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Sunday, 20 October 2002

Dark Dorset reviewed in Animals and Men: The Journal of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, Issue 28

This book is of interest to readers of this magazine for several reasons. Firstly, it is unusual amongst the plethora of regional mysteries books which can be found all over the UK and, indeed the United States. Unlike so many of these books which merely rehash the same old stories in an unconvincing and uninterested tone, this book is truly a work of scholarship.

Secondly, it contains much information of interest to the fortean zoologist. In its pages are accounts of the spectral black dogs of the county, but whereas other books on this theme are content merely to rehash the same stories over again this book contains both analysis and a novel interpretation of the ancient legends, presenting a whole new hypothesis.

As well as the black dogs, other fortean zoological titbits include mermaids, big cats and other things 'which go bump in the night', all discussed with elan and flair.

Thirdly, this book is co-authored by none other than our very own Mark North, which means that as well as the excellent text there are some stunning illustrations which will surely establish North as one of the leading illustrators of forteana at the beginning of the 21st Century. It is impossible to criticise this excellent book, and I strongly urge all readers of this magazine to go out and buy it today.

Review by Jonathan Downes, Animals and Men: The Journal of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, Issue 28 www.cfz.org.uk

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