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Lore

202 EpisodesProduced by Aaron Mahnke and Grim & MildWebsite

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.

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Episode 184: Falling to Pieces

October 25th, 2021

29:35

History is filled with people who gathered unusual collections, often following a curiosity or passion to the extreme. But among those collectors, …

Episode 183: Suffer the Children

October 18th, 2021

31:50

Some of the most frightening and disturbing stories are the ones that take a different path than we expected. Their horror is in the exceptions, the little things that make them different. But some little things are …

Episode 182: Ever-Present

October 11th, 2021

34:41

While many of the places we live are defined by their current, modern personalities, a look into the past can reveal a much more thrilling—and terrifying—picture. And no where is that more true than the Silver State.

Episode 181: Unsettled

October 4th, 2021

35:50

We’ve always had a hunger for mystery stories and true crime. But for a period of time, many of those stories had a very unusual element to them—a detail that had a way of making less believable today, an so much more …

Episode 180: Above the Law

September 27th, 2021

39:05

In the world of folklore, one of the most interesting most timeless characters is also the least supernatural. But that doesn’t mean their stories …

REMASTERED – Episode 13: Off the Path

September 20th, 2021

26:20

In this remastered edition of a classic Lore episode, we revisit the concept of curses, and take a tour through some of the most powerful examples. …

Episode 179: Confidence

September 13th, 2021

34:50

Folklore has many uses, and a quick trip through history would reveal many that you’ve come to expect. It educates a community, preserves events and …

REMASTERED – Episode 12: Half-Hanged

September 6th, 2021

27:42

It’s time to return to the colonial village of Hadley and reunite with the neighborhood witch, Mary Webster. All presented with modern production, …

Episode 178: Opportunity

August 30th, 2021

39:11

Some of the darkest moments in human history have taken place because of our hunger for a second chance, a better life, or a fresh start. But not all opportunities are guaranteed a bright and shiny outcome.

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REMASTERED – Episode 11: Black Stockings

August 23rd, 2021

28:45

In this remastered edition of a classic episode, we’ll revisit the folklore of changelings, and the tragic story of Bridget Cleary, with a brand new …

Episode 177: Strings

August 16th, 2021

40:37

One of the things that has united humans across cultures and languages is music. For as long as we can remember, we have filled our lives with new …

REMASTERED – Episode 10: Steam & Gas

August 9th, 2021

27:49

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 …

Episode 176: Rooted

August 2nd, 2021

40:00

In all the folktales about the forest, we are warned to not set foot inside, lest the darkness and dangers that live there seek us out and harm us. …

REMASTERED – Episode 9: A Devil on the Roof

July 26th, 2021

29:31

It’s time to return to one of the classic American monster stories, the Jersey Devil. In this remastered edition you’ll get the same story you’ve known and loved, but with brand new narration and production, all layered …

Episode 175: Head Case

July 19th, 2021

39:05

In our never-ending journey to discover what makes us tick, people have come up with some pretty surprising ideas. And in the process, they’ve given themselves permission to do some utterly terrifying things.

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REMASTERED – Episode 8: The Castle

July 12th, 2021

27:44

Let’s all revisit the hunting grounds of one of America’s most horrific—and prolific—serial killers: H. H. Holmes. This Remastered edition includes …

Episode 174: From Scratch

July 5th, 2021

39:46

Much like our instinct to set up a home in new places, humans are good at creating everything else we might need. And that includes folklore. But if …

REMASTERED – Episode 7: In the Woods

June 28th, 2021

23:58

Let’s all step back into the woods that started it all: the legendary—and frightening—Bridgewater Triangle. This classic script has been updated with …

Episode 173: Darkness and Light

June 21st, 2021

31:38

On the edge of the world, where risk and danger crash constantly against the shores of civilization, stands a type of ancient guardian that everyone …

REMASTERED – Episode 6: Echoes

June 14th, 2021

25:50

Revisit the classic journey into some the history behind our fascination with derelict mental health hospitals. The same story you love, with modern narration and production, plus a new bonus story at the end.

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Episode 172: Under the Influence

June 7th, 2021

35:32

Many people need something to believe, and someone to follow. But out of all the examples throughout history of bad leaders, few are as bizarre and …

REMASTERED – Episode 5: Under Construction

May 31st, 2021

22:53

A fresh take on a classic episode, exploring the world of hidden spirits in the earth, and the way humans have shaped their lives around those beliefs. With a brand new recording, modern production, and music by Chad …

Episode 171: Long Shadows

May 24th, 2021

34:10

The older the city, the deeper its roots. And when that location is the oldest around—well, the amount of darkness it’s hiding should not come as a …

REMASTERED — Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow

May 17th, 2021

23:05

Our classic tour of the Pacific Northwest's most haunted mausoleum is back, with brand new narration, music by Chad Lawson, and modern production. …

Episode 170: Into the Wild

May 10th, 2021

37:06

Some of the most frightening kinds of folklore are the ones with a familiar element. Details that sit a bit too close to home. Qualities that …

REMASTERED — Episode 3: The Beast Within

May 3rd, 2021

24:45

Our classic exploration of everyone's favorite hairy beast, freshly re-recorded and produced from scratch with music by Chad Lawson. And don't miss …

Episode 169: Blood Money

April 26th, 2021

34:10

We’ve all been told to beware things that seem too good to be true, and for good reason. But beyond the world of hucksters and frauds, one special …

REMASTERED — Episode 2: The Bloody Pit

April 19th, 2021

21:10

It's our classic visit to the Hoosac Tunnel, reputed to be one of New England's most haunted locations. Freshly-recorded, newly produced, and scored with music from Chad Lawson...and don't miss the brand new story after …

Episode 168: Beyond the Pale

April 12th, 2021

35:20

Hope is a powerful emotion, and it has driven humans to do great things over the centuries. It’s also a key element of folklore, but the stories it …

REMASTERED — Episode 1: They Made a Tonic

April 5th, 2021

26:10

The episode that started it all, freshly narrated, newly produced, and scored with Chad Lawson's haunting music. And don't miss the brand new story …

Episode 167: Deviation

March 29th, 2021

36:26

Death is one of life’s certainties, and the final chapter in each of our stories. And yet throughout history, there have been reports of those who …

Episode 166: Toxic

March 15th, 2021

32:47

For thousands of years, humans have used a tool of violence to control their enemies, advance their careers, and remove their problems. And the only …

Episode 165: On the Line

March 1st, 2021

34:20

Some places seem to straddle the boundary between one world and another. It’s a feature than can often generate charm and beauty, but sometimes it creates darker things, as the history of these historic islands …

Episode 164: Loyal Companion

February 15th, 2021

32:04

While animals have been our constant companions for thousands of years, one chapter of our long history together led to much more terrifying results.

Episode 163: Persistence

February 1st, 2021

32:13

It should come as no surprise that one of humanity’s greatest qualities is also the tool with which it has committed much darker tragedies. Even far …

Episode 162: By Design

January 18th, 2021

35:25

In a world obsessed with fairytale endings, the most iconic type of setting for those stories turns out to also be home to some of the darkest …

Episode 161: Shell Game

January 4th, 2021

37:11

Folklore is often born in moments were answers and hope seem lost, and few situations like that have generated more stories than the crucible of …

Episode 160: Sleight of Hand

December 21st, 2020

35:00

One of the oldest beliefs in human history is also the root of countless stories in our collective folklore. But to understand the power of those …

Episode 159: Close By

December 7th, 2020

37:21

Episode 159: Close By

Whether intentionally or by accident, the past has a way of slipping away, slowly vanishing beneath our feet. That doesn’t mean …

Episode 158: A Grain of Truth

November 23rd, 2020

34:48

Oftentimes, the truth is right in front of us, made as plain as day and easy to access. But sometimes it’s lost, and the only way to track it down is through story. But as one island in the Pacific Northwest …

Episode 157: Hanging On

November 9th, 2020

42:30

One of the most common features of our legends and folklore is our dreams. And one of the most common dreams, across all the pages of history, is a …

Episode 156: Bottled Up

October 26th, 2020

34:09

Humans are very good at making assumptions. But if we look a little deeper, our preconceived ideas about some of the most common bits of folklore …

Episode 155: Skin Deep

October 19th, 2020

38:06

Some stories are very familiar to us, but our understanding of them is only the tip of the iceberg. Even one of folklore’s most legendary creatures …

Episode 154: Adding It Up

October 12th, 2020

34:11

Everywhere you go these days, there are superstitions. Many are modern, and not much more than clever word games or rhymes designed to help us …

Episode 153: Hold On

October 5th, 2020

36:19

Sometimes the past sticks around because we work hard to make sure it’s never forgotten. Other times, it stays with us because we refused to let it go. But in one American city, the past seems to have stuck around for …

Episode 152: Follow the Leader

September 28th, 2020

32:55

Folklore is filled with stories that evolve over time, and while the originals are full of drama and fright, it’s in the evolution that they truly …

Episode 151: By the Book

September 14th, 2020

37:28

For a very long time, people have believed that our world is filled with magic. Secret knowledge and hidden truths that we can use to unlock power and privilege. It’s a belief that’s taken all shapes and forms, but …

Episode 150: Addition

August 31st, 2020

37:44

History can be easy to brush aside or paint over, giving us the illusion of control. But just because we can’t see the past doesn’t mean it’s not …

Episode 149: Off Track

August 17th, 2020

37:09

History has proven just how good humans are at improving things, from weapons and tools to medicine and education. But some advancements come at a …

Episode 148: Predictable

August 3rd, 2020

34:23

If history has shown us anything, it’s that humans are easily motivated by fear. Just what some of those fears have been, though, is more than a …

Episode 147: Contained

July 20th, 2020

36:47

Humans have long practiced the art of building walls and fortresses in an effort to gain control or find safety. But no place is safe from the danger …

Episode 146: A Great Weight

July 6th, 2020

34:11

Humans have spent thousands of years building systems to keep us as safe as possible. But eventually, each of us will have to stop and rest, letting down our guard and opening ourselves up to perhaps our darkest and …

Episode 145: Invention

June 22nd, 2020

32:21

Human ingenuity knows no bounds. Along with creating all manner of new technology, and ever more complex levels of knowledge, another thing we are …

Episode 144: Birds of Prey

June 8th, 2020

36:17

Folklore is often about danger and how we, as a community, might avoid it. But real life sometimes becomes a mirror of those fears, and leaves us …

Episode 143: Inside Information

May 25th, 2020

35:55

Some of the oldest and most popular parts of folklore are the ghost stories. Whether told around a campfire, or red about in the safety a well-lit …

Episode 142: Reflections

May 11th, 2020

34:50

There’s a lot that science has explained away. Mysteries that left us cowering in fear. Events that challenged our feelings of security and control. …

Episode 141: Stains

April 27th, 2020

33:33

Humanity has always been very good at making the best of a bad situation. Either by burying the past, or at least by building distractions that take …

Episode 140: Potential

April 13th, 2020

35:11

We often speak in lofty terms about all that humans are capable of achieving, and much of that is true. But looking backward in time, we can also see moments when that potential has led to horrible tragedy. And we have …

Episode 139: Heirloom

March 30th, 2020

35:31

The way we treat the past is a great lens into the character of humanity. Sometimes we elevate it, but all too often we work to bury it. And while the excuse might be to make room for the march of progress, it also …

Episode 138: Foresight

March 16th, 2020

33:17

Humanity has grown over the millennia by passing on knowledge through teachings and guides. Even today, how-to books are best-sellers, and people are more hungry than ever to learn and grow. But some lessons aren’t …

Episode 137: Elusive

March 2nd, 2020

32:32

Our passion for solving incomplete puzzles is something that unites us as a culture. We will chase any mystery and dig into every single question we …

Episode 136: The Third Time

February 17th, 2020

35:21

Folklore is our legacy. We humans have carried it with us everywhere we’ve gone in the world, and it anchors us to our roots and our community. But …

Episode 135: A Good Death

February 3rd, 2020

35:15

We like it when things go according to plan. Even when it comes to death, we long to have some semblance of control over our path. So when those …

Episode 134: Disturbing the Peace

January 20th, 2020

33:41

Episode 134: Disturbing the Peace

There’s nothing more certain in life than death. No matter how rewarding or challenging our days on this planet might be, for as long as humans have been around, we’ve viewed death as …

Episode 133: Proof Positive

January 6th, 2020

38:45

The human tendency to study the unknown—to dig deep and search for the bedrock of truth at the bottom of the mystery—is one of our most enduring qualities. But while that tenacity has helped scientists unlock much of …

Episode 132: Puzzled

December 23rd, 2019

35:18

We all love a good hiding place. Whether it’s the child who tucks the key to their diary under their pillow, or the parent who hides away the holiday …

Episode 131: Sea of Change

December 9th, 2019

35:34

While the ocean represents opportunity and hope, it also holds more mystery than most feel comfortable with. Yes, we’ve explored it in search of new …

Episode 130: In Plain Sight

November 25th, 2019

36:33

Before cell phones and internet access, learning about the world around us took a lot of time. Along the way, there would be gaps in our …

Episode 129: Digging Deep

November 11th, 2019

35:16

The longer humans stay in one place, the more progress and community we seem to create. But at the same time, we bring our darkness with us, and over time it begins to stain a place with shadows of pain and tragedy. And …

Episode 128: A Hole in the Head

October 28th, 2019

37:14

Most of our life is spent looking for things. Companionship, security, even our lost keys. But above all of that is our search for answers, and the way human beings have tried to find them has lead to all manner of …

Episode 127: Tipping the Scales

October 21st, 2019

33:04

Episode 127: Tipping the Scales

If you flip through the pages of history long enough, you’ll eventually run into stories about life out of balance, and how something—fate or chance or something otherworldly—has stepped …

Episode 126: Aftershocks

October 14th, 2019

37:00

Some places in our world have a dark legacy. Prior failures. Shameful acts. Painful tragedy. Even though it all took place long before we arrived …

Episode 125: Paper Trails

October 7th, 2019

33:49

Everyone longs for someone. That special partner who can enter their life and make is something better, something more. And while dating has taken …

Episode 124: To Die For

September 30th, 2019

35:03

Everyone wants to look good. And while there’s nothing wrong with beauty, sometimes people have made sacrifices—both willing and unaware—in the pursuit of it. After looking through the pages of history, though, that …

Episode 123: Unnoticed

September 16th, 2019

33:35

Home might very well be what you make it, but it’s not always about beautiful decorations and comfortable furnishings. Sometimes the places we live …

Episode 122: The Shortest Straw

September 2nd, 2019

37:15

Episode 122: The Shortest Straw

Human nature has a number of powerful, universal characteristics. Our need for community. Our love of storytelling. …

Episode 121: Uninvited Guest

August 19th, 2019

37:48

Some threats to our safety and well-being are obvious and easy to spot from a mile away. Over the course of history, people have become very skilled at looking for danger and avoiding it. But some threats are more …

Episode 120: Whistle While You Work

August 5th, 2019

36:48

Human ambition has led us to some amazing achievements, and taken us to unexplored places. But it has also lured us into places where there is a lot more fear and danger than we are used to, and the stories that have …

Episode 119: Evolution

July 22nd, 2019

35:57

Some stories have been around for a very long time, and others are fairly new. One thing is certain, though: the tales we tell have a way of changing …

Episode 118: Ambition

July 8th, 2019

33:02

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 …

Episode 117: Bones

June 24th, 2019

35:08

Episode 117: Bones

Everything 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, …

Episode 116: Something Blue

June 10th, 2019

36:08

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 …

Episode 115: Perspective

May 27th, 2019

37:28

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 …

Episode 114: The Gateway

May 13th, 2019

38:45

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 …

Episode 113: Word of Mouth

April 29th, 2019

36:45

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 …

Episode 112: Facets

April 15th, 2019

34:55

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 …

Episode 111: Inside Job

April 1st, 2019

36:02

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 …

Episode 110: Crooked

March 18th, 2019

34:59

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 …

Episode 109: Assumption

March 4th, 2019

33:25

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, …

Episode 108: Debris

February 18th, 2019

35:02

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 …

Episode 107: Sight Unseen

February 4th, 2019

43:50

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 …

Episode 106: The Collection

January 21st, 2019

33:58

Humans have a tendency to collect things. From baseball cards to Twitter followers, we enjoy bringing everything into one place. But when that …

Episode 105: Layers

January 7th, 2019

37:10

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 …

Episode 104: Anchored

December 21st, 2018

31:30

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, …

Episode 103: Disappointment

December 10th, 2018

33:31

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. …

Episode 102: Devil in the Details

November 26th, 2018

33:22

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, …

Episode 101: Worn Away

November 12th, 2018

33:12

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 …

Episode 100: Home Sweet Home

October 29th, 2018

42:53

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 …

Episode 99: Out For Blood

October 22nd, 2018

30:42

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 …

Episode 98: Never Alone

October 15th, 2018

35:41

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 …

Episode 97: Misplaced

October 8th, 2018

33:03

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 …

Episode 96: The Long Good-Bye

October 1st, 2018

34:29

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. …

Episode 95: Out of Sight

September 17th, 2018

31:44

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 …

Episode 94: Hard Rain

September 3rd, 2018

32:25

Our understanding of the natural world is incredibly advanced compared to our ancestors from a few centuries ago. We have established rules and order …

Episode 93: A Place to Lay Your Head

August 20th, 2018

31:30

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 …

Episode 92: Stronger

August 6th, 2018

30:54

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 …

Episode 91: Beneath the Surface

July 23rd, 2018

30:52

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 …

Episode 90: Mind the Gap

July 9th, 2018

38:37

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 …

Episode 89: Fanning the Flames

June 25th, 2018

33:16

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 …

Episode 88: Crossing the Line

June 11th, 2018

39:55

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 …

Episode 87: Road Trip

May 28th, 2018

37:13

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 …

Episode 86: Under Siege

May 14th, 2018

37:37

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 …

Episode 85: Creature of Habit

April 30th, 2018

34:20

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 …

Episode 84: A Family Affair

April 16th, 2018

33:18

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 …

Episode 83: Carried Away

April 2nd, 2018

34:01

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 …

Episode 82: Forgotten

March 19th, 2018

32:46

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. …

Episode 81: On the Edge

March 5th, 2018

32:37

Humanity seems to always be at risk of suffering through another major outbreak. History is full with dark moments of biological chaos, and despite …

Episode 80: Dark Imports

February 19th, 2018

33:09

The places we inhabit slowly become like us, reflecting our brightest ambitions and darkest secrets. Countless cities harbor the shadows of a violent …

Episode 79: Locked Away

February 5th, 2018

31:09

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 …

Episode 78: Exposure

January 22nd, 2018

35:47

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 …

Episode 77: Withering Heights

January 8th, 2018

28:13

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 …

Episode 76: Talk Show

December 22nd, 2017

30:04

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, …

Episode 75: Black and Wild

December 11th, 2017

28:05

The pages of our greatest literature are full of tales of powerful wizards. People gifted with abilities that stand head and shoulder above their …

Episode 74: All Fall Down

November 27th, 2017

29:30

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 …

Episode 73: A Sweet Embrace

November 13th, 2017

35:05

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, …

Episode 72: A Grave Mistake

October 30th, 2017

42:35

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 …

Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 2

October 23rd, 2017

17:25

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 …

Episode 71: Silver Lining

October 16th, 2017

30:03

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 …

Trick or Treat 2017 - Set 1

October 9th, 2017

19:25

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 …

Episode 70: Familiar

October 2nd, 2017

30:50

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 …

Episode 69: Wide Open

September 18th, 2017

29:23

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 …

Episode 68: The Tainted Well

September 4th, 2017

29:35

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 …

Episode 67: The Red Coats

August 21st, 2017

28:44

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. …

Episode 66: Where There’s Smoke

August 7th, 2017

26:40

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 …

Episode 65: Doing Tricks

July 24th, 2017

27:50

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 …

Episode 64: Behind Closed Doors

July 10th, 2017

26:45

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 …

Episode 63: Homecoming

June 26th, 2017

28:30

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 …

Episode 62: Desperate Measures

June 12th, 2017

26:05

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 …

Episode 61: Labor Pains

May 29th, 2017

28:15

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 …

Episode 60: If Walls Could Talk

May 15th, 2017

25:05

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. …

Episode 59: A Deep Fear

May 1st, 2017

26:50

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 …

Episode 58: The Devil’s Beat

April 17th, 2017

25:12

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 …

Episode 57: Quarantine

April 3rd, 2017

26:00

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.

 

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Episode 56: Going Viral

March 20th, 2017

25:52

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.

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Episode 55: A Way Inside

March 6th, 2017

28:30

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 …

Episode 54: Teacher’s Pet

February 20th, 2017

27:30

The more crowded our world becomes, the more frequently we are confronted with our commonality. Our interests, our passions…even our appearance. But …

Episode 53: Trees and Shadows

February 6th, 2017

26:50

Our connection to animals is ancient, intimate, and complex. Humans have worshiped them, sacrificed them, lived with them, and been buried with them. …

Episode 52: Negative Consequences

January 23rd, 2017

27:41

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 …

Episode 51: Within the Walls

January 9th, 2017

28:55

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, …

Episode 50: Mary, Mary

December 23rd, 2016

30:10

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 …

Episode 49: Seeing Double

December 12th, 2016

25:40

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 …

Episode 48: Downriver

November 28th, 2016

25:15

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 …

Episode 47: Missing the Point

November 14th, 2016

28:10

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, …

Episode 46: Dark Conclusions

October 31st, 2016

27:50

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 …

Trick or Treat 2016: Set 2

October 24th, 2016

17:07

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” …

Episode 45: First Impressions

October 17th, 2016

28:45

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 …

Trick or Treat 2016: Set 1

October 10th, 2016

18:13

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 …

Episode 44: From Within

October 3rd, 2016

28:15

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 …

Episode 43: Supply and Demand

September 19th, 2016

29:28

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 …

Episode 42: In the Bag

September 5th, 2016

25:36

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 …

Episode 41: Hole in the Wall

August 22nd, 2016

24:27

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 …

Episode 40: Everything Floats

August 8th, 2016

25:52

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 …

Episode 39: Take the Stand

July 25th, 2016

24:35

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, …

Episode 38: The Mountain

July 11th, 2016

23:21

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 …

Episode 37: Passing Notes

June 27th, 2016

30:45

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, …

Episode 36: When the Bow Breaks

June 13th, 2016

24:16

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 …

Episode 35: The King

May 30th, 2016

24:50

Popular culture is obsessed with the idea of a lost humanity. Countless films, novels, and television shows all ask the same question: what would …

Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies

May 16th, 2016

25:20

Folklore has often developed as a response to real-world events, but the opposite has also been true. History has, upon occasion, unintentionally …

Episode 33: A Dead End

May 2nd, 2016

26:20

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 …

Episode 32: Tampered

April 18th, 2016

24:54

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 …

Episode 31: Lost and Found

April 4th, 2016

28:36

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. …

Episode 30: Deep and Twisted Roots

March 21st, 2016

29:31

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 …

Episode 29: The Big Chill

March 7th, 2016

24:16

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 …

Episode 28: Making a Mark

February 22nd, 2016

24:30

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?

Episode 27: On the Farm

February 8th, 2016

23:47

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 …

Episode 26: Brought Back

January 25th, 2016

24:10

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.

Episode 25: The Cave

January 11th, 2016

22:45

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 …

Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us

December 28th, 2015

26:40

Many family traditions and treasured folktales involve strangers who visit us. What would Christmas be without Santa, after all. But strangers in …

Episode 23: Rope and Railing

December 14th, 2015

22:30

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 …

Episode 22: Over the Top

November 30th, 2015

24:40

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 …

Episode 21: Adrift

November 16th, 2015

23:10

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.

Episode 20: Homestead

November 2nd, 2015

24:25

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.

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Episode 19: Bite Marks

October 26th, 2015

23:43

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 …

Episode 18: Hunger Pains

October 19th, 2015

23:20

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 …

Episode 17: Broken Fingernails

October 12th, 2015

25:45

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 …

Episode 16: Covered Mirrors

October 4th, 2015

23:16

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. …

Episode 15: Unboxed

September 20th, 2015

22:40

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?

Episode 14: The Others

September 6th, 2015

23:45

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? 

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Episode 13: Off the Path

August 24th, 2015

22:25

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 …

Episode 12: Half-Hanged

August 7th, 2015

23:00

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 …

Episode 11: Black Stockings

July 25th, 2015

24:20

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 …

Episode 10: Steam & Gas

July 12th, 2015

23:05

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 …

Episode 9: A Devil on the Roof

June 28th, 2015

24:05

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 …

Episode 8: The Castle

June 15th, 2015

23:30

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 …

Episode 7: In the Woods

June 1st, 2015

20:20

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 …

Episode 6: Echoes

May 18th, 2015

22:10

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 …

Episode 5: Under Construction

May 4th, 2015

21:15

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 …

Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow

April 20th, 2015

20:45

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 …

Episode 3: The Beast Within

April 6th, 2015

21:10

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 …

Episode 2: The Bloody Pit

March 23rd, 2015

17:10

Over 200 lives were lost during the construction of the Hoosac Tunnel in western Massachusetts. According to countless eye-witnesses across nearly …

Episode 1: They Made a Tonic

March 18th, 2015

21:55

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 …

Trailer: Introducing Lore

March 17th, 2015

0:59

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 …

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