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A chilling who's who of the most despicable people ever to walk the Earth, featuring both rare and best-loved stories from the hit podcast Lore, soon to be an Online streaming series. 

The second book in a three-volume collection, The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals tells the incredible true stories of some of the mortals who achieved notoriety in history and folklore through horrible means. Monsters of this sort - serial killers, desperate criminals, and socially mobile people with a much darker double life - are, in fact, quite real, including H. H. Holmes, the infamous Chicago serial killer; William Brodie, the Edinburgh criminal mastermind who inspired The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; and Bela Kiss, a Hungarian tinsmith with a most disturbing hobby: collecting women in gasoline drums. 

©2018 Aaron Mahnke (P)2018 Random House Audio

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Same as the Podcast

if you listen to the podcast, you've heard this whole book before. don't get me wrong, it's very good, but it's the podcast basically word for word

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For Fans of The Lore Podcast

Akin to the first book in this Lore collection (Monstrous Creatures), this book covers many of the same topics that have been researched and broadcast on the titular podcast. This book goes further in-depth and covers various types of 'wicked mortals.' Think the likes of the serial killer H H Holmes, resurrectionists who amassed their wealth from body snatching the recently interred, or black widow types who systematically poisoned everyone around them (typically for insurance).

Chapter changes are marked with some music, but I miss having it ambiently play throughout as it does on the podcast.

While I love the lore, the primary reason I purchased this was in support of the author and his podcast. Aaron Mahnke is a wonderful story-teller, but most of the content here can be found on the podcast or on the Amazon Prime show.

I will likely get the upcoming Lore: Dreadful Places, but with the understanding that it, like the two books that have come before it, is going to be an in-depth retelling of the podcast.

I would highly recommend this to fans. And for those who have never heard of Mahnke or Lore, I suggest listening to his Lore podcast first so you can experience his reading and story-style.

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great book can't wait for the next one

this is yet another great book by arron mankey I hope I'm spelling that right lol but all in all I'd highly recommend this to anyone who is into the weird an strange

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Great book- a must listen!

If you enjoy the podcast, the show, or his last book, you’ll enjoy this. It’s full of facts that are sometimes overlooked and forgotten through history, about the most curious cases and interesting people.

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Excellent Reading!

I got into LORE listening to their podcasts. The book was an excellent extension of the podcast.

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Love this series!

I adore the World of Lore. There is a lot of overlap between the podcast and the books, but I still enjoy it. This book could have probably handled a little less H. H. Holmes, but that's really my only complaint.

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This is Lore book #2. I rate it a A-

This is a really great book. Although intriguing I rate it a bit lower than book #1. You can't go wrong with either, but I definitely buy Lore Book #1 first then this 2nd book second. The author is a very good at narrating his own books. Between the two books you'll have many hours of enjoyable short horror stories. Alan

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excellent

loved this, just like his last book so dang Good! keep writing! looking forward to your next one.

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