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Fortean Times #323 (January 2015)



  • 34 Ghosts of the American South - Superstition, slavery and social control
  • 40 I Sing the Mind Electric - Electromagnetic near-death experiences
  • 06 American Grotesque - The photographs of William Mortensen
  • 56 Pulling the Cosmic Trigger - Bringing Discordian drama to the stage
  • 05 The Real Alex Jones - Conspiracy theorist or dead comedian?


34 Ghosts of the American South (cover story)
The Old South was filled with folk beliefs and superstitions but in a society formed by the institution of slavery, ghosts were just as often a means of repression and social control. Jacob Middleton explores a forgotten world of haunted plantation and terrifying Night Riders...

40 I Sing the Mind Electric
Marinus Anthony van der Sluijs investigates esoteric and electromagnetic explanations for near-death experiences.

44 The Naked Truth
When he stumbled upon a mysterious engraving of a hairless hyene that matched no living specied known to science, Karl Shuker was intrigued; but did it show a vanished species, a genetic freak or just a mangy specimen? And how might it relate to other weird hairless creatures in the cryptozoological annals?


16 The Town at the End of the World - Dabiq and Islamic eschatology by Ted Harrison

32 Blasts from the Past - No 55. The cities of lost children by Theo Paijmans

48 First Forteans - No 11. Ego rising: Arthur C Clarke by Bob Rickard

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 36. The sleeping Frenchman of Soho by Jan Bondeson


53 The myth of living fossils by Mark Greener

54 Nessie, Daughter of Kong? by Charles Paxton

56 Pulling the Cosmic Trigger by Ian 'Cat' Vincent

Strange Days

Mystery bangs from North Yorkshire to New York, London hypno-heist, Burma's giant bell, Islamic apocalypse, ghosts of WWI, two-trunked elephant, resurrections, Jordanian rock rings, Portuguese angel hair - and much more.

  • 05 The Conspirasphere by Noel Rooney
  • 14 Science: The Morgellons Mystery by David Hambling
  • 18 Ghostwatch by Alan Murdie
  • 22 Archaeology by Paul Devereux
    • Big Circles...
    • ...Little Circles
    • Tribal Tripping
    • Sounds Familiar
  • 23 Classical Corner - 183: Mob-Handed by Barry Baldwin
  • 24 Fortean Follow-Ups
    • Angel Hair FT106:18
    • Getting Stuck In FT314:14
    • Purloined Penis Panic FT273:10
    • Dazed and Confused FT316:36-40
    • High Seas Drifters FT312:20-21
  • 25 Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
    • Two-Trunks Goes on Display
    • A Bee-Line for the IOW
    • Bursting for a Bustard
    • Black and White and Rare All Over
  • 27 Mythconceptions - 184: Hot Air by Mat Coward
  • 28 Necrolog
  • 30 The UFO Files
  • 80 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Recalibrating your weird meter
  • FT Website Update


  • 59 BOOKS
    • The Amazons: Lives and Legends of Warrior Women across the Ancient World by Adrienne Mayor - ISBN 9780691147208 - Barry Baldwin
    • Quatermass and the Pit: Five Million Years to Earth (BFI Film Classics) by Kim Newman - ISBN 9781844577910 - Richard Thomas
    • Mrs Wakeman vs the Antichrist: And Other Strange-but-True Tales from American History by Robert Schneck - ISBN 9781585429448 - Christopher Josiffe
    • The Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years by JGM 'Hans' Thewissen - ISBN 9780520277069 - Mark Greener
    • 75 Years of Marvel Comics: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen by Roy Thomas and Josh Baker - ISBN 9783836548458 - David Sutton
  • FILM & DVD
    • Birdman - Director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, US 2014 - Julie McNamee
    • Painless - Director Juan Carlos Medina, Spain/France/Portugal 2012 - Daniel King
    • Outer Space - various directors, UK 1956-1977 - David V Barrett
    • The Reverend's Review by Revered Peter Laws
    • The Incredible Melting Man - Director William Sachs, US 1977
    • Shorts
    • Unearthly Stranger - Network - Rev PL
    • Bloodshot - Signature Entertainment - DK
    • The Code - Arrow - Brian J Robb


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