Fortean Times chronicles the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, Fortean Times is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.
THIS YEAR’S RIPPER • A retired civil servant believes she had finally solved the mystery of Jack’s identity
CARNAC GETS SMALLER • French mayor’s major megalithic mishap
EXTRA! EXTRA! • FT’S FAVOURITE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
METEORITE MAYHEM • More heavenly missiles come crashing to Earth
LONG TERM LOANS • Another shelf full of incredibly overdue library books
SATANIC SIGNAGE • Hell freezes over and Poland’s bus route of the Beast gets renumbered
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ARCHÆOLOGY • A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES
CLASSICAL CORNER • FORTEANA FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD COMPILED
GHOSTWATCH • KEEPING AN EYE ON THE HAUNTED WORLD
RELIGION NEWS • An incorrupt Benedictine Sister brings pilgrims to Missouri, while a Carmelite nun faces accusations involving sexting and drugs
ALIEN ZOO • NEWS FROM THE CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
HIDDEN CHARMS 4 • ROB GANDY reports from York on the fourth conference devoted to the magical protection of buildings
THE CONSPIRASPHERE • NOEL ROONEY finds the hidden hand of the Tavistock Institute in a conspiracy to subvert the rock and roll counterculture, while the US Defense Department plans for depopulation
WEIRD SCIENCE • New research tackles phone calls from the dead, the relationship between sleep and paranormal beliefs and what happened at Tunguska
FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • More whales behaving badly, schoolgirl ‘poisonings’ spread to Afghanistan and Somerset Gimp charged
NECROLOG • This month we bid farewell to the black-bobbed queen of popular astrology and mark the premature passing of a Bigfoot witness turned researcher
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
“Stay out of dark alleys…” • NIGEL WATSON looks over his shoulder and hopes the Men in Black aren’t following him…
UFO showtime • JENNY RANDLES enjoys a summer of UFO sightings – but we can’t always be sure what we’re seeing
MARGARET MURRAY THE GRANDMOTHER OF WICCA • From pioneering studies in Egyptology to fighting her corner as a feminist academic, Margaret Murray was a true trailblazer. Her folklore-driven studies of witchcraft created an image that has stuck to this day – and she even found time to be an occult advisor on 1957’s Night of the Demon. BRIAN J ROBB explores the life and times of the woman behind the still controversial ‘witch-cult’ theory.
MARGARET MURRAY AT THE MOVIES
BURNING THE MAN • This year The Wicker Man turns 50. In a previously unpublished interview, CATHI UNSWORTH spoke to director Robin Hardy about the film’s chequered history and enduring appeal.
THE INCORRUPTIBLES • As the incorrupt body of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster brings pilgrims flocking to a Benedictine abbey in Missouri, TED HARRISON asks if a life well-lived can help the saintly dodge decay after death and goes in search of the peculiarly well-preserved remains of the great and the good.
INVASION OF THE BALLOT-SNATCHERS • SD TUCKER debugs a sinister,...