The World of Lore
A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, from the host of 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 seances 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

The World of Lore Details

TitleThe World of Lore
Author
ReleaseOct 10th, 2017
PublisherDel Rey
ISBN-139781524797966
Rating
GenreHorror, Nonfiction, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mythology, History

The World of Lore Review

  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A perfect book for Halloween.The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures is a guide to the weird and wonderful bits of folklore and legend that roam our earth surrounding mysterious creatures. Each chapter presents a specific type of 'creature' for examination, before providing a number of local legends that relate to that creature with beautifully illustrated prints throughout.The author does a good job at 'setting the scene' with these I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.A perfect book for Halloween.The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures is a guide to the weird and wonderful bits of folklore and legend that roam our earth surrounding mysterious creatures. Each chapter presents a specific type of 'creature' for examination, before providing a number of local legends that relate to that creature with beautifully illustrated prints throughout.The author does a good job at 'setting the scene' with these creatures. Each chapter is well defined, and categorised well, which makes the writing easy to follow and very engaging. This is certainly one of those books you can pick up and put down with ease, and the author also does a really good job at creating a decent atmosphere. Reading this late at night, I was certainly creeped out by certain chapters (the dolls and ghost in particular).As with most books of this nature, I found some chapters more interesting than others. I was less interested in the 'flying animal' stories than I was with the dolls, ghosts and vampires. I also would have at least liked a mention of Whitby when discussing Dracula and Bram Stoker. I felt at times the writing was definitely geared more towards an American audience in this sense.That said, I thought this was a very thorough introduction into the world of folklore, and it's certainly piqued an interest in this area for future reading material at this time of year.
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    First The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic now this one, truly the Podcasting gods have smiled upon us. If you are unaware Aaron Mahnke, in addition to being a writer, also has a fantastic podcast called Lore. Every episode explains some neat little corner of folklore and gives it a historical context for the beliefs. It provides some really fascinating looks at human history and culture. Anyway, I am really psyched about this book, if it is only half as goo First The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic now this one, truly the Podcasting gods have smiled upon us. If you are unaware Aaron Mahnke, in addition to being a writer, also has a fantastic podcast called Lore. Every episode explains some neat little corner of folklore and gives it a historical context for the beliefs. It provides some really fascinating looks at human history and culture. Anyway, I am really psyched about this book, if it is only half as good as the podcast it is more than worth the sticker price.
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  • [Name Redacted]
    January 1, 1970
    Yes, it is pretty much just transcriptions of the podcast, now arranged topically.Yes, it does include beautiful illustrations.Yes, it is worth buying, but mainly if it's been a while since you listened to an episode of the podcast the transcription of which is featured herein.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    As a long time fan of the Lore podcast, this book was a huge let down. It houses maybe 10 illustrations and almost every story in it is a direct transcript of a podcast episode. If someone hasn’t listened to the Lore podcasts, then maybe this could be a great gift. Aside from that, $20 to read something you can listen to for free? No thanks.
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  • Scott Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    I am giving this 4 stars based on the quality of the writing and how much I have enjoyed the podcasts, but 3 stars for this book. Overall I was not super thrilled that upon receiving this at midnight, the book seemed to just be a majority of copy/pasted material from the episodes. Much of the advertisements during pre-release seemed to give the impression that there would be new material and that the author was working really hard on it. So I was hoping for something to be added to the growing w I am giving this 4 stars based on the quality of the writing and how much I have enjoyed the podcasts, but 3 stars for this book. Overall I was not super thrilled that upon receiving this at midnight, the book seemed to just be a majority of copy/pasted material from the episodes. Much of the advertisements during pre-release seemed to give the impression that there would be new material and that the author was working really hard on it. So I was hoping for something to be added to the growing world of Lore, but I found this lacking.I have great respect for the author and his creative work, but I felt this book was advertised misleadingly.Listen to the podcast or check it out from the library
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  • Jesaca
    January 1, 1970
    Aside from the intriguing topic, the style of writing was extremely engaging. I could not put it down, and I learned so much. Will be eagerly awaiting the next book in the series. This book is for anyone with even a remote interest in the unexplained and the origins of myths and legends.
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  • Alison
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended to be read by candlelight with tea and blanket to prevent shivers but, be warned, the book is as exciting and haunting as the podcast. Read it if you dare.
  • Kirsti
    January 1, 1970
    I was first attracted to this book by the cover; it was in the new releases section, and it was the only red one there. Then the subject matter; I hadn't heard of Lord, the podcast. I don't really listen to much honestly, most people comment on the lack of sound in my house. On my own I go days without turning on the TV or radio. This didn't prevent me from enjoying the book; however I have since read that the stories within it are directly taken from the podcasts, so if you've listened to them I was first attracted to this book by the cover; it was in the new releases section, and it was the only red one there. Then the subject matter; I hadn't heard of Lord, the podcast. I don't really listen to much honestly, most people comment on the lack of sound in my house. On my own I go days without turning on the TV or radio. This didn't prevent me from enjoying the book; however I have since read that the stories within it are directly taken from the podcasts, so if you've listened to them there might not be anything new in this book.I have always been fascinated by the Supernatural and Folklore, and indeed I read many books on the subject. I got a fresh perspective here though, with just the right balance of fact and opinion presented. I didn't want this book to end I was so enamored with the stories and the set up, and I hope there is more to come. I would definitely read a sequel.The illustrations inside are a nice touch, and add to the general spookiness. At this time of year, people are looking for a scare/thrill, and I noticed even Goodreads put this on the book list for scary books. Hopefully this drums up more attention for this book, because I think it's an excellent example of the genre. Still though, sequel? Five stars!
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  • T. Blake
    January 1, 1970
    As previously stated, these are transcripts of selected episodes from the podcast with added art. The first episode (also the first chapter of the book) states there are transcripts available on its website. I haven't looked into it as I was listening to said episode while skimming through the book. The only benefit I can see of owning this book is if you wanted to get it autographed or are Deaf/HoH and prefer reading it via physical copy.
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  • Wytching
    January 1, 1970
    I skipped over this title a couple of times. It kept popping up everywhere I looked. When the series appeared on Amazon Prime that cinched it for me. If you've ever read the Fortean Times magazine, Lore might be for you. It looks at the stories and folklore of the things that go bump in the night. There's the story of Robert the doll and Annabelle. There are vampire origin stories, werewolves and spring heeled Jack. Elves and sea creatures and all sorts in between make an appearance. I have quit I skipped over this title a couple of times. It kept popping up everywhere I looked. When the series appeared on Amazon Prime that cinched it for me. If you've ever read the Fortean Times magazine, Lore might be for you. It looks at the stories and folklore of the things that go bump in the night. There's the story of Robert the doll and Annabelle. There are vampire origin stories, werewolves and spring heeled Jack. Elves and sea creatures and all sorts in between make an appearance. I have quite a lot around this subject so some of the stories are familiar to me. However, there was enough content to remind me of things I had forgotten and new material. It was written in a conversational tone and was easy to dip in and out of. Some books of this nature can be quite dry and hard to read. This isn't one of them and I think my 14 year old son would like to read it after me, it would be quite accessible for him. There is even interjections of humour, which make me laugh out loud at times. It inspired me to watch the series, which has attracted the attention of the husband and the son too. The book has lovely and creepy illustrations. It would make a great gift for the right person. It's certainly a book I would want to keep on my shelf to dip in and out of.  5/5 for real life creepiness from Aaron Mahnke and he has a podcast too. 
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  • Clair
    January 1, 1970
    A nicely written guide to the areas of folklore that surround each type of monster. Chapters are filled with legends and history on each creature type. Vampires, werewolves, sea monsters and ghosts are just a few of the monsters encountered within. Cute illustrated prints that enhance the text are scattered throughout. Its a great introduction to monster legends with a biography at the back for if you want to explore even more folklore.I’ve always been fascinated by the history behind supernatur A nicely written guide to the areas of folklore that surround each type of monster. Chapters are filled with legends and history on each creature type. Vampires, werewolves, sea monsters and ghosts are just a few of the monsters encountered within. Cute illustrated prints that enhance the text are scattered throughout. Its a great introduction to monster legends with a biography at the back for if you want to explore even more folklore.I’ve always been fascinated by the history behind supernatural beings and monsters and this book didn’t disappoint. I enjoyed some sections more than others, but mostly to do with where my interests lay with monster types. The book seems geared towards an American audience with focus on American folklore but there are still plenty of background and tales from other areas of the world creating a rich tapestry of supernatural encounters. Mahnke injects his own views and humour throughout the book making it engaging and easy to read. A perfect Halloween book that will leave you wondering if there is more to the world than meets the eye.I’d recommend to people interested in: monster myths and legends, monster folklore, supernatural historyI received a free advanced reader copy via Netgallery in return for an honest review.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    As much as I love Aaron Mahnke and the podcast Lore, I'm not as 'in love' with the first in this three-part titular book series. I am reviewing the audio-book version of this as the author also narrated the content. Overall, the book is well done, but too akin to the podcast in that most if not all of the stories are culled from it and are longer, more detailed versions of many of the same stories as far as I can tell. I think Mahnke is a very talented story-teller, but I figured there would hav As much as I love Aaron Mahnke and the podcast Lore, I'm not as 'in love' with the first in this three-part titular book series. I am reviewing the audio-book version of this as the author also narrated the content. Overall, the book is well done, but too akin to the podcast in that most if not all of the stories are culled from it and are longer, more detailed versions of many of the same stories as far as I can tell. I think Mahnke is a very talented story-teller, but I figured there would have been something else added to this other than a retelling of the same podcast folklore. I will likely sample the next book in the series before I preorder it.
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  • HopelessBookAddict
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED LOVED LOVED!!Can you tell I loved this book?! Anyways...this was spooky and historical and amazing. I hate history but this held my attention. It is the type of information I always wanted to know more about but did not have reliable sources. Now I do. And Aaron Mahnke is writing two more books like this! WHYYYYYY do I have to wait so LONG! I am preordering the next one ASAP! On audiobook and physical book! I hope Aaron narrates the next one too!GO READ IT! Perfect for Halloween, history b LOVED LOVED LOVED!!Can you tell I loved this book?! Anyways...this was spooky and historical and amazing. I hate history but this held my attention. It is the type of information I always wanted to know more about but did not have reliable sources. Now I do. And Aaron Mahnke is writing two more books like this! WHYYYYYY do I have to wait so LONG! I am preordering the next one ASAP! On audiobook and physical book! I hope Aaron narrates the next one too!GO READ IT! Perfect for Halloween, history buffs, or people who like weird things like me ;)***Feel free to blurb that Aaron Mahnke ;) hehe
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  • Geoffrey
    January 1, 1970
    (Note - I received an early copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)Both established fans and readers who have never heard of Aaron Mahnke’s renowned podcast will find something to enjoy here. The former will enjoy what essentially amounts to a greatest hits compilation of the various beasts, demons, spirits, and mysterious beings that have cropped in various “Lore” episodes over the years. Newcomers to Mahnke and his work will be treated to a rich collection covering all sorts of cryptids and g (Note - I received an early copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley)Both established fans and readers who have never heard of Aaron Mahnke’s renowned podcast will find something to enjoy here. The former will enjoy what essentially amounts to a greatest hits compilation of the various beasts, demons, spirits, and mysterious beings that have cropped in various “Lore” episodes over the years. Newcomers to Mahnke and his work will be treated to a rich collection covering all sorts of cryptids and ghosts from a sweeping array of legends and traditions, which will teach them much about many creatures of fame that they thought they knew about, and will introduce them to a number of astounding and unnerving tales, sightings and stories that they have never heard of before. Regardless of which group one falls in, by the time any readers finishes they will most likely find themselves deep in thought about whether there’s much more to this world hiding in the shadows and the forests, or whether humankind has a lot more self-exploration to do in order to better understand what on earth has lead us to create such a vast menagerie of oddities and horrors over the ages. In short, this is an absolutely fascinating book, and the perfect October read!
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  • Harry Jahnke
    January 1, 1970
    Oh my god, this book was so good. I thought I knew everything about vampires and werewolves and urban legends. What an absolute delight it was to be proven wrong. I loved this from start to finish.
  • John
    January 1, 1970
    The stories are already in the podcast.
  • Juli Rahel
    January 1, 1970
    I was raised on fairy tales and legends from across the world. I remember very clearly the exact shelf on which we had the books through which I would pour, looking for strange stories both from our world and not, full of strange creatures and strange happenings.This translated into an adult fascination with mythology and the persistent question of 'Why?'. So when I saw Magnke's The World of Lore, I could hardly contain my excitement. And it proved to be exactly what I hoped and wanted. Thanks t I was raised on fairy tales and legends from across the world. I remember very clearly the exact shelf on which we had the books through which I would pour, looking for strange stories both from our world and not, full of strange creatures and strange happenings.This translated into an adult fascination with mythology and the persistent question of 'Why?'. So when I saw Magnke's The World of Lore, I could hardly contain my excitement. And it proved to be exactly what I hoped and wanted. Thanks to Headline and Netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I am dreadfully unaware of podcasts. It's the one thing I keep telling myself to get more invested in because I actually love listening to people tell me about things they are fascinated by and knowledgeable of. It's like being back at university, and I am one of those people who wishes they could just remain at university indefinitely. The World of Lore is another one of those pushes to finally get my act together and start listening, since this book is based on an incredibly popular podcast, 'Lore', by the author. I'm not surprised the podcast is that popular, since the topic is something that everyone at some point finds themselves fascinated with. As Mahnke argues himself in the book as well, humans yearn for stories that contextualise our existence in this world, that bring order and clarity, that explain what is happening and why, that shift some of the blame away from us and onto something we can't control. And the incredible similarity between all of these stories is what truly fascinates me as well. Whether it's South America, northern Europe or South-East Asia, every culture has tales of trickster spirits, dwarves or elves.Mahnke's writing is definitely what makes this book. Under anyone else it could have easily become a dry book, full of old facts with no life to them. As The World of Lore is now, I can easily see why the podcast is as popular as it is. Mahnke's writing is direct and to the point, almost as if you're actually sitting down with him and having a conversation. He addresses the reader straight on, shares his own scepticism and fascination, and brings a wealth of information to the table. The book makes you hungry to listen to the podcast, to learn more, and surely that is what every book should do? Mahnke's enthusiasm is infectious and it's scarily easy to just keep reading. I almost missed my metro stop more times than I'd like to admit. This book also has brilliant illustrations, which strike that perfect Tim Burton-balance between amusing and creepy.The World of Lore is a great read for anyone even slightly curious about the legends and stories surrounding us. Mahnke collects the best and leaves you wanting more. Never dull, The World of Lore makes you desperate to camp out at night in the hopes to catch something mysterious. I'd recommend this to anyone with even the slightest curiosity! Also, this is the perfect book to read in the run up to Halloween!For full review: http://universeinwords.blogspot.ro/20...
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    NOTE: This book is created from the podcast Lore narrated by Aaron Mahnke. The chapters in this book corresponds to episodes in the podcast and the wording is almost identical. The major difference is that these chapters are organized by topic. There are a few illustrations, but no more than 8. With that out of the way, let's dive into the book. There's a reason the podcast has been such a success. It's well written, well performed and has an interesting subject matter. It covers everything from NOTE: This book is created from the podcast Lore narrated by Aaron Mahnke. The chapters in this book corresponds to episodes in the podcast and the wording is almost identical. The major difference is that these chapters are organized by topic. There are a few illustrations, but no more than 8. With that out of the way, let's dive into the book. There's a reason the podcast has been such a success. It's well written, well performed and has an interesting subject matter. It covers everything from vampires, to ghosts, to possessed dolls (I'm referring to you Robert!). Even without Mahnke's narration, the book is enjoyable. How could it not be? The wording is the same as the podcast. The biggest difference is that the book reorganizes the episodes and streamlines them by topic. Some stories are hard to swallow (yes, referring to the vampires and consumption chapter), but they're still interesting. The way I see it, you have 2 options. Listen to the podcast or read this book. In my opinion, there's no real reason to do either. They're the same. Personally, I enjoy the music and Aaron's narration for the podcast. But with a book, you can read it much faster and everything is presented in a more streamlined order. It's really a matter of which you prefer: book or podcast. Now what about the TV show? I'd recommend watching it in addition to either the book or the podcast. Even though the stories are covered in the book/podcast seeing it portrayed by actors makes them even more gruesome. But heads up, the first two episodes (vampires and the brain surgeon) are visually hard to watch.
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  • Carl
    January 1, 1970
    Monsters are the best, so this is a perfect start to the Lore books.First of all, it's a beautiful package. If you're a fan of Lore podcast, and a book nerd like me, then you'll love this thing. It's gorgeous inside and out. Second, whether or not you're familiar with all the monsters presented in the book, there's likely to be something new to consider. I've heard a lot about vampires and werewolves (who hasn't, recently, right?), but I still learned a lot from Lore. Every episode (and thus eve Monsters are the best, so this is a perfect start to the Lore books.First of all, it's a beautiful package. If you're a fan of Lore podcast, and a book nerd like me, then you'll love this thing. It's gorgeous inside and out. Second, whether or not you're familiar with all the monsters presented in the book, there's likely to be something new to consider. I've heard a lot about vampires and werewolves (who hasn't, recently, right?), but I still learned a lot from Lore. Every episode (and thus every story in the book) gave me something new to consider about where monsters hide in our imaginations and why they come out to play. True stories that feed the legends of vampires, pukwudgies, gremlins, werewolves, elves, brownies--there's a lot going on here!The episodes translate well to the page. They're almost as fun to read as they are to listen too, and of course this also brings the stories out of iTunes and onto my shelf, which I appreciate. I'm also a fan of research, so I love having all the sources for each episode, and the chance to go and check out the research behind each of these stories.Overall, a great book, and I'm excited to pick up the next two when they release next year. Bring on Wicked Mortals!
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  • Clare
    January 1, 1970
    For those not in the know, Lore is a podcast presented by the author Aaron Mahnke that deals with the more mysterious things in life and their origins. Mahnke is a skilled writer and researcher and manages to breath fresh life into topics that have been covered a million times before such as vampires. I've long had an interest in the darker side of life but this book covers a lot of things I'd not heard of before, such as the Bloody Pit, the ill fated construction of the Hoosac rail tunnel that For those not in the know, Lore is a podcast presented by the author Aaron Mahnke that deals with the more mysterious things in life and their origins. Mahnke is a skilled writer and researcher and manages to breath fresh life into topics that have been covered a million times before such as vampires. I've long had an interest in the darker side of life but this book covers a lot of things I'd not heard of before, such as the Bloody Pit, the ill fated construction of the Hoosac rail tunnel that was completed with a huge cost to many who worked on it. Each chapter was fascinating and I ended up devouring the book in just a couple of days. If you're a regular listener to the podcast then there will be elements and sections you'll recognise but this book has so much more besides. The illustrations are a fantastic touch and are a perfect fit with the writing. This would make a perfect gift for any fan of the podcast or anyone with an interest in the macabre. An excellent accompaniment to a terrific podcast.I received a free ARC from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
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  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    This wasn't good or bad in my opinion. It was the sort of non fiction that essentially just tells you things it gets from other sources without breaking new ground or giving you original content. I had hear of 99% of these "stories". Not sure if you would call them myths legends stories retellings or eye witness statements. Who knows. Started a lot better than it finished the first third was witty and made me smile a few times but then it just get dreary. Simply stating folklore/legend that coul This wasn't good or bad in my opinion. It was the sort of non fiction that essentially just tells you things it gets from other sources without breaking new ground or giving you original content. I had hear of 99% of these "stories". Not sure if you would call them myths legends stories retellings or eye witness statements. Who knows. Started a lot better than it finished the first third was witty and made me smile a few times but then it just get dreary. Simply stating folklore/legend that could be found in any other anthology or hell even a quick google of "true spooky stories" The very very few illustrations that were in her were just simple black and white printings, nice but nothing wonderful. I feel the whole thing would have been better served by putting pictures of the places it talked about in instead.I recieved this as an ebook from netgalley. This in no way effected my review or opinion.
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  • Keith Chawgo
    January 1, 1970
    Aaron Mahnke (host of podcast LORE and the new Amazon series ‘Lore’) has lovingly and fantastically put together a book which captures the morbid, the creepy and the bizarre. This book was lovingly put together with illustrations and a smart attitude.Aaron Mahnke’s style is a very personable one and though at times it feels that he is verging off course, he circles back to the story. His attention to detail and his personal style works in this context making this a winning formula. It is a lengt Aaron Mahnke (host of podcast LORE and the new Amazon series ‘Lore’) has lovingly and fantastically put together a book which captures the morbid, the creepy and the bizarre. This book was lovingly put together with illustrations and a smart attitude.Aaron Mahnke’s style is a very personable one and though at times it feels that he is verging off course, he circles back to the story. His attention to detail and his personal style works in this context making this a winning formula. It is a lengthy book but it is easy to rip through the histories. He is also very amenable to giving a history lesson without bogging the reader down with unnecessary details. This book is highly recommended and works as a stand alone or as a companion book to go along with the outstanding Amazon series or the podcast. This is a winning formula and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. Fantastic and detailed. This is one book I am definitely going to buy in hardback. A Must Read!!
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I was excited to find out a book would be released after being introduced, by chance, to the Lore podcast which I thoroughly enjoy. This provides an interesting and well-research insight into various monsters present in folklore and often used in horror stories. While the history of the more popular monsters included in this book was not all that unfamiliar to me, I enjoyed being introduced to the background stories of creat I received a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I was excited to find out a book would be released after being introduced, by chance, to the Lore podcast which I thoroughly enjoy. This provides an interesting and well-research insight into various monsters present in folklore and often used in horror stories. While the history of the more popular monsters included in this book was not all that unfamiliar to me, I enjoyed being introduced to the background stories of creatures I knew of and have read or seen in horror movies but knew little else about them. Some chapters were quite creepy; others, not so much in the same way that some chapters were interesting to read while others seemed a little dull. Nevertheless, The World of Lore would be a great read in the lead-up to Halloween as a companion to horror movies and horror literature.Many sincere congratulations to the Lore team for the podcasts, the book and it becoming an online streaming series!
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  • Fenna
    January 1, 1970
    If you're a fan of the Lore podcast series then you know all the information written in this book. This is essentially a written transcript of the podcast episodes, word for word. I got the audio book which is also narrated by Mahnke so it's like listening to the podcasts without the ads. Though I was hoping for new stories I still love the podcast series so I didn't mind listening to it again. I might buy the physical book as well since according to the other reviews there are fun illustrations If you're a fan of the Lore podcast series then you know all the information written in this book. This is essentially a written transcript of the podcast episodes, word for word. I got the audio book which is also narrated by Mahnke so it's like listening to the podcasts without the ads. Though I was hoping for new stories I still love the podcast series so I didn't mind listening to it again. I might buy the physical book as well since according to the other reviews there are fun illustrations to go with it. If you haven't listened to the Lore episodes and are interested in the subject matter then I definitely recommend the book but if you're a Lore lover and was hoping for new content then you're going to be disappointed. I'm still giving the book 5 stars since I do love the information from the podcasts and Mahnke does great research and great narration.
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  • Melody
    January 1, 1970
    I love legends, even if I am easily scared. I love that this (and the podcast eps I have been able to listen to but those usually get me a little too freaked out) play with the cultural and societal moments that lead to the legends, while never fully discrediting them. It would be so easy to say all these people are having similar accounts because they've already heard the existing accounts. But this balances the fine line between skeptic and believer beautifully.
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  • Melanie Plowright
    January 1, 1970
    While I don't believe in any of the supernatural things this books describes, it was a great read for the Halloween season! Plenty of spooky stories that are perfect for this time of year. I'll be checking out the Lore podcast for sure!
  • Jen
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not entirely sure how to classify this book. Basically, if you've listened to the Lore podcast and enjoyed it, you'll enjoy this book. It has weird and wonderful stories that range from creepy to OH HOLY DOG creepy. The perfect October book, is what I'm saying.
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  • Tamara✨
    January 1, 1970
    REVIEW TO COME
  • David Prysock
    January 1, 1970
    Basically a really long Episode of Lore. Not a lot new here, but it’s still good. Would recommend for someone interested in Lore, but doesn’t like podcasts.
  • Glenn
    January 1, 1970
    I was really looking forward to some new material. If you’ve listened to the podcast no need to read the book. Bummer...
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