Podcasts for Readers #16: Lore

Sorry to not have a recommendation over the last two months! For this month, I bring you a rec that would be perfect to get into mood for Halloween.


Episodes: 126 (~30 min each)
Status: ongoing
Genres: non-fiction, history, urban myths
Is it gay? uh no
Ships? not applicable as its not fiction
Short take? 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.
Warnings: substance abuse and addiction, sexual innuendos, gun violence

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Technically it is not an audio drama like my other recs are. It is mainly a history podcast, but before you walk out with a yawn – they are told in a story style. Imagine sitting at a campfire and listening to spooky stories; that is what this is, with just more research.


Aaron Mahnke narrates the stories, which are usually either about a place, or a mythological creature, or legends or some such, with some examples of spooky stories concerning them. The stories can be as varied as fantastical folk tales to modern-ish serial killers.

Voice acting/Sound effects

Thankfully, there are no sound effects. Just morbid piano music. Mahnke narrates the story very well, but yeah, after 100 episodes, his catchphrases can become a bit repetitive.

Extra stuff

There’s a TV show on Amazon Prime Video  (2 seasons), and a book called The World of Lore, and two spin-off(ish) podcasts called Cabinet of Curiosties and Unobscured.

Do you wanna discuss your favorite audio dramas? We have a Discord server for it!

If you would like me to add anything to these posts, or would like extra information, please let me know via a comment below! Spoilery/non-spoilery discussions both welcome!

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