Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Friday, November 27, 2015

ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:


The Gonzo Daily - Friday/Saturday
Dr Jon's Academy for Young Ladies, had a delightful, if unexpected houseguest in the shape of the lovely Deanie Rider, and for arcane reasons that I won't go into, we stayed up last night watching Clash of the Titans, while I explained Ray Harryhausen to her.
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Eugene Chadbourne - Ji...
THE RAZ BAND: Interview
Gonzo Weekly #157
Daevid Allen, Gong, Real Music Club, Rolling Stones, Yes, Three Friends, Jethro Tull, Gentle Giant, PFM, Walter Trout, Prefab Sprout, Paddy McAloon, Digitiser, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Mack Moloney, A J Smitrovich, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, Mack Moloney, and Yes fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#157) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Drones for Daevid on the cover and news on the Daevid Allen tribute CD inside. Doug returns from seeing Yes and various other prog rock greats on the Cruise to the Edge, Jon critiques a classic book about the Roling Stones, we go through the new album by The Raz Band track by Track, and Corinna sneers at some more tacky pop memorabilia. John talks about Prefab Sprout, abd nourbs the dead in the Paris Terrorist Attacks, Xtul are back in the deep woods. Neil unearths a hidden gem, Thom waxes all poetical like, whilst the legendary Roy Weard continues his regular column, C J Stone does his, A J Smitrovich continues thumbing through his Dad's LPs, and Mr Biffo has more of his regular slices of insanity from the world of Digitiser 2000, and there is a radio show from Strange Fruit, one from Friday Night Progressive and another from Mack Moloney. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and antechinuses wanting poos (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who are slightly constipated, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!
This issue features:
David Bowie, Motorhead, Prince, David Gilmour, Paul McCartney, Jeff Buckley, Jarvis Cocker, Barbara Dickson, Eagles of Death Metal, Steve Ignorant, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney's Mystery Hour, Warren Mitchell, Cynthia Payne, P.F. Sloan, Nucleus, The RAZ Band, Mark Murdock, Brand X, Alexis Korner, 13th Floor Elevators, Daevid Allen, Gong, The Glissando Guitar Orchestra, Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet, Monty Oxymoron and Friends, Shankara Andy Bole with Elliet Mackrell, Mark Robson (Magick Orphan) with Elliet Mackrell, Andy Bole, Arthur Brown, Cruise to the Edge, Anglagard, Martin Barre, Haken, Moon Safari, Premiata Forneria Marconi, Saga, Three Friends, Yes, Marillion, Caravan, Michael Raz, Joey Molland, Joe Vitale, Davey Curtis, Walter Paddy McAloon,Bridget Wishart, Roy Weard, My Dad's LPs, A.J. Smitrovich, Mr Biffo, Hawkwind, The Beatles, Xtul, The Rolling Stones, Buddy Holly, Michael Jackson, The Cure, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Metallica, Motorhead, David Bowid, Yes, Chris Squire, AndersonPonty, Billy Sherwood, Jon Anderson, Matt Malley, Neil Nixon, Vishwa Mohan Bhatt & Ry Cooder, Empyrium
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 155 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 154 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 153 (Martin Barre)
Issue 152 (4th Eden)
Issue 151 (Corky Laing)
Issue 150 (Roger Dean)
Issue 149 (Tony Palmer in Space)
Issue 148 (Wally Hope)
Issue 147 (Thom the World Poet cover)
Issue 146 (Bee and Flower cover)
Issue 145 (Dave Brock cover)
Issue 144 (Percy Jones cover)
Issue 143 (Billy Sherwood cover)
Issue 142 (Daevid Allen and Spirits Burning cover)
Issue 141 (Rick Wakeman cover)
Issue 140 (Jaki Windmill cover)
Issue 139 (Raz cover)
Issue 138 (Galahad cover)
Issue 137 (Chris Squire cover)
Issue 136 (Neil Nixon cover)
Issue 135 (FNP cover)
All issues from #70 can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...
* The Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit…
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!
* Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 56 who - together with an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and a small kitten totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish, and sometimes a young lady called Jessica. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly mother-in-law, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the infantile orange cat, and the adventurous kitten?

CRYPTOLINKS: Two wendigo stories courtesy of Richard Freeman

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: The Wizick,mystery creature of New Mexico

 The following story appeared in the Denver Post,March 28th 1908, about some weird lizard capable of flight,which at one point escaped and was later re-captured.


Strange cries are heard emanating from mysterious recess.


Read this letter to Wolfe Londoner from Marcus Wright, an entire stranger:

“Mr Wolfe Londoner:
Dear Sir – I remember that you were robbed of a peculiar animal – a wizick. I saw it in the Post some years ago, and I read all about it. I also learned that it was wandering about New Mexico. Now,I think I have your wizick hemmed in so that I can get at him and save him for you, if you want him, but he`s awfully big now. As I remember it, the wizick was sent to you from California by one of your old friends of the days of California Gulch and the gold craze at Leadville.

“At the time you received it,according to my recollection, the animal was some two and one-half foot long and half a foot high. This beast we have cornered in one of the recesses in a cliff in a canyon of the Rio Grande, back of the old cliff dwellers, is nearly as large as a grizzly bear, but doesn`t resemble a bear at all.


It crawls low on the ground , has legs like a lizard, but instead of a lizard it has a peculiar pendant about two feet long. The mouth opens something like that of an alligator, its reddish hide is scaly and devoid of hair, and altogether it more nearly resembles an immense gila monster than anything else. The way this strange beast was discovered was this:Many of the Mexicans about here had been losing their young lambs. They would find the lambs lying all crushed, each bitten close through the back and sucked like a lemon. Now a coyote takes a lamb by the throat,and the Mexicans couldn`t work out what was doing the damage. One of them in great fright came running late one evening and reported having seen the monster. From the description he gave I was reminded of the wizick, to secure which your store was broken open, and I thought of what I had read of its subsequent escape and its having been seen in New Mexico.


Not long after this I found three of my own lambs crushed and killed exactly as the Mexicans had described. Then I determined to track down this mysterious blood-sucker. Two of us watched all night for him and in the dim light of morning we saw the huge thing gliding rapidly toward the sheep fold. We fired and the thing squalled low. Frightened ,I suppose,  he ? and made for the cliff (?) ,we following as fast as we could. We saw the thing scramble up and disappear in the crevice I have described. We didn`t feel safe to go in,and all we could see were two big bulbous eyes glaring at us, while a sound something between a hiss and a growl came continuously,and I tell you it wasn`t pleasant to hear. I realised right away that this was  the famous wizick, grown to enormous size. We barricaded the place and I have had two Mexicans standing guard ever since. Now, if you want the wizick ,and are willing to pay the expense, I and my men will undertake to find some means of `capturing the animal alive,caging it and sending it up to you by freight. Of course I will expect to be reimbursed for my own trouble and expense.

Let me hear from you


Now what do you think of that.The Wizick turned up again, alive and entirely too well to suit the New Mexico sheep ranchers. Any reader of the Post will remember the strange little animal sent to Wolfe Londoner by his old California Gulch compatriot Henry Wallis, four or so years ago ,in recognition of the aid given to him in the days when Colorado was a baby. It was the only live wizick ever seen and when it was found and captured it was only about two and a half feet long. Mr Londoner was very proud of it and kept it securely in a chilled steel cage specially prepared for it and he had in contemplation the creation of a more commodious home for it, so disposed to allow the public to have a better view of it but the fact of its peculiarities and its whereabouts excited the cupidity of some ? ? and the back door of his store was broken open and the cage and its contents were stolen,


How it ever got away from the thieves is not known, but it was next heard of in New Mexico, up about Taos, whee it was chased for miles, though nobody was able to capture it. It was given up for lost by Mr Londoner until he received the letter of today. “I hardly know what to do about it” said Mr Londoner today. Of course such a rare curiosity is worth all kinds of money, and from the description I am sure that this is none other than my wizick, grown to its full dimensions, or maybe it hasn`t done growing yet. “I would be willing to donate the wizick to the park board for exhibition in City park, if the city will pay the expense of getting it up here. I am going to try to see Mr Fallun today and will take the mater up with him.”


What has Corinna's column of Fortean bird news got to do with cryptozoology?

Well, everything, actually!

In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in.


Relocate Gamecams Closer to Recent Bigfoot Sighting Sasquatch Canyon