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.
KENYAN CULT • Church leader in court after more than 100 church members starved themselves to death
CATHOLIC NEWS • Puffa Pope, Vatican X-Files, vanishing BVM and the Devils own board game
MEDICAL BAG • In the doctor’s waiting room this month: coulrophobes, nose-pickers and swearers.
ANIMAL ODDITIES • Pokemon-playing fish, snake sex and defensive wasp genitalia
Silent spies • DAVID HAMBLING looks at the secret science of balloon espionage
MAGIC, WITCHES & WEIRDNESS • ROB GANDY reports from Weekend North 2023
ARCHÆOLOGY • A MONTHLY EXCAVATION OF ODDITIES AND ANTIQUITIES
CLASSICAL CORNER • FORTEANA FROM THE ANCIENT WORLD COMPILED BY BARRY BALDWIN
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GHOSTWATCH • KEEPING AN EYE ON THE HAUNTED WORLD
STRANGE CONTINENT • ULRICH MAGIN rounds up the weird news from Europe, from not-penguins to not-pagans…
ECHOES OF THE BUNNY MAN • Has the rabbit-suited, axe-wielding maniac of 1970s urban legend returned?
NECROLOG • This month, we say goodbye to a tireless spinner of fortean yarns and the onetime FT associate editor behind paranormal gossip columnist The Hierophant
FAIRIES, FOLKLORE AND FORTEANA • SIMON YOUNG FILES A NEW REPORT FROM THE INTERFACE OF STRANGE PHENOMENA AND FOLK BELIEF
Circuses – and a lot of bread • UFO festivals are fun, but NIGEL WATSON fears they also attract UFO grifters who exploit the gullible
Time in the land of OZ • JENNY RANDLES ponders time, space and our misunderstandings of the nature of the Universe
REVISITING ARTHUR C CLARKE’S WORLD OF STRANGE POWERS • In 1985, Arthur C Clarke was back in our living rooms with a follow-up to his Mysterious World series, this time focusing on such wild talents as premonitions, telepathy and stigmata. RYAN SHIRLOW embarks on a three-part reassessment of a fortean TV classic.
THE LEGEND`OF BLOODY MARY • Say her name three times in front of the bathroom mirror and her ghostly figure will appear! REBECCA BATLEY traces the tangled, but possibly historical, roots of an enduring legend that continues to terrify girl guides and inspire horror movies even today.
CARRY ON AGAIN UP THE JUNGLE • RICHARD FREEMAN and company return to the rainforests of Sumatra in search of the elusive orang pendek and its mysterious cousin the orang kardil. Apart from moneygrubbing officials and malfunctioning gear, what could possibly go wrong?
Donating my UFO files • PHILIP MANTLE says it’s never too soon to plan for the future when it comes to UFO collections.
Now you don’t see it, now you do… • MARK FOX attempts to sort sense from sensationalism in Netflix’s new documentary MH370: The Plane That Disappeared.
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THE HAUNTED GENERATION • BOB FISCHER ROUNDS UP THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE PARALLEL WORLDS OF POPULAR HAUNTOLOGY
Weird high-water marks for kids • This latest bumper set from the BFI reminds us that Saturday morning visits to the local cinema became noticably weirder as the Children’s Film...