Crayon sketch of Charles Fort from The New York Herald, June 5, 1932.

Philosopher of the Damned

The pioneering voice of Charles Fort

Mitch Horowitz
10 min readFeb 25, 2023

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Almost unclassifiable in nature, the enduring work of paranormalist writer Charles Fort (1874–1932) served to poke holes in the straight story of materialist science and provide a framework for documentation of oddities and the unknown.

Fort’s four books on anomalous phenomena — starting with The Book of the Damned in 1919, followed…

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Mitch Horowitz

"Treats esoteric ideas & movements with an even-handed intellectual studiousness"-Washington Post | PEN Award-winning historian | Censored in China