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.
ROYAL SIGNS AND PORTENTS
BEASTLY BEHAVIOUR • Tripping bear, zombie arachnids and others
RELIGION NEWS • BVM vs pollution, Krishna swallowed and Lakshmi reincarnated…
MAN INTO DOG • Meet Toko-san the collie man, whose dream of turning canine has come true…
CLASSICAL CORNER • 276: KEEPING THEIR SPIRITS UP
ARCHÆOLOGY A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES • PAUL SIEVEKING on new numismatic finds and the preserved remains of a pregnant Pompeii tortoise
Two local ghost festivals • ALAN MURDIE looks at how two different comunities are rediscovering their haunted landscapes
STRANGE CONTINENT • ULRICH MAGIN brings the Euro-weirdness, including more walruses and an assault with a dead seagull
ALIEN ZOO NEWS FROM THE CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL GARDEN • KARL SHUKER finds a ‘winged’ cat in Michigan and says farewell to dog-headed Shetland myth
WEIRD WEATHER • The summer brought rainbow clouds, pink rainbows, high-impact hailstones and droughts that revealed long-submerged secrets
FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • Finding God in Bitcoin, more Russian oligarchs meet sticky ends and a mystery drone update
THE CONSPIRASPHERE • The death of American judge Kenneth Starr reawakens memories of the rumoured dirty dealings and mysterious deaths surrounding Bill Clinton says NOEL ROONEY
MEDICAL BAG • This month’s patients include an unfeasibly large number of twins, conjoined and otherwise, and a man with a metal rod through his head
NECROLOG • This month, the planet says goodbye to the independent scientist who saw Earth as a complex organism and the actress who took African Americans into space
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
The stuff of nightmares • NIGEL WATSON finds flying saucers and aliens in pop culture and UAPs in the US Senate
Wow! • JENNY RANDLES ponders synchronicities around Kate Bush, Stranger Things and signals from space
100 YEARS OF HÄXAN • A century ago, Danish director Benjamin Christensen completed his visually ravishing silent film about the mediæval witch craze and transported modern audiences back to a nightmare world of devils, demons and possessed nuns. ANDY PACIOREK celebrates a true cinematic oddity.
SEASON OF THE WITCH: THE LEGACY OF HÄXAN
HÄXAN’S CHILDREN • DARREN CHARLES examines the popularity of witches in children’s film and television
THE DEVIL’S TAXI • In mediæval discourse, witches and wizards alike called on dark forces for their aerial travel to the Sabbat. However, their satanic master was just as likely to use it to play some cruel prank on his credulous minions. BOB RICKARD rides out, cautiously, to survey unpredictable results of these transvections.
THE HAUNTED SCREEN GHOSTWATCH AT 30 • FT’s resident coach potato STU NEVILLE rewinds his VHS to 1992 and explores the spooky TV sensation that terrified the nation… and then saw angry viewers up in arms at being ‘duped’ by this seminal ‘fake’ ghost story.
BURYING THE PAST: GHOSTWATCH AND ME •...