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Fortean Times #180 (February 2004)

  • Release date: 10 Jan 2004
  • Cover price: £3.20
  • US Edition is dated March 2004 with a cover price of $7.25 USA (CAN $7.50)
  • Cover: Matt Pattinson


Writers, Drugs & Rock'n'Roll Special Issue

  • August Strindberg on absinthe
  • Thomas De Quincey on opium
  • Aldous Huxley on mescalin
  • Lewis Carroll on mushrooms
  • Plus The Grateful Dead and the world's biggest ESP experiment
  • Free you mind


28 Doors of Perception
On the 50th anniversary of the publication of Aldous Huxley's description of his spiritual awakening, Antonio Melechi looks back on the events which gave birth to a whole new generation of visionaries and led to a major switch in cultural values. How was it that the celebrated English writer came to be a major inspiration for the pschedelic explosion of the 1960s?

34 Gastric Fantastic
Simon Wilson reveals that famous English opium-eater Thomas de Quincey blamed it all on his tummy, and may have turned to the drug not to seek visions but to escape them.

40 Psychedelica Victoriana
Mike Jay examines the use of psychedelic mushrooms in the 19th century and asks whether Lewis Carroll's knowledge of wonderland came from first-hand experience - or merely from spending too much time in the library.

46 Absinthe & Alchemy
Gary Lachman investigates the hallucinatory world inhabited by Swedish playwright August Strindberg.

52 An Acid Test for ESP
Andy Roberts looks at the world's biggest telepathy experiment, conducted at a series of Grateful Dead concerts in 1971.


58 Astral Plane Crash - What Jeff Koyen was doing on 11 Sept 2001, and why he's still not sure it really happened.


74 Fortean Traveller - No 29. Devil Museum, Kaunas, Lithuania. Rachel Bignell - Horning in on a visit to Lithuania's unique Devil Museum.

Strange Days

More fish falls, cat and owner share symptoms, living without food and drink, visions of Mary, the world's oldest people and more...

  • 05 Extra Extra
  • 14 Science
  • 16 For all the Saints
  • 17 The Heirophant
  • 17 Konspiracy Korner
  • 18 Alien Zoo
  • 22 UFOlogy
  • 24 Archaeology
  • 26 Mythconceptions
  • 27 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Art and vision


  • 33

International Subscriptions

  • 39


  • 57

Back Issues

  • 60


  • 61 Books
  • 66 Film & DVD
  • 67 Games


  • 71

It Happened to Me

  • 75

Simulacra Corner

  • 71


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Coming Next Month

  • Manao Tupapao - Spirits of the South Pacific
  • Holy bull! - Animal cults of ancient Egypt
  • Little Green Men - Investigating the Aztec UFO crash
  • Fortean Times Issue 181 on sale 06 Feb 2004

Reader Info

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