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, July 31, 2009


As - amongst other things - this blog is a daily snapshot of life here at the CFZ, we post this email exactly as we received it:

"What you refer to as zooform phenomena are nothing but demons(spirit beings).Demons are shapeshifters and there is no limit to the different things they can manifest themselves as.The Jersey devil,bigfoot,mothman,chupacabra,and phantom kangaroos are all demonic manifestations.What people aren't aware of is that the demons are behind various paranormal phenomena.This includes crop circles,alien/ufos,cattle mutilation,and ghosts.For people that don't believe in the supernatural,these phenomena are proof that demons do exist.Also,this is why these things are sometimes seen together,because the same thing is behind all of them.Too,I wanted to mention that Jonathan Downes said that the chupacabra is the most frightnening cryptid there is.Well,he must have never heard of the pobobawa and the pope lick monster".

Goodness me.


Dr Dan Holdsworth said...

Well, this email clears up a few questions but does leave a few unanswered. Most pertinently, if crop circles are created by demons, do all demons have Tim Matthews' taste in floral shirts?

I really think you ought to ask him, Jon.

Bigfoot73 said...

This guy must have got an 'A' in that Christian fundamentalist A level.

Neil A said...

Calm down Mr Ivy! Zooform Phenomena is a contentious category which required construction to bracket various 'monsters' around the world which do not fit into the supernatural or cryptozoology. This means of course that creatures such as the Jersey Devil are also contentious, despite strong legend, this form has many origins, from freakish off spring of Satan himself, to a dragon, Bigfoot or large cat. The Popabawa appears to be more of a night terror, a variation of the 'old hag', whilst the Pope Lick 'monster', also known as the Louisville Goatman, is very contentious, so hardly a demon because like so many of these 'vampires', 'goatmen', 'bunnymen' blah blah, they have no real meaning as such or purpose, except of course to fuel the fire's stoked by young campers eager to construct spook stories.

Zooforms have often been connected to political upheaval, Satanic activity, demonology, menstruation, and have also been the produce of hoax, hysteria and other phenomena such as UFOs. Of course, they'll never show us their true face, because they don't have one, so to class them all as demons is a tad hasty, so i suggest you grab yourself a cup of Cocoa, a copy of my MONSTER! THE A-Z OF ZOOFORM PHENOMENA, and rid yourself of these demons.

Syd said...

Over the many years of my life, I have encountered various nuts, Almond, Pecan, Brazil's, peanuts, etc., but never before have I come across IVY NUTS.

Syd said...

Over the many years of my life, I have encountered various nuts, Almond, Pecan, Brazil's, peanuts, etc., but never before have I come across IVY NUTS.