Lore series

Watch the First Teaser From the Lore Podcast Live-Action Series Coming to Amazon

The new Amazon series will bring to life fan-favorite stories of historical mysteries from the popular Lore podcast.

Amazon released a bizarre animated teaser for the upcoming series Lore, which will be available exclusively on Prime right here.

From the press release:

Launched in March 2015 by Aaron Mahnke, the “Lore” podcast has generated a massive audience, was named “Best of” in 2015 and 2016 by Apple, and was listed as one of the “15 podcasts you need to hear in 2016” by Entertainment Weekly. The first book in Mahnke’s three-book series, The World of Lore, will be published on October 10 by Del Rey Books.

“‘Lore’ is a unique hybrid series that presents meticulously-researched true life tales through a variety of mediums, in order to surprise and delight, and even unsettle,” said Conrad Riggs, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are thrilled to once again provide Prime members unprecedented access into a world they thought they knew.”

“Lore” will feature fan-favorite episodes from the podcast, including the tale of a boy given a doll that seems to have a sinister life of its own; a family whose home appears to be inhabited by a spirit from the other side; and a German village that hunts for a murderous creature.

Teaser from the upcoming Lore series on Amazon

Teaser from the upcoming Lore series on Amazon

Teaser from the upcoming Lore series on Amazon

Teaser from the upcoming Lore series on Amazon

Teaser from the upcoming Lore series on Amazon

Lore premieres Friday, October 13 on Prime Video.

Also, the first of three books in “The World of Lore” series hits the shelves October 10. Pre-order Monstrous Creatures right here.

Inside the grave of serial killer H.H. Holmes

Exhumation Ends 120 Year Mystery of H.H. Holmes’ Death

American Ripper ends over a century of rumors that H.H. Holmes escaped his death sentence.

The last episode of American Ripper aired Tuesday on the History channel, finally bringing closure to a mystery that has endured since H.H. Holmes was hanged in 1896. The series, co-hosted by Holmes’ great-great-grandson Jeff Mudgett, focused on the search for clues to support Mudgett’s theory that his ancestor was Jack the Ripper. While it’s an interesting idea (and who doesn’t want to discover conclusive proof of the Ripper’s identity?) I was just tuning in to see the remains of H.H. Holmes exhumed from his concrete grave.

According to records, Holmes was hanged at Philadelphia’s Moyamensing Prison, transported to Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, and buried beneath a layer of concrete. Holmes purchased two burial plots with the money he made by selling his confession to Hearst newspapers. Per his request, he was buried in an unmarked grave at the center of those two plots, at a greater depth than normal.

But soon after, rumors began to circulate that Holmes, the consummate con artist, had managed to swindle his way out of the noose. This was seemingly supported by the mysterious deaths of several people who had been involved in his trial.

The skull of serial killer H.H. Holmes
A mugshot of Holmes beside his skull

Mudgett and Holmes’ other living descendants were granted permission by the court to exhume Holmes back in April with the assistance of archaeologists from the University of Pennsylvania. During the dig, they first uncovered an empty pine box. Digging further, however, they came to a slab of concrete with bones beneath.

In the conclusion of American Ripper, it was revealed that forensic analysis of the remains showed a “conclusive link” to Jeff Mudgett. This discovery ends over one hundred years of speculation, proving even Holmes couldn’t cheat death.

Mudgett plans to continue investigating the connections between Holmes and Jack the Ripper, and is hoping History will green-light a second season of American Ripper.

Remains of H.H. Holmes returned to the grave
Remains of H.H. Holmes returned to the grave. Image via Bloodstains

Holmes was re-interred in his original grave on Wednesday morning.

The Magician and the Spirits

The Magician and the Spirits

The Magician and the Spirits
by Deborah Noyes
160 pages
Viking Books for Young Readers

It’s never too early to introduce kids to the story of Houdini’s crusade against spiritualists. From the book description:

A century ago, the curious idea that spirits not only survive death but can be contacted on the “other side” was widespread. Psychic mediums led countless séances, claiming to connect the grieving with their lost relations through everything from frenzied trance writing to sticky expulsions of ectoplasm.

The craze caught Harry Houdini’s attention. Well-known by then as most renowned magician and escape artist, he began to investigate these spiritual phenomena. Are ghosts real? Can we communicate with them? Catch them in photographs? Or are all mediums “flim-flammers,” employing tricks and illusions like Houdini himself?

Peopled with odd and fascinating characters, Houdini’s gripping quest will excite readers’ universal wonderment with life, death, and the possibility of the Beyond.

The Magician and the Spirits: Houdini and the Curious Pastime of Communicating with the Dead
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Killed by a bear

Killed By A Bear: The Story of a Mysterious Gravesite in California

The first episode of Ephemera digs into the strange details of a mysterious grave in California and the inscription on a tree that reads “killed by a bear.”

Ephemera is going to be your new favorite web series. Produced and hosted by Brandon Alvis, Ephemera promises to dig up the fascinating details of history’s strange news stories “through historical documents, photos and visual storytelling.”

The first episode tells the story of a mysterious grave at the base of an oak tree, where the badly mangled remains of an man apparently killed by a bear were discovered.

From the episode description:

At the top of Grapevine Canyon, sitting under an ancient oak tree, there stands a marker with a strange inscription. The lack of facts about the inscription have lead to many legends surrounding the life and violent death of the man buried under an oak tree in what is now known as Fort Tejon. Host Brandon Alvis breaks down this strange history to separate fact from legend of this mysterious gravesite.

More episodes of Ephemera are on the way, which will delve into the site of New York’s worst disaster prior to 9/11, a house built to conjure dead composers, and more.

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Confessions of a Funeral Director

Confessions of a Funeral Director

Watch the promo video for the upcoming book Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde.

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Caleb Wilde is a sixth-generation funeral director and the death positive blogger of Confessions of a Funeral Director. Now he’s bringing his unique insight and experiences to a book of the same name.

From the video description:

We are a people who deeply fear death. While humans are biologically wired to evade death for as long as possible, we have become too adept at hiding from it, vilifying it, and—when it can be avoided no longer—letting the professionals take over.

Sixth-generation funeral director Caleb Wilde understands this reticence and fear. He had planned to get as far away from the family business as possible. He wanted to make a difference in the world, and how could he do that if all the people he worked with were . . . dead? Slowly, he discovered that caring for the deceased and their loved ones was making a difference—in other people’s lives to be sure, but it also seemed to be saving his own. A spirituality of death began to emerge as he observed:

• The family who lovingly dressed their deceased father for his burial

• The act of embalming a little girl that offered a gift back to her grieving family

• The nursing home that honored a woman’s life by standing in procession as her body was taken away

• The funeral that united a conflicted community

Through stories like these, told with equal parts humor and poignancy, Wilde offers an intimate look into the business and a new perspective on living and dying.

Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde

Confessions of a Funeral Director will be available September 26.

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