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Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.
60: If Walls Could Talk
May 15 • 27 min
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…
59: A Deep Fear
May 1 • 28 min
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. * * *…
58: The Devil’s Beat
Apr 17 • 26 min
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,…
57: Quarantine
Apr 3 • 27 min
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…
56: Going Viral
Mar 20 • 28 min
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:…
55: A Way Inside
Mar 6 • 29 min
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. *…
54: Teacher’s Pet
Feb 20 • 29 min
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…
53: Trees and Shadows
Feb 6 • 28 min
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. …
52: Negative Consequences
Jan 23 • 28 min
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. * * * …
51: Within the Walls
Jan 9 • 30 min
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:…
50: Mary, Mary
Dec 23, 2016 • 31 min
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. * * * …
49: Seeing Double
Dec 12, 2016 • 27 min
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…
48: Downriver
Nov 28, 2016 • 27 min
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…
47: Missing the Point
Nov 14, 2016 • 29 min
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…
46: Dark Conclusions
Oct 31, 2016 • 30 min
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….
Trick or Treat 2016: Set 2
Oct 24, 2016 • 16 min
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…
45: First Impressions
Oct 17, 2016 • 30 min
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:…
Trick or Treat 2016: Set 1
Oct 10, 2016 • 17 min
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…
44: From Within
Oct 3, 2016 • 29 min
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…
43: Supply and Demand
Sep 19, 2016 • 31 min
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…
42: In the Bag
Sep 5, 2016 • 26 min
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. *…
41: Hole in the Wall
Aug 22, 2016 • 25 min
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. * * *…
40: Everything Floats
Aug 8, 2016 • 27 min
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. *…
39: Take the Stand
Jul 25, 2016 • 25 min
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. *…
38: The Mountain
Jul 11, 2016 • 24 min
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. * * *…
37: Passing Notes
Jun 27, 2016 • 31 min
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…
36: When the Bow Breaks
Jun 13, 2016 • 25 min
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…
35: The King
May 30, 2016 • 26 min
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…
34: All the Lovely Ladies
May 16, 2016 • 26 min
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…
33: A Dead End
May 2, 2016 • 28 min
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…
32: Tampered
Apr 18, 2016 • 25 min
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…
31: Lost and Found
Apr 4, 2016 • 29 min
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…
30: Deep and Twisted Roots
Mar 21, 2016 • 31 min
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…
29: The Big Chill
Mar 7, 2016 • 25 min
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….
28: Making a Mark
Feb 22, 2016 • 25 min
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…
27: On the Farm
Feb 8, 2016 • 24 min
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…
26: Brought Back
Jan 25, 2016 • 24 min
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…
25: The Cave
Jan 11, 2016 • 24 min
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….
24: A Stranger Among Us
Dec 28, 2015 • 26 min
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…
23: Rope and Railing
Dec 14, 2015 • 23 min
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…
22: Over the Top
Nov 30, 2015 • 25 min
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…
21: Adrift
Nov 16, 2015 • 24 min
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…
20: Homestead
Nov 2, 2015 • 24 min
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…
19: Bite Marks
Oct 26, 2015 • 25 min
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…
18: Hunger Pains
Oct 19, 2015 • 24 min
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,…
17: Broken Fingernails
Oct 12, 2015 • 27 min
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. * *…
16: Covered Mirrors
Oct 4, 2015 • 23 min
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…
15: Unboxed
Sep 20, 2015 • 25 min
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…
14: The Others
Sep 6, 2015 • 24 min
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…
13: Off the Path
Aug 24, 2015 • 25 min
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…
12: Half-Hanged
Aug 7, 2015 • 23 min
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…
11: Black Stockings
Jul 25, 2015 • 26 min
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…
10: Steam & Gas
Jul 12, 2015 • 22 min
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…
9: A Devil on the Roof
Jun 28, 2015 • 23 min
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…
8: The Castle
Jun 15, 2015 • 22 min
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…
7: In the Woods
Jun 1, 2015 • 19 min
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…
6: Echoes
May 18, 2015 • 20 min
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,…
5: Under Construction
May 4, 2015 • 19 min
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…
4: Dinner at the Afterglow
Apr 20, 2015 • 19 min
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…
3: The Beast Within
Apr 6, 2015 • 18 min
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…
2: The Bloody Pit
Mar 23, 2015 • 14 min
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…
1: They Made a Tonic
Mar 18, 2015 • 18 min
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…