Magazine of the Month: Fortean Times

Blue spiders, horned women, surfing rats, alien abductions, canine telepathy - all stories you will find in the pages of Fortean Times - "The Worlds Weirdest News Stories."

Started in 1973, Fortean Times is a British monthly magazine devoted to strange news from around the world.

The magazine is named after American writer and journalist Charles Fort. Born in Albany N.Y. in 1874, Fort would spend many hours every day in the New York Public Library and later the British Museum Library paging through newspapers, scientific journals and magazines collecting stories of strange events and unexplained phenomena. He was fascinated by stories of phantom cats, poltergeists, unusual lights in the sky, and mysterious disappearances. But he was especially interested in things falling from the sky - a fall of fish in India in 1836, flakes of beef in Kentucky in 1876, rains of blood, frogs and toads. From this research he published four books. His most famous book, The Book of the Damned, was published in 1919.

Fort coined the word teleportation long before Scotty beamed anyone up, inspired the term Bermuda Triangle, popularized accounts of spontaneous human combustion and was one of the first to speculate that mysterious lights and strange objects in the sky could be alien ships. He was the subject of a 2002 Dark Horse comic series - Fort: Prophet of the Unexplained.

Today the magazine continues the work of Charles Fort combining humor, skepticism and serious research into the paranormal and the unexplained. Recent stories include - The Many Lives of Dracula, Can Home Improvements Unleash Apparitions?, Attack of the Man-Monkey and When Corpses Come to Life. If you're looking for the latest news on bizarre deaths, crop circles, UFOs, cryptozoology or the walking dead take a look at Fortean Times.

Written by Mary on October 26, 2011


Anonymous on October 28, 2011


Cool magazine! I like to read that one when I have to kill time waiting to get on the computer--nice blog, too! I really love the Denver library!


I wonder if the book Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was inspired by this dude!


Thanks for you nice comments. It's a fun magazine to read. Glad you enjoy the DPL!

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