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ISSN 1026-1001




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




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



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.