Aaron Mahnke is creating Lore
2,436

patrons

I believe people hunger for story.

We all enjoy a well-told, well-written tale. It allows us to escape for a moment and live in someone else’s world, a world where problems have solutions (most of the time) and things make sense (again, mostly). Story is in our DNA. We evolved from knuckle-dragging cavemen into advanced cultures, in part, because we discovered the benefits of gathering around the fire at night and telling stories. Shared knowledge, shared experiences, communal narrative; this is what makes us who we are.

I created Lore because I wanted to tell stories. In the process of researching my supernatural thriller novels, I often discover pieces of history and lore that give common scary stories a new level of detail, and a fresh humanity. Vampire tales, for example, aren’t stories of supernatural beings; they are stories about our longing for immortality, the hint of our death that waits around every corner, and a way to rationalize the mysteries of the afterlife.

Vampire stories aren’t about vampires, you see. They’re about us.

What is Lore?

Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that's been compared to a campfire experience. No interviews or round-table discussions here; Lore is a spoken word narrative podcast that's designed to entertain.

Reviews of Lore have blown me away. Not only was the show voted one of iTunes' Best of 2015 and 2016, but it was named Best History Podcast of 2016 by the Academy of Podcasters. The show has been featured in global publications, including the Huffington Postthe GuardianEntertainment WeeklyThe Atlantic, and USA Today.

Two years in, Lore is firing on all cylinders. It is being adapted for television by the producers of The Walking Dead, and has been picked up by Amazon Studios with a full season order. In addition, the show is being adapted by Del Rey books for a 3-book series called The World of Lore, which will begin publication in Spring of 2018.

Not too shabby for a little podcast about folklore and scary history!

Why Patreon?

It takes time to research each episode properly, to write up each script, and to record and produce the audio at a level of quality that my listeners deserve. That time spent researching, writing, and recording has become my full-time job, so Patreon helps me pay the bills.

Of course, there are also hard costs to running the show. Website and podcast file hosting, audio equipment, travel for live shows, and all sorts of other incidental expenses. Patreon support helps cover that.

Thank You

Every listener makes a difference, and for that I thank you all. The show is out there and free for anyone to listen to and enjoy. Tell your friends and spread the word. And if you find that you want to help push Lore over the next big hill, consider contributing a small amount each month toward the show. With your help, Lore can continue to grow!

Rewards
The Bronze Level
$1 or more per month
For the Lore fan that just wants access to the occasional news update and special offer.

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
The Silver Level
$5 or more per month
For the discerning Lore fan who wants additional episodes, discounts on merchandise, and an overwhelming feeling of dread. Wait, what?

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
  • A 20% discount on all Lore merchandise in the Lore Shop.
  • Access to shorter “Lore Extras” released on off-weeks.
  • Occasional digital Lore goodies!
The Gold Level
$10 or more per month
This is for the Lore fan who needs it all. Deep merchandise discounts, premium full episodes, and all the Extras. Breathe deep!

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
  • Access to shorter “Lore Extras” released on off-weeks.
  • Occasional digital Lore goodies!
  • $10 off each quarterly Mystery Box.
  • A *30% discount* on all Lore merchandise in the Lore Shop.
  • Access to premium, ad-free versions of all full episodes.
I believe people hunger for story.

We all enjoy a well-told, well-written tale. It allows us to escape for a moment and live in someone else’s world, a world where problems have solutions (most of the time) and things make sense (again, mostly). Story is in our DNA. We evolved from knuckle-dragging cavemen into advanced cultures, in part, because we discovered the benefits of gathering around the fire at night and telling stories. Shared knowledge, shared experiences, communal narrative; this is what makes us who we are.

I created Lore because I wanted to tell stories. In the process of researching my supernatural thriller novels, I often discover pieces of history and lore that give common scary stories a new level of detail, and a fresh humanity. Vampire tales, for example, aren’t stories of supernatural beings; they are stories about our longing for immortality, the hint of our death that waits around every corner, and a way to rationalize the mysteries of the afterlife.

Vampire stories aren’t about vampires, you see. They’re about us.

What is Lore?

Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that's been compared to a campfire experience. No interviews or round-table discussions here; Lore is a spoken word narrative podcast that's designed to entertain.

Reviews of Lore have blown me away. Not only was the show voted one of iTunes' Best of 2015 and 2016, but it was named Best History Podcast of 2016 by the Academy of Podcasters. The show has been featured in global publications, including the Huffington Postthe GuardianEntertainment WeeklyThe Atlantic, and USA Today.

Two years in, Lore is firing on all cylinders. It is being adapted for television by the producers of The Walking Dead, and has been picked up by Amazon Studios with a full season order. In addition, the show is being adapted by Del Rey books for a 3-book series called The World of Lore, which will begin publication in Spring of 2018.

Not too shabby for a little podcast about folklore and scary history!

Why Patreon?

It takes time to research each episode properly, to write up each script, and to record and produce the audio at a level of quality that my listeners deserve. That time spent researching, writing, and recording has become my full-time job, so Patreon helps me pay the bills.

Of course, there are also hard costs to running the show. Website and podcast file hosting, audio equipment, travel for live shows, and all sorts of other incidental expenses. Patreon support helps cover that.

Thank You

Every listener makes a difference, and for that I thank you all. The show is out there and free for anyone to listen to and enjoy. Tell your friends and spread the word. And if you find that you want to help push Lore over the next big hill, consider contributing a small amount each month toward the show. With your help, Lore can continue to grow!

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Rewards
The Bronze Level
$1 or more per month
For the Lore fan that just wants access to the occasional news update and special offer.

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
The Silver Level
$5 or more per month
For the discerning Lore fan who wants additional episodes, discounts on merchandise, and an overwhelming feeling of dread. Wait, what?

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
  • A 20% discount on all Lore merchandise in the Lore Shop.
  • Access to shorter “Lore Extras” released on off-weeks.
  • Occasional digital Lore goodies!
The Gold Level
$10 or more per month
This is for the Lore fan who needs it all. Deep merchandise discounts, premium full episodes, and all the Extras. Breathe deep!

Includes
  • Patron-only news, perks, and letters from Aaron.
  • Access to shorter “Lore Extras” released on off-weeks.
  • Occasional digital Lore goodies!
  • $10 off each quarterly Mystery Box.
  • A *30% discount* on all Lore merchandise in the Lore Shop.
  • Access to premium, ad-free versions of all full episodes.