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FOAFtale News 85 June 2016, PDF
FOAFtale News 84 December 2015, PDF
FOAFtale News 83 October 2014, PDF
FOAFtale News 82 January 2014, PDF
FOAFtale News 81 May 2013, PDF
FOAFtale News 80 January 2013, PDF
FOAFtale News 79 May 2012, PDF
FOAFtale News 78 April 2011, PDF
FOAFtale News 77 January 2011, PDF
FOAFtale News 76 September 2010, PDF
FOAFtale News 75 May 2010, PDF
FOAFtale News 74 January 2010, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 73 August 2009, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 72 May 2009, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 71 January 2009, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 70 June 2008, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 69 December 2007, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 68 July 2007, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 67 May 2007, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 66 December 2006, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 65 August 2006, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 64 April 2006, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 63 December 2005, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 62 August 2005, PDF
FOAFtaleNews 61 April 2005
FOAFtaleNews 60 November 2004
FOAFtaleNews 59 August 2004
FOAFtaleNews 58 May 2004
FOAFtaleNews 57 January 2004
FOAFtaleNews 56 October 2003
FOAFtaleNews 54-55 July 2003
FOAFtaleNews 53 December 2002
FOAFtaleNews 52 September 2002
FOAFtaleNews 51 March 2002
FOAFtaleNews 50 November 2001
FOAFtaleNews 49 June 2001
FOAFtaleNews 48 January 2001
FOAFtaleNews 47 October 2000
FOAFtaleNews 46 May 2000
FOAFtaleNews 45 November 1999
FOAFtaleNews 44 May 1999
FOAFtaleNews 43 February 1998
FOAFtaleNews 42 May 1997
FOAFtaleNews 40 & 41 December 1996
FOAFtaleNews 39 June 1996
FOAFtaleNews 38 December 1995
FOAFtaleNews 37 June 1995
FOAFtaleNews 36 January 1995
FOAFtaleNews 35 October 1994
FOAFtaleNews 33-34 June 1994
FOAFtaleNews 32 February 1994
FOAFtaleNews 31 November 1993
FOAFtaleNews 30 June 1993
FOAFtaleNews 29 March 1993
FOAFtaleNews 28 December 1992
FOAFtaleNews 27 September 1992
FOAFtaleNews 26 June 1992
FOAFtaleNews 25 March 1992
FOAFtaleNews 24 December 1991
FOAFtaleNews 23 September 1991
FOAFtaleNews 22 June 1991
FOAFtaleNews 21 March 1991
FOAFtaleNews 20 December 1990
FOAFtaleNews 19 October 1990
FOAFtaleNews 18 June 1990
FOAFtaleNews 17 March 1990
FOAFtaleNews 16 December 1989
FOAFtaleNews 15 September 1989
FOAFtaleNews 14 June 1989
FOAFtaleNews 13 March 1989
FOAFtaleNews 12 February 1989
FOAFtaleNews 11 October 1988
FOAFtaleNews 1-10 September 1985 - August 1988

Welcome to the FOAFtale News - the newsletter of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR). The idea behind putting FTN on-line was to reach out to a number of our former subscribers, keeping them abreast of what ISCLR was still doing, as well as encouraging new subscribers to the society.

We are always encouraging new members to join our society, as well as those members who have let their subscriptions lapse. We have posted an up-to-date membership subscription form with our latest rates for personal, institutional and student memberships. All you have to do is click here, print out the form and send it, along with your payment, to the addresses on the form. We are hoping, in the near future, to be able to accept credit cards, but until then all payments must be made in cash, cheque or money/postal order form. Membership also includes subscription to our annual journal, Contemporary Legend and members are able to vote at Society meetings and hold Society office.

FoafTale News (FTN) is the newsletter of the International Society for Contemporary Legend Research.  We study "modern" and "urban" legends, and also any legend circulating actively.  FoafTale News is indexed in the MLA Bibliography.

This newsletter is called FoafTale News for the jocular term current among legend scholars for over twenty years.  The term "foaf" was introduced by Rodney Dale (in his 1978 book, The Tumour in the Whale) for an oft-attributed but anonymous source of contemporary legends: a "friend of a friend."  Dale pointed out that contemporary legends always seemed to be about someone just two or three steps from the teller -  a boyfriend's cousin, a co-worker's aunt, or a neighbor of the teller's mechanic.  "Foaf" became a popular term at the Sheffield legend conferences in the 1980s.   It was only a short step to the pun "foaftale," a step taken by a yet-anonymous wag. 

FoafTale News welcomes contributions, including those documenting legends' travels on electronic media and in the press.  All research notes and articles are copyright by the individual authors who reserve all rights.  For permission to reprint, contact them at the addresses given in the headnote of the article. Send queries, notices, and research reports to a maximum of 3000 words to the Editor;  clippings, offprints, and citations are also encouraged. 

Contributions to FoafTale News should be in a format that will easily be slotted into the newsletter.  Queries, acknowledgements, observations, "sightings" and bibliographic references are all welcome.  They should be written as textual notes in a form that will need little editing for publication.  Contributions should include the writer's name and address;  an email address can be included if one is available. The editor reserves the right to cut or change for brevity, clarity and the newsletter's style, but published text will remain as close as possible to the author's text.   Emailed text can be sent as straight ASCII or as an attachment file. Please do not embed footnotes and endnotes in your text.  FoafTale News can handle (rare) footnotes but, if citations are necessary,  the preferred method is short in-text citations with a full bibliographic citation at the end.

The opinions expressed in FoafTale News are those of the authors and do not in any necessary way represent those of the editor, the contributing compilers, the International Society for the Study of Contemporary Legends, its Council, or its members.

Editor: Ian Brodie

Dept. of History and Culture, Cape Breton University
Sydney, Nova Scotia, B1P 6L2 CANADA
Phone 902-563-1418

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The information provided on this and other pages are from the International Society of Contemporary Legend Research (ISCLR) and FOAFtale News. They are under the responsibility of ISCLR and not that of the ISP. Similarly, any opinions expressed are ISCLR's and are in no way to be taken as those of the ISP.