The World of Lore Volume 1: Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

The World of Lore Monstrous Creatures by Aaron Mahnke

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Hollywood is obsessed.


They live in shadows–deep in the forest, late in the night, in the dark recesses of our minds. They’re spoken of in stories and superstitions, relics of an unenlightened age, old wives’ tales, passed down through generations. Yet no matter how wary and jaded we have become, as individuals or as a society, a part of us remains vulnerable to them: werewolves and wendigos, poltergeists and vampires, angry elves and vengeful spirits.

In this beautifully illustrated volume, the host of the hit podcast Lore serves as a guide on a fascinating journey through the history of these terrifying creatures, exploring not only the legends but what they tell us about ourselves.


I really like listening to Aaron Mahnke’s podcast Lore. And if you enjoy the podcast, you’ll like this book because it’s basically the podcast written down.

It is a bit disappointing once you realize there isn’t much new material, but it’s still a great book and I devoured it.

But something new had been born. Something more powerful than a monster, something that lives centuries and spreads like fire.

A legend.

The first in hopefully many more to come, this one focuses on stories about monstrous creatures and boy are there a lot of them. We get stories about people thought to be vampires, about strange owl-like creatures, about spirits that really, really want a family out of their house. There are stories about angry elves and a doll that’s the creepiest thing I ever read about.

Robert would sometimes be found sitting in a rocking chair downstairs, even though he was supposed to have been locked up. The couple would hear footsteps in the attic at night and the soft, distant sound of laughter.

All of them are written beautifully, they’re interesting and the right historical context is provided.


Not much new material for avid followers of the podcast, but an interesting collection of stories nonetheless.


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