The Unexplained (magazine)

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The Unexplained: Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time was a popular partwork magazine published by Orbis Publishing in the United Kingdom, between 1980 and 1983. It ran to 156 issues, with issue 157 being an index to the collection, 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,[citation needed] who had previously worked on Man, Myth & Magic: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Supernatural.

A complementary version was published in France, entitled L'Inexpliqué, which contained differently written articles. This series was published in 8 to 26 volumes, depending on whether the edition were British or French.[citation needed]

The partwork, which debuted on newsstands the same year the British TV series Arthur C. Clarke's Mysterious World (1980) was first broadcast, was hugely popular.[citation needed]

Book reissues[edit]

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)[citation needed] and Out of this World: Mysteries of Mind, Space, & Time (1989).[citation needed]

Titles in the series[edit]

There were 26 volumes in the series:


  1. ^ Mysteries of Mind, Space & Time: The Unexplained. H.S. Stuttman. 1992.
  2. ^ Faye Ringel (February 1995). New England's Gothic literature: history and folklore of the supernatural from the seventeenth through the twentieth centuries. E. Mellen Press. ISBN 978-0-7734-9047-5.
  3. ^ The Unexplained Volume 5. Against All Reason (1984)