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, July 27, 2010


* Sadly, we have lost another speaker. Lindsay Selby, who is one of our favourite writers here on the blog, has pulled out due to ill health. She has been replaced by American film director Sheridan Thaywer who will be presenting excerpts from his new documentary on Ken Campbell, the Fortean actor, playwright and all round good egg who died a couple of years back. Although we will all miss Lindsay (and I have asked her to come next year instead), Sheridan is a welcome addition to the line-up because Ken C was an old mate of us all, and is sadly missed.

With less than three weeks to go, now might be a good time to buy your tickets to the best crypto-fortean event of the year....

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1 comment:

Greatbeast said...

Sheridan is a She, not a He. I made the mistake of saying this myself, and had to recant with a red face. Well, a pinkish one anyway. In fact, I mounted a one-man internet offensive to raise interest in its release, as no-one actually knew the documentary existed. I might add that Campbell's 60-minute Fortean Times UnConvention performance (2002) is excellent and available on DVD from Playback Arts. It would certainly be worth screening it at the Weird Weekend too, as it will appeal to Forteans and is his best available performance - adults only!