Listening Recommendation: Lore Podcast by Aaron Mahnke

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I haven’t listened to podcasts for a while, as my Audible subscription keeps me pretty busy and happy. A friend of mine at work discovered one he really liked this summer called Lore. Knowing I write horror, he recommended it to me. When my other friends at work started listening as well, I finally decided to check it out so I could join in on their discussions. I downloaded the first five episodes and took a listen on my way up to Salt Lake Comic Con a couple weeks ago.

Lore Podcast explores urban legends, weird accounts, and dark figures from history, blending enough facts and commentary on human nature with myth to create haunting narratives that will get under your skin just a little bit. Like chocolate-covered bacon, I devoured one episode after another because I couldn’t decide if I liked this…or not. The podcast was definitely effective at creeping me out. I love it for the storytelling, and I can’t wait for the next episode!

I also wanted to highlight this podcast today because it appears Aaron Mahnke, the creator of Lore Podcast, is an indie author, much like myself. Many independent authors I know dabble in home podcasting as a way to spread the word about their self-published or small-press fiction while offering a unique sample of their creative sweat and advice for free. I admire these people for being brave enough to put their work and their ideas out there in yet another medium for people to praise or criticize as they will.

For an indie podcast, Lore’s narration and production are fabulous, incorporating eerie background music to set the perfect spine-tingling atmosphere. I do think some episodes of this podcast are better organized and better polished than others, and I think some listeners who are more familiar with these urban legends and creeps from history than I am wish the episodes delved a little deeper or revealed something more novel. That said, and like I said, I love it for the storytelling. This appears to be an experiment in self-marketing and personal brand expansion that has really taken off, and I hope this podcaster-author continues to do amazingly well. Lore is free, and it’s wicked entertaining.

If you’re into creepy stories, or you’re looking for something to indulge in during the month of October, there are currently sixteen episodes available and they’re well worth your listening time.

To learn more about Lore Podcast and Aaron Mahnke, check out the website: http://www.lorepodcast.com

Or download the episodes straight from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/lore/id978052928

You can also support the podcast on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/lorepodcast.

Recommended Read: “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury

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Back in May, I fell in love with an audio book about two young boys whose lives change forever when a circus with an enticing and terrifying secret comes to their town. It is easily one of my favorite creepy stories, one which I’m delighted to share my thoughts on today.

Ray Bradbury is an amazing storyteller. His imagery and his ability to evoke mood are haunting and wonderful. His way with words is a treat in itself. Something Wicked This Way Comes is the story of Evil, in all its subtle creep, seeking the destruction of the most fundamental part of our humanity, that which gives our lives meaning–our relationships–with a candy apple smile and tantalizing false promises to satisfy our lusts and desires while preying on human misery. With it’s beautiful nuggets of wisdom about love, life, family, friendship, time, and the battle of good vs. evil, this story is as powerful and allegorical as it is imaginative.

This is a great story!

This is a great author.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from this book:

“The train skimmed on softly, slithering, black pennants fluttering, black confetti lost on its own sick-sweet candy wind, down the hill, with the boys pursuing, the air so cold they ate ice cream with each breath.”

“Oh, what strange wonderful clocks women are. They nest in Time. They make the flesh that holds fast and binds eternity. They live inside the gift, know power, accept, and need not mention it. Why speak of time when you are Time, and shape the universal moments, as they pass, into warmth and action? How men envy and often hate these warm clocks, these wives, who know they will live forever.”

“Why love the woman who is your wife? Her nose breathes in the air of a world that I know; therefore I love that nose. Her ears hear music I might sing half the night through; therefore I love her ears. Her eyes delight in seasons of the land; and so I love those eyes. Her tongue knows quince, peach, chokeberry, mint and lime; I love to hear it speaking. Because her flesh knows heat, cold, affliction, I know fire, snow, and pain. Shared and once again shared experience.”
*Love is rooted in empathy.

“And men do love sin, Will, oh how they love it, never doubt, in all shapes, sizes, colors, and smells…. Oh, it would be lovely if you could just be fine, act fine… But it’s hard, right? With the last piece of lemon cake waiting in the icebox, middle of the night, not yours, but you lie awake in a hot sweat for it, eh?… Add up all the rivers never swum in, cakes never eaten, and by the time you get my age, Will, it’s a lot missed out on… So, minute by minute, hour by hour, a lifetime, it never ends, never stops, you got the choice this second, now this next, and the next after that, be good, be bad, that’s what the clock ticks, that’s what it says in the ticks… But then, through plain dumb cowardice, I guess, maybe you hold off from too much, wait, play it safe…. Too late, I found you can’t wait to become perfect, you got to go out and fall down and get up with everybody else.”
*A complicated one, but I love how it depicts sin as springing from the simple dread that we might be missing out on something, so we cheat others to get what we want now and, in the process, cheat ourselves. On the other end of the spectrum is a sense of lost time because we didn’t try worthwhile things, avoiding the risk of failure.

“[Y]ou take a man half-bad and a woman half-bad and put their two good halves together and you got one human all good to share between.”

“He felt the vague pain in his chest. If I run, he thought, what will happen? Is Death important? No. Everything that happens before Death is what counts. And we’ve done fine tonight. Even Death can’t spoil it.”

The Audible edition narrator, Christian Rummel, was absolutely fabulous. He did a great job voicing the various characters, and he brought out the mood of the book exceptionally well.

You can check out the Audible edition of Something Wicked This Way Comes here: http://www.audible.com/pd/Classics/Something-Wicked-This-Way-Comes-Audiobook/B00KQBMIBW

Or the Kindle and print editions on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Something-Wicked-This-Comes-Greentown-ebook/dp/B00C2C637I.

Beyond the Wail Cover Reveal

The next paranormal anthology coming out from Xchyler Publishing has a fabulous mix of new and returning authors. It also has a gorgeous cover and promotional book trailer, which I’m pleased to share with you. Help support my fellow authors by checking out this exciting new collection of short stories. Beyond the Wail: 12 Grave Tales of Love an Loss will be released October 10th.

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Sigil of the Wyrm Blog Tour

I’m excited to join the blog tour today for Sigil of the Wyrm by A. J. Campbell. I have an awesome story trailer to share, as well as the scoop on the author and her new book, which came out brand new yesterday through Xchyler Publishing. Finally, I’ll share my highlights from the story in a review.

Be sure to check out the Rafflecopter giveaway and the other great stops on the tour at the end of the post!

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In A. J. Capbell’s Sigil of The Wyrm, a young man named Richard Lampton is given a mysterious ring at his uncle’s funeral. From there he is plunged into a magical world hidden among our own, and confronts a generational curse in which a mysterious sea serpent hunts the next hero in the family line to challenge it.

This urban fantasy is full of mystery and monster-hunting fun. My favorite part of the adventure was the diary Richard’s ancestors kept about their encounters with the Wyrm, particularly the dissections one ancestor did to try and understand the anatomy as well as the magical nature of the creature that just won’t go away. Richard’s family was full of curious, magic-wielding personalities. I also loved his little jackdaw companion “Bobble,” who’s own personality was entertaining. Fantasy readers will enjoy the escape.

You can conjure up the Wyrm and its cursed sigil here on Amazon: http://bit.ly/SIGILonAMZ

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Book Release Blog Tour August 29 – September 5

Saturday, Aug. 29
Alex Campbell
Perpetual Chaos of a Wandering Mind

Sunday, Aug. 30
Lurking Musings
Slithers of Thought

Monday, Aug. 31
The Deep, Dark Library
Cobblestone Scribe

Tuesday, Sep. 1
Lucy Ayrton, Performance Poet
T.N. Payne, Author

Wednesday, Sep. 2
Richard A. Usher, Media Creative
Alex McGilvery’s World

Thursday, Sep. 3
Scott E. Tarbet, Author

Are You Afraid of the Dark

Friday, Sep. 4
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Danielle E. Shipley

Saturday, Sep. 5
R. A. Ridley
Didi Lawson, Author
Musings, Amusings, and Bemusings

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