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The award-winning podcast (also a TV show & book series) about dark historical tales. Each episode explores the mysterious creatures, tragic events,... more

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Legends 21: The Men in Black

Some legends evolve over time, sometimes taking centuries to fully mature. But one urban myth, at least, seems to have... more

19 Feb 2024 · 30 minutes
Deeper Lore: 247 (159, 120, & 2)

Go deeper into the subject matter of our most recent episode (247: Subterranean) with these three recommendations from further back... more

15 Feb 2024 · 1 minute
Lore 247: Subterranean

So much for folklore is hiding just beauty the surface of seemingly normal places. The process of digging, though, isn’t... more

12 Feb 2024 · 28 minutes
Legends 20: Food & Folklore

Food and folklore. They go together like peanut butter and chocolate, or arsenic and lace. Throughout history, cultures around the... more

05 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
Deeper Lore: 246 (198, 124, & 190)

Deeper Lore: 246 (198, 124, & 190) Go deeper into the subject matter of our most recent episode (246: The... more

01 Feb 2024 · 1 minute
Lore 246: The Greatest Show

Few examples of folklore are as well-traveled as this one, complete with painful tragedy and dark echos of the past.... more

29 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
Legends 19: The Casket Girls

The connection between one of Europes oldest monster legends and the streets of New Orleans is very strange, but has... more

22 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Deeper Lore: 245 (59, 108, & 90)

Go deeper into the subject matter of our most recent episode (244: Stolen) with these three recommendations from further back... more

18 Jan 2024 · 1 minute
Lore 245: Evasive

Variety is the spice of life. And yet folklore makes it very clear just how dangerous it is to mix... more

15 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Legends 18: Magical Objects

The folklore and legends tied to physical objects can be fascinating, frightening, or both. Narrated and produced by Aaron Mahnke,... more

08 Jan 2024 · 30 minutes
Deeper Lore: 244 (113, 122, & 128)

Go deeper into the subject matter of our most recent episode (244: Stolen) with these three recommendations from further back... more

04 Jan 2024 · 1 minute
Lore 244: Stolen

Human remains are a touchy subject. But over the centuries, one specific type of folklore has turned them into something... more

01 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
Legends 17: Haunted Bridges

Bridges help us span uncrossable gaps in our world. But according to legend, a few go further, helping connect the... more

25 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
Deeper Lore: 243 (25, 140, & 156)

Go deeper into the subject matter of our most recent episode (243: Surprise) with these three recommendations from deeper down... more

21 Dec 2023 · 2 minutes
Lore 243: Surprise

The court of public opinion has always been a place where lives can be boosted or ruined. But centuries ago,... more

18 Dec 2023 · 26 minutes
Legends 16: Unusual Graves

Burial seems like a certainty for most people. But according to the legends that are whispered in graveyards around America,... more

11 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Lore 242: From the Ashes

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, one American city has climbed out of a dark and painful past. But... more

04 Dec 2023 · 30 minutes
Legends 15: Bonaventure Cemetery

Legends 15: Bonaventure Cemetery Like all cemeteries, Savannah’s Bonaventure is the resting place to many people. But as time has... more

27 Nov 2023 · 27 minutes
Lore 241: Evergreen

There are few locations in our world as loaded with mystery and dripping with folklore as the woods. Let’s step... more

20 Nov 2023 · 30 minutes
Legends 14: Scared Straight

Legends 14: Scared Straight Love has always been a sort of the type of pain and heartbreak that leaves a... more

13 Nov 2023 · 33 minutes
Lore 240: Brick by Brick

Lore 240: Brick by Brick People have a lot of fears. From spiders to the open sea, lots of things... more

06 Nov 2023 · 29 minutes
Legends 13: Hometown Legends

Legends 13: Hometown Legends A collection of the most beloved and haunting tales from the hometowns of our amazing research... more

30 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
Lore 239: Head to Head

Lore 239: Head to Head Some rivalries play out on the big screen in a way everyone can cheer along... more

23 Oct 2023 · 27 minutes
Legends 12: Clinton Road

Some of the darkest local legends grow alongside the roads we take for granted. An no stretch of pavement in... more

16 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Lore 238: Rumors

Rumors might not always represent the truth, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the power to change the world... more

09 Oct 2023 · 26 minutes
Legends 11: Dark Watchers

The feeling of being watched is a common strand that runs through many legends around the world. Pulling on that... more

02 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Lore 237: Lofty Tales

Two centuries ago, one family played host to an unwanted visitor. And while the community wanted to learn more and... more

25 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Legends 10: Haunted Melodies

Judging by music’s ability to connect with us on multiple levels, it’s no wonder that history is filled with legends... more

18 Sep 2023 · 26 minutes
Lore 236: Spirited

Humans have done some horrible things over the course of history, usually because of internal issues. But one outside substance... more

11 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Legends 9: Monsters of the Woods

The woods can be a place of peace and tranquility. But if the legends from around the world have anything... more

04 Sep 2023 · 27 minutes
Lore 235: Privilege

Lore 235: Privilege The way folklore breaks through in our day to day lives is often dictated by the worldview... more

28 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Legends 8: Pirate Legends

Few occupations created more legendary tales than piracy. From adventure to treasure, everything seems dripping in blood and lore. Narrated... more

21 Aug 2023 · 29 minutes
Lore 234: Sunk

It’s never fun to misplace something. Lost objects have been a frustration and fascination for most of humanity. But one... more

14 Aug 2023 · 28 minutes
Legends 7: Demon Lovers

Folklore at the intersection of romance and danger is nearly universal, no matter where you go in this world. And... more

07 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Lore 233: Down to Earth

A lot of our darkest stories come from within. But one event in 1952 sparked a panic that came from... more

31 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Introducing "That's Just Weird with Aaron Mahnke"

Introducing "That's Just Weird with Aaron Mahnke" Get ready for a weekly tour of our weird and wonderful world! Each... more

28 Jul 2023 · 1 minute
Legends 6: Summer Camp Scares

Summer is here, and for many people, that also means it’s camping time. But few pairings are as perfect as... more

24 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
Lore 232: Empowered

Few corners of American folklore have as much depth and texture as one that was born out of tradition, longing,... more

17 Jul 2023 · 26 minutes
Legends 5: Long Island Ghosts

Our search for legends today takes us deep into the woods outside of Huntington, Long Island, to a place known... more

10 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
Lore 231: Out of Breath

Get access to premium, ad-free episodes, plus weekly bonus content, on Apple Podcasts and Patreon. Learn more here. ———————— Much... more

03 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
Legends 4: Witchy Women

The history of witchcraft, from the folklore to the legal trials, is dark enough. But for centuries, people have been... more

26 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Lore 230: Gilded

Lore 230: Gilded Despite being known for being a “mile high”, the folklore and history of one American city is... more

19 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Legends 3: Ghost Ships

Legends 3: Ghost Ships Let’s take to the high seas, and explore some of the many legends of ghostly vessels.... more

12 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Lore 229: Dark Shapes

Lore 229: Dark Shapes Some folklore can only be explored if we’re willing to get a little wet. Let’s dive... more

05 Jun 2023 · 24 minutes
Legends 2: Mexico's Undead Lovers

Legends 2: Undead Lovers Few genres of story are as compelling as romance. But just because death puts an end... more

29 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Lore 228: Safe House

Lore 228: Safe House Some corners of folklore offer us a place to hide. But when those traditions become a... more

22 May 2023 · 25 minutes
Legends 1: North Carolina Monsters

Legends 1: North Carolina Monsters The world is a big, scary place, and that’s mostly because of the people around... more

15 May 2023 · 26 minutes
Introducing Lore Legends

Learn about a big upcoming change to Lore, and why it means double the thrills and chills for you! ———————————... more

12 May 2023 · 2 minutes
Lore 227: Bloodlines

Lore 227: Bloodlines Some of the most popular stories in our culture are far older, and more dark, than we... more

08 May 2023 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 50: Mary, Mary

REMASTERED – Episode 50: Mary, Mary In this remastered classic episode, we revisit the story of two young women bound... more

01 May 2023 · 32 minutes
Lore 226: Grounded

Lore 226: Grounded Folklore is typically invisible, buried in the stories we tell and the words we use. But every... more

24 Apr 2023 · 26 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 49: Seeing Double

REMASTERED – Episode 49: Seeing Double So many stories are built on the idea of double identity. In this remastered... more

17 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Lore 225: Dark Animation

Lore 225: Dark Animation One of the most crowded landscapes in folklore comes from one of the most harsh and... more

10 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 48: Downriver

REMASTERED – Episode 48: Downriver It’s time to revisit the notion of a cursed community. This remastered classic episode features... more

03 Apr 2023 · 28 minutes
Lore 224: Seriously Ill

Lore 224: Seriously Ill One frightening corner of folklore can be found in the history of one of our closest... more

27 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 47: Missing the Point

In this remastered fan favorite, we return to the folklore of bird-man legends, and the events in Point Pleasant that... more

20 Mar 2023 · 30 minutes
Episode 223: Worlds Collide

There are a lot of well-worn tales in the world of folklore. But there are some truly astonishing—and frightening—stories waiting... more

13 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 46: Dark Conclusions

Behind every vampire is a hunter looking to stop them, and this remastered classic episode takes us deep inside that... more

06 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Episode 222: Outsider

Some fads are more than a harmless form of entertainment. In fact, the pages of history contains one that stalked... more

27 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 45: First Impressions

In this remastered classic episode, we revisit the story of Mary Toft and her unusual pregnancy. This episode features brand... more

20 Feb 2023 · 31 minutes
Episode 221: Remote Control

One of our most common desires, no matter our culture, religion, or station in life, is something that countless practitioners... more

13 Feb 2023 · 23 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 44: From Within

This remastered classic episode—complete with fresh narration and scoring—takes us back through the history of mysterious fires that seem to... more

06 Feb 2023 · 33 minutes
Episode 220: Uplifting

Most of the frightening folklore we talk about takes place on the ground. But a little over a century ago,... more

30 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 43: Supply & Demand

Graves and corpses feature prominently in all sorts of folklore, which is why we love this remastered classic episode of... more

23 Jan 2023 · 36 minutes
Episode 219: Unanswered

One of the most attractive roads to travel for many people are the ones that lead deep into the world... more

16 Jan 2023 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 42: In the Bag

Some places on the map are legendary, and Eastern State Penitentiary fits the bill. In this remastered classic episode of... more

09 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
Episode 218: Notorious

Some of the darkest folklore in America is hidden right inside many of the place names that are dotted across... more

02 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 41: Hole in the Wall

In this remastered classic, we return to Scotland’s deadly past, where one person’s accusations of witchcraft could bring an entire... more

26 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 217: Deadly Currents

While humans have depended on them for fresh water and transportation over the millennia, the rivers in our community have... more

19 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 40: Everything Floats

In this Remastered classic episode, let’s return to the city that seems to have it all: celebration, food, the arts…and... more

12 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Episode 216: Tales of Wonder

Some of the most unusual stories in history have a connection to something many of us have living right inside... more

05 Dec 2022 · 30 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 39: Take the Stand

In this remastered episode, we return to the courtroom for a look at a most unusual case. This classic episode... more

28 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 215: Mind Over Matter

Some of the most bizarre celebrities of the past all fall under one umbrella, and you won’t need an Ouija... more

21 Nov 2022 · 29 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 38: The Mountain

Bundle up, because we’re returning to the frigid mountain crime scene that has baffled historians for decades: Dyatlov Pass. This... more

14 Nov 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 214: Spoiled

Often times the more revered and sacred a space is, the more haunted by a trouble past it’s likely to... more

07 Nov 2022 · 28 minutes
Episode 213: Dark Tails

One source of common—and dramatic—folklore is living right inside many of our homes. It’s a feature of civilization that dates... more

31 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
Episode 212: Unforeseen

Some of the darkest moments in history happened in the sweet spot between folklore and science. And if one particular... more

24 Oct 2022 · 29 minutes
Episode 211: Charmed

There are a lot of strange corners in the world of folklore, but one of the most unusual also tends... more

17 Oct 2022 · 28 minutes
Episode 210: Breaking Down

Everything falls apart. But that’s a horrifying truth when applied to one specific location in Ohio. Because failure can often... more

10 Oct 2022 · 31 minutes
Episode 209: Thick & Thin

Tucked away in one of the most well-known types of figures in folklore is an idea we can all relate... more

03 Oct 2022 · 23 minutes
Episode 208: Bygone

  Humans have never let go of folklore designed to help us find things, even if it seems like it’s... more

26 Sep 2022 · 31 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 37: Passing Notes

This classic haunted house story with a dash of spiritualism was so popular, it became an episode of our television... more

19 Sep 2022 · 33 minutes
Episode 207: Flesh & Blood

Our family and where we come from are often core elements of our identity. But as folklore and tragic real... more

12 Sep 2022 · 29 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 36: When the Bow Breaks

It’s time to board the Queen Mary for one last journey through its troubled past. This remastered episode features fresh... more

05 Sep 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 206: Fault Lines

If a community is only as strong as its foundations, then this American city is standing on shaky ground. And... more

29 Aug 2022 · 30 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 35: The King

We head back to Clipperton Island for this remastered classic episode, complete with a brand new bonus story at the... more

22 Aug 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 205: Bit by Bit

One of the most common animals throughout all of history is also the focal point for a world of bizarre... more

15 Aug 2022 · 31 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 34: All the Lovely Ladies

We return to Transylvania, and the reign of the Bloody Countess herself, Elizabeth Bathory. This remastered classic episode features fresh... more

08 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 204: Alluring

One of the most common types of folklore pops up all over the globe, and has left a trail of... more

01 Aug 2022 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 33: A Dead End

Today’s REMASTERED edition of a classic Lore episode takes us back to the streets of Richmond, Virginia, where folklore seems... more

25 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 203: Blurry Pictures

One of the old and most popular types of folklore throughout history is something that most of us take for... more

18 Jul 2022 · 29 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 32: Tampered

In this REMASTERED classic episode, we revisit the folklore of tiny, meddlesome creatures. And not only is the narration and... more

11 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 202: Surface Tension

Beneath one of America’s largest man-made objects is a dark, painful past. And if the stories are true, it has... more

04 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 31: Lost & Found

In this newly remastered classic Lore episode, we revisit stories of bodies lost and bodies found. With fresh narration and... more

27 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
Episode 201: Inescapable

You can’t beat an old classic. And in the world of folklore, there are few types of stories more classic... more

20 Jun 2022 · 28 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 30: Deep & Twisted Roots

Nothing is as alluring as vampire folklore. And in this remastered classic, we return to the villages of Eastern Europe... more

13 Jun 2022 · 29 minutes
Episode 200: Up Close

If the best way to experience something is first-hand, then this 200th episode of Lore is going to have to... more

06 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 29: The Big Chill

In this Remastered edition of a fan favorite, we return to the frozen coast of Maine, and the haunting stories... more

30 May 2022 · 24 minutes
Episode 199: Cutting Ties

One of the most brutal and notorious unsolved murders in American history is also the seed that grew into its... more

23 May 2022 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 28: Making a Mark

Let’s return to the location of another classic Lore episode, for one more tour through the sandy beaches and ancient... more

16 May 2022 · 29 minutes
Episode 198: Curtain Call

Our love of all things thrilling and dramatic has led to some amazing achievements. But in the very center of... more

09 May 2022 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 27: On the Farm

REMASTERED – Episode 27: On the Farm It’s time to return for a walk through the snow and explore the... more

02 May 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 197: Taken

One of the most common players on the stage of folklore is a creature that’s been obsessed over for centuries.... more

25 Apr 2022 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 26: Brought Back

It’s time to revisit the walking dead of folklore, and explore the unique traditions and legends from the island of... more

18 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 196: Bad Seed

Some of the oldest—and most bizarre—folklore in the world is about something we use to fill awkward conversations these days.... more

11 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 25: The Cave

This return visit to the eerie island of Chiloé and its history of dark magic features fresh narration and production,... more

04 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 195: Straight to the Heart

When a series of gruesome murders leaves one community feeling threatened and afraid, it was only through the reenactment of... more

28 Mar 2022 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 24: A Stranger Among Us

Christmas taught most of us that it was acceptable for an odd stranger to invade our home and demonstrate unusual... more

21 Mar 2022 · 26 minutes
Episode 194: Lawless

For centuries, various cultures have leaned on their justice system to provide safety from those who threaten their daily lives.... more

14 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 23: Rope and Railing

The structures that serve as lighthouses on the edge of darkness and danger deserve a revisit, and this Remastered classic... more

07 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Episode 193: Eye to Eye

The monsters from folklore that make the biggest impact on us are also the ones that are the most similar... more

28 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 22: Over the Top

It’s time to return to the dark streets of Victorian London, and to the mysterious figure who put the city... more

21 Feb 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 192: Time Will Tell

Some corners of folklore are a product of time, as centuries and cultures have all made their mark on them.... more

14 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 21: Adrift

This remastered edition of a classic Lore episode takes us back to the chilly waters of the North Pacific, where... more

07 Feb 2022 · 24 minutes
Episode 191: Throwing Voices

One of the oldest and most common beliefs in the world is also the source of intense fear and debate.... more

31 Jan 2022 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 20: Homestead

Home is where the most powerful experiences of our lives take place. But when those experiences are tragic, the memories... more

24 Jan 2022 · 27 minutes
Episode 190: All That Glitters

It’s a place where dreams are born, and were stars take flight. But beneath that thin, beautiful surface is a... more

17 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 19: Bite Marks

Encounters with angry spirits will forever be some of the most terrifying experiences on record. If that’s the thrill you’re... more

10 Jan 2022 · 25 minutes
Episode 189: Fragments

Many of the mysterious creatures in folklore have been passed down through the centuries, allowing rumor and hearsay to deliver... more

03 Jan 2022 · 22 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 18: Hunger Pains

The chilling legends of the wending never get old, so it seems right that we revisit this classic episode. Enjoy... more

27 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
Episode 188: Hide and Seek

Some of the darkest stories and traditions are hiding inside one of our most beloved times of the year. Let’s... more

20 Dec 2021 · 24 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 17: Broken Fingernails

It’s never a bad time to revisit this classic episode about graveyards and the folklore around them. Complete with fresh... more

13 Dec 2021 · 26 minutes
Episode 187: The Crucible

Many of the darkest moments from history were born out of a perfect storm of motivation, fear, and misguided courage.... more

06 Dec 2021 · 25 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 16: Covered Mirrors

It’s time to pay another visit to the little house in Villisca that played host to one of the most... more

29 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
Episode 186: Invisible Boundaries

One of the most frightening aspects of our lives is something that’s hidden from our eyes. And yet its impact... more

22 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 15: Unboxed

The folklore surrounding haunted dolls, and the tale of Robert the Doll in particular, deserves a revisit. This Remastered edition... more

15 Nov 2021 · 24 minutes
Episode 185: Under the Skin

If there’s one thing humans have been obsessed with over the years, it’s the risk that the most dangerous, evil... more

08 Nov 2021 · 23 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 14: The Others

The folklore surrounding small, human-like creatures from around the world is worth another visit. And this time, the journey has... more

01 Nov 2021 · 25 minutes
Episode 184: Falling to Pieces

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

25 Oct 2021 · 25 minutes
Episode 183: Suffer the Children

Some of the most frightening and disturbing stories are the ones that take a different path than we expected. Their... more

18 Oct 2021 · 28 minutes
Episode 182: Ever-Present

While many of the places we live are defined by their current, modern personalities, a look into the past can... more

11 Oct 2021 · 31 minutes
Episode 181: Unsettled

We’ve always had a hunger for mystery stories and true crime. But for a period of time, many of those... more

04 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
Episode 180: Above the Law

In the world of folklore, one of the most interesting most timeless characters is also the least supernatural. But that... more

27 Sep 2021 · 35 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 13: Off the Path

In this remastered edition of a classic Lore episode, we revisit the concept of curses, and take a tour through... more

20 Sep 2021 · 23 minutes
Episode 179: Confidence

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

13 Sep 2021 · 31 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 12: Half-Hanged

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

06 Sep 2021 · 24 minutes
Episode 178: Opportunity

Some of the darkest moments in human history have taken place because of our hunger for a second chance, a... more

30 Aug 2021 · 35 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 11: Black Stockings

In this remastered edition of a classic episode, we’ll revisit the folklore of changelings, and the tragic story of Bridget... more

23 Aug 2021 · 25 minutes
Episode 177: Strings

One of the things that has united humans across cultures and languages is music. For as long as we can... more

16 Aug 2021 · 37 minutes
REMASTERED – 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... more

09 Aug 2021 · 24 minutes
Episode 176: Rooted

In all the folktales about the forest, we are warned to not set foot inside, lest the darkness and dangers... more

02 Aug 2021 · 36 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 9: A Devil on the Roof

It’s time to return to one of the classic American monster stories, the Jersey Devil. In this remastered edition you’ll... more

26 Jul 2021 · 26 minutes
Episode 175: Head Case

In our never-ending journey to discover what makes us tick, people have come up with some pretty surprising ideas. And... more

19 Jul 2021 · 35 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 8: The Castle

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

12 Jul 2021 · 24 minutes
Episode 174: From Scratch

Much like our instinct to set up a home in new places, humans are good at creating everything else we... more

05 Jul 2021 · 35 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 7: In the Woods

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

28 Jun 2021 · 20 minutes
Episode 173: Darkness and Light

On the edge of the world, where risk and danger crash constantly against the shores of civilization, stands a type... more

21 Jun 2021 · 28 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 6: Echoes

Revisit the classic journey into some the history behind our fascination with derelict mental health hospitals. The same story you... more

14 Jun 2021 · 22 minutes
Episode 172: Under the Influence

Many people need something to believe, and someone to follow. But out of all the examples throughout history of bad... more

07 Jun 2021 · 32 minutes
REMASTERED – Episode 5: Under Construction

A fresh take on a classic episode, exploring the world of hidden spirits in the earth, and the way humans... more

31 May 2021 · 19 minutes
Episode 171: Long Shadows

The older the city, the deeper its roots. And when that location is the oldest around—well, the amount of darkness... more

24 May 2021 · 31 minutes
REMASTERED — Episode 4: Dinner at the Afterglow

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

17 May 2021 · 20 minutes
Episode 170: Into the Wild

Some of the most frightening kinds of folklore are the ones with a familiar element. Details that sit a bit... more

10 May 2021 · 33 minutes
REMASTERED — Episode 3: The Beast Within

Our classic exploration of everyone's favorite hairy beast, freshly re-recorded and produced from scratch with music by Chad Lawson. And... more

03 May 2021 · 21 minutes
Episode 169: Blood Money

We’ve all been told to beware things that seem too good to be true, and for good reason. But beyond... more

26 Apr 2021 · 30 minutes
REMASTERED — Episode 2: The Bloody Pit

It's our classic visit to the Hoosac Tunnel, reputed to be one of New England's most haunted locations. Freshly-recorded, newly... more

19 Apr 2021 · 18 minutes
Episode 168: Beyond the Pale

Hope is a powerful emotion, and it has driven humans to do great things over the centuries. It’s also a... more

12 Apr 2021 · 31 minutes
REMASTERED — Episode 1: They Made a Tonic

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

05 Apr 2021 · 23 minutes
Episode 167: Deviation

Death is one of life’s certainties, and the final chapter in each of our stories. And yet throughout history, there... more

29 Mar 2021 · 33 minutes
Episode 166: Toxic

For thousands of years, humans have used a tool of violence to control their enemies, advance their careers, and remove... more

15 Mar 2021 · 29 minutes
Episode 165: On the Line

Some places seem to straddle the boundary between one world and another. It’s a feature than can often generate charm... more

01 Mar 2021 · 31 minutes
Episode 164: Loyal Companion

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

15 Feb 2021 · 29 minutes
Episode 163: Persistence

It should come as no surprise that one of humanity’s greatest qualities is also the tool with which it has... more

01 Feb 2021 · 29 minutes
Episode 162: By Design

In a world obsessed with fairytale endings, the most iconic type of setting for those stories turns out to also... more

18 Jan 2021 · 32 minutes
Episode 161: Shell Game

Folklore is often born in moments were answers and hope seem lost, and few situations like that have generated more... more

04 Jan 2021 · 34 minutes
Episode 160: Sleight of Hand

One of the oldest beliefs in human history is also the root of countless stories in our collective folklore. But... more

21 Dec 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 159: Close By

Episode 159: Close By Whether intentionally or by accident, the past has a way of slipping away, slowly vanishing beneath... more

07 Dec 2020 · 34 minutes
Episode 158: A Grain of Truth

Oftentimes, the truth is right in front of us, made as plain as day and easy to access. But sometimes... more

23 Nov 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 157: Hanging On

One of the most common features of our legends and folklore is our dreams. And one of the most common... more

09 Nov 2020 · 39 minutes
Episode 156: Bottled Up

Humans are very good at making assumptions. But if we look a little deeper, our preconceived ideas about some of... more

26 Oct 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 155: Skin Deep

Some stories are very familiar to us, but our understanding of them is only the tip of the iceberg. Even... more

19 Oct 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 154: Adding It Up

Everywhere you go these days, there are superstitions. Many are modern, and not much more than clever word games or... more

12 Oct 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 153: Hold On

Sometimes the past sticks around because we work hard to make sure it’s never forgotten. Other times, it stays with... more

05 Oct 2020 · 29 minutes
Episode 152: Follow the Leader

Folklore is filled with stories that evolve over time, and while the originals are full of drama and fright, it’s... more

28 Sep 2020 · 29 minutes
Episode 151: By the Book

For a very long time, people have believed that our world is filled with magic. Secret knowledge and hidden truths... more

14 Sep 2020 · 34 minutes
Episode 150: Addition

History can be easy to brush aside or paint over, giving us the illusion of control. But just because we... more

31 Aug 2020 · 34 minutes
Episode 149: Off Track

History has proven just how good humans are at improving things, from weapons and tools to medicine and education. But... more

17 Aug 2020 · 34 minutes
Episode 148: Predictable

If history has shown us anything, it’s that humans are easily motivated by fear. Just what some of those fears... more

03 Aug 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 147: Contained

Humans have long practiced the art of building walls and fortresses in an effort to gain control or find safety.... more

20 Jul 2020 · 33 minutes
Episode 146: A Great Weight

Humans have spent thousands of years building systems to keep us as safe as possible. But eventually, each of us... more

06 Jul 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 145: Invention

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

22 Jun 2020 · 29 minutes
Episode 144: Birds of Prey

Folklore is often about danger and how we, as a community, might avoid it. But real life sometimes becomes a... more

08 Jun 2020 · 33 minutes
Episode 143: Inside Information

Some of the oldest and most popular parts of folklore are the ghost stories. Whether told around a campfire, or... more

25 May 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 142: Reflections

There’s a lot that science has explained away. Mysteries that left us cowering in fear. Events that challenged our feelings... more

11 May 2020 · 31 minutes
Episode 141: Stains

Humanity has always been very good at making the best of a bad situation. Either by burying the past, or... more

27 Apr 2020 · 30 minutes
Episode 140: Potential

We often speak in lofty terms about all that humans are capable of achieving, and much of that is true.... more

13 Apr 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 139: Heirloom

The way we treat the past is a great lens into the character of humanity. Sometimes we elevate it, but... more

30 Mar 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 138: Foresight

Humanity has grown over the millennia by passing on knowledge through teachings and guides. Even today, how-to books are best-sellers,... more

16 Mar 2020 · 30 minutes
Episode 137: Elusive

Our passion for solving incomplete puzzles is something that unites us as a culture. We will chase any mystery and... more

02 Mar 2020 · 29 minutes
Episode 136: The Third Time

Folklore is our legacy. We humans have carried it with us everywhere we’ve gone in the world, and it anchors... more

17 Feb 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 135: A Good Death

We like it when things go according to plan. Even when it comes to death, we long to have some... more

03 Feb 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 134: Disturbing the Peace

Episode 134: Disturbing the Peace There’s nothing more certain in life than death. No matter how rewarding or challenging our... more

20 Jan 2020 · 30 minutes
Episode 133: Proof Positive

The human tendency to study the unknown—to dig deep and search for the bedrock of truth at the bottom of... more

06 Jan 2020 · 32 minutes
Episode 132: Puzzled

We all love a good hiding place. Whether it’s the child who tucks the key to their diary under their... more

23 Dec 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 131: Sea of Change

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

09 Dec 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 130: In Plain Sight

Before cell phones and internet access, learning about the world around us took a lot of time. Along the way,... more

25 Nov 2019 · 33 minutes
Episode 129: Digging Deep

The longer humans stay in one place, the more progress and community we seem to create. But at the same... more

11 Nov 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 128: A Hole in the Head

Most of our life is spent looking for things. Companionship, security, even our lost keys. But above all of that... more

28 Oct 2019 · 34 minutes
Episode 127: Tipping the Scales

Episode 127: Tipping the Scales If you flip through the pages of history long enough, you’ll eventually run into stories... more

21 Oct 2019 · 30 minutes
Episode 126: Aftershocks

Some places in our world have a dark legacy. Prior failures. Shameful acts. Painful tragedy. Even though it all took... more

14 Oct 2019 · 34 minutes
Episode 125: Paper Trails

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

07 Oct 2019 · 30 minutes
Episode 124: To Die For

Everyone wants to look good. And while there’s nothing wrong with beauty, sometimes people have made sacrifices—both willing and unaware—in... more

30 Sep 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 123: Unnoticed

Home might very well be what you make it, but it’s not always about beautiful decorations and comfortable furnishings. Sometimes... more

16 Sep 2019 · 30 minutes
Episode 122: The Shortest Straw

Episode 122: The Shortest Straw Human nature has a number of powerful, universal characteristics. Our need for community. Our love... more

02 Sep 2019 · 34 minutes
Episode 121: Uninvited Guest

Some threats to our safety and well-being are obvious and easy to spot from a mile away. Over the course... more

19 Aug 2019 · 34 minutes
Episode 120: Whistle While You Work

Human ambition has led us to some amazing achievements, and taken us to unexplored places. But it has also lured... more

05 Aug 2019 · 33 minutes
Episode 119: Evolution

Some stories have been around for a very long time, and others are fairly new. One thing is certain, though:... more

22 Jul 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 118: Ambition

Some people have a fire inside them that drives them to do great things. New discoveries, breakthrough inventions, or astonishing... more

08 Jul 2019 · 30 minutes
Episode 117: Bones

Episode 117: Bones Everything is built upon something else. Whether it is a mighty fortress, a simple home, or the... more

24 Jun 2019 · 32 minutes
Episode 116: Something Blue

No one likes to be sick, and yet it is one of the most dependable things in life. We will... more

10 Jun 2019 · 33 minutes
Episode 115: Perspective

The way we explain the world around us is determined by the lens we view it through, especially when events... more

27 May 2019 · 34 minutes
Episode 114: The Gateway

Most locations have an isolated history that is unique to them and only them. But some places have served as... more

13 May 2019 · 35 minutes
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... more

29 Apr 2019 · 33 minutes
Episode 112: Facets

Of all the parts of life that we can depend on, one of the darkest parts is loss. That’s the... more

15 Apr 2019 · 31 minutes
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... more

01 Apr 2019 · 33 minutes
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... more

18 Mar 2019 · 32 minutes
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... more

04 Mar 2019 · 31 minutes
Episode 108: Debris

Our oceans are some of the most remote regions on the planet. Because of that, people have filled that darkness... more

18 Feb 2019 · 33 minutes
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... more

04 Feb 2019 · 41 minutes
Episode 106: The Collection

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

21 Jan 2019 · 31 minutes
Episode 105: Layers

We love to simplify things. Easy is better than complex, after all, and simple things are easy to understand. Sadly,... more

07 Jan 2019 · 35 minutes
Episode 104: Anchored

The ocean is very good at taking things from us, but we are equally skilled at not forgetting. Still, no... more

21 Dec 2018 · 29 minutes
Episode 103: Disappointment

Humanity is fueled by hope. We hope for improvement, and dream of a day when things get better than they... more

10 Dec 2018 · 31 minutes
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.... more

26 Nov 2018 · 31 minutes
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... more

12 Nov 2018 · 31 minutes
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... more

29 Oct 2018 · 40 minutes
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... more

22 Oct 2018 · 28 minutes
Episode 98: Never Alone

When tragedy strikes and poor choices haunt us, sometimes the only thing we can do is move on and build... more

15 Oct 2018 · 33 minutes
Episode 97: Misplaced

For thousands of years, humans have built rules and procedures for handling the various curveballs that life throws our way—and... more

08 Oct 2018 · 31 minutes
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... more

01 Oct 2018 · 32 minutes
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... more

17 Sep 2018 · 29 minutes
Episode 94: Hard Rain

Our understanding of the natural world is incredibly advanced compared to our ancestors from a few centuries ago. We have... more

03 Sep 2018 · 30 minutes
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.... more

20 Aug 2018 · 29 minutes
Episode 92: Stronger

There is a lot in life that we can control, but no system is perfect. Every now and then, circumstances... more

06 Aug 2018 · 28 minutes
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... more

23 Jul 2018 · 28 minutes
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... more

09 Jul 2018 · 36 minutes
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... more

25 Jun 2018 · 31 minutes
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... more

11 Jun 2018 · 37 minutes
Episode 87: Road Trip

Every now and then a story comes along that is so powerful and compelling that it creates a new branch... more

28 May 2018 · 35 minutes
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... more

14 May 2018 · 35 minutes
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,... more

30 Apr 2018 · 32 minutes
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... more

16 Apr 2018 · 31 minutes
Episode 83: Carried Away

Humans have always been more than a little bit superstitious, and one of the oldest and most universal of those... more

02 Apr 2018 · 32 minutes
Episode 82: Forgotten

People are really good at moving on. We rush from fad to fad at an alarming speed, and it’s difficult... more

19 Mar 2018 · 30 minutes
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... more

05 Mar 2018 · 30 minutes
Episode 80: Dark Imports

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

19 Feb 2018 · 31 minutes
Episode 79: Locked Away

Our lives have a way of becoming magnets that attract pain and suffering. Some of us go through more than... more

05 Feb 2018 · 29 minutes
Episode 78: Exposure

We live in a very technological world today, with constant updates and improvements over last year’s model, and while many... more

22 Jan 2018 · 33 minutes
Episode 77: Withering Heights

Waves of illness crash against the shores of humanity. They always have, and they probably always will. But we weather... more

08 Jan 2018 · 26 minutes
Episode 76: Talk Show

Life is a lot like a big budget movie. We click play, and then let the action wash over us.... more

22 Dec 2017 · 28 minutes
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... more

11 Dec 2017 · 26 minutes
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... more

27 Nov 2017 · 27 minutes
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... more

13 Nov 2017 · 33 minutes
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... more

30 Oct 2017 · 40 minutes
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... more

23 Oct 2017 · 15 minutes
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... more

16 Oct 2017 · 28 minutes
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... more

09 Oct 2017 · 17 minutes
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... more

02 Oct 2017 · 28 minutes
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.... more

18 Sep 2017 · 27 minutes
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... more

04 Sep 2017 · 27 minutes
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,... more

21 Aug 2017 · 26 minutes
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... more

07 Aug 2017 · 24 minutes
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... more

24 Jul 2017 · 25 minutes
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... more

10 Jul 2017 · 24 minutes
Episode 63: Homecoming

Folklore and popular culture are filled with a type of event that seems both unusual and logical: time and time... more

26 Jun 2017 · 26 minutes
Episode 62: Desperate Measures

Folklore and medicine often go hand in hand. In fact, for a long time they were the very same thing.... more

12 Jun 2017 · 24 minutes
Episode 61: Labor Pains

You can tell a lot about a culture by the things it creates. Tools, exploration, weapons; all of it speaks... more

29 May 2017 · 26 minutes
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,... more

15 May 2017 · 23 minutes
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... more

01 May 2017 · 24 minutes
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... more

17 Apr 2017 · 23 minutes
Episode 67: The Red Coats

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