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.
GHOSTS AND HAUNTINGS SPECTRES, SPOOKS AND RESTLESS SPIRITS
OF PANICS AND PENISES • More outbreaks of mass hysteria in schools and penis panic continues
EXTRA! EXTRA! • FT’S FAVOURITE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
IT’S WITCHCRAFT • Accusations past and present, plus demon summoning for all the family
PHANTOM FLINGS • Even supernatural relationships can hit the skids it seems…
BOOM-BANG-A-BANG • Mystery sounds from around the world
SERIOUSLY STRANGE • STU NEVILLE tears himself away from the telly to report on this year’s ASSAP conference in Bath
ARCHÆOLOGY • A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES
CLASSICAL CORNER • FORTEANA FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD
Alan Turing & the Philosopher’s Stone • DAVID HAMBLING explains how computer algorithms and AI can help us crack ancient codes
INSANE CLOWN POSSE • Hallowe’en unleashes prospective Pennywises, creepy caretakers and a professor with a face painting fetish
Growing up with ghosts • ALAN MURDIE recalls his early interest in ghostly matters and his own family’s spooky stories
ALIEN ZOO • NEWS FROM THE CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL GARDEN
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FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • More drone weirdness, cursed painting finds new home and Somerset gimp’s wriggling days are over
MEDICAL BAG • Our odd outpatients include a woman with a worm in her brain, a man with a furry green tongue and a chap with a flagpole through his skull
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
Christmas miracles • Santa’s on his way, possibly in a flying saucer, but has NIGEL WATSON been naughty or nice?
Worlds without end • JENNY RANDLES goes in search of possible planetary homes for potential alien visitors to Earth
THE HYTHE MOTHMAN MONSTER, GHOST OR UFO? • In November 1963 the quiet lanes around the Kent town of Hythe were stalked by a bat-winged, headless horror… or was it the ghost of a local landowner? NEIL ARNOLD returns to the case that taught his younger self that monsters can sometimes lurk close to home.
CURSED VIDEO GAMES • Just like movies and music, the relatively new medium of video games has given birth to tales of cursed titles killing players or driving them mad, as well as unleashing supernatural threats. CHRIS WHEATLEY explores a digital stew of urban legend, online rumour and outright hoax.
TALES FROM THE NEW MILLENNIUM PART TWO • For four decades up to 2019, Paul Sieveking selected and wrote up weird news stories for Fortean Times. Here he concludes his round-up of his favourite reports from the first five years of the 21st century. For his selection of stories up to the turn of the millennium, see FT390:40-45, 394:46-49.
THE NEW DEMONOLOGY • Following on from Mike Dash’s account of the Satanic ritual abuse panic that gripped the UK in the late 1980s and early 1990s (see FT438:50-55), BOB RICKARD provides some vital historical context for this modern witch hunt in a revised version of his original article from 1991.
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