[[caption-width-right:248:A whole WorldOfWeirdness between the covers]]

The ''Fortean Times'' can trace its roots back to a 1960's-1970's {{Fanzine}} called ''The News "A Miscellany of Fortean Curiosities''. This was self-produced by creator Bob Rickard, and from its earliest beginnings drew in people who would become famous for other works, such as Steve Moore and Creator/ColinWilson. Like so many other print media these days [[http://www.forteantimes.com it can be found online.]]

Dedicated to the works and philosophy of Charles Hoy Fort, an eccentric American who meticulously collected and catalogued [[WorldOfWeirdness anomalous phenomena inexplicable or thought impossible by orthodox science]], the magazine soon took on a more professional footing and was professionally produced on a bimonthly basis. Paul Sieveking joined the production team in 1978, and he and Rickard have been at the heart of the publication ever since. As revenue increased, the magazine went from monochrome to full colour to a larger A4 format, published monthly, in the early 1990's.

Areas covered by FT include:

* General Forteana;
* Anomalous phenomena;
* [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Apparitions]];
* Bizarre deaths ( the regular ''Strange Deaths'' column is a popular feature);
* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories; (''{{Illuminatus}}'' creator RobertAntonWilson was a frequent contributor)
* CropCircles;
* Cryptozoology;
* [[{{Cult}} Cults]] and would-be [[MessianicArchetype Messiahs]] and prophets;
* [[WeirdScience Fringe science]];
* Hoaxes;
* Millennialism, eschatology, and cases of mass hysteria;
* {{Mutants}} (human and animal);
* Parapsychology;
* Religious phenomena (stigmata, appearances and simulacra and miracles, etc.);
* Natural simulacra;
* [[FlyingSaucer [=UFO=]]]s;
* UrbanLegends.

The magazine takes a careful non-judgemental middle line, avoiding the worst excesses of either New Age credulity or James Randi-style skepticism.

!! Tropes currently anomalous and incapable of being explained by science include:

* AliensStealCattle; a perennial favourite.
* {{Chupacabra}}: the magazine has a fascination with this example of cryptozoology.
* FlyingSeafoodSpecial: the rare, but well-attested, occasions where the skies rain with fish, sometimes Flying French Food Specials of frogs and toads.
* FlyingSaucer: A regular forum for UFO theorists and investigators, principally British, who tend to be more pragmatic than American theorists.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: No two tales of haunting and apparitions are completely alike, and theories abound. FT collects and catalogues.
* TheShangriLa: FT likes to visit this land for what it can tell us about human credulity and desire to believe.
* ThereAreNoCoincidences: either via "normal" synchronicity or because [[UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories some people are messing with our minds]]
* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories: The magazine drily catalogues the latest instances of WildMassGuessing;
* WorldOfWeirdness: we live on one.