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Fortean Times #255 (November 2009)

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  • Release date: 15 Oct 2009
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • US Edition is dated December 2009 with a cover price of $11.99 USA (CAN $13.25, AUS $12.95, NZ $16.90)
  • Cover: Etienne Gilfillan


  • 44 The Secret Teacher - The long, strange life of an American guru and master of the occult
  • 72 Encounters with Invizikids - Readers' accounts of quasi-corporeal companions
  • 16 Witch Bottle - A reminder of ancient curses
  • 30 The Tennessee Man-Fish - A 19th-century tale from the riverbank
  • 32 City of Symbols - London's links to Freemasonry


32 City of Symbols (Cover Story)
While Dan Brown looks for Masonic symbolism in Washington, DC, David Hambling takes us on a journey through Masonic London, a trail that includes Isaac Newton and Jack the Ripper, St Paul's Cathedral and the pyramid on Canary Wharf, conspiracy theories and occult forces...

40 MacBeth and the Masons
Robert Guffey argues that Freemasonry not only predates the earliest written evidence of its activites, but has also influenced the whole development of Western culture from the shadows, through the embedding of hermetic symbolism in great literature...

44 The Secret Teacher
Gary Lachman examines the strange life and even stranger death of esoteric scholar Manly P Hall, one of California's longest-lived gurus.


51 Black hole revelations by Ian J Kidd

52 Driven batty by the orang bati by Dr Karl Shuker

54 Predictable problems by Steve Moore


30 Blasts from the Past - No 14. The man-fish of Tennessee by Theo Paijmans

76 Fortean Traveller - No 67. The Heksenwaag, Holland by Matt Salusbury

Strange Days

Expert claims Vinland map is genuine; tears of blood; canine castaway and feline passenger; standing broom only; squirrel pops up and dogfish drops in; yeti-like creatures spotted around the world; Blessed Virgin image in tree stump; picture postcards find families pictured; strange sexual behaviour - and much more.

  • 14 Science
  • 16 Archaeology
  • 17 Classical Corner
  • 18 Ghostwatch
  • 22 Alien Zoo
  • 26 Fortean Follow-ups
  • 27 Strange Deaths
  • 28 The UFO Files



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It Happened to Me

  • 72

Back Issues CD-Rom

  • 75


  • 76

Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 74


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