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FlowerFairy
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This passage makes me giggle.

GlassAsDiamonds 😂😂😂😂 If I didn‘t think I‘d have nightmares forever, I would read this for the snark in a heartbeat!!! 10mo
Cadyly This is hilarious! 10mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Another #Goodreads #KindleDailyDeal that I couldn't resist.

Joy0201 I love these books! 11mo
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JHgotham
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Don‘t know much about this book but I love monsters and it‘s on sale for $1.99 today 😛

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I have been waiting a whileeee to get my little hands on this book.

Kindle daily deal alert.

Laura317 Oooh thanks!!! It‘s on mine, too. 11mo
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litlovinghippy
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Terrifyingly neat! Can't wait to read his other volumes!

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JimBeau
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A great collection of Mr Mahnke's works pertaining to all varieties of creepy critters. I could clearly hear his voice as I read. Already downloaded the next book in the series and have eagerly started to read. #creepyfun #folklore

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 13mo
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jckphnx
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There's an unfortunate lack of new material, as most of the text is lifted word-for-word from the podcast, but it makes a wonderful entry point to the Lore franchise for those who are new, for those who simply enjoy the weird and spooky, or it can serve as a pleasant revisit for existing fans.

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melissa.drake
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You will feel the same way about this book as you do the podcast.

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TofuandBooks
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Super creepy and scary book! So interesting and I loved the writing. Great podcast, show and book series.