Charles Fort's Notes Will Become Available Shortly

Charles Fort’s Notes Will Become Available Shortly

fortCharles Fort (August 6, 1874 – May 3, 1932) was an American writer and researcher concerning anomalous phenomena and bizzare topics.. He considered himself a true skeptic, one who opposes all forms of dogmatism, believes nothing, and does not take a position on anything. He stated to being an “intermediatist,” one who believes nothing is real and nothing is unreal, that “all phenomena are approximations one way or the other between realness and unrealness.” Starting in about 1912 he would visit the library and search through the newspaper articles seeking out the odd, strange, bizarre, weird and out of the ordinary stories for his writings. Tiffany Thayer created the Fortean Society back in 1931 (in New York) and he acquired Fort’s notes when he passed away and only a select few had access to Fort’s writings.


According to Above Top Secret1, 60,000 plus notes from Charles Fort’s writings based on the weird and odd will soon be available to the public. These notes were written in the 1920’s and 30’s on a variety of paper sources and should prove a difficult task to transcribe. John H. Reed, M.D. of the World Institute for Scientific Exploration2 acquired them from a house in Connecticut as the new owners were going to throw them out, not aware of their significance.

hoyCarl Pabst, who passed away in 2004, painstakingly hand copied all the notes by 1987 and then typed up Fort’s work on 3×5 index cards and lived in his Connecticut house for more than 40 years. Pabst was the only person besides the New York Public Library, who possessed all of Fort’s notes.


How excited are you to see these treasures? Squee and giggle on our Facebook page, at Twitter, or in the comments below!


Join the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal and get awesome perks!




  1. Pingback: Charles Fort’s Notes Will Become Available Shortly | There is widespread belief in Ghosts in English-speaking cultures, where ghosts are manifestations of the spirits of the dead.

  2. podwinkle

    10/26/2014 at 10:33 PM

    I think your auto correct might have bitten you…Tiffany Thayer was a dude….

    • Chris Savia

      10/27/2014 at 11:08 AM

      Good catch. Will fix. Thanks!

  3. Mr. X

    08/06/2016 at 11:13 AM

    Happy Fort-Day,

    I wanted to pass along to you, and to other Forteans, that my effort with Dr. John H. Reed, to publish Fort’s Notes has reached one of my goals. Since the start, (in December of 2014), we’ve managed to transcribe as many of these notes as were deciphered by Carl J. Pabst in Pursuit, between 1979 and 1989, and more of the notes than translated by Tiffany Thayer between 1937 and 1951.

    They’re at:

You must be logged in to post a comment Login