The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures (Hardcover)

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Aaron Mahnke is a masterful storyteller, proving that the history behind our most recognizable monsters can be even more horrifyin gthan the fiction. The book is rich with historical accounts; meticulously researched and presented in nice bite-sized chunks. Whether you're a fan of the podcast, the tv series, or just a horror junkie, this book is a must! 

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A beautifully illustrated collection of stories from the hit podcast Lore--now a streaming television series--that combines fan favorites like "Unboxed" and "They Made a Tonic" with new tales to deepen the legends.

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.

About the Author

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, as well as the author of a number of supernatural thrillers. He has a deep love of the mysterious and frightening that began with Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files--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.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524797966
ISBN-10: 1524797960
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: World of Lore