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Fortean Times #288 (Special 2012)

  • Release date: 26 Apr 2012
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition has a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $17.30)
  • Main Cover Image: Pat Reilly
  • Digital editions: Zinio version


  • 32 The Case of the Vampire-Killers - The market in portable equipment for the discerning despatcher of the undead.
  • 20 Ancient Animals - They've been around for donkey's years
  • 74 Meeting Mothman - An uncanny true-life encounter
  • 40 Living with the Lycanthropes - Zombies, werewolves, vampires & other misfits
  • 55 Master of Mystery - Death in a Locked Room


32 To Kill a Vampire (Cover Story)
Vampire-killing kits are now fetching high prices at auction - but are these mysterious cases containing crosses, pistols and holy water genuine antiques, clever fakes or playful artworks? Jonathan Ferguson sharpens his stakes, loads up his silver bullets and prepares to investigate...

44 Vampire Autopsies
Just as the Age of Reason was dawning, a sudden eruption of vampirism brought age-old folklore to the attention of the modern world. Dr Leo Ruickbie recounts how doctors, philosophers and scholars assessed the medical evidence for the undead.

50 The Men Who Invented Dracula
John Fraser tells the story of two men from the ministry who managed to put the world's most famous fictional vampire on the tourist map in Ceausescu's Romania.


30 Blasts from the Past - No 38. Eve, the Snake Woman of Virginia by Theo Paijmans

40 Fortean Bureau of Investigation - No 118. Creatures of the Night by George Binning

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 12. A Welsh hermit defended by rats by Dr Jan Bondeson


55 The Locked Room mysteries by Andrew May

56 An epidemic of mass hysteria by Robert Bartholomew

Strange Days

Town councillor's alien mother; James Randi in partner's ID-theft scandal; emails from beyond the grave; Aussie spiders' super webs; Irish relic thefts; the Nullarbor Nymph; all matter of taste; oldest animals; Rennes-le-Chateau Templar tomb hoax - and much more.

  • 15 2012 Watch
  • 16 Science
  • 18 Ghostwatch
  • 19 Mythconceptions
  • 21 Konspiracy Korner
  • 22 Archaeology
  • 23 Classical Corner
  • 25 Alien Zoo
  • 26 Necrolog
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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It Happened to Me

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Reader Info

  • 78


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