"The original classic of paranormal exploration"--Cover.
Welcome to a record of the damned. "By damned," wrote Charles Fort in 1919, "I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of the data that Science has excluded." Fort's record of the unknown was one of the first to expose us to visitors from space, monsters, poltergeists and floating islands. Frogs fall from the sky. Mysterious airships take flight in an age before the airplane. People disappear, reappear and spontaneously combust. This stand-alone, handsome edition exposes today's readers to the core work of Fort's extraordinary career-in which he pushed us to ask: What is out there?
Born in Albany, New York, in 1874, Charles Fort made the study of unexplained phenomena his lifeas work. After achieving modest success as a short-story writer and novelist, Fort began his work researching anomalous phenomena in the early 1920s, tirelessly cataloguing episodes of spontaneous combustion, spaceships, poltergeists, and other experiences and events that had been written off by science. A lasting influence on the evolution of science fiction as well as on science itself, Fort remains one of the most fascinating and polarizing figures in all of Americana. He died in 1932 in New York
"To me no one in the world has suggested the underlying depths and mysteries and possibilities as has Fort. To me he is simply stupendous." --Theodore Dreiser "The "enfant terrible" of science." --"The New York Times" "The Book of the Damned" whispered that there was something very wrong with how we thought about the world. Fort deliberately pushed his 'damned facts' on his readers, insisting that science had constructed its convenienttheories only by ignoring those facts that gave us trouble." --Jim Steinmeyer, author "Charles Fort: The Man Who Invented the Supernatural" "From the eBook edition."
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