The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals

The World of Lore: Wicked Mortals

by Aaron Mahnke


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A chilling, lavishly illustrated who’s who of the most despicable people ever to walk the earth, featuring stories from the Lore podcast—now a streaming television series—including “Black Stockings,” “Half-Hanged,” and “The Castle,” as well as rare material.

Some monsters are figments of our imagination. Others are as real as flesh and blood: humans who may look like us, who may walk among us, often unnoticed, occasionally even admired—but whose evil deeds and secret lives, once revealed, mark them as something utterly wicked.
In this illustrated volume from the host of the hit podcast Lore, you’ll find tales of infamous characters whose veins ran with ice water and whose crimes remind us that truth can be more terrifying than fiction. Aaron Mahnke introduces us to William Brodie, a renowned Scottish cabinetmaker who used his professional expertise to prey on the citizens of Edinburgh and whose rampant criminality behind a veneer of social respectability inspired Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Then there’s H. H. Holmes, a relentless and elusive con artist who became best known as the terror of Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair when unwitting guests were welcomed into his “hotel” of horrors . . . never to be seen again. And no rogues’ gallery could leave out Bela Kiss, the Hungarian tinsmith with a taste for the occult and a collection of gasoline drums with women’s bodies inside.
Brimming with accounts of history’s most heinous real-life fiends, this riveting best-of-the-worst roundup will haunt your thoughts, chill your bones, and leave you wondering if there are mortal monsters lurking even closer than you think.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781524797997
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/29/2018
Series: World of Lore Series , #2
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 70,493
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Aaron Mahnke is the writer, host, and producer of Lore, as well as the author of a number of supernatural thrillers. His deep love of the mysterious and frightening began with Unsolved Mysteries and The X-Files—and it’s a love that continues to this day. Basically, he’s a nerd for anything inexplicable or supernatural. Mahnke lives with his family in the historic North Shore area of Boston, the very heart of Lovecraft Country and the Salem witch trials.

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Table of Contents

He Walks in Shadows

The Castle 3

Black Stockings 12

Covered Mirrors 21

On the Farm 29

Supply and Demand 38

That Axman Jazz 51

The Altercation 55

Drained 58

A Miner Thing 61

Homecoming 64

Death Becomes Her

All the Lovely Ladies 77

Lost and Found 88

Negative Consequences 99

The Sweet Embrace 110

Toil and Trouble

Half-Hanged 127

Hole in the Wall 135

Familiar 144

After Sunset 157

Peg and Button 160

High Stakes 163

Rise Above 166

Making a Mark 170

A Little Peculiar

A Stranger Among Us 183

First Impressions 195

Seeing Double 207

Labor Pains 217

Sideshow 228

In a Pickle 231

Magic Tricks

From Within 237

Teacher's Pet 248

Where There's Smoke 259

Iced 269

The Handkerchief 272

Christmas Mourn 275

The U-Turn 278

A Study in Silk 281

Quarantine 284

Desperate Measures 295

Black and Wild 305

Unholy Acts 315

On the Run 318

Acknowledgments 321

Bibliography 323

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