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The World of Lore: Dreadful Places

Narrated by: Aaron Mahnke
Series: The World of Lore, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (317 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Captivating stories of the places where human evil has left a nefarious mark, featuring stories from the podcast Lore - now a streaming television series - including “Echoes”, “Withering Heights”, and “Behind Closed Doors”, as well as rare material.

Sometimes you walk into a room, a building, or even a town, and you feel it. Something seems off - an atmosphere that leaves you oddly unsettled, with a sense of lingering darkness. Join Aaron Mahnke, the host of the popular podcast Lore, as he explores some of these dreadful places and the history that haunts them.  

Mahnke takes us to Colorado and the palatial Stanley Hotel, where wealthy guests enjoyed views of the Rocky Mountains at the turn of the 20th century - and where, decades later, a restless author would awaken from a nightmare, inspired to write one of the most revered horror novels of all time. Mahnke also crosses land and sea to visit frightful sites - from New Orleans to Richmond, Virginia, to the brooding, ancient castles of England - each with its own echoes of dark deeds, horrible tragedies, and shocking evil still resounding.  

Filled with evocative illustrations, this eerie tour of lurid landmarks and doomed destinations is just the ticket to take armchair travelers with a taste for the macabre to places they never thought they’d visit in their wildest, scariest dreams.  

The World of Lore series includes:

  • Monstrous Creatures
  • Wicked Mortals
  • Dreadful Places

Praise for World of Lore: Dreadful Places:

“Well-written, rooted in deep historical research, and ridiculously entertaining.... Each chapter brings a creepy story from folklore to life.... Hair-raising stuff.” (SyFy Wire)   

“Fans of the Lore podcast won’t want to miss this latest volume in the creator’s series, a collection of illustrated versions of both rare and well-known stories about ‘lurid landmarks and doomed destinations.’” (io9)

Dreadful Places is a delight for Lore fans and newbies alike. In the book, [Aaron] Mahnke visits places around the world that are steeped in a supernatural legacy.” (Refinery29)

©2018 Aaron Mahnke (P)2018 Random House Audio

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If you love the podcast, you will love this book.

I have been listening to Aaron Mahnke's podcast, Lore, for a few years now. The stories he puts together are not just well written, but also well preformed by the author as well.

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Dreadful Places

This is the second book by Aaron Mahnke that my son and I have gone through. We preferred the first Lore book to this one, but that is not because this wasn't good. The content in Monstrous Creatures was just a bit more engaging for us. I love how he tells stories of these events/places and what emphasis he puts on them is not biased towards trying to get you to believe or not, it is just discussion. We will probably be picking up Wicked Mortals next and checking that out as well.

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Very good book.

Interesting and thought provoking. I would recommend this read to anyone who likes short stories.

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It's everything you've came to love about lore

Aaron Mahnke never disappoints, it's lore categorized, sure it's a lot of the podcast, with some extras, but it's still well worth every penny, I wish he would have read his original books he's released like he did with the 3 lore inspired books, honestly you can't do better than the man himself reading with the style we've all came to know and love. I look forward to buying the third book asap. If you've never experienced lore, these books are a fantastic jumping off point and extremely good for long trips. very very very satisfied!

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Love this book!!

I have have listened to this book three times it's amazing!! I highly recommend it!!!

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It’s just the podcast

After hearing all of the ads for the books on the podcast I gave this a shot expecting some new original stories. Very let down that it is just a collection of podcasts I have already listened to. Why aren’t the other reviews mentioning this?

If you listened to the podcast then you’ve already heard this book.

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Loved every bit of it!

I loved all the stories and Aaron Mahnke's humor! It kept my attention and was creepy when I was driving alone in the dark!

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The world of dreadful places

These audio books read by Aaron Mahnke are very entertaining and historically interesting . I have listened more than once.

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great

the best one yet I can't wait for the next one and the show on line is the best

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Wonderful Content, Poor Narration

I love the stories and the way they are written in "Lore", however, I wish I'd purchased the physical book instead of the audio book. Aaron Mahnke is a pleasing author, not a fabulous narrator. It could've been much worse though! Overall, lovely, creepy folk stories that were fun to learn about.

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