Even though most of us are still making plans for Labor Day weekend, Amazon reminded us that the "horrors" of Halloween were right around the corner with our first in-depth look at Lore, the new six-part horror anthology series based on Aaron Mahnke's award-winning and critically acclaimed podcast of the same name. The streaming service released the first teaser trailer and a lot of images from the season, as well as an official overview of the series:
"Based on the podcast phenomenon and narrated by creator Aaron 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. Stream October 13, 2017.
This anthology series brings to life Aaron 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."
Created in 2015 by Mahnke, Lore is an award-winning, podcast that uses a "campfire/scary stories" structure to examine the dark side of human nature. What makes Mahnke's podcast truly unique is that he relies solely on non-fiction, historical events that have been exhaustively researched for accuracy. Lore is usually released on Mondays and airs on a bi-weekly basis.
In less than three years, Lore has earned a number of awards, including iTunes Best of 2015 Award; and Best History Podcast by the Academy of Podcasters in July 2016. Both The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly listed the show as a top podcast in 2016.