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Fortean Times #320 (November 2014)



  • 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


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.


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


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



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


  • 57 Books
    • The Devil: A New Biography by Philip C Almond - ISBN 9781780764030 - Noel Rooney
    • Pygmy Elephants: On the Track of the World's Largest Dwarfs by Matt Salusbury - ISBN 9781909488151 - Karl Shuker
    • Mass Hysteria in Schools: A Worldwide History Since 1566 by Robert E Bartholomew with Bob Rickard - ISBN 9780786478880 - Christopher Laursen
    • The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History by Zvi Ben-Dor Benite - ISBN 9780199324538 - David V Barrett
    • Britain's X-traordinary Files by David Clarke - ISBN 9781472904935 - Andrew May
    • Counter-Tourism: The Handbook assembled by Crab Man - ISBN 9781908009876 - Steve Toase
    • Sci-fi and fantasy round-up by David V Barrett
    • City of Engless Night by Milo M Hastings - ISBN 9781843915058
    • The Mirror by Richard Skinner - ISBN 9780571305070
    • Fool's Assassin by Robin Hobb - ISBN 9780007444175
    • Sci-Fi Chronicles: A Visual History of the Galaxy's Greatest Science Fiction edited by Guy Haley - ISBN 9781781313596
    • Apocalypse Next Tuesday by David Safier - ISBN 9781843915072
    • Joss Whedon: Geek King of the Universe by Amy Pascale - ISBN 9781845137199
  • FILM & DVD
    • Penny Dreadful: Season One - Created by John Logan, US 2014 - David V Barrett
    • Hannibal: Season Two - Created by Bryan Fuller, US 2014 - Nick Cirkovic
    • Luna - Director Dave McKean, UK 2014 - Fohnjang Ghebdinga
    • Wolf Creek 2 - Director Geg McLean, Australia 2014 - David Sutton
    • The Reverend's Review by Reverend Peter Laws
    • British Horror releases from Network
    • Shorts
    • The Complete Dr Phibes - Arrow Video - Rev PL
    • The Burbs - Arrow Video - Rev PL
    • Mindscape - Studiocanal - NC
    • Afflicted - Momentum Pictures - DS


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