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Fortean Times #321 (December 2014)



  • 38 Seeing Fairies - Modern encounters with the Little People
  • 16 Ghostwatch - Sceptics, scientists and spoon benders
  • 22 Monkey Business - New Delhi's misbehaving macaques
  • 14 Rocking Out at Racetrack Playa - Mystery of the moving stones solved?
  • 04 Balloonatics - Creepy clowns pop up all over


30 The Fairy Investigation Society (Cover Story)
The Fairy Investigation Society, dedicated to tracking down modern accounts of the Little People, must rank as one of the strangest British organisations ever. Simon Young tells the story of this curious enterprise, through five key episodes in its eccentric and largely forgotten history.

38 Seeing Fairies
Marjorie T Johnson spent years collecting accounts of fairy sightings and the fruits of her labour finally saw print this year in the most comprehensive collection of modern fairy encounters ever assembled. Here we present a small selection of the riches contained within its pages...

46 The Music of Fairyland
The Little People have long been associated with music. Composers, artists, writers and observers of the natural world have all reported unearthly strains hovering in the air, and some have even attempted to write them down. Chris Woodyard keeps her ears open and listens for the lovely and mysterious sounds of Fairyland.


50 First Forteans - No 10. Wars, schisms and peace pledges by Bob Rickard

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 34. Suicide from the Clifton Suspension Bridge by Jan Bondeson


53 The return of the BSWs by Emma McNeill

54 Cattle in the living room by Mark Greener

56 Raising a false flag by Andrew May

Strange Days

Creepy clown outbreaks, Ebola conspiracy theories, praying parrot, two-headed dolphin, oldest rock art, incredible survival stories, space ice hits Cardiff, Ig Nobel Awards, human UFO, Croydon exorcism, fairy census - and much more.

  • 05 The Conspirasphere by Noel Rooney
  • 10 Medical Bag
    • Mr Curly
    • Spud Plug
    • Singing Through Surgery
    • Dental Gratuity
    • Spider Inside Him
  • 14 Science: Death Valley Erratics by David Hambling
  • 16 Ghostwatch: Infrequencies by Alan Murdie
  • 18 Archaeology by Paul Sieveking
    • Thanks to Cave Popcorn
    • Lunar Temple?
    • Roman Discoveries
  • 19 Classical Corner - 182: Food For Thought by Barry Baldwin
  • 21 Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
    • Resurrected from the Incas' Tombs
    • Jersey's New Toad, Warts and All
    • A Whale of a Find, But Endangered Too
  • 23 Mythconceptions - 182: The Dangerous Dead by Mat Coward
  • 24 Necrolog
  • 25 Fairies and Folklore: A New Fairy Census by Simon Young
  • 28 The UFO Files
  • 80 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Seeing impossible things?
    • A New Fairy Census
    • Crabzilla Conquers the World
    • Bogus Social Workers are Back


  • 59 BOOKS
    • Comparing Religions by Jeffrey J Kripal with Ata Anzali, Andrea R Jain and Erin Prophet - ISBN 9781405184588 - Christopher Laursen
    • Rokfogo: The Mysterious Pre-Deluge art of Richard S Shaver volumes I & II by Richard Toronto - ISBN 9780991139620 and ISBN 9780991139637 - Jerome Clark
    • An Atheist's History of Belief by Matthew Kneale - ISBN 9781619024694 - Noel Rooney
    • Perv: The Sexual Deviant in all of us by Jesse Bering - ISBN 9780857520401 - Ian Simmons
    • Contagion: In the Shadow of the South Shields Poltergeist by Darren W Ritson and Michael J Hallowell - ISBN 9780956522894 - Peter McCue
    • Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends by Jan Harold Brunvand - ISBN 9780393347159 - Richard Thomas
    • Also Received
    • Screening the Undead edited by Leon Hunt, Sharon Lockyer and Milly Williamson - ISBN 9781848859241
    • Alien Universe by Dan Lincoln - ISBN 9781421410722
    • The World's Most Haunted House by William J Hall - ISBN 9781601633378
    • Inside the Real Area 51 by Thomas J Carey and Donald R Schmitt - ISBN 9781601632364
    • Wizards: From Merlin to Faust by David & Leslie McIntee - ISBN 9781472803399
    • The Stonehenge Codes by David P Gregg - ISBN 9781495254284
    • Merrily's Border by Phil Rickman and John Mason - ISBN 9781906663698
  • FILM & DVD
    • Extraterrestrial - Directed by The Vicious Brothers, US 2014 - Mark McConnell
    • Red Shift - Director John Mackenzie, UK 1978 - David V Barrett
    • The Double - Director Richard Ayoade, UK 2014 - Nick Cirkovic
    • The Reverend's Review by Reverend Peter Laws
    • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - Director Tobe Hooper, US 1974
    • Shivers - Director David Cronenberg, Canada 1975
    • Mark of the Devil - Director Michael Armstrong, UK 1970
    • Shorts
    • Kidnapped - Icon Home Entertainment - DS
    • Wolfcop - Studiocanal - DS
    • The Cabinet of Dr Caligari - Eureka! - Rev PL


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