Weird rains of fish, frogs, blood, powders, meat, marsh paper, butter. Mysterious planets and black spots. UFOs. Giant axes. Fairy crosses and coffins. Huge footprints. Devil's walks. Rock-throwing poltergeists.
All this and more can be found in Charles Fort's "The Book of the Damned".
Fort's work is, of course, a satire on the dogmatism of science. Personally, I didn't find Fort very funny, and his work was very plodding, but well worth the time and effort.
Fort's first two chapters are a good build up. An interesting quote: "A procession of the damned.
By the damned, I mean the excluded.
We shall have a procession of data that Science has excluded.
Battalions of the accursed, captained by pallid data that I have exhumed, will march. You'll read them -- or they'll march. Some of them livid and some of them fiery and some of them rotten.
Some of them are corpses, skeletons, mummies, twitching, tottering, animated by companions that have been damned alive. There are giants that will walk by, though sound asleep. There are things that are theorems and things that are rags: they'll go by like Euclid arm in arm with the spirit of anarchy. Here and there will flit little harlots. Many are clowns. But many are of the highest respectability. Some are assassins. There are pale stenches and gaunt superstitions and mere shadows and lively malices: whims and amiabilities. The naïve and the pedantic and the bizarre and the grotesque and the sincere and the insincere, the profound and the puerile."
He goes on to cite red, white, and grey hailstones, and hail the size of elephants, before he gets into his rains.
Fort's writing style is biting and interesting. It is certainly very draining on many; he smothers you with a catalogue-like listing of all kinds of falls, evidence for giants, UFOs, etc. You're getting very anxious. But when you finally get to the end . . . nothing.
If you're like me and for some reason just want to hear about the events, then this book is great.
While some of his theories have been outdated, I reccomend Charles Hoy Fort's "The Book of the Damned" for anyone who is even vaguely interested in the paranormal. Long but well worth the read. 7 out of 10