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.
INDEXING THE WORLD OF WEIRD
WHO IS THE Q SHAMAN? • Whatever his real name, he's a one-man mash-up of New Age conspiracism
DISCLOSURE: TRUMP IS AN ALIEN • The former President probably existed long before the Earth came into being
COVID CORNER • Covid dreams collected, coronovirus cancellations and other pandemic news
BEAT THE DEVIL • Statue-toppling protestors and the global pandemic keep exorcists busy
EDINBURGH DEATH MYSTERY
ANIMAL ODDITIES • Marsupials glow in the dark and a greedy dormouse gets stuck
ALIEN ZOO NEWS FROM THE CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL GARDEN • KARL SHUKER on how environmental genetic samples can aid the search for mystery animals
ARCHÆOLOGY A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES • PAUL SIEVEKING surveys some unusual finds, from an ancient sword to some vitrified brain tissue
CLASSICAL CORNER • FORTEANA FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD COMPILED BY BARRY BALDWIN
Ghosts of the Hyperloop • DAVID HAMBLING books his ticket for a trip back in time on London’s pneumatic railway
NOWT SO QUEER • More from the annals of strange behaviour: delusions of zombies and aliens, a phantomcrapper, and a Michigan family’s porn wars
Unreal estate for sale • ALAN MURDIE takes a look at the ups and downs of the haunted property market
FANTASTIC BEASTS • MATT SALUSBURY finds zoological wonders at London’s Natural History Museum
FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • Monoliths spread meme-like across the world and yet more critters appear in Christmas trees
THE CONSPIRASPHERE • Are scientists involved with Covid research really being assassinated? NOEL ROONEY offers his own tally of dead boffififins and others, to the soundtrack of Petula Clark’s ‘Downtown’
THE NAME’S BOND… • Secret Polish files reveal the strange tale of Jim Bond – but was he a diplomat, a spy or an unwitting decoy?
NECROLOG • This month, we say farewell to the controversial high society acid queen who went on to become Timothy Leary’s lover and a psychedelic activist and author
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
Believe it or not… • JENNY RANDLES says believers and sceptics can find common ground in the world of illusions
The Final Voyage of the Ourang Medan • A sudden distress call sent by a ship that carries a dead crew frozen in terror and a lethal cargo… this unfathomable mystery has haunted the pages of naval history for more than half a century. THEO PAIJMANS asks what really happened during the final voyage of the Ourang Medan?
THE RUSKINGTON HORROR • ROB GANDY concludes his examination of the strange phenomenon of ‘The Ruskington Horror’ – terrifying encounters with ghostly figures on a particular stretch of Lincolnshire road – by looking at witness testimony collected since the original This Morning broadcasts first brought the story to light in 1998.
LIONEL FANTHORPE ON THE RUSKINGTON HORROR
THE EDINBURGH CASTLE MYST E RY...