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13 of the Creepiest, Most Disturbing Lore Episodes

Today is Friday the 13th, which makes it a perfect release date for Amazon’s new series, Lore. This new anthology series is directly inspired by Lore, an awesome and exquisitely researched podcast started by novelist Aaron Mahnke.

And I could not be more excited. Lore is one of my favorite podcasts.

As a podcast, Lore retells old legends, myths, and real-life ghost stories from America and Europe, but these aren’t your average campfire takes. Mahnke is a wonderful storyteller who carefully researches and questions the stories he tells, all of which weaves a stunning picture of human nature. You may have heard stories of the Moth Man or the Jersey Devil or Elizabeth Bathory, but never like this. And Amazon’s new series continues this tradition by adapting Mahnke’s podcast episodes for the small screen.

In honor of the new series, I wanted to share my 13 favorite Lore episodes with you. It was no small task to narrow down the 70 (and counting!) episodes to 13, so I had to make some hard choices. I hope you enjoy them!

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  1. They Made a Tonic—Ep. 1

The very first episode of Lore takes us back through time when shoddy burial practices and fear of disease contributed to the rise of vampire mythology. Addresses the legend of Mercy Brown, who started the Great New England Vampire Panic.

Listen here.

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  1. A Devil on the Roof—Ep. 9

In the pines of New Jersey, there are many monsters, but the New Jersey Devil is the most frightening of all, having terrorized the Pine Barrens for over 300 years.

Listen here.

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  1. Black Stockings—Ep. 11

A chilling and disturbing example of the elven changeling legend, this episode tells the story of Bridget Cleary, a woman whose husband accused her of being a changeling.

Listen here.

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  1. Half-Hanged—Ep. 12

Independent, socially ostracized women have always been a favorite target of witch hunts. Mary Webster is just one example of a woman accused of witchcraft by men who needed a scapegoat.

This episode has my FAVORITE closing line of the entire series.

Listen here.

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  1. Rope and Railing—Ep. 23

One of the episodes that made me shiver in the heat of summer, this is the tale of the Smalls Lighthouse of Pembrokeshire Wales and all the creepy things that have happened there.

It also has one of the most chilling endings of the series.

Listen here.

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  1. The Cave—Ep. 25

Legend has it that, off the coast of Chile on an island name Chiloé, a powerful and sinister cult of warlocks and their human abominations, known as the invunche, sustained a reign of terror.

Listen here.

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  1. On the Farm–Ep. 27

In this episode, Lore recounts the Hinterkaifeck murders of Bavaria in gripping detail.

Listen here.

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  1. Passing Notes—Ep. 37

In March 0f 1850, the Reverend Eliakim Phelps and his wife Eliza experienced a strange and terrifying haunting in the Stratford, Connecticut home.

Listen here.

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  1. Supply and Demand—Ep. 43

One of Lore’s many episodes that address the natural evil in humanity, Supply and Demand explores the many crimes of Scotsmen Burke and Hare, grave robbers who discovered a way to make their business even more profitable.

Listen here.

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  1. Going Viral—Ep. 56

A new, refreshingly detailed take on the infamous Bell Witch haunting and the public obsession with the legend.

Listen here.

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  1. Quarantine—Ep. 57

Humanity has always had a knack for savagery and brutality. The Loudon Possessions are a prime example of what happens when hysteria seizes a community.

Listen here.

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  1. If Walls Could Talk—Ep. 60

While Episode 6 – “Echoes” – deals with the infamous Danvers Asylum, I’ve always found this episode exploring the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum way more unsettling.

Listen here.

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  1. Homecoming – Ep. 63

You’ve probably heard about serial killer H.H. Holmes’ crimes at his murder “Castle”, but this episode will catch you up on everything he did after Holmes fled Chicago.

Listen here.

Happy listening!

 

What do you think? Did I leave out any of your favorite episodes?

 

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  1. Kara and I were first introduced to Lore through this page. We devoured three episodes of the new show last night and ordered Mahnke’s new book yesterday too. The first episode I ever heard was “Supply and Demand” and it remains one of my favorites.

    • Glad to be of service! So you like the show? I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet.

      • They did a great job. In fact, very anxious for more. There are only six episodes, “They Made A Tonic”, “Black Stockings”, “The Beast Within”, “Unboxed”, “Passing Notes”, and “Echoes”. Mahkne narrates. Actors/direction excellent.

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