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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Friday, June 11, 2010

CFZ ARCHIVING PROJECT: General Forteana Part 13

As you know, Oll has been working on the archiving project since early February 2009 and he is now working on a general mish-mash of a section known as `General Forteana`. This thirteenth collection really is a general mishmash of completely uncategoriseable stuff, including a tombstone that glows in the dark and an attack by a pike. It doesn't get much better than this. Good stuff.



Hummingbird, or hawk moth? I must be getting old. My eyesight really isn't what it used to be....

RICHARD FREEMAN: The Monsters of Prague #18

The Flaming Turkey

There was once a mill owner on Kampa Island who loved to eat. His favourate food was turkey. He had fattened up three of these birds for Easter. Whilst he was fasting on Good Friday he was overcome with hunger and his will broke. He ate a whole turkey to himself. Soon after, he died of a gall-bladder infection.

From the day of his death his spirit returned to the mill in the form of a huge turkey wreathed in flames. The bullets of hunters could not stop it and it chased off the guard dogs. A priest tried to exorsise the bird but was chased off with his cassock in flames. It is still supposed to appear on the island on Good Friday.

CFZ PEOPLE: Mark Bushell

Some good news for once. Sarah Darwin writes to tell us that Mark has been made Assistant Curator of Invertebrates at Bristol Zoo. Well done, mate....


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OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1978 David Berkowitz a.k.a. ‘the son of Sam’ and the ‘.44 calibre killer’ was sentenced to 365 years in prison for 6 murders. Berkowitz claims to have killed upon orders from a dog that was possessed by a demon. Although initially it was thought he worked alone, the case has since been re-opened as police search for possible accomplices.
And now, the news:

Rare harriers alter works on Weymouth Relief Road
Anger as penguins and monkeys visit Kingland House...
CATFORD: Elderly dancer reveals crow attack horror...

Q: What is a bird's favourite musical group?
A: ‘Crow’-ded House.