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, November 03, 2011




Chris Clark said...

Strictly speaking he just reprints the publicity material, which is not what I understand as a review. Of course, this raises a bigger issue: where, outside Fortean Times, are the reviews of cryptozoology books? And by review, I don't mean the 'X is a good mate who gave a favourable notice to my last book so I will do the same for him here' puff piece. I mean the kind of thing that tells a potential reader what the book aims to do and how far it succeeds; in short, whether it is worth the cover price.

Now that Animals & Men has become so occasional that a book is likely to be out of print before its review appears, it might be a good idea to review new books here. Of course, since everyone in the crypto community is likely to know each other personally, they would probably have to be anonymous, or at least pseudonymous, if they are to be in any way honest.

Nick Redfern said...


It wasn't intended as a review, as I have not seen the book yet!

Neil sent me the press-release info, and asked if I could post it to my blog, which I was pleased to do. And, in my post, I noted that this was the press-release, not a review.

I will, however, be reviewing the book.