Wild Talents

Charles Fort's 1932 book of vampires, werewolves, talking dogs, poltergeists...


Charles Fort


Claude Kendall, New York, 1932
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Printing Details

First US edition, first printing. Hardback, bound in black cloth with what looks like the front panel of the wrapper pasted down to the upper board. Red dye to pages' top edge. 22.5 × 15cm, 343pp

Wild Talents captures Charles Fort at his finest, most thought-provoking, and is considered his wittiest work. Containing accounts of—among numerous other bizarre topics—strange coincidences, vampires, werewolves, talking dogs, poltergeist activity, teleportation, witchcraft, vanishing people, spontaneous human combustion, and the escapades of the 'mad bats of Trinidad.'


A rather scruffy copy of this fairly rare first edition. The boards are heavily rubbed and bumped, with some fraying to the rear hinge and surface abrasion to the spine. The book is ex-library (Crease's Exchange Library), and the book is stamped several times and has a handwritten note to the front pastedown with fines for late return... However, the main body of text is in good condition and is perfectly readable.



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