A couple of days ago I received in the mail (thanks to editor Phyllis Galde) copies of the two most recent issues of Fate magazine. Like many print-based publications on the world of the paranormal, Fate has felt the brunt of the electronic age. It's very good, however, to see that the magazine and the staff have survived the effects and that Fate is still flying high.
To demonstrate, for those who may not know, just how long Fate has been going for, the new issues are numbers 726 and 727. Yep, we're talking decades. In fact, the magazine kicked-off way back in 1948.
So, with that said, I thought today I would give you a round-up of those latest, two issues, and particularly so for those of you who may not be overly familiar with the magazine and its content. If you're not, you really should be, as Fate covers a large number of topics, many from intriguing, controversial, and alternative angles. We'll begin with issue 726.
Brad Steiger has a 7-page article on Bigfoot, and specifically on some of the more violent reports on record. Bigfoot is very often portrayed as a quiet, and even shy, beast. But not always. On occasion, it can be your worst nightmare. Steiger notes time and again that hostile behavior - and particularly so against people - is far from being unheard of. Remember that the next time you're in the woods, seeking out Sasquatch.
Also on the subject of Bigfoot, we have Kewaunee Lapseritis' article, "Sasquatch: A Terrestrial-Extraterrestrial?" Yep, you know from the title alone that this is a controversial one. Should you read it? Of course you should. There's no doubt that the Bigfoot phenomenon is absolutely littered with high-strangeness-type reports. Will the article have the Bigfoot community in a state of rage? Probably, yes! Which is not at all a bad thing. It's clear to me that seeking Bigfoot as one might an African Gorilla simply does not work. And people need to realize that.
Joseph M. Hordyski provides us with an excellent 10-page feature on one of England's creepiest "things" of all. Its name: the Highgate Vampire. This is the story of an old cemetery, blood-sucking, and a darkly-garbed creature of the night. Todd Hendrickson demonstrates the hazards that can surround the investigation of paranormal phenomena - and particularly so when the very same phenomena target the witnesses and the investigators. And there's much more too: mystery booms in Virginia, ESP in animals, and a very welcome re-run of an old John Keel article from 1990 (on the Japanese connection to Roswell).
As for issue 727, it too provides the reader with a wealth of articles on a diverse range of subjects. Without doubt, my favorite feature in 727 is Deborah Painter's "What Happened in Flatwoods, West Virginia, Is Still Very Much a Mystery." If, like me, you're a big fan of road-trip-type stories, then this one will most definitely appeal, as Deborah hits the road to Flatwoods to seek out the truth for herself. A very cool article with plenty of photos that capture the atmosphere of the town.
If zombies are your thing, there's an interview with Wade Davis (author of The Serpent and the Rainbow) and Micah Hanks' "Feast of Flesh" article. "Valenya" focuses on ancient flood legends with ties to ET, and I take a look at the concerns within the field of conspiracy-theorizing that the micro-chipping of the population may, one day, be on the cards. Both issues also contain plenty of book reviews, paranormal-themed accounts from the readers, a news round-up, and much more, too.
Fate has now been going for almost seventy years. Let's keep it going.