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Fortean Times

Fortean Times 381

Fortean Times, named after maverick American writer Charles Fort, is one of the world’s most individual and best loved magazines. For over 35 years FT has been chronicling the stranger side of life, delivering a heady mix of weird world news, up-to-date reports and features on every aspect of the unexplained: myths, monsters, ghosts and UFOs rub shoulders with ancient wonders and future science, while expert columnists bring you the latest on everything from cryptozoology to conspiracy theory. Open-minded, well informed and maintaining a healthy sense of humour, FT is the only place to go for a sensible look at our mad planet – it will change the way you see the world.

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EDITOR DAVID SUTTON (drsutton@forteantimes.com) FOUNDING EDITORS BOB RICKARD (bobrickard@mail.com) PAUL SIEVEKING (sieveking@forteantimes.com) ART DIRECTOR ETIENNE GILFILLAN (etienne@forteantimes.com) BOOK REVIEWS EDITOR VAL STEVENSON (val@forteantimes.com) EDITORIAL ASSISTANT ABIGAIL MASON RESIDENT CARTOONIST HUNT EMERSON LICENSING & SYNDICATION FORTEAN TIMES IS AVAILABLE FOR INTERNATIONAL LICENSING AND SYNDICATION – CONTACT: Syndication Manager RYAN CHAMBERS TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 4027 ryan_chambers@dennis.co.uk Senior Licensing Manager CARLOTTA SERANTONI TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 3840 carlotta_serantoni@dennis.co.uk Licensing & Syndication Executive NICOLE ADAMS TEL: +44 (0) 20 3890 3998 nicole_adams@dennis.co.uk PUBLISHER DHARMESH MISTRY dharmesh_mistry@ dennis.co.uk CIRCULATION MANAGER JAMES MANGAN james.mangan@ seymour.co.uk EXPORT CIRCULATION MANAGER GERALDINE GROBLER geraldine.grobler@ seymour.co.uk PRODUCTION ASSISTANT HELINA OZYURT helina_ozyurt@ dennis.co.uk GROUP ADVERTISING DIRECTOR LIFESTYLE ANDREA MASON 020 3890 3814 andrea_mason@ dennis.co.uk ACCOUNT MANAGER BRADLEY BEAVER 020 3890 3722 bradley_beaver@ dennis.co.uk ACCOUNT MANAGER IMOGEN WILLIAMS 020 3890 3739 imogen_williams@ dennis.co.uk PRINTED BY WILLIAM GIBBONS & SONS LTD DENNIS PUBLISHING LIMITEDGROUP CFO/COO BRETT REYNOLDSEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KERIN O’CONNORCHIEF EXECUTIVE JAMES TYECOMPANY FOUNDER FELIX DENNIS…

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FIELDS IN ENGLAND We’ve touched a number of times in recent years on the hauntological imagination as it manifests in British culture – from the eerie power through which the artefacts of 1970s British television created what Bob Fischer termed “the Haunted Generation” (FT354:30-37 and p63 this issue), to the building of virtual folkloric worlds and invented English counties via social media (FT354:38-39) or the reliving of an imagined English Armageddon through dark tourism (FT378:30-36). One key aspect of this wider pop cultural phenomenon is the continued rise of the notion of ‘Folk Horror’, a term that’s not always easy to define but includes an emphasis on lore and landscape as sources of both disturbance and a strange sort of comfort. We’re pleased to welcome cultural historian Gail-Nina Anderson back to…

4 min.
voynich riddle solved... again?

There are certain mysteries and puzzles that are forever being ‘solved’. Every few months, someone locates Atlantis or identifies Jack the Ripper, or spots Noah’s Ark on a Turkish mountain. On 16 May 2019, dramatic headlines appeared in British dailies such as this one in the Daily Telegraph: “Medieval text too tough for Turing is cracked at last”. Dr Gerald Cheshire, a research associate from the University of Bristol, claims to have solved the mystery of the celebrated Voynich Manuscript (VM), which has flummoxed linguists and cryptographers (including Bletchley Park hero Alan Turing and the FBI) ever since it was acquired by Polish book dealer Wilfrid M Voynich in 1912. The 235-page vellum codex has been carbon-dated to the 15th century. Cheshire claims to have solved the riddle in a mere…

3 min.
the conspirasphere

THE DEATH OF ISAAC KAPPY “I have told people in the Trump administration that I am willing to admit to my many crimes in a public setting, and committed to execution, in a public setting. A nation cannot suffer its traitors, and I am no exception.” The last public utterance of Isaac Kappy, actor, musician, and latterly alt-right hero, was as bizarre as it was poignant. The following day, Kappy threw himself off a bridge above a busy highway (apparently fighting off a couple of passers-by who tried to stop him), was hit by a car when he landed, and declared dead at the scene. His ‘execution’ was very public indeed. The untimely death of a B-list celebrity earned only passing interest in the mainstream media; brief stories appeared recounting his suicide,…

1 min.
castles in the air

This strange scene near the village of Mudurnu, about halfway between Istanbul and Ankara in northern Turkey, shows several hundred tightly-packed, identical mini-castles in an abandoned luxury housing development. Burj al Babas, as the project is known, was unpopular with locals, who objected to the developers abandoning traditional Turkish architecture in a bid to win custom from wealthy buyers from the Gulf states. Only a handful of the ‘chateaux’ have been sold and the construction company, Sarot Property Group, has gone bust, leaving this eerie ghost town of Disney-like castles standing empty. Guardian, 28 Jan 2019.…

2 min.
yeti tracks?

On 9 April, mountaineers from the Indian army on an expedition in Nepal found mysterious large footprints in the snow, measuring a gigantic 32x15in (81x38cm), at an altitude of 17,000ft (5,000m), close to a camp near Mount Makalu. “For the first time, an #IndianArmy Mountaineering Expedition Team has sited [sic] Mysterious Footprints of mythical beast ‘Yeti’“ it said in a tweet on 29 April, not explaining how a “mythical beast” could leave footprints. A peculiar feature of the tracks is that they are in a completely straight line (reminiscent of the celebrated ‘Devil’s footprints’ in Devon in 1855; see FT59:64, 173:75, 186:76, 200:29). Makalu stands near the valley where Eric Shipton found his yeti footprints in 1915 “This is probably a footprint of a brown bear,” said Sathyakumar Sambandam, professor at the…