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The Book of the Damned

Charles Hoy Fort

Book Overview: 

The Book of the Damned was the first published nonfiction work of the author Charles Fort. Dealing with various types of anomalous phenomena including UFOs, strange falls of both organic and inorganic materials from the sky, odd weather patterns, the possible existence of creatures generally held to be mythological, disappearances of people under strange circumstances, and many other phenomena, the book is historically considered to be the first written in the specific field of anomalistics.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Whatever it may have been—

Altogether, most of our difficulties are problems that we should leave to later developers of super-geography, I think. A discoverer of America should leave Long Island to someone else. If there be, plying back and forth from Jupiter and Mars and Venus, super-constructions that are sometimes wrecked, we think of fuel as well as cargoes. Of course the most convincing data would be of coal falling from the sky: nevertheless, one does suspect that oil-burning engines were discovered ages ago in more advanced worlds—but, as I say, we should leave something to our disciples—so we'll not especially wonder whether these butter-like or oily substances were food or fuel. So we merely note that in the Scientific American, 24-323, is an account of hail that fell, in the middle of April, 1871, in Mississippi, in which was a substance described as turpentine.

Something that tasted like orange water, in hailstones, about th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Here is my opinion of this book and Charles Fort in general :

I think the fact that everything written in here is true, recorded history is fascinating and frightening. His critiques of science and the modern scientific method are really very interesting and enlightening.

Our world is not as order...more

"Bizarre" and "disturbing".

It is a shame that this book wasn't written by someone with a better writing style, as it was difficult to follow his train of thought. I have read few books that start so many paragraphs with the word "That".

And yet the citations of mysterious sky droppings certainly...more

I'm actually surprised I managed to finish this book. It had a lot of potential, I thought - supposedly Fort's ideas inspired a great many writers whose work I enjoy, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Heinlein, and Stephen King. As soon as I started reading, though, I could tell it would be a slog...more

I can't deny Fort's importance as a pioneer in the study of weird and inexplicable phenomena, but surely he was one of the worst prose stylists of his generation. His love for incomplete sentences is maddening, and when he does write a complete one, it is usually awkwardly constructed and poorly...more

En un tiempo lejano, alguien escribió con cierto dejo de altivez y medida soberbia, que al hombre le bastaba con examinar aquellos libros que hubiesen sido escritos un siglo antes de ser leídos. Bajo dicha premisa me embarqué en la tarea de leer este libro que cumple su primer siglo de haber sido...more

At times as jumbled as the Sargasso Sea, but overall a pleasure to read.

This is four books: Lo! Wild Talents, the Book of the Damned and New Lands.

Lo!: List of strange phenomenon with possible explanations. Postulates teleportation as a means to fill a void in a niche. Example: instects to where there are few or none, water to drought regions--in a response to prayer...more

We are still in Fortean Times

The Book of the Damned (first published in 1919) covers records and reports of odd and freak occurrences from around the world that were at the time, and mostly still are, unexplained.

UFOs and all

We are talking freak weather - rains that dumped small animals and inan...more

Some people dismiss Fort as an unscientific crank, some people embrace him whole-heartedly as a reporter of the paranormal, others just love him as a champion of the ABnormal. I like his language - wch may generally go undercommented on as people pay more attn to the more spectacular "Fortean" ph...more

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