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 Post, the Guardian, Entertainment Weekly, The 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.