It really freaks me out and I have enough RL ghost stories to keep you up at night. Yet - I keep going back to the unexplained. And so this is why, when I drive home late at night (by myself may I add) I like to listen to scary things, mostly podcasts. Mostly fiction. Sometimes not - like LORE podcast.
It's a fantastic storytelling creative non-fiction podcast about unexplained tales and folklore in history. Mostly I started listening because folklore is fascinating and I drive a lot, but it's ended up having a farther reach than just tradition elves and vampires (though Aaron Mahnke, it's creator, does a great job involving these while still keeping it fresh!)
Tonight I listened to a great episode I somehow missed throughout listening throughout his entire catalogue of 37 free episodes (as well as many other mini ones for his Patreon supporters - like me :) ) and I thought 'hey I should make a list of my favourites!' so here are my top 5 podcast episodes from my core source of scary inspiration - LORE!
5. DEEP AND TWISTED ROOTS - #30 - I really thought this was a great way to tell this story. It really leaves you thinking that... it really could be true. *shudders*
4. BLACK STOCKINGS - #11 - A classic. Witch trials. Listen on.
3. ALL THE LOVELY LADIES - #34 - When I started listening to this - it reminded me of when Diablo II was exclusively a PC game and you had to face The Countess in the Forgotten Tower.
2. THE CAVE - #25 - This one actually kept me up at night. Just - if you're afraid of the dark like me and have an overactive imagination... imagine being here. Now try to sleep. I dare you.
1. THE CASTLE - #8 - Definitely the most disturbing - but still my favourite episode. Why? Because of American Horror Story. This true story was the inspiration for AHS - Hotel and I had NO IDEA. It was really intriguing to hear the story told and how all the non-fiction details played into the show itself. I was shocked that something so cruel actually existed - and not very long ago.
I should mention - in general, Aaron Mahnke really does hit it close to your heart that these were real people's stories and real victims of unimaginable violence (in applicable stories). It's terrifying when you realize a lot of what you hear is real with only the rumours and speculation being possibly fiction. After each episode, I hold a moment of silence for the people whose stories we remember - for the good souls whose lives were cut short.
In closing, I wanted to leave with some other things I listen to! Mostly for some extra reference in taste - I listen to Alice Isn't Dead, Welcome to Nightvale and ClarksWorld Magazine most days - though I've been broadening my reach lately as some of those are on hiatus, but I'll leave that post for another day.
Thanks for reading and be sure to comment below if you like LORE too or if you listen to any other great Podcasts! Share the creativity :)