Time for the second review of podcasts to chill and entertain during Horror Month. This time I present Lore, “a bi-weekly podcast about true life scary stories.” Do you like Stuff You Should Know, but wish it was short and creepy? You’re in luck.

At first glance, with its short length (18-30 min) and simple titles, you may think that there couldn’t be anything worthwhile here. You’d be dead wrong. Lore is one of the best podcasts to come out this year, and that’s saying something. I’ve been recommending it since I found it a couple of months ago and I’ll continue to as long as it remains true to its tagline, “Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.”.

The creator and sole voice of Lore is Author Aaron Mahnke. He has three novels for sale on the Lore website and I plan on buying one based solely on his work in this show. If his fiction is anywhere near the quality of this historical horror podcast It will be 16 dollars US well spent for an autographed paperback, and I’m a cheapskate.

The audio quality is beyond reproach, being professionally recorded and produced. There’s not much more I can say about that, it’s top of the heap status.

As for the content, it isn’t the most original subject matter within the horror genre, with subjects ranging from Vampires to the Jersey Devil. However, as the episodes move on the topics start to vary in a much more wide sweeping arc, focusing on more obscure legends that many may not have heard of, while still touching back to the more mainstream now and again. The simple fact that a werewolf episode could hold my attention for eighteen minutes is testament to the quality and original format of this gem.

Being a bi-weekly podcast that is at 16 episodes as of the time of this review I haven’t yet seen a single late release. I also have not seen any signs of cracks showing in the production, editing, or any other facet of the show. This beast is about as regular as it gets.

The overall likeability of Lore, for me, comes from its simple single story narrative. The one negative thing I could say about the show is that I wish it was twice, even three times the episode length. That being said, I know what it’s like producing a bi-weekly hour plus long show and it’s near impossible by yourself unless it’s your full time job.

The horror comes in the production here. The stories, of course, are ghoulish and ghastly, but for fans of the paranormal as a matter of real life fact or anthropological curiosity, they serve more as horizon broadening than heart skipping. The simplicity of the show, paired with Aaron’s expert choice in soundscapes and minor audio accents keeps a clean feel to it, which pulls you even deeper into the stories than you probably should allow. That is what brings the BOO. The fact that you can be caught off guard with your earbuds in at work because you’re not really at work, you’re in the story.

I could go on for a lot longer, but I’ll let the scores give the final say. Be sure to give this one a listen.

Audio Quality\Production: 10
Content\Originality:           9
Consistency:                     10
Likeability:                         8
5’th Element: Horror:         8

Final Score:                       9

All of the Lore social media links, including donation pages, are Here in one easy place.