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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Saturday, September 12, 2009

FRISWELL'S FREAKY FEATURES: There were (speculated) giants in those days

Some months ago Alan Friswell, the bloke who made the CFZ Feegee Mermaid and also the guy responsible for some of the most elegantly macabre bloggo postings, wrote me an email.

He had an idea for a new series for the bloggo. Quite simply he has an enormous collection of macabre, fortean, odd and disturbing magazine and newspaper articles, and he proposed to post them up on the bloggo.

One of the perennial staples of 50s science fiction films is the concept of technological distortion, either through genetics or that old faithful of the classic monster B-movie, radiation, causing abnormal growth variants in both human and animal species.

Drive-in classics such as Tarantula (1955), The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957), and The Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958), stretched even the credulity of the in-the-groove hepcats, and real-gone daddy-Os of the period.

But as this article demonstrates, the concept of artificially induced giantism was, at least in some quarters, taken rather more seriously....

1 comment:

Syd said...

I rather suspect that the poster for "Attack of the 50 foot woman" brought a smile to many male faces. We men know that it does not require a 50 foot tall woman to bring such mayhem to the roads. All that is needed is to give a normal sized woman a driving license.