Podcasts: Lore

This week’s podcast is related to the first one I did, Aaron Mahnke’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Like Cabinet of Curiosities, this one was written and produced by Aaron Mahnke. Unlike Cabinet of Curiosities, this one is much longer and covers a wide variety of unsettling topics.

Winner of the iTunes “Best of 2015” & “Best of 2016”, and winner of “Best History Podcast 2016” by the Academy of Podcasters.

Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Lore exposes the darker side of history, exploring the creatures, people, and places of our wildest nightmares.

Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Each episode examines a new dark historical tale in a modern campfire experience. With more than 22,400 5-star reviews on Apple Podcasts and over 175-million listens, that’s clearly a good thing.

New episodes are released every two weeks, on Mondays.

I started listening to Lore either late 2017 or early 2018; I know it was some time after I moved into my second apartment in Montevallo, but I’m unsure as to the exact date. I’m not even 100% sure when I started listening to podcasts at this point (and my podcast app isn’t helpful on this point).

Lore episodes started out at about 20 minutes apiece, but they’re a little longer now (and of course, they vary depending on the subject matter of the week). What I like about them is that each episode is different, so you can jump in at any time, and they cover an amazing variety of topics. There are folk legends, superstitions, fairy tales, actual historical events, and everything in-between. I’ve always been interested in things along these lines, and I can’t tell you how excited I am when I see that there’s a new episode ready to be downloaded and played.

I will say that I have a very active imagination, and I have found that I can’t listen to Lore when I’m home alone (although driving in my car is fine), nor can I listen to it after dark, because I’m a big scaredy-cat and will think that something is going to kill me. I would not compare Lore to horror movies, though — I can’t stand horror movies, but I love Lore. I doubt I’ll ever look at the Amazon Prime original series (how cool is it that a podcast now has its own TV series?), and I probably won’t pick up the books (again, horror-shy), but Lore is great on its own. It’s a solid 5/5 stars for me, because while there may be a stumble here or there, you won’t even notice it because everything else is so perfect.

Have you listened to Lore? Do you have other superstition-heavy podcasts for me to check out? Let me know in the comments!

And as always, keep reading (and listening).

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