The Unexplained (magazine)

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The Unexplained: Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time was a popular partwork magazine published in the United Kingdom between 1980 and 1983 by Orbis Publishing. It ran to over 150 issues and dealt with the paranormal and mysteries such as UFOs, the Bermuda Triangle, ghosts, spontaneous human combustion, the Cottingley Fairies, ancient knowledge, sea monsters, the Yeti, weird coincidences, stone circles, contact with the dead, and notable historical characters linked to the occult. The magazine was published as a journal with page numbering continuing from one edition to the next. When the magazine ceased publication, a refund was offered if the consumer returned the covers.[1][2]

The magazine was edited by Peter Brookesmith, and consultants included Dr. J. Allen Hynek and Professor A. J. Ellison. The editorial director was Brian Innes, who had previously worked on Man, Myth & Magic.

A complementary version was published in France entitled L'Inexpliqué, which contained differently written articles. The series was published in 8 to 26 volumes, depending on the British or French edition.

The partwork was hugely popular, debuting on newsstands the same year as British TV series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World was first broadcast. Articles from the magazine were later published in book form during the late 1980s by various publishers, including Black Cat, Caxton and St. Michael's books. Titles included: When the Impossible Happens (1984) and Out of this World: Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time (1989).