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Fortean Times #317 (August 2014)



  • 38 Mirage Men - UFOs and the art of disinformation
  • 76 Wild Child - The story of Krao, the Missing Link
  • 16 Meet the Super-Rats - Disarming land mines, invading homes
  • 06 Scaring off the Spirits - Bali's Grebeg Ritual
  • 53 Gods and Gangsters - Venezuela's strange new deities


30 Slender Man: From Viral to Postal (Cover Story)
How did two 12-year-old girls from Wisconsin come to carry out a brutal attempted murder to please a fictional Internet Monster? Ian 'Cat' Vincent probes the online origins of Slender Man and asks what the spread of this faceless meme tells us about the nature of contemporary belief.

34 Shadows of the Thin Man
Jenny Coleman argues that there's nothing new about Slender Man: he's just a contemporary take on centuries' worth of images of evil...

38 Mirage Men
Is the history of UFOs one of a long campaign of deliberate disinformation? Were saucer scares intended to disguise the machinations of the government? Or to obscure what that government knew about UFOs? Roland Denning attempts to throw some new light on these questions.

42 British Voodoo: Part Two
Rollo Ahmed practised black magic, taught Dennis Wheatley yoga, helped Aleister Crowley find a flat and wrote a history of magic. Christopher Josiffe concludes his profile of a forgotten figure of British occultism.


28 Blasts from the Past - No 52. Mysterious falling stones at Glaveaux by Theo Paijmans

48 First Forteans - No 8. HG Wells and Lance Sieveking by Bob Rickard

74 Fortean Traveller - No 95. The Museum of Souls in Purgatory, Rome by Ian Simmons

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 32. Krao, the Missing Link by Jan Bondeson


53 Of gods and men by David Hambling

54 Ireland vs the Flying Saucers by Shane Cochrane

Strange Days

Islamists versus "mystical bees"; Ugandan cop shoots "aggressive" tortoise; runic code cracked; human Etch a Sketch; super-rats; hammock bear; Hampstead witch doctor; hippie conspiracy; British folk art - and much more.

  • 05 Extra! Extra!
  • 14 Archaeology by Paul Sieveking
    • Nibelung Treasure?
    • Viking Rune Code Cracked
  • 15 Classical Corner - 178: Esprit De Corpse by Barry Baldwin
  • 18 Fortean Follow-Ups
    • Life Savers FT316:6-7
    • The Walking Dead FT259:26-27
    • Away From It All FT303:10-11
  • 19 Konspiracy Korner: Dark Doings in Laurel Canyon by Robin Ramsay
  • 20 Special Report: British Folk Art by David V Barrett
  • 22 Medical Bag
    • Two-in-one (cojoined and parasitic twins)
    • Baffling Beer Gut (auto-brewery syndrome)
    • Skin Sketches (dermatographia)
  • 23 Mythconceptions - 178: Washington's Gnashers by Mat Coward
  • 24 Necrolog
    • Alexander Shulgin
    • Radu Florescu
  • 25 Fairies and Folklore: Visionary Meetings by Simon Young
  • 26 The UFO Files
    • Flyingsaucery by Andy Roberts and Dr David Clarke
      • Just When You Thought It Was All Over...
      • Early Fortean Pioneer Honoured
      • Saucer Art in Romania?
      • Aloha, ET
    • UFO Casebook: Strange Stockport by Jenny Randles
  • 80 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Dark fairytales


  • 57 BOOKS
    • Snarls from the Tea-Tree: Big Cat Folklore by David Waldron and Simon Townsend - ISBN 9781921875830 - Karl Shuker
    • Lost Secrets of the Gods: The Latest Evidence and Revelations On Ancient Astronauts, Precursor Cultures, and Secret Societies edited by Michael Pye & Kirsten Dalley - ISBN 9781601633248 - Jerome Clark
    • The New Science of Psychedelics: At the Nexus of Culture, Consciousness, and Spirituality by David Jay Brown - ISBN 9781594774928 - Andy Roberts
    • The Ghost Wore Black: Ghastly Tales from the Past edited by Chris Woodyard - ISBN 9780988192515 - Mandy Collins
    • Celestial Revolutionary: Copernicus, the Man and His Universe by John Freely - ISBN 9781780763507 - Andrew May
    • Who is Who? The Philosophy of Doctor Who by Kevin S Decker - ISBN 9781780765532 - Matt Salusbury
    • What Makes This Book So Great: Re-Reading the Classics of Fantasy and Science Fiction by Jo Walton - ISBN 9781472111609 - James Holloway
    • Also Received
    • The Ghost Hunters: the most haunted house in England by Neil Spring - ISBN 9781780879758 - Christopher Josiffe
  • 62 FILM & DVD
    • Mood Indigo - Director Michel Gondry, France 2014 - Fohnjang Ghebdinga
    • Hemlock Grove: The Complete First Season - Created by Brian McGreevy, US 2013 - David V Barrett
    • The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears - Directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France 2013 - Brian J Robb
    • Her - Director Spike Jonze, US 2014 - Nick Cirkovic
    • The Reverend's Reviews by Reverend Peter Laws
    • Video Nasties - The Definitive Guide Part Two: Draconian Days - Directors Jack West and Mark Morris, UK 2013
    • Shorts
    • The Beast Within - Arrow Video - Rev PL
    • Absentia - Second Sight - Rev PL
    • White of the Eye - Arrow Video - David Sutton


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