Friday, 1 August 2014

Cat Vincent Searching for Slenderman

7.30pm for 8pm  Wednesday 8 October 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell,
50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East



Slenderman
The Slenderman: born barely five years ago in an online Photoshop competition, this faceless creature's mythology rapidly spread across the internet, inspiring video series, Alternate Reality Games, stories... and nightmares.

Earlier this year, its influence may have led to the attempted murder of
a child by other children. A creature of pure fiction, drawing blood.

Cat Vincent takes a look at the origins, evolution and implications of this most modern of monsters. Cat is currently a regular columnist at Spiral Nature (a series called ‘The Hype’) contributing editor to The Daily Grail, and have been published in two volumes of their Fortean journal Darklore.

Paolo Viscardi: Interpreting the Unusual

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 25 September
2014
£3 / £2 concessions.

The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

From aliens and monsters to ghostly paintings, we interpret the unusual in our

Slender-ish Man
world according to what we find familiar in our culture. Explore some examples and explanations of the weird and wonderful that may say more about our society and our brains than about the supernatural.

Paolo is a natural history curator at the fantastic Horniman Museum, responsible for the fossil and bone collections. There may well be bones. His personal blog is Zygoma.


The London Urban Legends Walk

£3 / £2 concessions
Thursday 28 August 2014
7.30pm
Meet at the Spike on the south side of London Bridge.


Join London Fortean Society host Scott for more stories from the City and the East End stopping off at sites of ghosts, lost tube stations, witchcraft, why Jack the Ripper might be an urban legend and London’s most bigoted monument. We shall also be dropping in, as last year, on our old friends the demons of Cornhill.

Meet 7.30pm on the south-side of London Bridge by the big concrete spike.
Walk ends at the haunted Bell pub, Middlesex Street E1

6 August 2014: Charles Fort's 140th Birthday


The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile.
The Book of the Damned

An (even more) informal gathering (than usual) to celebrate the birthday of Charles Fort, the american writer who inspired the idea of being fortean. (Although others coined the term and started all the societies.)

Beginning at 7.30pm on Wednesday 6 August outside 39A Marchmont Street, Fort’s home in London, with a reading and toast (ale and cheese optional).

Followed by a drink in his honour at the Marquis Cornwallis on Marchmont Street, a "Bloomsbury pub of grandiose proportions".

All forteans and friends welcome.

I am a collector of notes upon subjects that have diversity—such as deviations from concentricity in the lunar crater Copernicus, and a sudden appearance of purple Englishmen—stationary meteor-radiants, and a reported growth of hair on the bald head of a mummy—and "Did the girl swallow the octopus?
Wild Talents

Friday, 27 June 2014

Dr Jacqueline Simpson: The Folklore of Discworld

8pm (doors 7.30pm) 
Thursday 31 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions.
Tickets are available.
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR

Take a trip to Discworld with award-winning author Dr Jacqueline Simpson. Jacqueline has written many books on folklore, including The Folklore of Sussex, British Dragons, Scandinavian Folktales, and The Lore of the Land (in collaboration with Jennifer Westwood).

She is also a great admirer of Terry Pratchett’s fantasies, which often involve folklore, so when she met him at a book signing in 1997 they inevitably talked about folklore – magpies, to be precise.

From this came a friendship and, in due course, their joint book on The Folklore of

Discworld (2008, with an updated edition in 2014).

We begin each evening with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month.

8pm (doors 7.30pm)
Thursday 31 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Nearest station is Liverpool Street.

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dr Who in An Exciting Adventure With Charles Fort

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)  Wednesday 16 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.
Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East


Please note the new (old) venue!
 
Is this your image? It's brilliant. Please email us on forteansociety@live.co.uk so we can buy you a pint or something.
London Dalek
Dr Who has graced our television screens for over fifty years now and the show has seen a myriad of adventures. Everyone knows the Daleks but there are a host of lesser known adversaries and story lines, some of which Charles Fort would surely have approved.
There are a wealth of Fortean themes and mysteries in the history of the worlds longest running science fiction TV show, come along to hear and explore the pick of them.
 



The Gordon Rutter
We all wear collarless shirts now.
Gordon Rutter is a life-long Dr Who fan, author, regular contributor to the Fortean Times, regular speaker at the Fortean Times UnConvention, head of the Charles Fort Institute, runs the Edinburgh Fortean Society and probably still holds the world record for the greatest number of straws shoved into one human being's mouth.

8pm (Doors 7.30pm)  Wednesday 16 July 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street, London E1 7EX.

Train & Tube: Liverpool Street. Tube: Aldgate, Aldgate East
Please note the new (old) venue!

Friday, 30 May 2014

Gary Lachman on Colin Wilson


Colin Wilson bookshelf. With thanks to Schrodingers Bekku


 8pm (doors 7.30pm) Thursday 26 June 2014
£3 / £2 concessions

The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR


Gary Lachman
From his first book The Outsider in 1956 Colin Wilson was one of the most controversial and enduring philosophers of consciousness of modern times. On what would have been Wilson’s 83rd birthday Gary Lachman traces his career, exploring his "new existentialism," his insights into occult phenomena and his outlook for our future evolution; he will also touch on his personal encounters with Wilson and how Wilson’s ideas have informed his own work.

A founding member of the rock group Blondie, Gary Lachman is the author of books on Madame Blavatsky, Hermes Trismegistus and most recently Aleister Crowley: Magick, Rock and Roll, and The Wickedest Man in the World.

We begin each evening with our monthly round-up of fortean news stories from the month.

8pm Thursday 26 June 2014
£3 / £2 concessions
The Vaults Bar, Dirty Dicks, 202 Bishopsgate, City of London EC2M 4NR
Nearest station is Liverpool Street.