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Fortean Times #260 (April 2010)

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  • Release date: 4 Mar 2010
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated May 2010 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)
  • Cover: Etienne Gilfillan


  • 32 The Golden Age of Sea Serpents - Sailors, scientists and 19th-century monsters of the deep
  • 46 Gateway to Hell - Berlin's Pergamon Altar has a long and shady past
  • 40 Miracle Skulls of Bolivia - Healers and crime-busters
  • 29 Britain's X-Files - Latest - MoD releases its fifth batch of UFO reports
  • 58 The Voynich Manuscript - An enigmatic and unique relic


32 The Golden Age of Sea Serpents
Mark Greener sifts through the tales of 19th-century sailors and fishermen and finds that their knowledge of many of the sea's mysterious denizens was often in advance of that of science. So, can we simply dismiss a plethora of expert witness accounts of sea monsters as mistakes and misidentifications?

40 Miracle Skulls of Bolivia (Cover Story)
Paul Koudounaris reports on a bizarre cult in which the skulls of the dead provide good luck, offer miraculous healing, and even help solve crimes.

46 Gateway to Hell
After a chance encounter in Berlin, Mark Fernyhough is left wondering whether one of the city's most prized antiquities - the Pergamon Altar - is actually Satan's throne on Earth.


29 Britian's X-Files - No 15. Fire from the sky? by Dr David Clarke

30 Blasts from the Past - No 19. Scareships by Peter Hassall

50 Dictionary of the Damned - No 32. Monsters of the lakes


55 G is for Gnostic by Dr David V Barrett

56 The Bat-man returns by Jaap van den Born

58 Voynich under the microscope by Barbara Barrett

Strange Days

UFO appears above park bowling green; graves robbed for cult ceremonies; winter wonderland; a reluctant Messiah; reptile encounters; human-faced animals; the weeping bungalow; underwater surprises; graveyard tributes to Poe and Valentino; animals stranded; albinos murdered for ritual magic - and much more.

  • 14 Science
  • 17 Mythconceptions
  • 20 Archaeology
  • 21 Classical Corner
  • 26 Necrolog
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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Back Issues CD-Rom

  • 60


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  • 73

It Happened to Me

  • 77


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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