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Fortean Times #268 (November 2010)

  • Release date: 14 Oct 2010
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated December 2010 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)
  • Cover: Dave Needham
  • Digital editions: Zinio version


  • 36 Holy Terrors - An ordained Baptist Minister explains his lifelong fascination with horror films.
  • 79 The Cryptid-Kid Investigates - The chilling tale of a werewolf & the Hexham Heads
  • 54 Teh Abduction Trap - Budd Hopkins, artist & ufologist
  • 46 The Greatest Ghoul on Earth? - Graveroobers raid PT Barnum's crypt
  • 75 Skulls in the Landscape - Spooky simulacra


30 Renovation Hauntings (cover story)
Despite a plethora of television programmes offering house makeovers or suggesting we undertake major home improvements, Peter A McCue advises that even modest DIY projects can sometimes unleash ghostly phenomena...

36 Holy Terrors
What happens when a lifelong horror fan becomes a Christian? Does he hide his copy of The Exorcist and burn all his HP Lovecraft books? Reverend Peter Laws confesses his cinematic sins and wonders whether horror and the Church have a shared history that means theology can be found in the bloodiest of places...

42 Mischief Night
Before the days of a commercialised and Americanised Hallowe'en, with its trick-or-treaters, there was an older autumnal tradition of licensed bad behavior. Chris & Karen Allen explore the mysteries and marvels of Mischief Night.

46 The Greatest Ghoul on Earth?
On the 200th anniversary of the death of the 'World's Greatest Showman', Michael J Bielawa offers a ghoulish solution to a mystery that followed PT Barnum into (and nearly out of) his grave.


51 A rhinoceros's tale by Jan Bondeson

52 Spider of blue, dilly dilly... by Karl Shuker

54 Budd and the abduction trap by Peter Brookesmith

Strange Days

Cardinal Newman is beatified; father chains up son possessed by a djinni; psychics hit and miss; memory plays tricks; hare escapes greyhounds; rosary saves soldier's life; fraudulent monk does a runner; record tumour and kidney stone; bullets linger on in the body - and much more.

  • 14 Science: The Quiet Ones
  • 16 Ghostwatch: Swimming Pool Spooks; Municipal Manifestations; Coin Apports
  • 17 Mythconceptions: Tutankhamen's Peas
  • 19 Alien Zoo: Trunko - Solved after 85 Years!; All at Sea about a Sea Monster
  • 20 Archaeology: Vanish Fairy Forts; Puzzling Egyptian Connection; Take Your Pict; Runic Rhubarb
  • 21 Classical Corner 130: I Am Lying, Egypt, Lying
  • 22 Fortean Follow-ups
  • 25 Konspiracy Korner: A Report That Avoids Fingering Conspiracy Theories' Real Origins
  • 26 Necrolog: Fergus Gwynplaine MacIntyre
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files
    • Flyingsaucery: Brazil Nuts (Part 1); Brazil Nuts (Part 2); French Seaside Saucers
    • UFO Casebook: Life With The Aliens Part 4



  • 02 Seasonal Mischief


  • 57 BOOKS
    • The Great Fear of 1857: Rumours, Conspiracies and the Making of the Indian Uprising by Kim Wagner - ISBN 9781906165277
    • Utopianism: A Very Short Introduction by Lyman Tower Sargent - ISBN 9780199573400
    • Utopia by Merlin Coverley - ISBN 9781842433164
    • A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire by JC McKeown - ISBN 9780195393750
    • Angels: A History by David Albert Jones - ISBN 9780199582952
    • Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void by Mary Roach - ISBN 9781851687800
    • The End of Discovery: Are We Approaching the Boundaries of the Knowable? by Russell Stannard - ISBN 9780199585243
    • Overmodeled Skulls edited by Arthur C Aufderheide - ISBN 9780615296906
    • Patrice Chaplin: The Portal
  • FILM & DVD
    • Charlie St Cloud - Director Burr Steers, 2010
    • Enter the Void - Director Gaspar Noe, 2009
    • Buried - Director Rodrigo Cortes, 2010
    • The Tortured from E1 Entertainment, Director Robert Lieberman
    • 7 Days from E1 Entertainment, Director Daniel Grou
    • Twelve from Chelsea Cinema
    • Halo Reach
    • Transformers: War for Cybertron


  • 71

Simulacra Corner

  • 75

It Happened to Me

  • 76


  • 79 The Cryptid-Kid Investigates

Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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