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Fortean Times #246 (March 2009)

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  • Release date: 05 Feb 2009
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated April 2009 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)
  • Cover: Jonathan Burton


  • 30 & 34 Darwinism Re-Assessed - Evolution as origin myth, plus some alternative theories from religious rebels
  • 46 In Search of the Almasty - Tracking the Russian man-ape in the Caucasus
  • 76 The Witches' Cave - Dark history of the Basque country
  • 62 Annotating the Vampire - Bram Stoker's classic decoded for the modern age
  • 44 Great Balls of Fire! - Ball lightning strikes on humans


30 Darwin's Daimons (Cover Story)
Patrick Harpur can't help feeling that evolutionary theory is just another origin myth, and one that unconsciously owes as much to mystical tradition as to modern scientific thought.

34 And Dinosaur Created Man
Anna Smith-Spark argues that not all anti-Darwinian thinking has come from the traditional religions, that alternative theories of human evolution have sometimes employed scientific strategies and that underlying all evolutionary discourse is the powerful pull of myth.

46 In Search of the Almasty
In 2008, Richard Freeman and his team headed to the Russian Caucasus in search of the almasty - a hairy man-thing that throws rocks, wrestles bears and has a liking for red wine and honey...


40 Fortean Bureau of Investigation - No 97. Obama and the UFOs by Mark Pilkington

44 Blasts from the Past - No 7. Great balls of fire! by Peter Hassall

60 Capturing the Secret Fire - Patrick Harpur interviewed by Steve Marshall

62 Annotating the Vampire - Leslie S Klinger interviewed by Gail-Nina Anderson

76 Fortean Traveller - No 62. The Witches' Cave of Zugarramurdi by Sean Thomas

Strange Days

Wind turbine destruction blamed on a UFO; ghost sends smells, bangs and text messages; 'wooden log' spotted in NASA Mars photo; mistaken identity; odd items on the menu; baby with a foot in his brain; blind man "sees" obstacles; if you go down to the woods today... and much more.

  • 13 Konspiracy Korner
  • 14 Science
  • 18 Archaeology
  • 19 Classical Corner
  • 20 Medical Bag
  • 22 Ghostwatch
  • 24 ABC Diary
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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Back Issues CD-Rom

  • 54


  • 55

FT Book Offer

  • 59


  • 71

It Happened to Me

  • 75


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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