Publication Date: March 18, 2015
My Rating: 6.5/10
Overview: Aaron Mahnke, designer and author, delves deep into the history of monsters, sprites, and some of the strangest tales of our time. His podcast, Lore, explores the folk-lore behind the origins of werewolves and vampires while touching upon other creepy places and stories from around the world.
What I loved: Aaron is a fantastic story-teller. While listening, you actually feel like you’re squeezed around a campfire listening to ghost stories under the full moon. His voice is calm and soothing while still inspiring intrigue into the tales he’s telling. The episodes are short and sweet and average out to be about 20 minutes each. I thoroughly enjoy the music Aaron chooses to compliment his stories. One episode in particular features music created by the one, the only, Trent Reznor. All of the music featured on Lore can be found on the podcast website. I also enjoyed learning about people and places I had never heard of before such as the “invisible people” in Iceland. It’s always a great listening experience to learn new things about topics you are already familiar with or interested in.
What I didn’t: Aaron seems to thoroughly research the content of his episodes, however, I would like to know more about how he discovers and researches the folk-lore. For example, in episode 4, Aaron mentions several people having similar experiences while visiting a man’s unique tomb, but I couldn’t help but wonder, where did he find these accounts, how many people had the same story, and so on. I believe more precise details regarding his sources and research would add to the validity of his episodes.
Lore is a bi-weekly podcast and you can learn more about the podcast online.
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Visit Aaron's site and learn more about his blog and his novels.