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Fortean Times #248 (May 2009)

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  • Release date: 02 Apr 2009
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated June 2009 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)
  • Cover: Alex Tomlinson


  • 44 The Lies Are Out There - How the US government and Hollywood combined to create the flying saucer movie
  • 30 Sky Serpents - The airborne reptiles that filled the skies and terrified 19th-century Americans
  • 42 The Mythologist of Brentford - Author Robert Rankin interviewed
  • 74 The Moeraki and Katiki Boulders - Giant balls in geology and Maori folklore
  • 52 Missing Time? - Electormagnetism and the paranormal
  • 76 Phenomenomix: Dr John Dee - The curious life of a Tudor mystic


30 Sky Serpents (Cover Story)
Jerome Clark has a taste for the most hopelessly extreme anomalous claims. Here, he delves into some outrageous reports in 19th-century American newspapers concerning giant flying snakes.

44 The Lies Are Out There
Is Hollywood's love affair with little green men based simply on its desire to provide screen entertainment, or has Tinseltown been actively courted and used by the US government and military for their own mysterious ends? Robbie Graham and Matthew Alford go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden history of UFO movies.


51 Fictitious facts by David Hambling

52 Missing Time? by Ian H Machell

54 Kicking up a stink by Dr Karl Shuker


38 Blasts from the Past - No 9. The flying serpent of the Dardanelles by Ulrich Magin

40 Fortean Bureau of Investigation - No 98. Here be monsters... by Nick Redfern

42 The Mythologist of Brentford - Robert Rankin interviewed by Will Robins

74 Fortean Traveller - No 64. The Moeraki and Katiki boulders, New Zealand by Sophie Collard

Strange Days

Javan boy's healing stone brings in the crowds; drawing with light; crime will never pay unless you get it right; possession and mass hysteria; two men adrift at sea in a drinks cooler; giant snakes; ice circles show up in Britain for the first time - and much more.

  • 14 Konspiracy Korner
  • 18 Archaeology
  • 19 Classical Corner
  • 20 Ghostwatch
  • 24 ABC Diary
  • 26 Necrolog
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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It Happened to Me Ad

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Back Issues CD-Rom

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It Happened to Me

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Tales from the Vault

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Reader Info

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