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.
LEILA AND DEAN
A DIGEST OF THE WORLDWIDE WEIRD STRANGE DAYS
SUGGESTIVE CLOUD • UFO or “your mom showing her vagina from heaven”?
A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES • PAUL DEVEREUX unearths a lost Mayan city, mummified crocodiles and the world’s oldest runestone
ANNALS OF THE VERY OLD • World’s oldest woman dies, decrepit dogs fight for top spot, and Flossie takes the feline record
CLASSICAL CORNER • 281: ADOLF THE ANCIENT HISTORIAN
Animal dreams and nightmares • New research may not surprise pet lovers, says DAVID HAMBLING, but is a wake-up call for science
WHAT’S THAT NOISE? • The Halifax Hum continues to drive residents to despair, while mystery booms and pulses shake homes from Tampa to Turkey
Ann Treherne: Dunblane to Conan Doyle • ALAN MURDIE tells the fascinating story of a Scottish businesswoman’s visionary experiences
NEWS FROM THE CRYPTOZOOLOGICAL GARDEN • KARL SHUKER digests the implications of two more disappearing Thunderbird photos
GEO-ILLOGICAL • The Democratic Republic of Congo has probably not discovered vibranium and a ground-breaking fossil find is actually an old beehive
THE CONSPIRASPHERE • When German police foiled the Reichsbürger plot last year, it briefly made international headlines. NOEL ROONEY disinters the strangely vanishing tale of an unlikely threat to democracy…
FORTEAN FOLLOW-UPS • Voynich Manuscript developments, Lord Lucan sightings and Japan’s Killing Stone strikes again
MYTHCONCEPTIONS • 266: SQUASH BOTTLES
NECROLOG • This month, we bid sad farewells to a multi-talented, drum bashing academic and contributor and to an ever-helpful polymath of the FT and Forteana Forums
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
Assessments and reassessments • NIGEL WATSON rounds up the latest fancies, fads and fallacies from the world of UFO research
Hypnotic regressive? • JENNY RANDLES remembers working with the late Harry Harris and their disagreement over hypnosis
Looking for LAYLAH • The late DEAN BALLINGER went in search of one of Aleister Crowley’s ‘scarlet women’, the Australian violinist Leila Waddell, lover and occult muse, but also an accomplished musician who survived her years with the Wickedest Man in the World with her sanity and talent intact.
JUST SAY NO… • In 1973, the Central Office of Information released a series of short films in which a ginger cat speaking in incomprehensible miaows warned children against strangers, matches, hot water and other everyday perils. EDWARD PARNELL celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Charley Says films, and remembers the terrors unleashed by 1970s Public Information Films
THE CHICAGO MOTHMAN PART TWO RED-EYED CREATURES & GREEN-EYED MONSTERS • In 2011, reports started to come in from the American Midwest about a weird winged entity that resembled the West Virginia Mothman famously documented by John Keel in the 1960s and 1970s. There were plenty of terrified witnesses, but was it all the work of a serial hoaxer? TEA KRULOS concludes his look at the at the Chicago Mothman investigation and hears from...