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Steve Moore co-founder of The Fortean Times died aged 64

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

  • Steve Moore, above, co-founded The Fortean Times, a magazine devoted to strange phenomena and the supernatural, in 1973. In a statement announcing his death, the magazine described him as 'a selfless source of esoteric information and sage advice'. The magazine has over the years covered topics as varied as apparitions, urban legends and bizarre deaths to UFOs and crop circles, below

  • The cover of 'The Fortean Times Book of the Millennium'

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Steve Moore co-founded The Fortean Times, a magazine devoted to strange phenomena which detailed the strange and supernatural.

Mr Moore, who died on March 16, aged 64, launched the magazine in 1973, and according to an announcement on his death on The Fortean Times website, he remained a regular contributor of articles and reviews right up to the current issue.

The announcement added that Mr Moore had also edited the magazine's scholarly journal Fortean Studies, produced the General Index to issues 1-66 of FT, something it described as "a Herculean labour" and compiled a number of popular FT books, such as the Inept Crime and Weird Sex volumes.

The announcement went on to say: "Steve's knowledge encompassed more than forteana, taking in Eastern mysticism, the I Ching, science fiction and comics, of which he wrote many classic examples.

"Always a selfless source of esoteric information and sage advice, Steve will be irreplaceable and missed by all."

The FT's website currently features articles ranging from one about the mysterious deaths of a group of skiers in Russia in 1959 – possibly at the hands of some kind of abominable snowman to tales of unlikely predators in the River Thames from giant catfish to escaped reptiles.

According to his obituary in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Moore also compiled The Fortean Times Book of Strange Deaths (1999), in which one entry ran: "In Japan in 1981, Kenji Urada was killed when a robot at the Kawasaki factory where he worked mistook his head for a component that needed tightening up."

For their Book of Close Shaves And Amazing Luck, the Telegraph noted thay he observed that "you may be lucky to be alive if you've just had a six-foot steel crowbar driven through one side of your skull and out the other, but most of us would rather we didn't actually need that sort of luck in the first place".

Mr Moore was a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and his Fortean contributions also included book reviews and articles on Oriental curiosities.

He was born at Shooters Hill in south London, on June 11 1949, and the Telegraph reported that he believed that as he had been born "at the full moon atop a crescent-shaped hill" and bore a "crescent birthmark on my left forearm … I was obviously destined to be either a werewolf or a lunatic. Fortunately there's been no sign of fur or ripping out people's throats so far."

Mr Moore, who lived for nearly all of his life in the same house, left school at 16, and worked as a flour grader at the Rank Hovis McDougall laboratory in Deptford, before moving on to become an office boy at Odhams Press, a subsidiary of the publishers IPC. Within three months he became a junior sub-editor on Pow! and Fantastic comics, which featured strips from Marvel Comics, and he became a freelance writer in 1972.

His Telegraph obituary noted that he produced film and television annuals for series such as Supergran and Dick Turpin and wrote for IPC's girls' comic Mirabelle, but was too embarrassed to buy any of its copies. It added that he was also embarrassed when, "having been assured a Titbits feature on sexual exploits in Bangkok would be credited to his pseudonym Pedro Henry, it went to press under his real name".

In the late 1970s, he also wrote for comic 2000AD and Marvel's Doctor Who Weekly. He published a Gothic fantasy novel, Somnium, in 2011.

Mr Moore did not get married. For many years he cared for his brother Chris, who suffered from motor neurone disease and died in 2009.

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