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Popular real-world horror story podcast to perform at BYU on Halloween

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Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the LORE podcast, and his collaborator Chad Lawson will perform their only live performance in 2018 at the de Jong Concert Hall at BYU. (PHOTO: Mark A. Philbrick, BYU)

(KUTV) -- This Halloween, real-life horror stories are coming to Brigham Young University's (BYU) campus.

Aaron Mahnke, the creator of the LORE podcast, and his collaborator Chad Lawson will perform their only live performance in 2018 at the de Jong Concert Hall, according to the BYU Arts website.

The LORE podcast's first episode was all about myths and real-life stories that form modern views on vampires. Other episodes of the award winning podcast have discussed anything from werewolves to real-life murderers.

Bridget Benton, a producer of the BRAVO! Series that helped bring LORE to BYU, released the following statement about the upcoming performance.

I personally stumbled upon Lore on a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I came to love Aaron Mahnke’s ability to delve into history, and weave stories surrounding historical events involving the macabre, bizarre and paranormal.

In an 2017 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Mahnke reflected on his fascination with scary stories, which turned from a childhood love to a career.

For me, scary stories go back to grade school, probably about fifth grade. I remember having a writing teacher and, probably in early October, she assigned us a short story we had to hand-write. So, I wrote a scary story because that’s what I was interested in, and that love has stayed with me ever since.

Mahnke's podcast has over 5 million loyal listeners and has been recommended by publications such as The Atlantic and Entertainment Weekly. Amazon signed Mahnke on for a LORE television series and the podcast also spawned a "World of LORE" book series.

Lawson is a composer and pianist who has been featured on hit TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and the "Vampire Diaries." He is currently arranging music for the Amazon LORE TV show. Lawson accompanied Mahnke on his 2017 tour and produces music for the podcast.

Mahnke and Lawson will perform at BYU on Halloween at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online or at the Harris Fine Arts Center's Ticket Office.