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, February 02, 2009


When I was a teenager and the charts still meant something, I and my friends would wait agog for the tuesday morning (I think it was) when Tony Blackburn on Radio One would read out the top 20. Oh how we thrilled to the news that T.Rex or David Bowie had another hit. Oh how we booed when someone like Perry Como struggled into the Hit Parade. What was an old git like him doing alongside our glitter cheeked idols?

Thirty five years on, and I have no ideas who is at number one, nor do I care. I am looking forward to hearing the new Morrissey album, but I have no idea what his chart placings are gonna be.. nor do I care.

However, CFZ Press now have enough titles in our roster to make a monthly sales chart viable. I would never have thought of compiling one if it hadn't been for requests by two of my authors, and a surprising number of punters. So, by popular request, here is the Top 10 for January...


1. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker
2. Island of Paradise by Jonathan Downes
3. In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley
4. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard
5. Dr Shuker's Casebook by Dr Karl Shuker
6. Monster! by Neil Arnold
7. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland
8. CFZ Expedition Report: Russia 2008
9. Dragons: More than a Myth? by Richard Freeman
10. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes


1. CFZ Yearbook 2009
2. Dr Shuker's Casebook by Dr Karl Shuker
3. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker
4. Monster! by Neil Arnold
5. CFZ Expedition Report: Russia 2008
6. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern
7. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard
8. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland
9. Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Animals on stamps by Dr Karl Shuker
10. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes

I suppose then, to go back to my original analogy, with multiple entries in the charts someone has to be Bowie, and someone has to be Bowie. But who is the Perry Como? And who is the Chicory Tip? So just for fun, here is a competition. A free copy of your choice of a book from these charts to the most libellous (or appropriate) pop singers from the arly 1970s who's analogues can be found amongst the nine different authors that can be found in our CFZ best-deller list...


NZ Cryptozoologist said...

I would see Dr Karl Shuker as the ABBA of the charts, producing hit after hit that is always a good listen, I mean read that you could go back to 20 years later and its still a hit. Jon Downs would have to be the KISS of the group, great read, full of energy and hype right to the last as is generally most things Jon writes anyway.
Nick Redfern the Mungo Jerry a good read you can really get into and want to experience again and again.
Richard Freeman is definately and America something you want to come back to again and again and always leaves you feeling good afterward.

Jon Downes said...

KARL SHUKER WRITES: SOS! Me as Abba! Well, that's the name of the game, I suppose. And to think, I've only just put away my '70s flares and platform shoes! Mamma mia, I just hope that when it comes to buying my next book, you'll all take a chance on me, otherwise as an author I'll be out of money money money and meeting my Waterloo. After all, they do say that the winner takes it all. :-)

Jon Downes said...

Karl as Abba. Yes, I can see that. Redfern as Mungo Jerry??? In the summertime perhaps, but has he got enough hair I ask myself.

I had actually hoped to be the Joe Strummer or the fortean equivelant of my old boss Steve Harley. But Kiss?????

Bloody hell Mr Lucas.

stormwalkernz said...

Ahh Jon but imagine Redfern in a afro wig and there ya go.
Well actually I see you more as a Johnny Depp but he doesnt count see.
Kiss was one of my favorite groups during the 70's

stormwalkernz said...

Dr Shuker you are a real Super Trooper and Knowing me Knowing You i dont think there is much chance of it being Hasta Manana as your books are so well liked I know
I Do I Do I do I do I do.