Lobster is a twice yearly British magazine (June and December) focussing on parapolitics. The current edition was published in June 2008.
The magazine's philosophy is:
Lobster was launched in 1983 by Robin Ramsay and Stephen Dorril. The name was suggested by Dorril, who had previously wanted to call a band 'Lobster'. In 1991 they described themselves in Lobster 22 as Dorril is a Freudo-anarchist, with Situationist tendencies; and Ramsay is a premature anti-Militant member of the soft old left of the Labour Party.
Dorril claims Ramsay was suffering from a mid-life crisis and wanted more recognition.
Ramsay claims that Dorril was too busy with other research projects (notably, co-authoring Honeytrap with Anthony Summers) to contribute to the magazine: Ramsay claims he therefore took Dorril's name off the magazine and the two have not spoken since.
Lobster is now edited and part-written by Ramsay, from his home in Hull.
Lobster's circulation is thought to be fewer than 1,000 copies of any issue. It is largely bought via subscription but can now be bought across the UK in the US book-chain Borders.
Lobster is widely-respected among journalists, who often use Lobster as a source and Ramsay as an advisor for difficult stories.
Lobster is eclectic, and features items spanning a wide range of subjects from modern history to current events. Occasionally these turn out to be major news stories.
It also follows new developments in 'old' cases. For example: years after the event, it was found that when Timothy McVeigh blew up the Alfred Murrah building, he had also destroyed thousands of records of servicemen from the 1990 Gulf War and a TOW antitank missile that the Government was storing in a locker several floors above the building's daycare center.
From Issue 22, in 1991: The first eight Lobsters have not been kept in print for a number of reasons...some of them contain material which we learned subsequently was disinformation.
A wide range of writers contributes work (unpaid) for publication, mainly because of Lobster's reputation and its refusal to follow mainstream news agendas.