Podcast Lore: Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction

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Chances are, you grew up on some folklore: whether local, like the legend of the haunted house down the street, a sign of the times, like bogeyman stories, or a story related to your ethnic/racial heritage that traveled by oral tradition through your family to your ears. A cross-cultural phenomenon of humans all over the globe is to explain unusual phenomenon through story. With memory being the fickle and easily altered thing it is, stories easily become embellished, evolving into legend. Which brings us to… Lore.


Aaron Mahnke, the mind (and voice) behind Lore podcast identifies as a supernatural nerd. He brings academic rigor to his insatiable curiosity, and the result is a podcast that is as well-researched as it is unusual and creepy. Lore looks for the truth behind the legend to the stories that haunt us.

Some myths are born by humans seeking meaning in times of tragedy, sometimes leading folklore to emerge about the possible haunted nature of specific locations, sometimes driving plagues of fear and panic, in which a belief in the supernatural results in a toll on very real human lives. Other times, no folklore is required for a series of circumstances to result in a very creepy, very real, bizarre style of crime.

Our cultural fascination with supernatural horror, and real crime procedurals and drama, makes Lore a perfect podcast for the times. It takes a critical eye unveiling the truth behind supernatural mysteries, often revealing it’s tagline to be true: Sometimes the truth is more frightening than fiction.

A Magical Podcast That Will Slay You

I listen to a lot of podcasts that range to intelligent to down right shameful. Hello from the Magic Tavern is one of the dirtiest pleasures I have found in a long time. Each minute of hysterical commentary I pray that my headphones don’t become unplugged at work.

This podcast is set in a “fictional” world of Foon that is filled with elves, dwarves, wizards, and anything else you can imagine. The main character is called Arnie who fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago. He then found himself in this magical world. He then figured he had wi-fi and started making a podcast with his new found friends in the tavern Vermilion Minotaur.

His co-hosts are a shape-shifter that can only change in the times of sexual pleasure and a wizard that just wants people to join his quest to defeat the Dark Lord. There are always common phrases that Arnie uses that make no sense there or  something really dirty here is a common innocent phrase. The childish humor of butt jokes and verbiage brings me back to a simpler time of my life and I love it.

If you love inappropriate humor, role-play(sexually or not), and fantasy world setting with deep plot then this is a show for you. Listen to it on iTunes or from the website here.