- Megan Bingham
Because sometimes the truth, is stranger than fiction.
They live under your bed and in your closet. They are subjects of campfire stories and old wives' tales. They love to live in the shadows and the deep recesses of your mind. And, their favorite time of year is now, when seasons change and the dead leaves fall. Who or what, you may ask? Vampires, witches, goblins, and werewolves. Elves, poltergeists, banshees, and skinwalkers.
Folklore. Legends. Myths. Whatever you wish to call them, they continue to dwell within our society today, passed through generations upon generations.
Author Aaron Mahnke presents these nightmares through his award-winning, bi-weekly podcast Lore. With more than 91-million listeners, Mahnke has written the first book on the podcast: The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures. Both the book and the podcast expose the history behind our favorite monsters, along with a few legends you may not know about. Mahnke examines the tales like a storyteller at a campfire, starting off with vampires—a favorite lore among many. He covers the technical aspects of creatures, such as their personalities, their preferences, and their prey. Mahnke also explains word origins of the creatures' names, mostly coming from Greek or Roman root words. Mahnke covers not only official documentation relating to the legends but also "speculations" by witnesses. Even if these speculations aren't true, they'll certainly run a chill down your spine.
In May 2018, Aaron Mahnke's second World of Lore book, entitled "Wicked Mortals," debuts, which will discuss tales of serial killers who led dark double lives. Mahnke just released his 70th episode of the podcast on October 2, which is entitled "The Familiar." On Friday the 13th, Amazon Prime released the first episode of an anthology series by the same name, which will cover Mahnke's most popular spooky tales.
The World of Lore will take you to the New Jersey Pine Barrens to visit the home of the terrifying, winged Jersey Devil. Roam the brilliant, full-moon-bathed hunting grounds of werewolves and other animal-human hybrids. Mahnke takes us to secret séance rooms of Europe and a haunted doll's residence in the Florida Keys. You may think you know everything about the folklore of monsters, but The World of Lore will take you beyond what you know and into your deepest primal fears.