A fascinating, beautifully illustrated guide to the monsters that are part of our collective psyche, featuring stories from the Lore podcast—now a streaming television series—including “They Made a Tonic,” “Passed Notes,” and “Unboxed,” as well as rare material.
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.
The World of Lore series includes:
MONSTROUS CREATURES • WICKED MORTALS • DREADFUL PLACES
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, as well as the author of a number of supernatural thrillers. His deep love of the mysterious and frightening began with Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files—and it’s a love that continues to this day. Basically, he’s a nerd for anything inexplicable or supernatural. Mahnke lives with his family in the historic North Shore area of Boston, the very heart of Lovecraft Country and the Salem witch trials.
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They Made a Tonic
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book read just like Aaron does on the podcast. Really enjoyed the first book. Excited to read the second book. If you enjoy the podcast, you will encounter some familiar stories and some new ones that I have never encounter before.
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.
As a fan and long-time follower of Lore Podcast, I am absolutely THRILLED with this book. The author & producer (....dare I say King of Folklore) has now taken on publishing his podcast stories (plus some) through a book series dubbed The World of Lore. Seeming to organize them per theme/per book, the first group of the collection, told here in Monstrous Creatures, allows you to crawl into each historic exploration that Aaron Mahnke takes his followers on. Reading his words rather than hearing them, immerses you non-stop in a literary way that is simply not possible when listening to the podcasts alone. Every. Single. Little. Detail. From the typeface to the illustrations, is meticulously executed, flawlessly. So much so, the presentation of this book alone invokes its own sense of historical folklore culture that true fans of the Lore Podcast can be proud of. While it's always nerve wracking when something you start to enjoy and grow to love becomes so successful it branches out - this is without question, very well executed. I simply cannot wait till May when the next in the series is released! Be excited, be VERY excited!
Lore is an amazing series that translates from the spoken word into the written word excellently. A lot of the book covers episodes of the podcast (which has been fully disclosed, so if you're expecting a lot of new content, just remember that) and the art inside is beautiful. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a chill up their spine and an interest in history and information behind the folklore we know. It's especially great for people who cannot listen to the podcast for whatever reason, but are interested in being a part of the World of Lore (haha). Really. Aaron Mahnke is an excellent writer who takes information we might not otherwise know and puts it in an easy to digest format. Seriously, pick up a copy, download it to your reading device, or listen to the audio book. You won't regret it.
Disappointing. It was way too much common knowledge for my taste. There was not enough new to keep my interest. However, just because I felt it was a waste of my time and money doesn't mean you may not enjoy it. I'm sure my local library will appreciate having a donated copy.
The book lacks organization and offers anicdotal stories with no conclusions. Additionally, some of the imformation is off, like with the meaning and translations of some foreign words. Couldn't finish it due to the inaccuracies.