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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Thursday, September 09, 2010


As regular readers will know, our Fortean Words imprint recently published the first in a series called Haunted Skies:

"This is the first of a ground-breaking new series compiled by former police officer John Hanson and his partner Dawn Holloway, together with David Sankey, a veteran UFO researcher and artist. The multi-part series covers British UFO sightings from 1940 to the present day. This first volume deals with UFO reports from 1940-1959; nineteen tumultuous years during which Britain won a war, lost an empire, buried a king, crowned a queen and saw a new breed of consumer prosperity rise from the ashes of post-war austerity. People who have followed the UFO subject in any depth will not be surpised to discover that the UFOs encountered during these two decades follow the socio-political changes of the people who witnessed them to a remarkable degree. Haunted Skies is the most ambitious series of books ever attempted in the history of ufology and will, no doubt, provide a new benchmark in the quality of such publications."

However, until now it has not been available in the USA. It was my fault for being stupid, but thanks to those jolly nice folk at LightningSource it has all been rectified, and it is now available Stateside....



This is really beyond belief. Markus Hemmler has found two more pictures of the Natal sea creature with the unfortunate name of `Trunko`. What next?


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1961 the World Wildlife Fund was founded.
And now, the news:

Mystery Surrounds Fate Of Trapped Whale
Bid to save whale off Shetland 'could take weeks'
World's most expensive book goes up for sale (via ...
Ark., Mo. salamander proposed for endangered list ...
German farmer's 24 hour milk filling station a hit...
Budgie Breeder: 'Please Return My Birds'
'Dumb and dumber' pet thieves wrestle python
Hoarder sentenced on animal cruelty charges

Not sure if the following clip counts as hoarding (iirc the cats are strays that are free to come and go as they please and the lady just feeds them) but it's certainly a few too many cats:


RICHARD MUIRHEAD: Classic Orang Pendek hoax from the 1930s..