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, July 26, 2009


Those of you canny folk who have already purchased advance tickets to this year's Weird Weekend starring:

Tim The Yowie Man: Australia's Yeti
Rat Scabies: The Punk Rock `Da Vinci Code`
Alan Murdie: Colombian Forteana
Tim Matthews: Crop Circle Confusion
Nick Redfern: Stalin's Ape Men
Ronan Coghlan: Atlantis
Max Blake: Unknown animals in pet shops
Julian Vayne: Cabinet of curiosities
Andy Roberts: The big grey man of Ben McDhui
Jan Bondeson: The Basilisk
Darren Naish: British Big Cats in Deep Time
Neil Arnold: Monsters - Zooform Phenomena
Michael Woodley: A new system of classification for cryptozoology
Glen Vaudrey: Mystery animals of the Western Isles

And lots more

will be glad to know that your tickets, plus money off vouchers for meals in the local pub, and 50% off voucher for The Big Sheep an award winning North Devon tourist attraction, are being posted out this week.

Those of you who have not yet spent out £20 on the best fortean weekend of the year bar none, had better get yer skates on. Buy your tickets at this link:



Steve Jones said...

offering people a discount on "The Big Sheep" could be misconstrued in certain quarters....

Greatbeast said...

Looks more promising than last year's Fortean Times Unconvention, which was a bag of sh*t. Am I being unfair? No, not really, it was generally ghastly — a dreary Cook's tour of shop-worn Fortean subjects, more often than not squeezed dry of their last trace of enthusiasm by a gallery of middle-aged self-styled skeptics who had nothing better to do. Time for new blood, methinks.