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Fortean Times #334 (December 2015)



  • 32 The Case of the Headless Evangelist - Hex and violence in old Detriot
  • 40 A Woolf in the Fold - The Bloomsbury set and Jack the Ripper
  • 48 The Black Dahlia - Surrealism and the art of murder
  • 06 Attack of the Giant Vegetables - A bumper harvest in more ways than one
  • 18 Haunting Healey - Labour MPs vs the supernatural


32 The Headless Evangelist (cover story)
In July 1929, the city of Detroit was rocked by the bizarre and bloody killing of an entire family. Benny Evangelist was an oddball sorcerer and self-proclaimed prophet - but why did someone cut off his head and slaughter his wife and children? Was it a case of magical murder or ritualistic revenge? Robert Damon Schneck investigates one of the strangest unsolved cases in the annals of American crime.

40 Virginia Woolf and the Whitechapel Murders
A considerable distance, geographical and social, separated the elegant squares of Bloomsbury from the slums of Whitechapel, and yet there exists a curious network of connections between one of England's most celebrated novelists and Jack the Ripper, as Therese Taylor explains.

48 Black Dahlia: The Art of Killing
Was one of the 20th century's most notorious unsolved cases a ritual killing of even a homicide planned as a work of art? Brian J Robb examines the evidence in the shocking murder of Elisabeth Short, better known as the Black Dahlia.


22 The Crime Museum Uncovered - Inside Scotland Yard's Special Collection by Roger Clark

30 Blasts From the Past - No 60. The Monster Makers by Theo Paijmans

56 Building a Fortean Library - No 5. A trick, a treat, and some startled hares by The Hierophant's Apprentice

76 Fortean Traveller - No 104. The Missing Lake of Guerledan by Brian Sharland

Strange Days

Floating city over China, phantom siren haunts Swansea, escapological mishaps, back from the dead, UFO outsider art, epic sneezathon, Mothman anniversary, knitted alien autopsy, history's earliest beheadings - and much more.

  • 05 The Conspirasphere by Noel Rooney
  • 14 Science: A Pox on Both Your Houses by David Hambling
  • 16 Archaeology by Paul Devereux
    • Heads We Lose
    • The Magnificent Five
    • They Also Walked the Earth
  • 17 Classical Corner - 193: Fat Chance by Barry Baldwin
  • 18 Ghostwatch: Haunted Healey (& Co) by Alan Murdie
  • 21 Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
    • A Meeting with Mothman
    • Killer Vampire Squirrel No More
    • Spider Surprise
  • 24 Medical Bag
    • Providential Rescues
    • A-Choo!
    • She'd Seen Enough
    • Off With His Head!
  • 25 Mythconceptions - 94: Inside Out Ovens by Mat Coward
  • 26 Necrolog
    • Ionel Talpazan
  • 28 The UFO Files
  • 80 Strange Deaths



  • 02 Crimes and wonders
    • Murder More Weird
    • The $50,000 Rainbow


  • 59 BOOKS
    • Murder Houses of London by Jan Bondeson - ISBN 9781445647067 - Roger Clarke
    • Murder Houses of South London by Jan Bondeson - ISBN 9781784623340 - Roger Clarke
    • Murder Houses of Greater London by Jan Bondeson - ISBN 9781784623333 - Roger Clarke
    • Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature and the Paranormal by Stephen E Braude - ISBN 9781442235755 - Christopher Laursen
    • How We'll Live on Mars (TED talk) by Stephen Petranek - ISBN 9781471138881 - Andrew May
    • Disorders of Magnitude: A Survey of Dark Fantasy by Jason V Brock - ISBN 9781442235243 - James Holloway
    • Imaginary Cities by Darran Anderson - ISBN 9780992765590 - Lucy F Fisher
    • Meteorite: Nature and Culture by Maria Golia - ISBN 9781780234977 - Mike Jay
    • Also Received
    • Confessions of a Reluctant Ghost Hunter: A Cautionary Tale of Encounters with Malevolent Entities and Other Disembodied Spirits by Von Braschler - ISBN 9781620553824
    • I Would Still Be Drowned in Tears: Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House by Michelle L Hamilton - ISBN 9780964430464
    • Fearless in Tibet: The Life Of The Mystic Terton Sogyal by Matteo Pistono - ISBN 9781401941468
    • So You've been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson - ISBN 9780330492287
    • Five Weeks in a Balloon: A Journey of Discovery by Three Englishmen in Africa by Jules Verne - ISBN 9780819575470
  • FILM & DVD
    • The Walking Dead, Season 5 - created by Frank Darabont, US 2015 - Nick Cirkovic
    • Contracted: Phase I - Director Eric England, US 2013 - Daniel King
    • Beyond - Directors Joseph Baker and Tom Large, UK 2014 - David V Barrett
    • Hard to be a God - Direct Aleksei German, Russia 2013 - Daniel King
    • Aquarius: Season 1 - created by John McNamara, US 2015 - David Sutton
    • The Reverend's Review by Reverend Peter Laws
    • Hellraiser: The Scarlet Box - Director Clive Barker Tony Randel, Antony Hickox, UK/US 1987, 1988, 1992 - Arrow Video Limited Edition Blu-ray
    • Shorts
    • Unhallowed Ground - Kaleidoscope Entertainment - DK
    • Dracula - Odeon Entertainment - Rev PL
    • Tower of Evil - Odeon Entertainment - Rev PL
    • The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology - Warner Home Video - DS


It Happened to Me


Coming Next Month

  • A London Haunting - In Search of the Ghosts of Berkeley Square
  • Round the Horns - The Story of the Abbotts Bromley Horn Dance
  • + Alan Garner, Shadow People, Biblical Botany and Much More... Fortean Times 335 on sale 10 Dec 2015

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