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The Book of the Damned



Odd Salon in the Bay Area is a group that meets to discuss, you guessed it, the Odd. They are an excellent inspiration for all things mysterious and post-worthy, and in a recent meeting, they spoke about The Book of the Damned by Charles Hoy Fort (1874 – 1932) — a treatise on “science” but really more of a tome of poetry and mania describing the unexplained phenomena he felt was being ignored or excluded by standard scientific study. (UFOs, the universe, mythological creatures, etc…) If you have not already delved into this piece of writing, we recommend exploring it.


“The Book of the Damned was the first published nonfiction work of the author Charles Fort (first edition 1919). 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.” – Summary from Wikipedia


LibriVox has an audio version of the book here. The perfect background for a mysterious mood!


Project Gutenberg offers the complete text of Fort’s The Book of the Damned, here.


Start your broomsticks, 17th century London is waiting….

For a moment, let us pretend we are flying our broomsticks through 17th century London. Come on, you know you want to. Let’s go!



Prize-Winning Animation Lets You Fly Through 17th Century London



“Six students from De Montfort University have created a stellar 3D representation of 17th century London, as it existed before The Great Fire of 1666. The three-minute video provides a realistic animation of Tudor London, and particularly a section called Pudding Lane where the fire started. As Londonist notes, “Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a realistic street pattern [taken from historical maps] and even included the hanging signs of genuine inns and businesses” mentioned in diaries from the period. For their efforts, the De Montfort team was awarded first prize in the Off the Map contest, a competition run by The British Library and video game developers GameCity and Crytek. You can find more information about how the animation came together over at the animators’ blog, plus at The British Library’s Digital Scholarship blog…”


Watch in amazement, below —





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