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When Mike and the crew are in the van and on their way to the next pick, their favorite thing to do is get quiet and cue up a ghost story. They adjust the volume and tune in as Aaron Mahnke, creator of the popular podcast Lore, spins tales from small-town folklore. His way of telling the darker side of history reminds you of nights huddled up close to the fire with a flashlight on your face hoping to scare your buddies into a sleepless night.

Similar to the way the American Pickers rescue relics that tell the forgotten stories of our past, with his podcast Aaron preserves historic tales that have slipped through the cracks.

“Using the ancient tradition of storytelling to inspire and educate is one of the real joys of Lore,” explains Aaron. “I view the stories I tell the same way Mike views old motorcycles and gas station signs. These legends and his antiques originated decades, sometimes centuries ago and were significant enough to be handed down from generation to generation. I think it’s incredible how we both preserve history in our own unique ways for others to keep the stories alive.”

Both Mike and Aaron dust off the past, giving it new life by digging into local history.

“There are many incredible resources to tap into when researching a story (or pick) such as newspapers, archives, and photos. But the best resource is the testimony of the people,” explains Aaron. “Their details help make the stories I tell more relatable and in the end — more powerful. That’s how folklore works. It travels through the lens of time and is edited by the social climate of the day. The stories we inherit, tales that we pick up and share with each other over the years aren’t shiny and new. They’re antiques tarnished by time.”

Here’s your chance to hear one of those alluring tales told by Aaron in an exclusive Lore story that’s never been featured on the podcast.

Listen below (if you dare..) 



Aaron Mahnke is the creator, producer, and host of the hit podcast Lore (Best of iTunes 2015 & 2016), Executive Producer of the Lore television show on Amazon (from the producers of The Walking Dead), and author of The World of Lore book series (Penguin Random House / Del Rey).

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For more spooky adventures on Two Lanes check out

5 of The Most Haunted Backroads In America

5 Haunted Historical Places That You Never Knew About




Every once in a while, the Antique Archaeology Team unloads some picks that don’t look anything like motorcycles or metal signs off the Picker van. We’re talking creepy picks. Sometimes Mike’s taste tilt towards the unusual. (Like that one trip to upstate New York when he returned to our Nashville location with a load of clown heads and a gigantic old clown suit!) It’s only appropriate with this Halloween, that we share some of the most spooky antiques that the Master of Junk has resurrected on American Pickers.

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Mike picked this famous Frankenstein bust and pair of hands in Michigan from an older collector. These plaster pieces were created by the studio in the mid-1930s and distributed to movie theaters across America to promote the “Frankenstein” movie. The theaters would have a dummy that they would but it would sit in a lobby. it was easy for the studio to send the heads and hands and the team would have to assemble and create the body. 


Mike Wolfe picking VW devil hood art

When it comes to art, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Who knows what magic hypnotized Mike to purchase this menacing demon. An important detail that American Pickers fans will recall is that the demon’s face is not on traditional canvas like wood or paper — but a VW hood! This red devil currently for sale resting high above customers at Antique Archaeology Nashville… watching…


Honor Tate
The Wolf Boys

Wolf Boy is undoubtedly one of the most famous picks in “American Pickers” history. He was displayed at circus shows as an attraction and was created by sideshow artist, Homer Tate. (Read more about Homer HERE!) Wolf boy is currently resting in his wooden coffin at Antique Archaeology Nashville. — Just don’t tape on the glass display that covers him… once he wakes up he is impossible to lull back to sleep. 


gypsy grandma
Gypsy Grandma on display in Nashville, TN

Mike found Gypsy Grandma, a fortune-telling, coin-operated machine from the 1940s and 1950s, inside a Louisiana warehouse amongst self-playing piano and gabbling gumball machines. Feed her a dime, ask a “yes” or “no” question, then watch her reach over to open a cabinet where she’ll grab your fortune and drop it into a pot for you to read. Careful what you ask for…


creepy clown photos
Circus clown heads


Does anyone recognize the clown on the left? You saw it on Season 7 when Mike purchased it in upstate New York. The paper mache clown head used to be propped atop a circus sign to greet the audience. The Bozo clown head on the right was off that same pick.

Glass eye collection

While pickin in Flordia, Mike uncovered a retired eye doctor’s eye-popping collection of optical-related antiques — including these glass eyes. If you look at them long enough you’ll swear one blinked at you…

Is there a spooky pick from the “American Pickers” we missed?  Let us know in the comments below. 
Antique dentures
Antique dental mold


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