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The World of Lore: Dreadful Places

(The World of Lore #3)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  184 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Captivating stories of the places where human evil has left a nefarious mark, featuring stories from the podcast Lore--now a streaming television series--including "Echoes," "Withering Heights," and "Behind Closed Doors" as well as rare material.

Sometimes you walk into a room, a building, or even a town, and you feel it. Something seems off--an atmosphere that leaves you o
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 9th 2018 by Del Rey Books
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Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The latest instalment in the ‘Lore’ series, this follows the stories that surround the dark and sinister places in our lore. As usual it’s easy to read, with a friendly and familiar writing style that lends itself well to these types of stories. It’s as though the writer is talking around a camping fire with old friends, relaying spooky stories - which is exactly how these tales should be told.

The stories and places covered range
The World of Lore: Dreadful Places is the 3rd book in a companion series of books to the podcast, Lore. This book explores cities, towns, states, hotels, buildings, etc where 'dreadful' things have happened or occur. For example, we have hotels haunted by past residents, and towns cursed to fall.

So this is the first Lore book I've picked up, (and I've never actually listened to the podcast), but it was a fun read. I loved the little snippets about the various places in this book, and it would
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Del Rey for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.

Since picking up Slenderman recently, I have been absolutely fascinated with folklore, specifically the new generation of digital folklore. However, it was nice going back to the folklore that brought us the monsters and places that we would scary each other with in campfire stories.

Both of these editions in The World of Lore series were very engrossing to read. For Dreadful Places we are brought all over the world to examine
Out of the Bex
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Not quite as good as the previous two...

Admittedly, I've never listened to the Lore Podcast. But I have read all three books!

The third installment lacked fluidity, the stories flitted about briefly and quickly dissolved into the next chapter perhaps too quickly after their climax. It did even out after around 100 pages, but though less so, it was still noticeable.

Also of note, this book is filled with a great deal of history notes and descriptions, much more so than books one and two.

All in al
Rachael  Fryman
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
If you are a fan of the Lore podcast, you will love this next installment of The World of Lore. This edition takes readers all over the world to some of the most haunted and terrifying places around the globe. Some of my favorites that were included in this book are tales from Savanah and New Orleans, the Dyatlov Pass, the Bell Witch Cave, and the many asylums and jails sprinkled through America and Europe.
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Being a fan of the podcast Lore, I decided to give one of the books a try. That turned out to be a double-edged sword as the book consists of transcripts of episodes that I've already heard before. Not necessarily a bad thing; just not what I was expecting. It did make for some great, spooky bedtime reading, though! I would recommend it if you wanted to dip your toe into the world of Lore or if you were looking for a portable version of the podcast.

I received a digital ARC from the publisher vi
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
(Note: I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley)

Aaron Mahnke's third book takes its readers on a journey to an array of places that have all been permanently marked by their respective dark pasts.

That this work (like the others) is a "best of" collection from his podcast becomes overly clear early on with a definite repetitiveness in the first few sections that isn't noticeable when they're audio episodes spread out over a long-running series, but is all too noticeable when compiled and pu
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was just as I expected: a pretty complete retelling of all the stories from the Lore podcast that involve a spooky place or creepy setting. I've loved this entire trilogy, mostly because I adore the Lore podcast. That being said, this one was especially great because it contained my favorite ever Lore story (the King, about a lighthouse on an island. Ep 35) followed immediately by the story of the Dyatlov pass mystery. When a mystery contains the phrase "her tongue and eyeballs were mysteri ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, weird
Pretty much exactly like the previous Lore books, with all the strengths and weaknesses that implies. I like when Mahnke does put in the extra work of questioning the folklore, and I'm happiest when it's treated as exactly that and not true events. But he sometimes forgets to do that, even when it would be really easy. If Sarah Winchester never spoke about her belief that ghosts were haunting her and she needed to build constantly to fool them, how do we know that was what she actually believed? ...more
Probably my second favorite of the set right behind Monstrous Creatures. One thing that was difficult with this one was I actually got into the podcast between Monstrous Creatures and this one, so while all the stories in MC were brand new to me, by this one I've listened to all the episodes of the podcasts and knew most of the stories. It was interesting though to read them after hearing them because I found myself falling into Aaron Mahnke's wonderful sonorous speech patterns in my head. Still ...more
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: a-netgalley
If you've heard the Lore podcast, reading anything from the World of Lore series is instantly recognizable. Aaron Mahnke's authorial voice shines in this anthology of "dreadful places” as he discusses the hauntings of multiple settings, from Russia's Dyatlov Pass to the Queen Mary's travels across the world (though there is a slight bias towards American sites). For readers unfamiliar with the Lore podcast, this book is a perfect introduction to Mahnke's “World of Lore” or could very well stand ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is on par with all of his other Lore you all the fact and lore about a subject and then including his own commentary about things.

The one place that he mentioned that I have actually seen is the Queen is permanently moored in Long Beach, CA. Now that I know the facts that he mentioned...I may want to go there to check it out.

One place I'm surprised he didn't mention was the Clown Motel...but then again that may be for another book.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Entertaining and creepy as usual, even as the writing could throw in a few too many cliches (that probably read differently while listening in a podcast setting) and organizational thread of the collection gets a little lost at the end. Additionally, a lot of these tales didn't have a whole lot to them. This is probably a sourcing issue.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An amazingly spooky read, full of stories about various creepy places around the world (but mostly the US). Perfect for October!

The majority of content has already been covered in the podcast, but nonetheless it’s an absolute treat. I’m always up for more Lore and Aaron Mahnke’s storytelling.
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is perfect for those who enjoy ghostly stories. I liked how the author tied in "real life" to his story of ghosts, which almost made the entire thing seem plausible and factual. I would definitely read more like this!
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: nfn2018, owned-pink
These are fine, but honestly the stories are better read aloud as if you were at a campfire. That’s why I think the concept works better as a podcast/audiobook. They’re bite sized, and when listening it’s fine, but in reading they lack coherence and detail.
Lisa Kizer
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Once again if you’ve listen to the podcasts you know these stories. Some of the stories were more interesting when I looked them up on Wikipedia-just the presentation was better than the books version. Not saying Wikipedia is more correct just the spin was better.
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! The stories were interesting and well researched. Plus, Aaron Mahnke narrates the audio book and just like his podcast, he does it perfectly.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I'm enjoying this series. Lots of details. His coverage of the Winchester House was not as in-depth as that provided in Ghostland by Colin Dickey.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
2.5 stars
Oct 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. Again well researched. Really getting into the Halloween 👻 spirit 🎃 listening to these tales. 🤔
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My second favorite, after Monstrous Creatures!
Phillip Garcia
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Many of these stories are not new, but Mahnke brings a unique perspective and he is such of good storyteller this is well worth your time.
Oct 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Quick chapters on creepy places around the world. Loved it.

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Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the third in the series of The World of Lore books by Aaron Mahnke. While it was not the best of the three, it was certainly interesting and held my attention.
Beth Younge
Like a lot of reviewers have mentioned, there is some recycling of stories from the podcast, which isn't inherently bad, but it does make this volume the least satisfying to read out of the three. Overall, i liked this book and was so glad i read it. It was dark, weird and spooky and it's a great continuation of the podcasts.

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Aaron Mahnke is the creator, producer, and host of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House / Del Rey).

Born and raised in Illinois, Aaron now lives with his wife and children on the historic North Shore of Boston, where h

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