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Fortean Times #374 (Chr 2018)



  • 4 Dave Vanian's vampire panic
  • 16 Amy Winehouse's avian spirit
  • 32 Grim fairytales: the dark side of the gingerbread house
  • 40 The mythology and magic of mistletoe


32 Gingerbread Houses (cover story)
THe gingerbread house is a familiar part of Christmas around the world; but as Therese Taylor reminds us, this seasonal sweetmeat has a history that embraces pagan and Christian traditions and the darker side of folklore and fairy tales.

40 The Magic of Mistletoe
Mistletoe has long enjoyed a magical reputation connected with everything from ancient myths and Druidic rites to stolen Christmas kisses. Steve Marshall celebrates a remarkable plant.

48 The Myth of Queen Mary's Tree
Is there any truth to the legend that Mary Queen of Scots planted a much-visited tree near Edinburgh? And what about all the others? Jan Bondeson investigates an arboreal mystery.


30 Blasts from the Past - The Headless Horrors of Sandling Road Theo Paijmans

56 Building a Fortean Library - You don't have to be a saint The Hierophant's Apprentice

76 Fortean Traveller - Chester's Winter Watch Rob Gandy


53 Something nasty in the water by Kate Firks

54 Charles Fort down under by Ian James Kidd

Strange Days

A digest of the worldwide weird, including: Welsh water spirit, haunted trees, fairy rings, ABC update, and the nocebo effect...

  • 14 Archæology
  • 15 Classical Corner
  • 16 Ghostwatch
  • 23 Alien Zoo
  • 25 Mythconceptions
  • 28 The UFO Files


  • 02 Editorial
  • 59 Reviews
  • 71 Letters
  • 78 Reader Info
  • 79 Phenomenomix
  • 80 Strange Deaths

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