Friday, 17 August 2012

Fortean tidings

There are many things that Lord Bassington-Bassington feels the need to investigate closer, but hasn't gotten around to for lack of time (or due to sheer laziness). One of the things near the top of His Lordship's list is to take a closer look at the Fortean Times and the man whose name it bears, Charles Fort.

Lord Bassington-Bassington's reservations towards both man and magazine is largely a question of doctrine. On one hand, His Lordship loves everything that is weird and doesn't fit into established views of the world. As such, Mr. Fort's chronicling of unexplained phenomena is right up the alley in front of Bassington Manor.

On the other hand, His Lordship is a skeptic and therefore refuses to believe in anything that doesn't fit into a beaker.

The reservations, however, were recently trumped by three factors.

The first is that Lord Bassington-Bassington has been re-watching The Whisperer in Darkness, a film that, despite some initial disappointment, His Lordship has learned to enjoy. In this, Charles Fort makes an intriguing appearance.

The second is that with a theme issue dedicated to the undisputed master of the ghost story, M.R. James, and a cover like this, how can a poor Hound resist?

The third, and most important factor, though, is that it would border on the criminal for Lord Bassington-Bassington to ignore the work of someone with such a magnificent moustache as that of Mr. Fort.

So a magazine is in the mail, it seems.

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