I received an e-arc copy of The World of Lore. Volume 1, Monstrous Creatures for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley.
I skipped over this title a couple of times. It kept popping up everywhere I looked. When the series appeared on Amazon Prime that cinched it for me.
If you’ve ever read the Fortean Times magazine, Lore might be for you. It looks at the stories and folklore of the things that go bump in the night. There’s the story of Robert the doll and Annabelle. There are vampire origin stories, werewolves and spring heeled Jack. Elves and sea creatures and all sorts in between make an appearance. I have quite a lot around this subject so some of the stories are familiar to me. However, there was enough content to remind me of things I had forgotten and new material. It was written in a conversational tone and was easy to dip in and out of. Some books of this nature can be quite dry and hard to read. This isn’t one of them and I think my 14 year old son would like to read it after me, it would be quite accessible for him. There is even interjections of humour, which make me laugh out loud at times. It inspired me to watch the series, which has attracted the attention of the husband and the son too. The book has lovely and creepy illustrations. It would make a great gift for the right person. It’s certainly a book I would want to keep on my shelf to dip in and out of.
5/5 for real life creepiness from Aaron Mahnke and he has a podcast too.