Lore

Lore Podcast

Lore is a bi-weekly podcast (as well as a TV show and book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events, and unusual places that fill the pages of history. Because sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

Episode 118: Ambition
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 on history.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Native: Native creates safe, effective personal care products that use trusted ingredients and performance. For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code LORE during checkout....

Episode 117: Bones
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 darkness down there, if you know where to look.————————————————This episode of Lore was sponsored by:• Casper: Discover Casper’s new Hybrid mattress, which combines the pressure relief of their award-winning foam with durable-yet-gentle springs. Try it for 100 ni...

Episode 116: Something Blue
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 course, but history is full of takes of those who have taken it a bit too far.———————This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Squarespace: If you're passionate about it, show it off. Build your own powerful, professional website, with free hosting, zero patches or upg...


Episode 115: Perspective
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 paranoia that descended on a New England village a handful of centuries ago.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Casper: Discover Casper’s new Hybrid mattress, which combines the pressure relief of their award-winning foam with durable-yet-gentle springs. Try i...

Episode 114: The Gateway
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, and it’s a cost that’s difficult to forget.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Fracture: Fracture wants to change the way you think about printing your photos. Instead of using paper, Fracture prints directly onto glass, and your photos have never looke...

Episode 113: Word of Mouth
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 front of us the entire time.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:ZipRecruiter: Post your job opening to over 100 job sites with a single click, and then let their powerful technology connect the best candidates to you inside their easy-to-use Dashboard. Dis...


Episode 112: Facets
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 the playground for all sorts of powerful bits of folklore.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Casper: American-made, hybrid mattresses that’s insanely comfortable—and affordable. Try it for 100 nights—risk-free—in your own home. If you don’t love it, they...

Episode 111: Inside Job
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 everyone has been sleeping through.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Squarespace: If you're passionate about it, show it off. Build your own powerful, professional website, with free hosting, zero patches or upgrades, and 24/7 award-winning customer support ...

Episode 110: Crooked
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 foundation, few have the haunting historical tales to back it up.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Article: Beautiful, modern, high-quality furniture without the frustration of going into a big showroom—and flatmate shipping on all orders for just $49! Get $...


Episode 109: Assumption
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 Lore was sponsored by:Squarespace: If you're passionate about it, show it off. Build your own powerful, professional website, with free hosting, zero patches or upgrades, and 24/7 award-winning customer support Build your free trial website today at Squarespace....

Episode 108: Debris
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 might hope for, leaving us to wonder exactly what might be out there, lurking beneath the waves.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 107: Sight Unseen
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 knowing. And history shows us that all of us should be worried about that.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 106: The Collection
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 of collecting comes with dire consequences.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 105: Layers
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 discovered. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 104: Anchored
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 believe.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 103: Disappointment
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 unexpected dose of darkness.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 102: Devil in the Details
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 consequences. And sometimes, those details can be a matter of life and death.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 101: Worn Away
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, what sort of nightmares might we expect to pour in through the hole? There’s only one way to find out.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 100: Home Sweet Home
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 world is still reeling from its impact.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 99: Out For Blood
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 always someone who wants to steal it.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 98: Never Alone
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 bury it. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 97: Misplaced
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 and our belief in the unusual throw a wrench in the gears. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 96: The Long Good-Bye
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 some day: saying good-bye.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 95: Out of Sight
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 those who don’t—of people who were right there, where they should be, only to disappear without explanation.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 94: Hard Rain
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 results have been absolutely terrifying.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 93: A Place to Lay Your Head
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 92: Stronger
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 left us with questions that are still unanswered today.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 91: Beneath the Surface
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, it doesn’t mean they can’t be dark.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 90: Mind the Gap
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 darkness beneath their calm surface, terrifying stories wait for us.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 89: Fanning the Flames
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 time, like a slow-burning fire that never fully consumes but always leaves its mark—and I’d like to take you on a tour of one.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 88: Crossing the Line
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 87: Road Trip
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. And one of these rare moments happened less than six decades ago.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 86: Under Siege
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 responsible. Illness, though, has often been misused—sometimes maliciously and other times through sheer ignorance—and the results have been horrifying.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 85: Creature of Habit
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. And if there’s a logical reason, it might very well be buried in the past.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 84: A Family Affair
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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 83: Carried Away
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 frightening. It would serve us well to not get swept up in the lies.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 82: Forgotten
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 after we’ve all moved on, those places are far from uninhabited.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 81: On the Edge
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, and sometimes it feels like we’re right on the edge. And that can be a terrifying place to be.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 80: Dark Imports
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. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 79: Locked Away
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 one person went to to escape a life of pain and guilt. This is their story.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 78: Exposure
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 way we think about time and space. Some, however, might have taken that too far.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 77: Withering Heights
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 outbreaks have left a dark stain on the pages of history.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 76: Talk Show
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 for. Still, there have been rare moments in history when that rule appears to have been broken—and the results were extraordinary.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 75: Black and Wild
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 more than simply a tool used by storytellers. In fact, history paints a much more fascinating—and dark—picture for us.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 74: All Fall Down
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 something else. Something much less typical than rain or snow or sunshine. History, it seems, paints a very frightening picture of the world above us.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 73: A Sweet Embrace
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 handing that much control over to another person.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 72: A Grave Mistake
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 at the end of our lives, and for over a century, that fear drove people to unimaginable things.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 2
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 is.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 71: Silver Lining
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 feeling of safety. Which has led some to strike out into the dark and hunt them.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 1
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’re willing to admit. Rise Above introduces us to the darkness found inside that complexity.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 70: Familiar
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 that helped give birth to one of the worst.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:ZipRecruiter: Post your job opening to over 100 job sites with a single click, and then let their powerful technology connect the best candidates to you inside their easy-to-use...


Episode 69: Wide Open
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 the possibilities are wide open. And that might not be a good thing.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 68: The Tainted Well
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 that walks those hills is safe to approach.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 67: The Red Coats
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 episode of Lore was sponsored by:Squarespace: If you're passionate about it, show it off. Build your own powerful, professional website, with free hosting, zero patches or upgrades, and 24/7 award-winning customer support Build your free trial website today at Squ...


Episode 66: Where There’s Smoke
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 was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free month of unlimited access to their entire lecture library, plus a second month fo...

Episode 65: Doing Tricks
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 was sponsored by:ZipRecruiter: Post your job opening to over 100 job sites with a single click, and then let their powerful technology connect the best candidates to you inside their easy-to-use Dashboard. Discover for yourself why ZipRecruiter is used by busine...

Episode 64: Behind Closed Doors
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.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Harry’s: A great shave at a fair price. Sign up today, and get a free started kit delivered straight to your door, which includes a weighted razor handle, moisturizing shave cream, 3 precision-engineered 5-blade cartridg...


Episode 63: Homecoming
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 sponsored by:Audible: Audible content includes an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, and more from the leading book, magazine, and newspaper publishers. Begin your free 30-day trial membership with a free book of your choice by visit...

Episode 62: Desperate Measures
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: LootCrate is a box of pop culture collectibles—housewares, pins, t-shirts, and collectables—packaged around a theme and delivered to your door every month for just $20. It’s the best surprise you know is coming! June's theme is “ALTER EGO”, and includes exclusive...

Episode 61: Labor Pains
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 most bizarre creations?* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership — ...


Episode 60: If Walls Could Talk
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 by:Loot Crate: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. May’s theme is “GUARDIANS”, and includes exclusive items from Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Star Wars, Destiny, and the Goonies. Visit LootCrate.com/lore to sign ...

Episode 59: A Deep Fear
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 Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free trial membership — and gain unlimited access to their entire lecture libr...

Episode 58: The Devil’s Beat
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, pain, and horror.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Audible: Audible content includes an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, and more from the leading book, magazine, and newspaper publishers. Begin your free 30-day trial memb...


Episode 57: Quarantine
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 Crate: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. April’s theme is “INVESTIGATE”, and includes exclusive items from some of my FAVORITE franchises ever, like the X-Files, Stranger Things, Jessica Jones, and Batman. Vis...

Episode 56: Going Viral
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 content includes an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, and more from the leading book, magazine, and newspaper publishers. Begin your free 30-day trial membership with a free book of your choice by visiting Audible.com/Lore. If you need a ...

Episode 55: A Way Inside
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 episode of Lore was sponsored by:Loot Crate: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. The theme for March is “PRIMAL”. Explore the wildest franchises out there, including Overwatch, Wolverine, Jurassic World, and Pr...


Episode 54: Teacher’s Pet
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 sponsored by:Warby Parker: Boutique-quality eyewear at a revolutionary price. Visit WarbyParker.com/Lore today to select your top 5 frame choices for a free Home Try-On. Pick your favorite and then ship them back to have your Rx added. There's never any risk, and shi...

Episode 53: Trees and Shadows
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. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Loot Crate: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. February’s theme is “BUILD”. Explore the most “put together” franchises out there, including Power Rangers, Batman, LEGO Dime...

Episode 52: Negative Consequences
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 Lore was sponsored by: The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership—and gain unlimited access to their entire lec...


Episode 51: Within the Walls
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: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. January’s theme is “Origins”. Explore the iconic origins of historic characters, including Superman, Captain America, Mario, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Visit LootCr...

Episode 50: Mary, Mary
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 Lore was sponsored by: Audible: Audible content includes an unmatched selection of audiobooks, original audio shows, news, and more from the leading book, magazine, and newspaper publishers. Begin your free 30-day trial membership with a free book of your choice...

Episode 49: Seeing Double
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 Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in ...


Episode 48: Downriver
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 locations to be cursed. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just...

Episode 47: Missing the Point
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:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the ho...

Episode 46: Dark Conclusions
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. Special SoundtrackChad Lawson (#1 iTunes, #1 Billboard, #1 Amazon) has written a full album of original music for this episode. That album, Dark Conclusions: The Lore Variations, is available today for purchase and streaming. Learn more here: http://www.chadla...


Trick or Treat 2016: Set 2
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 includes “In a Pickle” and “Drained”. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Hello Fresh: Get delicious, healthy, honest meals delivered straight to your door, with all the instructions and ingredients prepped and ready to go. Subscribe today at HelloFresh.com, ...

Episode 45: First Impressions
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 your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type L...

Trick or Treat 2016: Set 1
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 “Peg & Button” and “Behind the Door”.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Loot Crate: Get amazing geek and gamer goods shipped to your house for as little as $20 per month. October’s theme is “Horror”, and comes with goodies from icons of the genre like The W...


Episode 44: From Within
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. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, clic...

Episode 43: Supply and Demand
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 and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE.Warby Parker: V...

Episode 42: In the Bag
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.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on ...


Episode 41: Hole in the Wall
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 episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the micropho...

Episode 40: Everything Floats
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.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on...

Episode 39: Take the Stand
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.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the...


Episode 38: The Mountain
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 episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the micropho...

Episode 37: Passing Notes
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 emerge.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps: Print your own postage and shipping labels from your home or office. Start your free 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com...

Episode 36: When the Bow Breaks
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 sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership — and gain unlimited access to their entire lecture library...


Episode 35: The King
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 coast of Mexico.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership — and gain un...

Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies
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 particular 16th-Century countess.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membershi...

Episode 33: A Dead End
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 topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership, gain unlimited access to their entire lecture library, and start learning today!Casper: American-made, hy...


Episode 32: Tampered
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 occasionally walked among us.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership —...

Episode 31: Lost and Found
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 think. * * * This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Hundreds of topics taught by professors and experts, all in one enormous video library. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to start your free one-month trial membership — and gain unlimi...

Episode 30: Deep and Twisted Roots
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 imagine.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses Plus: Nearly 5,000 audio and video lectures, all in one place. Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to to start your free one-month trial membership — and gain unlimited access to their entire lecture ...


Episode 29: The Big Chill
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. Stories that no one would want to experience for themselves.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Audible: Read on the go. Choose from over 180,000 amazing audio productions today, and begin your free 30-day trial membership with a free book of your choice ...

Episode 28: Making a Mark
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:Audible: Choose from over 180,000 amazing audio productions today, and begin your free 30-day trial membership by visiting Audible.com/Lore. Need a book recommendation? Check out my latest novel, Grave Suspicion.Squarespace: Go sign up for a free trial today at...

Episode 27: On the Farm
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 most.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:The Great Courses: Visit TheGreatCoursesPlus.com/lore to stream The Fundaments of Photography — a $235 value — absolutely free!Parachute: Upgrade your sleep experience with premium bedding from Parachute. Get free s...


Episode 26: Brought Back
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 sponsored by:Slack: If you participate in team communications, you need a modern communications tool that will help you eliminate that unmanageable cocktail of email, IM, and text messages. Slack solves that problem, and you should give it a try. Visit Slack.com/lore...

Episode 25: The Cave
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 examples stand out as much as the events that took place over a century ago on a small island off the coast of Chile. This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Slack: If you participate in team communications, you need a modern communications tool that will help you ...

Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us
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: Choose from over 180,000 amazing audio productions today, and begin your free 30-day trial membership by visiting Audible.com/Lore. Need a book recommendation? Check out my latest novel, Grave Suspicion.Squarespace: Go sign up for a free trial today at Squarespace...


Episode 23: Rope and Railing
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 deep darkness.This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Stop waiting at line at the Post Office. Start your free 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone ...

Episode 22: Over the Top
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 Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Stop waiting at line at the Post Office. Start your free 4-week trial today, and claim your $110 bonus offer, which includes postage and a digital scale. Just visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the hom...

Episode 21: Adrift
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 sponsored by:Audible: Choose from over 180,000 amazing audio productions today, and begin your free 30-day trial membership by visiting Audible.com/Lore. Need a book recommendation? Check out my latest novel, Grave Suspicion.Stamps.com: Stop waiting at line at the...


Episode 20: Homestead
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.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE for this special offer: a 4-week trial, plus a $110 bonus offer – including postage and a digital scale.Parachute: Upgrade your sleep experience with premium bedding f...

Episode 19: Bite Marks
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, paralyzing fear. * * * This episode was sponsored by:Slack: If you're looking for a modern communications tool that will help you eliminate email, give Slack a try. Visit Slack.com/Lore to get your free $100 credit to use toward a future purchase.The Great Cou...

Episode 18: Hunger Pains
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, those methods have become downright evil.* * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE for this special offer: a 4-week trial, plus a $110 bonus offer – includin...


Episode 17: Broken Fingernails
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 sponsored by:Slack: If you're looking for a modern communications tool that will help you eliminate email, give Slack a try. Visit Slack.com/Lore to get your free $100 credit to use toward a future purchase.The Great Courses: Visit TheGreatCourses.com/Lore to sav...

Episode 16: Covered Mirrors
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 become reality.This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE to begin your 4-week trial which includes a free digital scale and up to $55 in free postage.Betterment: Bett...

Episode 15: Unboxed
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-right of the homepage, and type LORE to begin your 4-week trial which includes a free digital scale and up to $55 in free postage.Betterment: Learn more and sign up today to get up to 6 months of free automated investing by visiting Betterment.com/lore.The Great C...


Episode 14: The Others
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 Parker: Visit WarbyParker.com/Lore today to pick out your 5 favorite frames for a Home Try-On. If you use that web address, you’ll get free 3-day shipping on your final order. You’re welcome. Casper: Visit Casper.com/Lore to save $50 on the mattress of your choic...

Episode 13: Off the Path
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.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE to begin your 4-week trial which includes a free digital scale and up to $55 in free postage.Betterment: Learn more and sign up today to get up to 6 months of free auto...

Episode 12: Half-Hanged
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 refused to go down without a fight. * * *This episode of Lore was sponsored by:Stamps.com: Visit Stamps.com, click on the microphone in the top-right of the homepage, and type LORE to begin your 4-week trial which includes a free digital scale and up to $55 in f...


Episode 11: Black Stockings
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 unspeakable. * * *Lore episode11 was sponsored by:The Great Courses: Visit TheGreatCourses.com/Lore to save up to 80% off the regular price on 8 best-selling courses, including my favorite, The Art of Storytelling.SquareSpace: Go sign up for a free trial today at ...

Episode 10: Steam & Gas
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:Hover.com: Visit Hover.com to save 10% off your next domain name registration. Just use the offer code STEAMER.SquareSpace: Go sign up for a free trial today at SquareSpace.com, and when you make your first purchase, use offer code LORE to save 10%.* * *Official We...

Episode 9: A Devil on the Roof
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 area of the country that is known for rare and unusual wildlife. So many people have seen it, in fact, that it’s almost impossible to deny its existence.* * *Lore episode 9 was sponsored by:Hover.com: Visit Hover.com to save 10% off your next domain name registr...


Episode 8: The Castle
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 to, however, was beyond disturbing. * * *Lore episode 8 was sponsored by:Hover.com: Visit Hover.com to save 10% off your next domain name registration. Just use the offer code BASEMENT.SquareSpace: Go sign up for a free trial today at SquareSpace.com, and when ...

Episode 7: In the Woods
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 might play host to the worst of them all.* * *Lore episode 7 was sponsored by:Casper: Visit Casper.com/Lore to save $50 off a mattress of your choice with the offer code LORE. Terms and Conditions Apply.SquareSpace: Go sign up for a free trial today at SquareSpace...

Episode 6: Echoes
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, with a dark pedigree unlike any other.Official WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 5: Under Construction
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 than that.Lore WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow
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 unofficial reports — the sightings and experiences of those who visit it — that truly deserve to be told.Lore WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 3: The Beast Within
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 to home. Lore WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...


Episode 2: The Bloody Pit
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 that tunnel? Is it simple echoes of a violent past, or the thing that haunts the deepest fears of every human being?Lore WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...

Episode 1: They Made a Tonic
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 their past that guided their actions? Were they merely a product of their ancestors, or innocent participants in a regional panic?Lore WebsiteNovels by Aaron MahnkeLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices...