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...

A Special Offer

A Special Offer

New CFZ Titles at a bargain Price


Search This Blog


Wednesday, April 18, 2012


HAUNTED SKIES: Times (The) 31.12.66


Another Gonzo day lies before us, and - once again - a number of new goodies:

First, Rob Ayling goes to see 'Florence and the Machine', and I get converted. Exclusive pics:http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/04/senor-aylings-big-night-out.html

The ever-delightful Mimi Page has a new collaboration out:

Michael Des Barres and I muse about the ROlling Stones, and in particular 'Exile on Main Street'. Michael sings 'Happy'. I am Happy:

A press cutting from Martin Stephenson:

A most peculiar cover version from Jon Anderson and Steve Howe:

And Rick Wakeman at the Crystal Palace, some background fax'n'info:

See you tomorrow...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1987 the world's longest running animated series, 'The Simpsons' appeared for the first time on television as a short on the Tracy Ullman Show.

And now the news:

Low-Quality Genes May Cause Mutational Meltdown: D...
Promiscuous Queen Bees Maintain Genetic Diversity
Venomous Snakebites Can Be Painful and Expensive, ...
Feared extinct, large rat species 'rediscovered' o...
Boreal Toads Move Toward Endangered Species Act Pr...
Windfarms: bird mortality cover-up in the UK
WWF Honorary President – King Juan Carlos – injure...
Scimitar-horned Oryx to be reintroduced into the w...
Fish, Bugs and Mercury Contamination in Small Pond...
Apes' Simple Nests Are Feats of Engineering
Dead birds to be accepted earlier for West Nile te...

Good lord it's terrible, it's like something the less talented kids put together on Rolf's Cartoon Club:


CORINNA: Some completely unwarranted libel from my lovely wife...

KARL SHUKER: New reviews

The following reviews of my latest books - Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo (CFZ Press: Bideford, 2010) and The Encyclopaedia of New and Rediscovered Animals (Coachwhip Publications: Landisville, 2012) - appear in the May 2012 issue of Fortean Times (FT #287), together with competitions to win signed copies of each of them.

Read on...

CFZ PEOPLE: Tony Lucas

A very happy birthday to our old mate Tony Lucas from CFZ New Zealand...