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Fortean Times #281 (November 2011)

  • Release date: 13 Oct 2011
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated December 2011 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $17.30)
  • Cover: Tate Britain
  • Digital editions: Zinio version


  • 34 The Art of Apocalypse - John Martin's epic visionary canvases are once again stunning gallery-goers
  • 46 'Mass Hysteria' in Sri Lanka - 'Grease Devil' attacks trigger residential rioting
  • 40 Malaysian Firestarters - Pyromaniac poltergeists
  • 22 The Templar Assassin - Mass murderer claims links to Crusader order
  • 52 Tintin's Fortean Adventures - Classic cartoon strangeness


34 The Art of Apocalypse (Cover Story)
Martin Myrone, curator of a new Tate Britain exhibition devoted to the work of John Martin, examines the career of a misunderstood artist whose spectacular visions of biblical catastrophe have influenced the way we have imagined the end of the world ever since.

40 Pyro-Poltergeists
Paul Cropper investigates a recent case of poltergeist-like activity in Malaysia linked to mischievous, fire-starting spirits called djinn, while Tony Healy tells the story of a similarly pyromaniacal spook from 1930s Australia.

46 The Grease Devils
Bob Rickard reports on a major outbreak of 'mass hysteria' that has terrified the people of Sri Lanka and seen the country divided on socio-economic, racial, religious, linguistic and political lines.


32 Blasts from the Past - No 33. Up in smoke in Barnstaple by Peter Christie

72 Fortean Traveller - No 76. Kuelap, Peru by Jen Ogilvie

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 7. The Plumstead Ghost by Dr Jan Bondeson


51 Gone on a fishing trip by Ian Simmons

52 The Fortean Adventures of Tintin by Tom Heywood

Strange Days

Mystery teenager emerges from German forest; coroner issues verdict of spontaneous combustion; animals getting in on the action; magnetic people; rats and the 'Black Death'; mantis antics and a pink hopper; modern Templar assassin; canine heroes - and much more.

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



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It Happened to Me

  • 70


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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