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Fortean Times #295 (December 2012)



  • 32 Back to the Future - How Steampunk's Victorian visions have been shaping our retro-future
  • 44 In Search of the Hexham Heads - More heads... and more mysteries
  • 40 Weird Weather - Surprise hurricanes and glowing snow
  • 48 Vincent De Groof, The Flying Man - The life and death of an eccentric aviator
  • 74 Night of the Space Chimes - Dennis Hopper's UGO encounters


32 Back to the Future (Cover Story)
In the past two decades, Steampunk has become a pervasive influence on contemporary culture, making its mark on art, design, fashion, film and music. Brian J Robb looks back at the genre's history and speculates on its future.

44 In Search of the Hexham Heads, Part Two
In 1977, Paul Screeton went to the Northumberland town of Hexham to investigate a bizarre case involving stone heads, Celtic scholarship, poltergeist phenomena and werewolves. 40 years on, Stuart Ferrol joined Paul as he retraced his steps. Would the mystery not be solved?

50 Headcase: A Chat With Paul Screeton
Paul Screeton has been writing about forteana for over 40 years. Stuart Ferrol met him in a Northumbrian pub for a look back at his long and varied career.


34 Blasts from the Past - No 42. The Stone Rains of Indonesia by Theo Paijmans

40 Dictionary of the Damned - No 48. Weird Weather

74 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 17. The flying man by Dr Jan Bondeson


53 The Mane attraction by Neil Arnold

56 Islands of the ABCs by Merrily Harpur

Strange Days

Nazi idol from outer space; Catkin the goat acrobat; Yado the deep sea worm; amazing animal escapes; Vienna's musical tooth theif; Ig Nobel Awards 2012; mother of all pearls; rock art gets older; Belyaev's elite foxes; giant eyeball washes up on Florida beach - and much more.

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



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It Happened to Me

  • 74


Tales from the Vault

  • 80

Reader Info

  • 78


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