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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]];
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti;
* Bizarre deaths ( the regular ''Strange Deaths'' column is a popular feature);
* UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories; (''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' creator Creator/RobertAntonWilson was a frequent contributor)
* CropCircles;
* [[OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious 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;
* PyramidPower and its associated cascades of conseqences.
* Religious phenomena (stigmata, appearances and simulacra and miracles, etc.);
* Natural simulacra;
* [[FlyingSaucer [=UFO=]]]s;
* UrbanLegends.

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

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

* AliensStealCattle: A perennial favorite.
* AuraVision: The whole field of auras, from mysticism, psychic claims, through Kirlian photography and medical conditions such as HSD migraines.
* BlackBeadEyes: The panic about "[[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/ghosts/blackeyed.asp Black-Eyed Children]]" who are weird and sinister and not all they seem to be. The magazine has explored this phenomena which is on the borderline of being an [[UrbanLegends Urban Myth]], noting that these sinister entities are said to approach isolated people, claiming to be children in distress needing help, but who radiate malevolence and sinister intent. They are often drawn/depicted with the classic Black Bead Eyes and depictions of them can be very sinister-looking indeed. A far cry from cuteness, humour or whimsy.
* BlackEyesOfEvil: the BEK (Black Eyed Children) as above.
* {{Chupacabra}}: The magazine has a fascination with this example of cryptozoology.
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: they've toned it down a bit recently and hopefully listened to reader criticism. Experimenting with different styles of font and background colour is all very well and in the eyes of a keen designer, probably a lot more fulfilling than that boring unimaginative black-type-on-white-page, but what got lost in the enthusiasm was that it still has to be ''readable''. Combinations like red or yellow type on black background could make the pages horribly hard to read. FT went trough a phase of things like this.
* 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.
* JustBeforeTheEnd: Doomsday cults and eschatology in general.
* OurCryptidsAreMoreMysterious: Being a British mag, a lot of space is given over to cryptozoology in the British Isles. But it neglects nothing of interest regardless of source. TheJerseyDevil has been extensively covered.
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: No two tales of haunting and apparitions are completely alike, and theories abound. FT collects and catalogs.
* PhonyPsychic: Many have been covered, both historic and contemporary. The issue of why people believe in psychic powers is as interesting as the methods used to deceive and debunk and of course wiggle-room is allowed for in those truly perplexing cases that indicate just now and again, something truly weird is going on.
* RainOfSomethingUnusual: The magazine loves this sort of story. In fact, one of the UrExample Fortean phenomena was a mysterious shower of fish and shellfish over Cromer, Norfolk, in 1887. Explained away as a mysterious, unwitnessed and never-found Mad Fishmonger who went around town in the early hours of the morning flinging buckets of produce everywhere, the mystery may have been solved. UsefulNotes/EastAnglia gets [[DoNotTouchTheFunnelCloud tornadoes]] (yes, we have them in Britain too, but not to Mid-Western standards of severity or destruction). A waterspout originating at sea might have travelled inland, depositing marine life it picked up as it ebbed and died. Similar rains of fish have been reported world-wide and have happened often enough and to too many people to be dismissed as hoaxes or delusions. People have reported seeing fish seemingly flying through the air in high winds and storms...
* TheReptilians: A favorite topic. Creator/DavidIcke and his beliefs have been covered, discussed and debunked. But as always the reasons ''why'' people like Icke believe what they believe is far more fascinating.
* SandWorm: The Olgoi-Khorkhoi (Mongolian Death Worm), a legendary beast said to inhabit the Gobi Desert, is a 2-5 foot long worm capable of spitting acid and able to electrocute prey. FT regularly covers Mongolia to summarise the latest reported sightings and seeks to evaluate the evidence, using cryptozoologists who have made expeditions here as a sort of "roving reporter".
* ScienceIsWrong: Not necessarily. But FT might take the view that science as we have it is ''incomplete'' and anamalous phenomena are a clear sign of things going on that we haven't even begun to properly investigate yet.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Paranormal investigators and parapsychologists are, after long experience, open to the possibility that in some cases they might be manipulated for financial ends. One British ghost-hunter, called to investigate an alleged haunting at a country hotel, spent a month looking and mounting vigil, on and off over the course of a year. When he finally said to the owner that he was almost absolutely certain nothing was there, the hotel owner begged him to make something up and fabricate a ghost, as it would be so good for business to be able to advertise his business as a haunted hotel. The same ghost hunter noted, some time later, [[ShamelessSelfPromotion the hotel was advertising itself]] as "having repeatedly been investigated by psychic detectives and ghost-hunters".... The Scooby-Doo Hoax is a whole interesting Fortean area on its own and regularly covered for what it has to tell concerning greed and gullibility.
* ScullySyndrome: Frequently {{lampshaded}} and questioned.
* TheShangriLa: FT likes to visit this land for what it can tell us about human credulity and desire to believe.
* ShoddyKnockoffProduct: the lurid and sensationalist imitator ''Bizarre'', that focused on the sexual, violent or generally sensationalist aspects of Forteana with lots of pictures and less words. Embarrassingly, it was released by the same publisher.
* SignsOfTheEndTimes: Panics and concerns about the end of the world from evangelical religion through Martian scares to global warming.
* SpeciesLostAndFound: FT likes this aspect of cryptozology. It has covered the possibility that the Tasmanian tiger (Thylacine) might not be as extinct as people think it is.
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: The Alien Big Cats suspected to be resident in Great Britain, one of the most densely populated countries in the world, which are frequently glimpsed but never definitively proven.
* 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;
* WalkingTechbane: People who can fritz electrics just by being in the same room. FT broke the story of Jaqueline Priestman, who says she's gone through dozens of various appliances, and causes TV sets to change channels just by passing near. She was found to have ten times the usual amount of electricity in her body. The magazine also speculated on how some people can cause street lights to blow just by walking underneath them.
* WeirdnessMagnet: Some people and places are naturally strange. Like the one corner of the north of England that has seen as many UFO sightings as the rest of the country put together.
* WorldOfWeirdness: We live in one.