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 21, 2010


A few days ago I interviewed Richard Freeman about his new book, The Great Yokai Encyclopedia: An A to Z of Japanese Monsters.

It's an extensive and entertaining interview, which can be found here:

1 comment:

Rich said...

Yesterday I was visiting with a group of self-styled "skeptics" and they watched a DVD Showtime epidose which featured cryptozoology, the CFZ, and some of the faces around here I've learned to recognize. Penn & Teller: BS!
Well, I was pleased to see that the CFZ's representatives stood up very well to the mockery expected from such comedians. Yes, they were mocked, but I thought their arguments against the CFZ and friends was rather weakly made. I was especially glad to see the show kept itself tastefully away from any jokes about the cane...
And, like many weak arguments, it was implied that all persons interested in cryptozoozology are no better than our lowest common denominator. I noticed plenty of other weak points, but I am getting verbose as it is. Anyway, well done!