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Fortean Times #320 (November 2014)

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Contents

  • 28 Attack of the Poisonous Mushroom Growth - How horror comics caused a moral panic in 1950s America
  • 36 Terror and Wonder - Exploring the Gothic imagination
  • 18 Shroud of the Ripper - Controversial new theory names killer
  • 44 Interview with the Vampire Queen - The return of Anne Rice
  • 16 Stonehenge Gets Bigger - New technology remaps ancient site

Features

28 Attack of the Poisonous Mushroom Growth (Cover Story)
Robert Guffey looks back at the moral panic sparked by American horror comics in the 1940s and 1950s and asks whether what was really at work was political propaganda and the simple art of distraction...

33 Dr Wertham and The Code
David Sutton considers how a well-meaning psychiatrist went to war with comics and helped restore conformity to 1950s America.

36 Terror and Wonder
As a major new exhibition exploring our fascination with the mysterious and macabre opens at the British Library, Gail-Nina Anderson examines the roots of the Gothic imagination in art, architecture and literature.

44 Interview with the Vampire Queen
After a decade away from her Vampire Chronicles, during which time she's been writing books about Christ, Anne Rice, the queen of modern vampire fiction is back to reclaim her bloody throne from the young pretenders. She spoke to Angeline B Adams and Remco Van Straten about her long career and her latest book.

Reports

48 First Forteans - No 9. The Pubs at the End of the Universe by Bob Rickard

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 33. The Poullet Claimant by Jan Bondeson

Forum

52 An American institution in low spirits by Guy Lyon Playfair

54 Beware Bolivar's bones by SD Tucker

Strange Days

Icelandic lake monster gets official thumbs up, student trapped in giant vagina, teen with too many teeth, London's most haunted hotel, search for the EmDrive, geckos' space sex odyssey, wasp invasion, holy pierogi - and much more.

  • 12 Science: In Search of the EmDrive by David Hambling
  • 14 Ghostwatch: Hotel Hauntings by Alan Murdie
  • 16 Archaeology by Paul Devereux
    • Stonehenge City
    • Lasting Impressions
  • 17 Classical Corner - 181: Savile Row by Barry Baldwin
  • 18 Special Report: The Shroud of the Ripper by Tom Westcott
  • 20 Medical Bag
    • Dental Abundance
    • Born Bloodless
    • Missing Cerebellum
    • No Nose
    • Hearing Things
  • 21 Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
    • Hair Today, Yeti Tomorrow?
    • A Man-Beast Murdered in Borneo
  • 23 Mythconceptions - 181. Bee Stings by Mat Coward
  • 24 Fortean Follow-ups
  • 25 Fairies and Folklore: The Fairy Touch by Simon Young
  • 26 The UFO Files
  • 80 Strange Deaths

Regulars

Editorial

  • 02 The horror! The horror!
  • Enfield on Screen
  • Cartoon by Martin Ross

Reviews

Letters

It Happened to Me

Comix

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