Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling 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, FT is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.
STRANGE FENOMENA AND MORE
MYSTERY OF THE MONOLITHS • Enigmatic obelisks pop up around the world, from Utah to Romania
THE CASE OF THE PURLOINED PENIS • Giant phallus vanishes, while Cwmdonkin's naughty mushrooms get axed
EXTRA! EXTRA! • FT’S FAVOURITE HEADLINES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
COVID CORNER • Elephant seal goes walkabout, covens copewith Covid, andmore lockdown lore
FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • Xmas stowaways, plus sonic attack update
CRIMINAL CRITTERS • A goggle-pilfering moggy and some potty-mouthed parrots
ARCHÆOLOGY • A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES
CLASSICAL CORNER • FORTEANA FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD COMPILED BY BARRY BALDWIN
Finding the mystery monolith • DAMNED DATA, NEW DISCOVERIES AND RADICAL RESEARCH
MILLION DOLLARMETEORITE • Did an Indonesian coffin maker really get rich froma crashing space rock?
BEASTLY BEHAVIOUR • Bad news boars in Thailand and Israel, camels on the loose in Russia, and mysterious orca attacks off Spain
Arthurian legend tripping • KEEPING AN EYE ON THE HAUNTED WORLD
MEDICAL BAG • Another casebook of curiosities: brand new gland, law exam labour, human micro-evolution, and the perils of Covid-19 swab testing…
THE CONSPIRASPHERE • NOEL ROONEY is distinctly unimpressed by the recently touted efforts of AI analysts to separate ‘real’ conspiracies from ‘democracy-threatening’ conspiracy theories…
STRANGE CONTINENT • ULRICH MAGIN rounds up the weirdest news from Europe, including curses and bosomserpents
NECROLOG • As a leader of the US ‘skeptical’ movement, a self-publicising showman and a sometimes unscrupulous enemy of ‘woo’, James Randiwas a divisive figure.
I don’t think I’m getting out of here… • THE REAL-LIFE X-FILES
THE RUSKINGTON HORROR • In a new series, fearless road ghost hunter ROB GANDY turns his attention to the haunted highways of Lincolnshire and asks why this notoriously flat and largely agricultural English county produces such a rich crop of high strangeness. For his first investigation, he looks back at a terrifying case that was first aired on This Morning back in 1998.
HIGHWAYMEN HANGING AROUND?
WHICH WITCH WAS WHICH?
THE MEDIUM IS THE MESSAGE • As a new exhibition of mediumistic art tours the UK, ROBERT WEINBERG explores how the impact of Spiritualism in Britain inspired pioneering female artists to explore hidden worlds and forge a new language of abstraction.
“PURE PSYCHIC AUTOMATISM”: SURREALISM AND SPIRIT ART
THE FROZEN CHICKEN GHOST • Pond Square in Highgate, London, is said to be haunted by the flapping phantom of the world’s first frozen chicken. JEFFREY VALLANCE recounts how Sir Francis Bacon’s early experiment in refrigeration found modern echoes in his own explorations of poultry sprituality.
’STAN BY YOUR STRONGMAN • In the first of two epic journeys, SD TUCKER travels down the Silk Road towards the modern-day satrapies of Central Asia, where the cult of the strongman seems set to last...