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Book of the Damned

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This Encyclopedia Forteana anthologizes the cult hero’s four classic works on the strange, the unexplained, and the just plain weird: The Book of the Damned, Lo!, Wild Talents, and New Lands. It features Fort’s complete, unabridged text and a subject index.

Here are the four books that invented our understanding of the paranormal. These are cult hero Charles Fort’s defining
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Published May 1st 2008 by Penguin Group US (first published May 1941)
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Feb 22, 2010 Jennifer (JC-S) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘All things in the sky are pure to those who have no telescopes.’

This book contains all four of Charles Fort’s books: ‘The Book of the Damned’; ‘New Lands’; ‘Lo!’; and ‘Wild Talents’. ‘By the damned’, wrote Charles Fort, ‘I mean the excluded. We shall have a procession of data that Science excluded.’ And in these four books (or processions) we have a feat of recorded events of bizarre, strange and inexplicable anomalies for which science could not fully account. And what are these recorded event
Eddie Watkins
Most people seem to think of Charles Fort as the wacky guy who wrote about fish and other things falling from the sky (as per the lovely cover of this book), but he was actually more of a philosopher who used stories of fish falling from the sky to exemplify his philosophy.

He was extremely rational but also fervently anti-science, or at least against the type of scientific thinking that thinks it can fully explain all facets of this world; hence his feverish insistence on opening our eyes to th
Dec 18, 2015 Melissa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Many call him crazy but there are many more who call him genius. Charles Fort is a man who was not afraid to write books about phenomena that science has ignored for so long. He paved the way to societies interest in the unknown and we have repayed him by many denying him credit and the recognition he really does deserve.
The Complete Books contain all of Fort's work so it is a big book. The Book of the Damned, Lo!, New Worlds, and Wild Talents all covering different phenomena he discovered in ne
Aug 24, 2012 Andrew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What more is there to say about Charles Fort? The man spent years combing through newspapers, scientific journals, and other publications, pulling out weird and anomalous tales. Some are creepy, some are commonplace, some are just downright WTF? The first book ("The Book of the Damned") is concerned mainly with anomalous falls of objects like fish, frogs, meat, and blood; the second ("New Lands") mainly mystery planets, anomalous celestial bodies, and what would become Ufology; the third ("Lo!") ...more
Dimitris Hall

elow you will find an assortment of highlights from The Book of the Damned pulled from the clipping file of my Kindle. Convenient, that. You can find the same super-version of the book as the one I read for free on Amazon. I'm still not sure if it's a best-of, Charles Fort's collected works, or what... There seems to be at least some content which doesn't match up with the text found on his four books as found separately.

Anyway, back to the quotes:
The data of the damned. I have gone into the ou
Mike (the Paladin)
This book is another that would better be a 3.5. I considered a 4 star rating but marked it down only because it is somewhat dated in the way it's written. That in no way detracts from the books quality or from how interesting the subject matter is.

This is not a book I can get through in a sitting, but can go back to from time to time. Fort's most well known work is The Book of the Damned, an interesting title. The "damned" by Mr. Fort's definiton are those bits of knowledge or information (or p
Donna K Fitch
Apr 14, 2011 Donna K Fitch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strange
This book is my absolute favorite reference book. Various bits of it have inspired me in two of my novels. Fort never ceases to delight me with his unique philosophy and his fierce attitude toward unexamined science. I'll confess I've never read it straight through, but this isn't necessarily the sort of book you could read that way. I think my head might explode if I did, because of all the ideas he packs into these books.

The Book of the Damned is my favorite, not just for all the cataloging of
May 02, 2016 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
People who are interested in alternative theories for unexplained occurrences, like UFO or black rain, might enjoy these books, but I didn't. I had read that Fort is one of the fathers of sci fi because of his insistence that there can be explanations for occurrences that can not be explained by science. He calls these occurrences "damned" because scientists refuse to acknowledge them. He, however, is willing to think that they are events that can be accounted for, just not in the realm of curre ...more
Stuck somewhere in the middle of it...
Jul 19, 2014 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
An omnibus of four books in which he writes about anomalous and bizarre occurrences. He covers mostly organic things falling from the sky in The Book of the Damned. Things like falling frogs, fish, flora of various types. His clever wit comes through as does his lack of trust in religion and scientists.

New Lands covers mostly inorganic occurrences of stuff falling from the sky. Hail with the likeness of Christ on each piece, a fall of white pebbles, meteors...

Wild Talents covers oddities such as
Oct 15, 2007 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Charles Fort was one of the most brilliant, original and eccentric voices in the history of the written word. From the first line in "The Book Of The Damned," you know that you are reading something really different. Fort should have been a truly influential literary figure, but his unconventional nature prevented that from happening. Fort wrote two full-length novels that were described as awesome by those who read them, but burned them in a fit of rage and depression. What a loss to history th ...more
Jonathan Ratty
Jun 15, 2014 Jonathan Ratty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: esoterica
You cannot call yourself a Fortean without reading the complete works. Hard work, but worth the time.
Feb 15, 2008 Nessdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe the most important books written in the last 100 years, but probably not. Everyone must read this.
Christmas present from David. :)
Mar 08, 2015 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly entertaining nonsense. He is so out there you wonder if he was insane.
Max Nemtsov
Sep 18, 2010 Max Nemtsov rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
delightfully anti-scientific (in a good sense), beautifully written, and wickedly funny
Nov 16, 2008 Darin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this guy should be an american hero
Nov 29, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fortean madness.

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Charles Hoy Fort was a Dutch-American writer and researcher into anomalous phenomena.

Jerome Clark writes that Fort was "essentially a satirist hugely skeptical of human beings' – especially scientists' – claims to ultimate knowledge". Clark describes Fort's writing style as a "distinctive blend of mocking humor, penetrating insight, and calculated outrageousness".

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