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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Wednesday, September 02, 2009


For those of you interested in what CFZ Director Jon Downes did before the CFZ became the world's fastest growing and arguably most influential cryptozoological organisation, cop a load of this. Amongst piles of other stuff that was just dumped in the loft of Jon's old house in Exeter following his split from first wife Alison in July 1996, was an entire concert by Jon Downes and the Amphibians from Outer Space filmed at a pub in Seaton in June 1995, just before the end of their summer tour.

As we clean up the sound, we shall be releasing bits and bobs from the show, but first of all, here is a song called Stalin's Babies. Enjoy (we certainly did).

1 comment:

G L Wilson said...

Splendid stuff! I'm looking forward to you posting more.