History has a dark side, and many of the superstitions and fears we have today are rooted in a historical tragedy – or worse, “medical” procedures or cures for “illnesses” that were yet to be understood by now-modern medicine. This podcast is a simple storytelling show about these chilling, historical true stories. You’ll hear the creepy story of HH Holmes, who hid women in his “Castle” in the late 1880s starting around the time of the World’s Fair in Chicago, or the story of the New Jersey Devil who prowls the Pine Barrens … mythical creature or real?
Lore writer Aaron Mahnke is dedicated to broadcasting a high quality podcast and it shows. I’m grateful that he only plays post-roll ads which does not impact the flow – critical on a storytelling podcast. Mahnke is also a supernatural thriller writer which is how he got into the podcast world (you can read several interviews with him to learn more). He became interested in the topic while doing research for his fiction projects. I love that his entry into podcasting was because he was passionate about the content.
I am actually not passionate about this content at all, but this production is very, very well done and as I went through my rating categories below, I realized Mahnke has put together a great show. The length (20-30 minutes) is appropriate and easy to fit into a commute. It’s a nice escape that makes you feel uncomfortable about scary folklore without focusing on gore.
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (4 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (5 / 5)
I love the style of this podcast because it’s a little different. It’s just Mahnke reading his scripted story, and it works. He had some background in audio broadcasting prior to Lore, but he doesn’t try to “act” or create different character tones or voices. Yet it is still engaging – a testament to Mahnke’s writing skill.
Flow & Production Value (4 / 5)
One area where I have to be a little critical is the flow and production value. While I commend the effort to produce high quality material, and this is, I think the background music is distracting because it is playing throughout the entire podcast, while Mahnke is speaking. I guess because Mahnke is flying solo and doesn’t bring on guests or use audio clips, he may feel the need to use the music, I just wish it was less ubiquitous. It could be more powerful if used more sparingly.
Humor (2 / 5)
Investigation (4 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
Makes Me a Better Person (3 / 5)
Bonus Stars: ★
Mahnke brings his background in design into his website. It’s simple and clear and gives you what you want – something that unfortunately gets missed so often when the podcast is the main event. But podcasters would be wise to realize the website is often the opening act. It’s often what another podcast will link to or what will be Googled before downloading or subscribing to a podcast. Take note podcasters – this is a great website!
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (5 / 5)
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