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, July 14, 2010


A year or so 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.

It could be reasonably argued that there are simply too many UFOs about these days. A quick look at YouTube will reveal dozens of seemingly authentic videos featuring what appear to be extraterrestrial craft skimming through the skies of every locale from the Hackney marshes to the Great Barrier Reef. The problem is, of course, can any of these images be truly proven as the ‘real’ thing? In an age of CGI ubiquity, you can barely trust your own reflection, for fear that some dastardly and erstwhile Photoshopper hasn’t been in there to tweak your pixels.So in memory of the good old days, when a fake photo had to be done the hard way, here’s an vintage article about UFOs as they used to be. Plus--bumper-bonus time--one of my fake UFOs. Can you figure out how it was done? I can guarantee that no computers or digital FX were employed in its creation.


purrlgurrl said...

Well . . . there's always the suspending an object from an extremely thin wire and then photographing it trick (ala Billy Meier). Then there's the attaching an image to a window or glass pane and then photographing it trick. Of course there were other tricks that could be performed in a darkroom involving manipulating photographic negatives.

terry the censor said...

Obviously, you projected your thoughts onto the unexposed film, never opening the shutter at all.

Please do keep posting old articles. These seem much harder to come by than old books -- mainly because I have no idea where to look.