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Fortean Times #297 (February 2013)

  • Release date: 08 Jan 2013
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated March 2013 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $17.30)
  • Cover: Hulton Archive/Getty Images
  • Digital editions: Zinio version --- Magzter


  • 32 Spurious Spirits and Ghostly Hoaxes - Investigating the forgotten Victorian pastime of ghost impersonation
  • 44 Greyfriars Bobby - The truth behind a tale of dogged devotion
  • 38 Fanthorpe's Fortean Fiction - The fantastic SF worlds of Badger Books
  • 22 I Gave Birth To A Devil Baby! - Fire-breathing tot is pure evil, says mother
  • 53 The Lore of the Lightning Tree - Healing powers of the common ash


32 Spurious Spirits (Cover Story)
Jacob Middleton looks back at the largely forgotten VIctorian activity of ghost impersonation and asks what this bizarre pastime can tell us about changing attitudes to the supernatural in an era of rapid social transformation.

38 Fanthorpe's Fortean Fiction
Andrew May celebrates the literary career of that familiar fortean figure, Lionel Fanthorpe - priest, television show hose and (under a variety of colourful pseudonyms) one of the most productive writers in the history of pulp fiction.

44 Greyfriars Bobby
Any visitor to Edinburgh will encounter a monument to Scotland's most famous canine, Greyfrairs Bobby. This little terrier, the most faithful dog in the world, is said to have kept a vigil at his master's grave for 14 long years. Many children's books, and three successful films, have been inspired by the story. But how much of it is actually true, and how much is make-believe? Jan Bondeson investigates...


74 Fortean Traveller - No 82. The Kaali Meteor Crater by Keith Ruffles


53 Lightning Tree lore by John Reppion

54 Signs in the sky by Ted Harrison

Strange Days

Serbian vampire spreads panic; tales of dogged devotion; Pacific island undiscovered; fire-breathing devil baby; USAF UFOs; four-foot flying robot seen in India; dressing up the dead; world's oldest plant; snow circles; cathedral licker's quest; ghosts and alcohol - and much more.

  • 14 Science
  • 16 Ghostwatch
  • 21 Konspiracy Korner
  • 23 Mythconceptions
  • 25 Alien Zoo
  • 26 Archaeology
  • 27 Classical Corner
  • 28 Necrolog
  • 29 Strange Deaths
  • 30 The UFO Files



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Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 76


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