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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Sunday, January 25, 2009


So, you may ask: what is Crypto Squad USA?

Well, that's a very good question.

No, Crypto Squad USA is not a bunch of super-heroes - but they are pretty close!

When I moved to the US to live in 2001, Jon asked me to take on the task of opening, running, and coordinating a US office of the CFZ - which I was, of course, very pleased to do.

But, as CFZ-USA began to grow, it quickly became apparent that regional representatives were needed to cope with the huge amount of field-work and investigations that were required.

So, that's precisely what Crypto Squad USA is: namely, a dedicated band of people seeking out all-things strange and monstrous on behalf of the CFZ-USA Office, and making the data available to one and all.

And you'll get to learn all about those same people and their work at the official blog of Crypto Squad USA.

Also: if you're interested in becoming a regional investigator for the US Office of the CFZ, let me know! We're always looking to get new people involved.

You can contact me at the official blog of Crypto Squad USA:



Lanette said...

I looked for an email to contact Nick at. Could not find one on the site, but I may of over looked it.

kmg818 said...

I live in southern Indiana. I've traveled many places on the globe. I LOve the books by you and by Jonathan Downes. That in itself gives me 'zip' as far as credentials but I SEE, I HEAR, I FEEL, I CATALOG, a veritable 'scrabble' encyclopedia. Perhaps I could help. No harm in putting it out there. At least I read instead of watching "Dancing With the Stars". In a way I always have.

Nick Redfern said...

Hi Lanette

The best way to reach me is via the contact section at my nickredfern.com website, as that's the one I check every day.