THE WORLD OF LORE – WICKED MORTALS, by Aaron Mahnke, Penguin Random House

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A chilling, lavishly illustrated 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, now an online streaming series.

Here are 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.

As Aaron Mahnke reminds us, sometimes the truth is even more frightening than the lore.

Out May 29, 2018


I received this book in exchanged for my honest opinion.

This is a great series and this particular book is #2.  Go and read the first one if you haven’t yet. It’s called “The World of Lore: Monstrous Creatures.”

Book two discusses things like mass murders, witches, criminals and other super weird tales of human nature. Lots of mystery like spontaneous human combustion, and strange happenings unexplained like changelings, possessions, and doppelgangers. Often, humans are depicted as evil, cruel beings sometimes guided by superstitions.

There are a few moments of repetition and others that could have used more discussions. But these moments didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book.

There are interesting illustrations that I was glad to see. They complimented the story referred to.  The covers are beautiful.

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