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Redemption of the Damned, Volume 2: Sea & Space Phenomena
A Centennial Re-evaluation of Charles Fort’s ‘Book of the Damned’

by Martin Shough with Wim van Utrecht

Trade Paperback, 244 Pages, 58 Illustrations

$29.95, ISBN: 1949501183

Genre(s): Fortean Historical Mysteries


Charles Fort published his first and most influential book, The Book of the Damned, a century ago in 1919, collecting together many historical reports of strange phenomena in the sky, in space and in the sea.

Since the birth of the UFO controversy in 1947, Fort’s writings have been cited in countless books and web pages. Yet this is the first time in a hundred years that researchers have systematically verified the sources and content of every one of these oft-recycled stories, correcting many errors, placing each case in its historical context, and submitting it to a careful scientific investigation in an attempt to find a conventional answer.

Following on from the first volume, Redemption of the Damned, Vol. 1: Aerial Phenomena, this second volume examines Sea and Space Phenomena.

What were these phenomena? Is it possible to find non-exotic explanations? With the advantage of modern knowledge, methods and resources, in most cases the answer proves to be yes. Some of the solutions found may shock the general reader and surprise even specialists. Yet in the end a few well-documented events remain unexplained.

About the Author:

MARTIN SHOUGH is author or co-author of various books, papers, and reports, and has been involved in a number of notable investigations. He is a Research Associate for the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) and is the author of several NARCAP Technical Reports. He has contributed to the book UFOs: 1947–1987 (Fortean Tomes, 1987) and the monograph Report on Aerial Phenomena Observed Near the Channel Islands, UK, on April 23, 2007 (UPIAR, Torino, 2008), co-authored Return to Magonia (Anomalist Books, 2015) and authored Truant Boy: Art, Authenticity & Paul McCartney (Monymusk Media, 2017). He has also published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration, Magonia and Darklore. He has been a photolithographer, semi-professional musician, artist and gallery owner. He lives in the north of Scotland.

WIM VAN UTRECHT dates his interest in unusual sky phenomena back to 1974. In 1994 he initiated CAELESTIA, a research initiative that seeks to find explanations rather than promote mysteries. In 2007, together with Frederick Delaere, he set up the Belgisch UFO-meldpunt to monitor UFO reports in Belgium. He is co-author of two books: Unidentified Aerial Object Photographed near Zwischbergen, Switzerland, on July 26, 1975 (CAELESTIA, 1995, with Frits van der Veldt) and Belgium in UFO Photographs – Volume 1 (UPIAR, 2018, with Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos). His interests include photography and eccentric meteorological phenomena.

This is a 244 page, large format (8.27 × 11.69 inch) book with more than 50 illustrations, many in color!

Foreword by George Eberhart

Part 1: Worlds that Never Were
1. The Phantom Moon of Venus
2. The Elusive Planet Vulcan

Part 2: Stigmata on the Sun & Moon
3. A “Super-Zeppelin” Eclipses the Sun
4. Followed by a Moonshadow
5. Crows on the Moon

Part 3: Transient Lunar & Martian Phenomena
6. Lights on the Moon
7.The Case of the Missing Eclipse
8. Martian Lights and Clouds

Part 4: Fire from the Deep
9. The Blue Fireball
10. Victoria’s Secret
11. Vast Luminous Wheels
12. Paced by a Fireball off Cape Race

Part 5: Plunging Fireballs
13. A Falling Mass of Fire
14. Black Meteor: Plummeting Fire & Ice


Index to Volume 1
Index to Volume 2

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What they're saying:

“Martin Shough and Wim van Utrecht use an arsenal of 21st-century tools, both online and in archives, to deconstruct and reconstruct the astronomical, meteorological, and oceanographic anomalies that Fort has puzzled us with since 1919. Yes, Fort cherry-picked his facts to tell a good story, as the authors point out. Nonetheless, they manage to extract the marrow from many of these old bones, and in doing so, take Fort to a new level of relevance. Reassessing Fort’s data is not a job for the faint-hearted. Shough and Van Utrecht are up to the technical and historical challenges, leaving no meteorite unturned in their quest to find reasonable explanations.” — from the Foreword by George M. Eberhart, former senior editor of American Libraries


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