Nerdful Things – Lore Podcast: A Review
I’ve posted about my love of podcasts and my ongoing struggle at getting up to date on my shows. I’ve also written a little bit about Lore but I thought I would write a bit more about it.
I discovered the Lore Podcast after seeing a banner ad on my Fire Stick about this new show called Lore. Curious, I Googled it and read up on it. The Amazon-exclusive show is based on a podcast – a new concept seeing as I tend to get into shows or movies after listening to podcasts that inspire them (I’m looking at you Kevin Smith and the TESD guys – Comic Book Men, Tusk etc.) – this time around it’s the other way…erm, round.
I didn’t watch the show first, though. I added the podcast to my Pocket Casts list and downloaded the entire back catalogue. As of today, I’m forty-four episodes in and I’m loving it. My only gripe? The episodes are super short in comparison to my other podcasts and often times they conclude just as I desire to learn more about the rich history each tale comes with.
So what is it?
The show is written, produced and performed by Aaron Mahnke. For a one-man show it is incredibly polished, interesting and enjoyable and, perhaps it’s his ability to story-tell, he keeps you hooked right from the start. There is music in the back ground and small interludes which add to the effect. From tales of fighter pilots seeing gremlins hammering at the engines of their plane to Robert the doll, the small folk of Iceland to ghost ships, Burke and Hare’s antics to Clipperton Island and its brutal history – Lore has such a diverse range of superstitions, old wives’ tales, spooky stories and much more.
There hasn’t been an episode yet that hasn’t captured my imagination or allowed me to realise I already knew bits of the tales – shows like American Horror Story and other supernatural shows and movies have a number of the stories woven into their narrative or used as the fuel to tell their story. It’s surprising yet unsurprising at the same time as to how many of these eery and bizarre we are aware of or know a little about and not even realise their origin.
Most podcasts I listen to are manned by two or more people and, despite this being a one-man show it is really good and well worth the listen. Aside from the episodes being fairly short – a gripe I can forgive as it may be pretty tough trying to do a one-two hour show all on your own – the only other gripe I have is that I hadn’t discovered it sooner.
Listening to this podcast has afforded me some ideas in regards to stories I want to write and given me the inspiration I have so desperately wanted. I mean, my first ‘Idiom‘ post was inspired by episode one of the Lore podcast which ended up being the first episode of the Amazon show too. The podcast has inadvertently given me a kick up the back-side and I have made a start on a story that is akin to Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett‘s ‘Good Omens‘. It’s also got me thinking about doing a compilation of short stories that mirror or take off from the end of some of the tales. Fictional sequels, if you will.
All in all, the Lore podcast is a fantastic show to add to your list. With episodes sitting at around 25-30 minutes long you can binge as I have done. I have, however, found myself re-listening to episodes as the stories have gripped me and are thoroughly enjoyable. Aaron Mahnke is a good storyteller and his soft voice acts as a means to just chill out and get educated, inspired, motivated, entertained and possibly much more.
Aaron is also a writer and has written a number of books. You can check out some of his work below.
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I’ve not watched the Amazon show proper, I watched episode one and had the rest on in the background as I did other stuff but it is as well polished as the podcast and has some famous, familiar faces such as Robert Patrick, Adam Goldberg and Colm Feore among others. The show is produced by Gale Anne Hurd, a name you may or may not be familiar with but her work you most certainly will – with an impressive list of credits such as AMC‘s The Walking Dead, Aliens, The Terminator and many more.
So, as well as the podcast you should check the Amazon show out too. After all, sometimes reality can be stranger than fiction.
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