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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Monday, July 09, 2007

Apologise for lazy posting (4)


Big Cats: Loose in Britain is an impressive tome. At 368 pages, it is the largest book ever written on the subject. Author, Marcus Matthews began writing on his remote Wiltshire farm in 1987! The book focuses on the 1970s and 1980s, when the idea of exotic predators roaming the British countryside started to become widely known. Scouring newspapers, writing to local councils and police forces, Marcus began to amass a huge amount of data, and during the years he was contacted by over 1,000 witnesses.

As well as this, Marcus has hit the road on the track of the beasts themselves looking at animal kills, footprints, film and photographs. He has been lucky enough to spot big cats in the UK himself on three occasions. With hundreds of one-to-one interviews with witnesses under his belt Marcus has produced an incredibly detailed volume. This is no armchair researcher, but a man who works in the field, and as a country farmer knows his animals.

Two decades worth of research is now, for the first time, available to the general public. After languishing unpublished for 17 years, the Centre for Fortean Zoology is now proud to present this legendary book.

· Paperback: 384 pages
· Publisher: CFZ Press (13 Jun 2007)
· Language English
· ISBN-10: 1905723121
· ISBN-13: 978-1905723126
· Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 18.2 x 2.2 cm

Marcus is available for interview. Photographs and review copies are also available. Please telephone Jon, mark, or Corinna on 01237 431413 for details

1 comment:

beckjord said...

Congrats on recent marriage!

Lovely bride and groom.

Please add link to

National Cryptozoological Society

Nessie and Bigfoot hunters.


Thanks, Erik