One of the joys of podcasts is how anyone with an interesting concept can build a massive following and expand into other mediums, no matter what their experience with any industry might be. In the case of Aaron Mahnke's podcast Lore, his examinations of a variety of real-life legends has turned into a six-part series on Amazon, which will premiere on the streaming service on Friday, October 13, as reported by Decider.
Based on the podcast phenomenon and narrated by creator Mahnke, this haunting six-episode anthology series is brought to life by the executive producer of The Walking Dead and the executive producer of The X-Files. Throughout history, fear was best kept buried. But folklore opens the door, allowing stories to creep inside and haunt us. The scariest stories are true.
This anthology series brings to life Mahnke's Lore podcast and uncovers the real-life events that spawned our darkest nightmares. Blending dramatic scenes, animation, archive, and narration, Lore reveals how our horror legends – such as vampires, werewolves and body snatchers – are rooted in truth.
Actors Robert Patrick, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Adam Goldberg, Holland Roden, Colm Feore, and Campbell Scott will all appear in the series.
Mahnke began his podcast in 2015 with 20-30 minute explorations of various myths, which was much shorter in length than many other popular podcasts. Lore might have had a shorter running time but didn't skimp on compelling content, quickly becoming a hit with anyone having an interest in the macabre or perplexed by history.
The series became so successful, in fact, that iTunes gave it a "Best of 2015" award. The following year, both Entertainment Weekly and The Atlantic included it in their lists of best podcasts of 2016.