The Book of the Damned

Time travel, UFOs, mysterious planets, stigmata, rock throwing poltergeists, huge footprints, bizarre rains of fish and frogs nearly a century after Charles Fort s Book of the Damned was originally published, the strange phenomenon presented in this book remains largely unexplained by modern science Through painstaking research and a witty, sarcastic style, Fort capturesTime travel, UFOs, mysterious planets, stigmata, rock throwing poltergeists, huge footprints, bizarre rains of fish and frogs nearly a century after Charles Fort s Book of the Damned was originally published, the strange phenomenon presented in this book remains largely unexplained by modern science Through painstaking research and a witty, sarcastic style, Fort captures the imagination while exposing the flaws of popular scientific explanations Virtually all of his material was compiled and documented from reports published in reputable journals, newspapers and periodicals because he was an avid collector Charles Fort was somewhat of a recluse who spent most of his spare time researching these strange events and collected these reports from publications sent to him from around the globe This was the first of a series of books he created on unusual and unexplained events and to this day it remains the most popular If you agree that truth is often stranger than fiction, then this book is for you.
The Book of the Damned Time travel UFOs mysterious planets stigmata rock throwing poltergeists huge footprints bizarre rains of fish and frogs nearly a century after Charles Fort s Book of the Damned was originally pu

  • Title: The Book of the Damned
  • Author: Charles Fort
  • ISBN: 9781585092789
  • Page: 366
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Book of the Damned”

    1. 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" phenomena described. I find Fort's language to be EXTREMELY CAREFUL in its attempt to NOT BE DEFINITIVE & it's in this that, for me, therein lies Fort's extreme importance. It's not just that he stress [...]

    2. 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 to get through; the writing is dense and unorganized and frankly most of it is crazy. But some of the basic premises are thought-provoking: for instance, excessive trust in current scientific understand [...]

    3. 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? Also postulates earthquakes and volcanos related to the appearances of new stars due to a stationary earth (?). Dislikes professional astronomers. Wild Talents: Strange fires that only burn beds and no [...]

    4. 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 orderly and logical as we like to pretend it is - and Fort has the proof. And I do love that concept.However, the fact is I hate him. It's all the same thing, and the mass of information is overwhelming. He c [...]

    5. 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 phrased. As for his philosophy of "Intermediateness" (or whatever it should be called), one can scarcely weigh its merits when it is set forth so murkily. Adding to the confusion, Tiffany Thayer (the fou [...]

    6. We are still in Fortean TimesThe 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 allWe are talking freak weather - rains that dumped small animals and inanimate objects like blocks of ice, pebbles; also black rain, triangular clouds and artefacts like axeheads falling from the sky. It also records some poltergeist activity, dirigibles (UFOs to us), and man [...]

    7. Charles Fort is a terrible writer. Simply terrible. I can just imagine friends and acquaintances diving into back alleys any time they spotted Ol' Charlie coming down the street. He is not a man I would want to have a conversation with. As to the book, the bulk of it is mostly hearsay of mysterious and unusual things falling from the sky. Red rain, fish, white fibers, pebbles, etc. After poo-pooing all the scientific explanations of these phenomenons, Fort gives his own conclusion, which isAre y [...]

    8. I first heard of Charles Fort when I read Stephen King's DANSE MACABRE in my teens. I'd never read any of Fort's writing but understood he is recognized as one of the pioneers in collecting odd facts and reporting on incidents of, for example, rains of frogs on towns.And, in essence, that's exactly what THE BOOK OF THE DAMNED is. It's a collection of odd facts and occurences from across the globe. It's important to note the book was written in 1919 and it shows. This was before many great scient [...]

    9. I started this book thinking Fort was some kind of proto-Alex Jones, 20th century conspiracy theorist, but I was missing the point. Fort doesn't actually believe the theories he puts forwards, he doesn't believe in a Super-Sargasso Sea, he doesn't believe in an extinct race of diminunitive fairies, it's all a thought experiment. He gathers anomalous data from the most reputable sources of the 20th and 19th centuries, and puts forth absurd theories that account for ALL the data. It's a mockery of [...]

    10. Very interesting book in general. Great first approach to aerial phenomena. Great sense of humor. Raises good questions relating to a methodology of the paranormal. Much more boring than I thought it would be though.

    11. Not recommended. Just a listing of everything weird that has happened on the earth. Most of this is stuff that fell from the sky. Very archaic writing and difficult reading since it is mostly in list form with references.

    12. Swimming in the Super-Sargossa Sea"In the topography of intellection, I should say that what we call knowledge is ignorance surrounded by laughter."A beautifully researched book from the early 20th Century that posits what passes for truth and knowledge as espoused by scientists, especially Astronomers and Meteorologists, is simply what is convenient rather than what is truth. The basic theory is that if we continue to search and question, all things considered certain will melt away and it is v [...]

    13. Charles Fort had a lot of interesting ideas, as is evident from this book and his development of the “Intermediatist” philosophy of knowledge, but unfortunately, none of it comes off with any coherence in this maddening, opaque ode to open-mindedness. Written nearly a century ago, in 1919, “The Book of the Damned” presents a lot of interesting food for thought but, in the end, I found it all nearly incomprehensible. Charles Fort, the origin of much modern day studies and philosophies of [...]

    14. A writer whose works and viewpoints are frequently misunderstood. Neither a crank nor some sort of prophet of Truth, Charles Fort brought wry humor to the usually dreadfully humorless process of questioning our most basic assumptions about reality and dealing with data that just doesn't 'fit'. His work can't properly be called "pseudoscience" or "pseudo-philosophy" because it's not meant to be a serious attempt at either. His own brazenly childish or primitive notions are put forward to illumina [...]

    15. Fortunatamente preso in biblioteca, date le quotazioni elevate nei giri di usato. Volevo leggerlo perché citato appassionatamente da Pauwels e Bergier nel "Mattino dei maghi". I "dannati" sono fatti esclusi dalla scienza ufficiale: "alcuni di essi sono cadaveri, scheletri, mummie che si contorcono, che camminano vacillando, animati da compagni che sono stati dannati ancora in vita. Ci sono giganti, profondamente addormentati, che passeranno vicini. Ci sono cose che sono teoremi e altre che sono [...]

    16. I am half way through this and I have got two words to describe what I am reading:"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 leave you scratching your head in wonder. Either the world is filled with cranks and pranksters, or what we think of real [...]

    17. Well this is quite a classic book !!Now the idea of Fort is to attention us that dogmatism and blind faith are present even in science , or a better word scientism . Reminds me of C.S Lewis criticism of scientism . But Fort takes another aproach . He says that there are many phenomenons that appear to be imposible to explain (paranormal), and science must accept this (the fact is that some phenomenon he describes are not so damned anymore today) . Of course science must attempt to explain , but [...]

    18. It's not a bad read for around Halloween. However, there are scientific explanations for many of the things he writes about. Seriously, considering tornadoes as a supernatural occurrence or possibly caused by UFOs? I live in Minnesota. We get at least one or two every year. And large hail? We get that, too. I'm thankful for having a garage that I can park in. Additionally, it is indeed possible that there were airborne spores and pollen that could've contributed to the colored rain. He doesn't p [...]

    19. While he could have done with a fraction of the material and still driven the point across, this work is still filled with interesting questions concerning a number of what Fort calls "Damned" facts - facts destined to be rejected by science. He talks throughout of the mentality of science to reject "non-proper" facts such as these or to explain them away and shove them into the current knowledge, despite possible misplacement there.Very interesting, but poorly written and rambling.He talks ofte [...]

    20. Oh goodness, this was appalling. I love the idea of a collection of unexplained events and phenomena. But Mr. Fort spends huge amounts of space complaining about scientists being disingenuous in their scientific pursuits. His evidence for this is not the fact that the events remain unexplained; rather, his evidence is that they have not en-masse accepted his preposterous conclusions regarding these events. For example, he attributes all unusual events of falling things (e.g. ice, leaves, frogs, [...]

    21. Written in the early 1900s by Charles Fort who was a pioneer in the study of odd phenomenon. By "The Damned" Fort means "the excluded" - data that scientists excluded in their attempts to describe anomalous occurrences. This was a very difficult read because of Fort's writing style and his jumping from subject to subject before making a point. The book covers phenomenon such as UFOs, red rain, giants, organic matter falling from the sky etc. Interesting book filled with historical references but [...]

    22. What a slog this is - I may not finish. Fort builds his arguments slowly and the narrative thread is thin; his method is to convince the reader by overwhelming with similar data points - it is tiresome at best. There are a few nuggets and his outrage is entertaining (I keep thinking of Vizzini in the Princess Bride - "Inconceivable!" - for some reason). Fort's POV is interesting & worth considering but reading this makes me want to watch early episodes of The X-Files (which owes a lot to For [...]

    23. my head hurts:The Book of the Damned (1919), New Lands (1923), Lo! (1931), and Wild Talents (1932). Charles Fort's four stranger-than-science books. a procession of data, reports and the like that make your no longer need sleeping aids. :/ But strikingly the age of the work more seems to demonstate how little progress we've made in some fields of science.

    24. The book is amazing, amazingly prescient, and almost incomprehensible! It is difficult to read, not really a story, but the information is something you will not find anywhere else. I would not read it for fun,but for the idea that there are many things beyond science in the past, and still beyond it now.

    25. This is a classic work that I read in the early 1970's and it opened my eyes to how much empirical evidence of unusual phenomena was simply ignored because it didn't fit with existing scientific orthodoxy.

    26. Fort's philosophy of science (or of the nonexistence of science) is quite interesting, and is bolstered by his humorous prose and strange anecdotes. Kind of ends in the middle of things, though, like a good intermediatist should.

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