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Wicked mortals

Author: Aaron Mahnke
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Some monsters are figments of our imagination. Others are as real as flesh and blood: humans who may look like us, who may walk among us, often unnoticed, occasionally even admired--but whose evil deeds and secret lives, once revealed, mark them as something utterly wicked. In this illustrated volume from the host of the hit podcast Lore, you'll find tales of infamous characters whose veins ran with ice water and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Case studies
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mahnke, Aaron.
World of lore.
New York : Del Rey, 2018
(DLC) 2018006700
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Aaron Mahnke
ISBN: 9781524797997 1524797995
OCLC Number: 1003203432
Description: xii, 335 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: He walks in shadows. The castle ; Black stockings ; Covered mirrors ; On the farm ; Supply and demand ; That axman jazz ; The altercation ; Drained ; A miner thing ; Homecoming --
Death becomes her. All the lovely ladies ; Lost and found ; Negative consequences ; The sweet embrace --
Toil and trouble. Half-hanged ; Hole in the wall ; Familiar ; After sunset ; Peg and button ; High stakes ; Rise above ; Making a mark --
A little peculiar. A stranger among us ; First impressions ; Seeing double ; Labor pains ; Sideshow ; In a pickle --
Magic tricks. From within ; Teacher's pet ; Where there's smoke ; Iced ; The handkerchief ; Christmas mourn ; The u-turn ; A study in silk ; Quarantine ; Desperate measures ; Black and wild ; Unholy acts ; On the run.
Responsibility: Aaron Mahnke.

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"Some monsters are figments of our imagination. Others are as real as flesh and blood: humans who may look like us, who may walk among us, often unnoticed, occasionally even admired--but whose evil deeds and secret lives, once revealed, mark them as something utterly wicked. In this illustrated volume from the host of the hit podcast Lore, you'll find tales of infamous characters whose veins ran with ice water and whose crimes remind us that truth can be more terrifying than fiction. Aaron Mahnke introduces us to William Brodie, a renowned Scottish cabinetmaker who used his professional expertise to prey on the citizens of Edinburgh and whose rampant criminality behind a veneer of social respectability inspired Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novella Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Then there's H.H. Holmes, a relentless and elusive con artist who became best known as the terror of Chicago's 1893 World's Fair when unwitting guests were welcomed into his "hotel" of horrors ... never to be seen again. And no rogues' gallery could leave out Bela Kiss, the Hungarian tinsmith with a taste for the occult and a collection of gasoline drums with women's bodies inside. Brimming with accounts of history's most heinous real-life fiends, this riveting best-of-the-worst roundup will haunt your thoughts, chill your bones, and leave you wondering if there are mortal monsters lurking even closer than you think."--Inside dust jacket.

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