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Fortean Times #337 (February 2016)



  • 32 Wuthering Frights - The Gothic Romance - from Ann Radcliffe to Guillermo del Toro
  • 48 Mummy Dearest - Indonesia's island of the living dead
  • 56 Horning In - Unicorn lore and literature
  • 06 Animal Art - Talented tapirs and stunning starlings
  • 52 Goatsuckers and Demon Sheep - The strange world of American politics


32 The Return of Gothic Romance (cover story)
Guillermo del Toro described his recent film Crimson Peak as a "classic Gothic Romance", a genre that has been consigned to oblivion for nearly four decades. But what is Gothic Romance, what makes it different from horror and why did it fall into obscurity? Maria J Perez Cuervo dons her best nightie and goes in search of answers...

40 The Welsh Neanderthals
Amanda Rees sets off into the great Celtic desert in search of ancient racial survivals, mysterious megaliths, fairy folklore and one of the oddest byways of evolutionary science.

48 Island of the Living Dead
Paul Koudounaris travels to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi to meet the mummies of Tana Toraja and join a ritual celebrating the enduring bonds that link the living and the dead.


24 A Discovery of Witches - ASSAP's 'Seriously Bewitched' conference by Rev Peter Laws

30 Blasts from the Past - No 61. The pre-war monster panics of 1938 by Theo Paijmans

52 Strange Statesmen - No 8. American Psychos 1: End Times Tea Party by SD Tucker

56 Building a Fortean Library - No 8. One horn on which to perch them by The Hierophant's Apprentice

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 44. Mynheer Van Klaes, the King of Smokers by Jan Bondeson

Strange Days

Jihadis on the red mercury trail, more weird sexual fetishes, deadly spider surprises, electromagnetic hypersensitivity, Iron Age monster mash, ghosts of Bishop's Stortford, bosom serpents, classical sweariness - and much more.



  • 02 Writers and readers
    • Dreaming of Manderley
    • Just Your Average Fortean?
    • Errata
      • FT336:Cover - Staffordshire, not Shropshire
      • FT336:22 Flash-freezing - text refers to the island of Lovund, the picture caption is Vorlund... the fish-freeze was in Lovund.


  • 59-63 BOOKS
    • Folk Legends from Tono: Japan's Spirits, Deities, and Phantastic Creatures collected by Yanagita Kunio and Sasaki Kizen, translated and edited by Ronald A Morse - ISBN 9781442248212 - Mandy Collins
    • Last Futures: Nature, Technology and the End of Architecture by Douglas Murphy - ISBN 9781781689752 - Steve Toase
    • Fantastic Planets, Forbidden Zones, and Lost Continents by Douglas Brode - ISBN 9780292739192 - Mark Greener
    • The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales edited by Jack Zipes - ISBN 9780199689828 - Jeremy Harte
    • The Land of the Green Man: A Journey through the Supernatural Landscapes of the British Isles by Carolyne Larrington - ISBN 9781780769912 - Steve Marshall
    • Why the World Does Not Exist by Markus Gabriel - ISBN 9780745687568 - Roger Musson
    • Population Control: How Corporate Owners Are Killing Us by Jim Marrs - ISBN 9780062359896 - Richard Thomas
    • A Spy Among Friends: Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben MacIntyre - ISBN 9781408851784 - Pairic O Corrain
    • Mad Mollie - Brooklyn's Supernatural "Saint" by Sean Casteel - ISBN 9781606111888 - Bob Rickard
    • Also Received
    • The Bigfoot Book: The Encyclopedia of Sasquatch, Yeti and Cryptid Primates by Nick Redfern - ISBN 9781578595617
    • Enochian Magic and The Higher Worlds: Beyond the Realm of the Angels by John DeSalvo - ISBN 9781620553015
    • A Rogue Like Me by Cedric Paul Foster - ISBN 9781909984684
    • A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits by Carol K Mack and Dinah Mack - ISBN 9781559704472
    • The Ghosts of Lincoln: Discovering His Paranormal Legacy by Adam Selzer - ISBN 9780738741536
    • Astrology in Ancient Mesopotamia: The Science of Omens and the Knowledge of the Heavens by Michael Baigent - ISBN 9781591432210
    • Necropolis: City of the Dead: Undercliffe Victorian Cemetery by Mark Davis - ISBN 9781445634852
  • 64-66 FILM & DVD
    • The Survivalist - Director Stephen Fingleton, UK 2015 - Daniel King
    • Little Girl Blue - Director Amy Berg, US 2015 - Chris Saunders
    • Downtime - Director Christopher Barry, UK 1995 - David V Barrett
    • Crimson Peak - Director Guillermo del Toro, US 2015 - Maria J Perez Cuervo
    • The Reverend's Review by Reverend Peter Laws
    • Housebound - Director Gerard Johnstone, UK 2015
    • We Are Still Here - Director Ted Geoghegan, US 2015
    • The House on Pine Street - Directors Aaron and Austing Keeling, US 2015
    • Ghost Story - Director John Irvin, US 1981
    • Shorts
    • The Gift - Lions Gate Home Entertainment - Rev PL
    • The Stranger - Koch Media Rev PL
    • Blood Moon - Studiocanal - DK
    • Nina Forever - Studiocanal - DS


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Coming Next Month

  • Mexican Fairies - In Search of Duendes, Chaneques and Others
  • In Crowley's Uniform - The Esoteric History of David Bowie
  • + Mystery Moggies, Leprechaun Panics, 19th Century UFOs, and Much More... Fortean Times 338 on sale 3 Mar 2016

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