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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Tuesday, January 26, 2010


My goodness, Corinna looks peturbed. What can have occurred? Why is she staring in disbelief-tinged-with-horror at a pile of cardboard boxes in the middle of the office floor? Why is there a faded tea towel stuck over the door with drawing pins?

I know that some of you were beginning to think that they would never arrive but yesterday a stack of heavy boxes arrived from Lightning Source: both issue 47 of Animals & Men and the 2010 CFZ Yearbook have arrived and the mailing-out process will begin this week.

Once again, we are terribly sorry for the delay but we are horrifically under-staffed, two of us are disabled to a greater or lesser extent and we - despite what is written in some quarters - don't sit around all day drinking champagne and eating truffles. But we do the best with the resources available to us. It doesn't help that all four of the permanent residents have been on the sick list to a greater or lesser extent over the past few days.

So bear with us. Those of you who are owed journals and yearbooks will get them very soon, and you might be interested to know that after the relative dearth of books last year, three titles are imminent:

  • A Daintree Diary by Carl Portman
  • Strangely Strange but Oddly Normal by Andy Roberts
    The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman
  • and the following titles are in production as we speak:

  • Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Staffordshire by Nick Redfern
  • Monsters of Texas by Nick Redfern and Ken Gerhard
  • Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
  • Mystery Animals of the British Isles: Gloucester and Worcester by Paul Williams
  • The Inhumanoids by Barton Dunnely

1 comment:

theo paijmans said...

Jon, just to let you know that I think that you and Corinna are doing a fantastic job, looking forward to the CFZ Yearbook 2010!

Kind regards,


P.S. but what's that with the faded towel?