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Fortean Times #336 (January 2016)

  • Release date: 07 Jan 2016
  • Cover price: £4.25
  • Cover: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
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  • Note: There was an error on the cover. According to Fortean Times on Facebook: And before you all write in... yes, we made a huge booboo on the cover: the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance takes place in Staffordshire, not Shropshire. Our deepest apologies to all horn dancers and residents of East Staffs.


  • 26 Round the Horns - The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance
  • 34 Kindred of the Kibbo Kift - Scouting for occultists
  • 06 Weird New Year - Apple Howling and the Haxey Hood
  • 52 The Dead Hand of the State - Papa Doc Duvalier's zombie nation
  • 12 Spectral Sex - Women who prefer their lovers dead


26 Round the Horns (cover story)
Since watching it on local television in the 1950s, Rob Gandy dreamed of seeing the Abbots Bromley Horn Dance. In 2015, he finally got to enjoy the spectacle of men in antlers performing strange ritual dances in Staffordshire...

34 The Kindred of the Kibbo Kift
In 1920, a group of disaffected scoutmasters formed an organisation marked by bizarre costumes and esoteric ceremonies who mission was to save the decadent West through a regime of rambling, camping and mysticism. Annebella Pollen uncovers the world of the Kibbo Kift...

40 Wizard of the Edge
Bob Fischer looks forward to a new anthology celebrating the work of Alan Garner, whose novels of folklore, myth and magic have enthralled generations of readers.

44 Forbidden Fruit
General Gordon is remembered as a military hero, but less well known is his obsession with the Garden of Eden, which he thought he'd discovered in the Seychelles. Karl Shuker examines a botanical folly of biblical proportions...


50 Building a Fortean Library - No 7. Nothing but, or something more? by The Hierophant's Apprentice

52 Strange Statesmen - No 7. The dead hand of the state by SD Tucker

76 Stories from the Illustrated Police News - No 43. Leona Dare, The Lady with the Iron Jaw by Jan Bondeson


57 Strange phenomena in the classroom by Gordon Rutter

58 Were the Ummites British? by Reinaldo Manso

Strange Days

Stonehenge was Welsh, Romanian stargate, hermits and exiles, vanishing children, miraculous bleeding and weeping, mass fish freeze, mysterious animal deaths, sex with ghosts, Rendlesham revisited - and much more.



  • 02 Horn dancers and weirdstones
    • The Man Who Invented Shorts
    • Errata
      • FT335:16 The final line in 'Child-killing Carthaginians' should read "...before or soon after birth."
      • FT335:26 It should be White Sands in New Mexico, USA, not Mexico's White Sands
      • FT335:46 The case of Isaac Martin was solved and reported in FT262:30.
      • FT335:62 Rather than asterisks, Leah Moore's review should have read "Watching a newly elected Tory government crush the power to protest in both industry and politics, 2000AD gave them a place to vent their dissatisfaction under the cover of a genre deemed fantastical and a medium dismissed as juvenile."


  • 61 BOOKS
    • The Strange Case of Ermine de Reims: A Medieval Woman Between Demons and Saints by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski - ISBN 9780812247152 - Bob Rickard
    • Death by Video Game: Tales of obsession from the virtual frontline by Simon Parkin - ISBN 9781781254219 - James Holloway
    • Crystal Cave: The Ultimate Geometry Colouring Book by Ensor Holiday, Roger Burrows, Roger Penrose, John Martineau and Haifa Khawaja - ISBN 9781907155178 - Steve Marshall
    • Ten Billion Tomorrows: How Science Fiction Technology Became Reality and Shapes the Future by Brian Clegg - ISBN 9781250057853 - Andrew May
    • Animal Music: Sound and Song in the Natural World by Tobias Fischer and Lara Cory - ISBN 9781907222344 - Ian Simmons
    • Chameleo: A Strange but True Story of Invisible Spies, Heroin Addiction, and Homeland Security by Robert Guffey - ISBN 9781939293695 - Jay Rath
  • FILM & DVD
    • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Director JJ Abrams, US 2015 - David Sutton
    • The Reverend's Review by Reverend Peter Laws
    • Blood Rage - Director John Grissmer, US 1983 (1987)


It Happened to Me


Coming Next Month

  • Welsh Neanderthals? - Race, Skulls and Science in the Great Celtic Desert
  • Mummy Dearest - Living With the Dead in Tana Torja Province
  • + Cave of the Witches, King of the Smokers, 19th Century UFOs, and Much More... Fortean Times 337 on sale 4 Feb 2016

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