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Aaron Mahnke

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Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (and upcoming TV show) about the dark historical tales that fuel our modern superstitions. Each episode explores the world of mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places. Because sometimes the truth is more ...Show More
Episode 1: They Made a Tonic

21:15 | Mar 18th, 2015

On the morning of March 17, 1892, a group of townsfolk in rural Rhode Island dug up the graves of three local women. What they did to their bodies was something that we might find shocking, yet was actually normal in their culture. What was it in the...Show More
Episode 6: Echoes

22:40 | May 18th, 2015

Settings are often just as important to a story as the tale itself. The Shining had the Overlook. The Legend of Hell House had the Belasco. We fear cabins in the woods and even our own basements. But the mother of all horror settings is the asylum, w...Show More
Episode 3: The Beast Within

21:40 | Apr 6th, 2015

In 1582, the German town of Bedburg was ravaged by a violent and mysterious creature. After untold bloodshed, the townsfolk took up arms and hunted the monster down. What they found was something out of our deepest nightmares, and entirely too close ...Show More
Episode 2: The Bloody Pit

17:40 | Mar 23rd, 2015

Over 200 lives were lost during the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel in western Massachusetts. According to countless eye-witnesses across nearly 150 years, many of those deaths left indelible marks. What truly awaits visitors in the darkness of tha...Show More
Episode 64: Behind Closed Doors

27:15 | Jul 10th, 2017

The bigger the city, the easier it is to miss the little details. Stories of loss, tragedy, and horrifying events have a way of vanishing beneath the bustle of everyday life. And no place is better at hiding away its dark secrets than the Big Apple.*...Show More
Episode 23: Rope and Railing

23:00 | Dec 14th, 2015

There are places in the world that we rarely see. Our busy lives never take us there, and as a result, they don’t come to mind when we think of chilling tales and frightening lore. But they exist, and despite their inherent light, they too hold a dee...Show More
Episode 16: Covered Mirrors

23:46 | Oct 4th, 2015

At the heart of every horror film is an iconic weapon. Often times they are nondescript and ordinary, but in the hands of a killer they become something more. Something that has the potential to haunt our nightmares. And sometimes those nightmares be...Show More
Episode 15: Unboxed

23:10 | Sep 20th, 2015

People can be a bit possessive. We love our things, and we cling tightly to them. But what happens when the things we own refuse to let go of us?This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-ri...Show More
Episode 8: The Castle

24:00 | Jun 15th, 2015

When the authorities entered a building in Chicago’s south side in 1895, they weren’t prepared for what they found. Above and below the neighborhood pharmacy was a seemingly never-ending maze of doors and rooms. What those hallways and staircases led...Show More
Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow

21:15 | Apr 20th, 2015

Deep in the forest at the northern tip of a small island near Vancouver Island, there is a stone monument standing amidst the trees. How that structure came to be, and what it meant to those who built it, are both interesting stories. But it's the un...Show More
Episode 87: Road Trip

37:43 | May 28th, 2018

Every now and then a story comes along that is so powerful and compelling that it creates a new branch on the tree of folklore. Yes, it has deeper roots, but sometimes a new expression of fear grows out to cast new shade on our already-fearful lives....Show More
Episode 73: A Sweet Embrace

35:35 | Nov 13th, 2017

When our health is failing and our lives are at risk, trust is essential. The people who care for us often find themselves in a position of power, with our well-being entirely under their control. As history has shown us, however, there’s danger in h...Show More
Episode 69: Wide Open

29:53 | Sep 18th, 2017

The sky is full of mystery. It’s big, expansive, and—despite a century of powered human flight—outside our realm of control. Which is why, for centuries, humans have expected things to come down from the sky and harm us. It might sound crazy now, but...Show More
Episode 63: Homecoming

29:00 | Jun 26th, 2017

Folklore and popular culture are filled with a type of event that seems both unusual and logical: time and time again, criminals return to the source. But as one man proved a century ago, it’s not always easy to go home. * * *This episode of Lore was...Show More
Episode 61: Labor Pains

28:45 | May 29th, 2017

You can tell a lot about a culture by the things it creates. Tools, exploration, weapons; all of it speaks to the priorities and character of that society. But if that’s true, then what are we supposed to assume about the mind behind one of history’s...Show More
Episode 43: Supply and Demand

29:58 | Sep 19th, 2016

Throughout history, certain individuals have managed to rise to the challenge in the face of difficulty. But in 1827, that attitude was taken to a new—and horrific—level.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage an...Show More
Episode 41: Hole in the Wall

24:57 | Aug 22nd, 2016

We’ve been taught since childhood to be honest, because our actions have consequences and our words can hurt people. But the events that took place in a Scottish village over three hundred years ago took that lesson to a darker level. * * * This epis...Show More
Episode 35: The King

25:20 | May 30th, 2016

Popular culture is obsessed with the idea of a lost humanity. Countless films, novels, and television shows all ask the same question: what would happen if only a few of us were left? Unfortunately, the answer was discovered a century ago off the coa...Show More
Episode 25: The Cave

23:15 | Jan 11th, 2016

Over the centuries, all sorts of methods have been used to govern people. And while some have been just and humane — such as most modern legal systems — others have been more unusual. Social fear, religious tyranny, and military might. However, few e...Show More
Episode 22: Over the Top

25:10 | Nov 30th, 2015

History is full of examples of moments in time when hysteria and fear ruled common sense. While some of these examples were valid reasons to panic and worry, others were less logical. But that didn’t make them any less dangerous.* * *This episode of ...Show More
Episode 21: Adrift

23:40 | Nov 16th, 2015

Since the dawn of time, humans have pushed themselves to explore. When that adventure took to the seas, however, it was an invitation for tragedy. The ocean, you see, takes much from us. And sometimes it gives it back.* * *This episode of Lore was sp...Show More
Episode 20: Homestead

24:55 | Nov 2nd, 2015

Home is where the heart is. It’s where we build our lives and celebrate the things we love. But it can also be the center of tragedy and darkness. On many different levels, there’s no place like home.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps....Show More
Episode 19: Bite Marks

24:13 | Oct 26th, 2015

Seeing isn’t always a prerequisite for belief. In fact, oftentimes the things we believe in the most strongly are invisible to our naked eyes. But when we experience those invisible things through pain and physical attacks, our belief can become deep...Show More
Episode 18: Hunger Pains

23:50 | Oct 19th, 2015

For as advanced and civilized as we are, humans are still led by very basic desires. We are drive by a need for safety and shelter. We long for a community to belong to. And we hunger. But not every method of sating our desires is good. Upon occasion...Show More
Episode 14: The Others

24:15 | Sep 6th, 2015

We don’t like to be alone. We hate it. So we tell stories about others, the things at the edges of society. Things we’re not sure about. But what if those “others” are more real than we first believed?   This episode of Lore was sponsored by: Warby P...Show More
Episode 12: Half-Hanged

23:30 | Aug 7th, 2015

History is full of people who took things too far. Humans are gifted at turning on one another, a skill we’ve honed over the millennia. But when a small town in colonial Massachusetts needed a scapegoat for a dying hero, they discovered a target who ...Show More
Episode 11: Black Stockings

24:50 | Jul 25th, 2015

Humans have a history of making up stories to explain the unexplainable. Sometimes we use those stories to teach our children a moral lesson, or entertain our friends. Sometimes, though, those stories get taken seriously, and the results have been un...Show More
Episode 10: Steam & Gas

23:35 | Jul 12th, 2015

The well-worn carpets and imperfect walls of an old hotel can often make guests feel as if they are staying in a little slice of the past. In one grand old hotel, however, that truth has never been more true. * * *Lore episode 10 was sponsored by:Hov...Show More
Episode 9: A Devil on the Roof

24:35 | Jun 28th, 2015

Few stories have the endurance to last centuries. Fewer still have a proven track record of documented, authoritative eye witness accounts to back them up. Among those rare myths, one stands above most. For nearly 300 years, something has haunted an ...Show More
Episode 7: In the Woods

20:50 | Jun 1st, 2015

Stepping into the woods is like stepping through a doorway to another world. A world that hides dark secrets from prying eyes, and holds unknown dangers for unprepared travelers. But some woods are more sinister than others, and Massachusetts just mi...Show More
Episode 5: Under Construction

21:45 | May 4th, 2015

Humans have always loved to build things, but we occasionally have to make adjustments to our plans. City ordinances, building codes, and property disputes all get in the way. Sometimes, though, the reason we change our plans is much more interesting...Show More
Episode 113: Word of Mouth

37:30 | Apr 29th

Throughout history, cultures around the world have explored the world of medicine in search of tools that can heal our bodies. We’ve used plants and minerals, of course, but the most powerful tool might also be the most taboo—and it’s been right in f...Show More
Episode 111: Inside Job

36:43 | Apr 1st

The deepest mysteries come from the places we haven’t fully explored, or where we lack the control that makes us feel safe. And yet one of the most universally mysterious places of all is closer than you might believe. It’s the best kept secret every...Show More
Episode 93: A Place to Lay Your Head

32:00 | Aug 20th, 2018

Humans are hard-wired for trust. It’s the secret ingredient that helps us form communities, build relationships, and grow as people. But while that trust is a noble inclination, it can also get us into trouble—trouble that can sometimes turn deadly.
Episode 92: Stronger

31:24 | Aug 6th, 2018

There is a lot in life that we can control, but no system is perfect. Every now and then, circumstances pull the rug out from underneath us and leave us powerless. But at least one surprise turn of events had a different affect, and the results have ...Show More
Episode 91: Beneath the Surface

31:22 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Islands have served a variety of functions for people over the years. They can be a place of safety and privacy, or of simplicity and escape. But islands have played host to other less savory events over the years. And just because they can be small,...Show More
Episode 90: Mind the Gap

39:07 | Jul 9th, 2018

We tend think of rivers and lakes as tame. They are the safe and friendly counterpart to the deep and treacherous waters of the ocean. Freshwater rivers and lakes give us life, after all. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t dangerous. Somewhere in the ...Show More
Episode 89: Fanning the Flames

33:46 | Jun 25th, 2018

Some cities experience a single tragedy and then live with that pain and loss for generations. They are built on a dark foundation, and everything new takes on a flavor of the past. But there are other places where that tragedy is spread out over tim...Show More
Episode 88: Crossing the Line

40:25 | Jun 11th, 2018

Humans have always sought companionship. From the communities we live in, to the pets we welcome into our homes, our need for companions is as old as we are. But that natural desire has led some to pursue some very unnatural ideas.
Episode 86: Under Siege

38:07 | May 14th, 2018

Our bodies are a fortress, and every day, they suffer through attacks from the outside. Over the centuries, we’re become very good at protecting ourselves from illness and disease, but all of those efforts assume everyone around us will be responsibl...Show More
Episode 85: Creature of Habit

34:50 | Apr 30th, 2018

Our home is supposed to be a safe space where we are free to relax and enjoy life. History, though, contains stories that break that mould. Places where people want to live in peace, and yet find themselves at odds with forces beyond their control. A...Show More
Episode 84: A Family Affair

33:48 | Apr 16th, 2018

Nothing is more magical than when a family works together. But when their talents seem to defy all logic and reason, it might not be a bad idea to dig deeper and look for the truth. Just be careful—the truth, it turns out, isn’t always that simple.
Episode 83: Carried Away

34:31 | Apr 2nd, 2018

Humans have always been more than a little bit superstitious, and one of the oldest and most universal of those beliefs is the curse. The story of how that belief has evolved in relation to one particular culture, though, is both powerful and frighte...Show More
Episode 82: Forgotten

33:16 | Mar 19th, 2018

People are really good at moving on. We rush from fad to fad at an alarming speed, and it’s difficult to predict where our interests will land next. In the process, we tend to abandon things—things like the places we live. But don’t be fooled; even a...Show More
Episode 81: On the Edge

33:07 | Mar 5th, 2018

Humanity seems to always be at risk of suffering through another major outbreak. History is full with dark moments of biological chaos, and despite constant advances in medical science, there seems to be no end in sight. We’re afraid of getting sick,...Show More
Episode 80: Dark Imports

33:39 | Feb 19th, 2018

The places we inhabit slowly become like us, reflecting our brightest ambitions and darkest secrets. Countless cities harbor the shadows of a violent past, but few hide it so elegantly as one southern gem. 
Episode 79: Locked Away

31:39 | Feb 5th, 2018

Our lives have a way of becoming magnets that attract pain and suffering. Some of us go through more than others, but in the end, we’re all running from something. Just how far we might go to get away is a mystery, but it could never top the lengths ...Show More
Episode 78: Exposure

36:17 | Jan 22nd, 2018

We live in a very technological world today, with constant updates and improvements over last year’s model, and while many of the advancements are amazing, few have impacted humanity quite like photography. It opened up new worlds, and changed the wa...Show More
Episode 77: Withering Heights

28:43 | Jan 8th, 2018

Waves of illness crash against the shores of humanity. They always have, and they probably always will. But we weather the storm through advancements in medical science and the resilience of human nature. Still, no matter how hard we’ve tried, some o...Show More
Episode 76: Talk Show

30:34 | Dec 22nd, 2017

Life is a lot like a big budget movie. We click play, and then let the action wash over us. There are highs and lows, laughter and tears, and then it’s all over and the screen goes silent. The dead can’t talk back, something most people are thankful ...Show More
Episode 75: Black and Wild

28:35 | Dec 11th, 2017

The pages of our greatest literature are full of tales of powerful wizards. People gifted with abilities that stand head and shoulder above their peers. They act as guides, ushering us into a new world with fresh possibilities. And yet they are much ...Show More
Episode 74: All Fall Down

30:00 | Nov 27th, 2017

The sky is a source of life for everything on this planet. Rain to quench our thirst and sunlight for our food. We don’t look up too often these days, but that hasn’t changed our dependance on it. But occasionally, the sky can be a source of somethin...Show More
Episode 72: A Grave Mistake

43:05 | Oct 30th, 2017

Humans have a seemingly never-ending list of fears. The dark of night, small spaces, open water…there doesn’t seem to be an area of life that doesn’t come with a few reasons to take pause and be afraid. But the greatest of those fears might just come...Show More
Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 2

17:55 | Oct 23rd, 2017

In this second Lore Trick or Treat 2017 set of stories, we explore the power of folklore and fate. A Head of Steam takes us on an eerie trip through the graveyard, while A Deadly Past shows us how sometimes our actions have a way of catching up with ...Show More
Episode 71: Silver Lining

30:33 | Oct 16th, 2017

We’ve conquered much of our world, but even with all of our great cities and urban sprawl, there are still shadows on the edge. And it’s in the shadows that the greatest threats still exist—creatures from our darkest nightmares that threaten our feel...Show More
Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 1

19:55 | Oct 9th, 2017

The first Trick or Treat Halloween special of 2017 features two tales. The first, A Bridge Too Far, walks us through a winter train ride that went horribly wrong over a century ago. The second story reminds us that life is a lot more complex than we’...Show More
Episode 70: Familiar

31:20 | Oct 2nd, 2017

There’s a fine line between rationality and madness, but it’s not as easy to avoid as you might think. Throughout history, our world has played host to people who have taken their superstitions too far, but it was the chaos of the English Civil War t...Show More
Episode 68: The Tainted Well

30:05 | Sep 4th, 2017

The older the country, the deeper the roots of its folklore have grown—roots that are fed by darkness, fear, and pain. And few countries hold such a variety of frightening tales, both old and modern, as the lovely Emerald Isle. But not everything tha...Show More
Episode 67: The Red Coats

29:14 | Aug 21st, 2017

There are some locations that seem to draw humans closer. Places that are away from the bustle of everyday life, that almost seem part of our soul. We go there for solitaire, or for rest, or recreation. Sometimes, though, we don’t return.* * *This ep...Show More
Episode 66: Where There’s Smoke

27:10 | Aug 7th, 2017

Fire is a dangerous tool. Used properly, it can transform a society, but if it isn’t respected, it can burn that society to the ground. Which is why we are obsessed with controlling it—and completely, utterly afraid of it.* * *This episode of Lore wa...Show More
Episode 65: Doing Tricks

28:20 | Jul 24th, 2017

There are very few bits of folklore that haven’t spread around the globe over the past few centuries. Yet every now and then, something fresh and distinct pops up. But just because it’s relatively new doesn’t mean it’s safe.* * *This episode of Lore ...Show More
Episode 62: Desperate Measures

26:35 | Jun 12th, 2017

Folklore and medicine often go hand in hand. In fact, for a long time they were the very same thing. But folklore has a way of leading people to tragic actions—all in the name of getting better.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Loot Crate: L...Show More
Episode 60: If Walls Could Talk

25:35 | May 15th, 2017

Humans have an innate desire to fix what’s broken, and that’s a good thing. We’re not the best at it, though, and we often fail—sometimes horribly. And few examples are as powerful as the world of mental health.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored...Show More
Episode 59: A Deep Fear

27:20 | May 1st, 2017

H.P. Lovecraft said it best: “…the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown”. And no other place in the world is as unknown to us as the ocean. It’s dark, it’s deep, it’s full of questions—and maybe something else.* * *This episode of...Show More
Episode 58: The Devil’s Beat

25:42 | Apr 17th, 2017

Human culture has a different expression no matter where you go. Despite that variety, though, we do share one common thread: music. And while it has typically been a source of joy, there have been moments when music has brought something else: fear,...Show More
Episode 57: Quarantine

26:30 | Apr 3rd, 2017

Nearly four centuries ago, a wave of sickness spread through a community in the French countryside. It wasn’t a traditional disease they were fighting, though. This plague had a more sinister source. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by: Loot ...Show More
Episode 56: Going Viral

26:22 | Mar 20th, 2017

Fear has a way of spreading. It’s contagious, moving from person to person. Given enough time, fear can consume an entire community. Sometimes, though, there’s good reason to be afraid.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Audible: Audible conte...Show More
Episode 55: A Way Inside

29:00 | Mar 6th, 2017

Folklore is more than just a collection of stories; it’s the soul of a culture or location. Without them, our world has less texture and beauty. And like the stories themselves, some places have spirits that creep in and take up residence. * * * This...Show More
Episode 54: Teacher’s Pet

28:00 | Feb 20th, 2017

The more crowded our world becomes, the more frequently we are confronted with our commonality. Our interests, our passions…even our appearance. But just how similar can we get? Well, that’s the stuff of folklore. * * * This episode of Lore was spons...Show More
Episode 53: Trees and Shadows

27:20 | Feb 6th, 2017

Our connection to animals is ancient, intimate, and complex. Humans have worshiped them, sacrificed them, lived with them, and been buried with them. But folklore from all over the world hints at a darker connection, and it just might be true. * * * ...Show More
Episode 52: Negative Consequences

28:11 | Jan 23rd, 2017

History is full of criminals. They come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. Some are cheerful, some are dark. Some, however, steal more than money or precious belongings. To be caught in their web means paying the ultimate price. * * * This episode of...Show More
Episode 51: Within the Walls

29:25 | Jan 9th, 2017

We crave safety. We build rules and systems and even physical barriers in order to create a sense of security. But darkness has a way of creeping in, no matter how powerful the walls might be. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by: Loot Crate: ...Show More
Episode 50: Mary, Mary

30:40 | Dec 23rd, 2016

The Spiritualist movement placed a large focus on reaching beyond the veil, which made us the outsiders pressing into a foreign realm. In the late 1800’s, however, that realm pressed back, and what a wonder it turned out to be. * * * This episode of ...Show More
Episode 49: Seeing Double

26:10 | Dec 12th, 2016

It’s often said that our real identity is the person we are in private, away from the public eye. Over two centuries ago, however, one person gave life to that idea, and in the process, gave birth to an entirely new thing to fear.* * *This episode of...Show More
Episode 48: Downriver

25:45 | Nov 28th, 2016

Tragedy is never something we plan for. It sneaks up on us like a bandit in the night, and takes away our sense of security and purpose. But throughout history, there have been places so plagued by tragedy that those who live near them consider these...Show More
Episode 47: Missing the Point

28:40 | Nov 14th, 2016

Our world is full of mysterious sightings, but most of them can be explained away with cold logic and common sense. When multiple reports flood in, though, the unbelievable can sometimes become undeniable. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:...Show More
Episode 46: Dark Conclusions

28:20 | Oct 31st, 2016

For almost as long as there have been stories of supernatural beings, there have been tales of those who hunt them. From ancient traditions to Hollywood blockbusters, these characters have filled our imaginations. But in 1969, those ideas became real...Show More
Trick or Treat 2016: Set 2

17:37 | Oct 24th, 2016

A Halloween treat to add a bit of dark history to your week. Each Lore “Trick or Treat 2016” episode is a collection of two of my favorite “shorts” in one place. Perfect for a rainy day, a walk in the dark, or a campfire gathering. This episode inclu...Show More
Episode 45: First Impressions

29:15 | Oct 17th, 2016

We say it all the time. It’s a phrase we hang our hopes on. It represents our wants and desires. But “a dream come true” has an older, darker side as well. Darker, and a lot more creepy. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by: Stamps.com: Print ...Show More
Trick or Treat 2016: Set 1

18:43 | Oct 10th, 2016

A Halloween treat to add a bit of spook to your week. Each Lore “Trick or Treat 2016” episode is a collection of two of my favorite “shorts” in one place. Perfect for a rainy day, a walk in the dark, or a campfire gathering. This episode includes “Pe...Show More
Episode 44: From Within

28:45 | Oct 3rd, 2016

Civilization was transformed the moment we discovered it. We’ve built it into our religions and use it to advance our technology. Whether we take it for granted or not, there’s a darker side to this tool, and if we’re not careful, we might get burned...Show More
Episode 42: In the Bag

26:06 | Sep 5th, 2016

Most of our fears can be blamed on a deeper, more instinctive anxiety: we hate losing control. And no place on earth represents that sensation more viscerally than prison. Contrary to popular belief, though, not all prisons have been created equal.* ...Show More
Episode 40: Everything Floats

26:22 | Aug 8th, 2016

The older the city, the more stories there seem to be. Some places are home to tragedy, while others have played host to disaster or war. Few cities have it all, though, and judging by the pain those stories often reveal, that might be a good thing.*...Show More
Episode 39: Take the Stand

25:05 | Jul 25th, 2016

For as long as humans have lived together in community, there has been the need for crimes and disputes to be settled by some form of court. Many of those trials have been fair, while others have been unjust. Some, though, have been downright weird.*...Show More
Episode 38: The Mountain

23:51 | Jul 11th, 2016

Humans have always wandered off into unexplored territory. It’s a key part of our identity to leave safety behind in pursuit of adventure. Those journeys, though, don’t always end in success. In fact, sometimes they end in horrible tragedy.* * *This ...Show More
Episode 37: Passing Notes

31:15 | Jun 27th, 2016

For as crowded as this world has become, most people feel isolated and alone. Perhaps that’s why so many of us believe that there’s another world, just beyond the veil. But when that veil is tampered with and pulled aside, it’s hard to say what might...Show More
Episode 36: When the Bow Breaks

24:46 | Jun 13th, 2016

The cities and buildings where tragedy has concentrated over the years always seem to hold stories. Stories of loss, of pain, and of things that refuse to move on. That quality, though, isn’t unique to places on land.* * *This episode of Lore was spo...Show More
Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies

25:50 | May 16th, 2016

Folklore has often developed as a response to real-world events, but the opposite has also been true. History has, upon occasion, unintentionally confirmed ancient tales. And nowhere is this more evident, or more bloody, than in the tale of one parti...Show More
Episode 33: A Dead End

26:50 | May 2nd, 2016

Folklore can change and evolve over time. But when we uncover the roots of these stories, we often find that the real events at their core are the darkest version of all.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of t...Show More
Episode 32: Tampered

25:24 | Apr 18th, 2016

Maybe it’s human pride, or maybe it’s a tendency toward superstition, but humans are very good at making excuses. When things don’t go our way or when something breaks, there always seems to be a reason for it. And apparently, those excuses have occa...Show More
Episode 31: Lost and Found

29:06 | Apr 4th, 2016

We spend every waking moment surrounded by people. People who talk to us, who interact with us, and who are very much alive an breathing. Which is why it’s that much more shocking when we stumble upon those who aren’t. And it’s more common than you’d...Show More
Episode 30: Deep and Twisted Roots

30:01 | Mar 21st, 2016

When two boys discovered a macabre surprise while playing in a Connecticut gravel pit, they uncovered more than a piece of the past. Their discovery echoes stories that are much older, stories with roots that reach far deeper than anyone might imagin...Show More
Episode 29: The Big Chill

24:46 | Mar 7th, 2016

Thanks to the writings of Stephen King, the state of Maine has become known as a place of fictional horror and tragedy. But it's at the real-life intersection of Maine's harsh winters and deadly coastline that we find the most tragic stories of all. ...Show More
Episode 28: Making a Mark

25:00 | Feb 22nd, 2016

Stories leave a mark on us. They can act like scars or decoration, always there, always reminding us of things that happened. But in some cases, those stories leave behind literal, physical marks. Or do they?* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by...Show More
Episode 27: On the Farm

24:17 | Feb 8th, 2016

Safety is a basic human need, and we build a lot of our life around achieving it. This is nothing new, really; humans have always sought safety in a dangerous world. And because of that, it’s those moments when safety is shattered that haunt us the m...Show More
Episode 26: Brought Back

24:40 | Jan 25th, 2016

Humans have been obsessed with escaping the grasp of death for thousands of years. It’s impossible, of course, but we dream of it nonetheless. Which makes the events in a small Caribbean village all the more horrifying. This episode of Lore was spons...Show More
Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us

27:10 | Dec 28th, 2015

Many family traditions and treasured folktales involve strangers who visit us. What would Christmas be without Santa, after all. But strangers in general are a lot less appealing than we might believe.This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Audible: Ch...Show More
Episode 17: Broken Fingernails

26:15 | Oct 12th, 2015

We leave our loved ones there after they’ve passed. We treat the space with reverence and solemn deference. Cemeteries are meant to be a final resting place. Sometimes, though, the ones who should be gone try to come back. * * * Lore episode 17 was s...Show More
Episode 13: Off the Path

22:55 | Aug 24th, 2015

Life is a careful journey down a pathway that we’ve set our hearts on. But every now and then we get pulled off the trail. Sometimes that’s a good thing, but sometimes it’s the stuff of nightmares.  * * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.c...Show More
Episode 121: Uninvited Guest

38:45 | Aug 19th

Some threats to our safety and well-being are obvious and easy to spot from a mile away. Over the course of history, people have become very skilled at looking for danger and avoiding it. But some threats are more difficult to spot—and once they stri...Show More
Episode 120: Whistle While You Work

37:30 | Aug 5th

Human ambition has led us to some amazing achievements, and taken us to unexplored places. But it has also lured us into places where there is a lot more fear and danger than we are used to, and the stories that have grown out of that world have left...Show More
Episode 119: Evolution

36:40 | Jul 22nd

Some stories have been around for a very long time, and others are fairly new. One thing is certain, though: the tales we tell have a way of changing over time. But that doesn’t make them any less powerful—or any less frightening.* * *This episode of...Show More
Episode 118: Ambition

33:45 | Jul 8th

Some people have a fire inside them that drives them to do great things. New discoveries, breakthrough inventions, or astonishing accomplishments. But some have harnessed that passion for something darker, and they’re actions have left a painful mark...Show More
Episode 117: Bones

36:05 | Jun 24th

Episode 117: BonesEverything is built upon something else. Whether it is a mighty fortress, a simple home, or the very lives of the people around us, there’s a foundation beneath everything. But don’t let that strong, smooth layer fool you. There’s d...Show More
Episode 116: Something Blue

36:45 | Jun 10th

No one likes to be sick, and yet it is one of the most dependable things in life. We will all, at some point, become ill, and when we do, the most important thing in our world will be recovery and wellness. Many simply wait for nature to take its cou...Show More
Episode 115: Perspective

38:15 | May 27th

The way we explain the world around us is determined by the lens we view it through, especially when events sit outside the realm of the believable. And no better moment in time can illustrate that idea better than the perfect storm of fear and paran...Show More
Episode 114: The Gateway

39:30 | May 13th

Most locations have an isolated history that is unique to them and only them. But some places have served as the entry point for a bigger idea and a larger impact on history as a whole. Sadly, that sort of significance always seems to come at a price...Show More
Episode 112: Facets

35:45 | Apr 15th

Of all the parts of life that we can depend on, one of the darkest parts is loss. That’s the trouble with being surrounded by mortal, fragile human beings; at some point, the people we love won’t be here anymore. Which is why the mourning process is ...Show More
Episode 110: Crooked

35:44 | Mar 18th

Not everything can be perfect. Even when there’s a clean slate and we’re given the resources and tools to make something great, humans have a way of building their flaws into it. And while there are many examples of locations built on a crooked found...Show More
Episode 109: Assumption

35:15 | Mar 4th

There’s a lot in life we can count on. Death, taxes, the sunrise, and political turmoil--these are all guaranteed, safe bets. But outside that, everything else is an assumption. And sometimes we get it tragically, horribly wrong.* * *This episode of ...Show More
Episode 108: Debris

35:32 | Feb 18th

Our oceans are some of the most remote regions on the planet. Because of that, people have filled that darkness and space with stories that reflect our common fears and deepest suspicious. Unfortunately, the pages of history offer less reason than we...Show More
Episode 107: Sight Unseen

44:20 | Feb 4th

We like to think we’ll see it coming. That we can plan ahead and prepare—even defend ourselves. But death comes in all shapes and sizes, sometimes so small and featureless that it slips through our carefully constructed defenses without us even knowi...Show More
Episode 106: The Collection

34:28 | Jan 21st

Humans have a tendency to collect things. From baseball cards to Twitter followers, we enjoy bringing everything into one place. But when that collection represents the very worst of humanity—both in how it’s managed and where it comes from—the act o...Show More
Episode 105: Layers

37:40 | Jan 7th

We love to simplify things. Easy is better than complex, after all, and simple things are easy to understand. Sadly, though, the people around us are far from simple; they are complex and layered, with deep, hidden stories just waiting to be discover...Show More
Episode 104: Anchored

32:00 | Dec 21st, 2018

The ocean is very good at taking things from us, but we are equally skilled at not forgetting. Still, no matter how many stories we tell about lost ships and vanished loved ones, it will never bring them back. At least, that’s what most people believ...Show More
Episode 103: Disappointment

34:01 | Dec 10th, 2018

Humanity is fueled by hope. We hope for improvement, and dream of a day when things get better than they are right now. And for a very long time, there have been certain people who have taken advantage of that hope. What they deliver instead is an un...Show More
Episode 102: Devil in the Details

33:52 | Nov 26th, 2018

Most of us live incredibly busy lives, and because of all that distraction, we tend to miss the little things. Whether it’s a forgotten birthday, or the small puddle of water beneath your water heater in the basement, not noticing things can have con...Show More
Episode 101: Worn Away

33:42 | Nov 12th, 2018

Like a well-loved pair of shoes, or those jeans you bought in college and never gave up on, some things become worn out over time. But when that thing is a physical location, eroded away by thousands of years of human activity and deep, rich folklore...Show More
Episode 100: Home Sweet Home

43:23 | Oct 29th, 2018

Every movement has a seed, that spark that sets the fire ablaze. But this spark is more than just a murder mystery, or a treasure hunt, or even a haunting unlike any other. This one is all three. Which may explain why a century and a half later, the ...Show More
Episode 99: Out For Blood

31:12 | Oct 22nd, 2018

Each of us holds inside ourselves a precious cargo. It is the key to life, and a worthy sacrifice when important things are on the line. And yet it also sits at the center of some of our greatest fears. After all, if something’s precious, there’s alw...Show More
Episode 98: Never Alone

36:11 | Oct 15th, 2018

When tragedy strikes and poor choices haunt us, sometimes the only thing we can do is move on and build on the ashes of the past. But there are places where that hasn’t worked out so well. In fact, sometimes the worst thing we can do to history is bu...Show More
Episode 97: Misplaced

33:33 | Oct 8th, 2018

For thousands of years, humans have built rules and procedures for handling the various curveballs that life throws our way—and we place a lot of trust in those systems. Most of the time, it all works properly, but there are moments when human nature...Show More
Episode 96: The Long Good-Bye

34:59 | Oct 1st, 2018

Life is full of challenges. From learning new skills to climbing the social ladder, most people struggle with the hurdles we’re forced to overcome. But when it’s all said and done, few things are as difficult as something all of us will have to face ...Show More
Episode 95: Out of Sight

32:14 | Sep 17th, 2018

Few things disappoint us more than when our expectations aren’t met. We expect to be loved, or to be rewarded for our hard work. And above all, we expect the people in our lives to always be there. Which is why it’s so frightening to hear stories of ...Show More
Episode 94: Hard Rain

32:55 | Sep 3rd, 2018

Our understanding of the natural world is incredibly advanced compared to our ancestors from a few centuries ago. We have established rules and order to help us frame how everything works. On occasion, though, those rules have been broken, and the re...Show More