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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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

CRISPIN ANDREWS WRITES: Does anyone know anything about Fortean cricket?

Hi Jon - hope you're well. Do you know of any strange animal/paranormal encounters relating to cricket grounds/clubs/cricketers. I write for the Cricketer magazine, usually just about cricket, but they like this idea, too.

Many thanks


ROBERT SCHNECK WRITES: Trailcam suggestions

Hi Jon,

I was watching last month's OTT and had a thought about trail-cams. If you need to mount them on public land, maybe they'll be less noticeable with camouflage painted on the box. Found a short youtube video by someone who did that. No narration, just some before and after pictures, and, of course, the paint can change depending on where they're hung and the season.


Good idea Robert, thank you. We are also trying camouflage netting...

THOSE WE HAVE LOST: Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)

Maurice Bernard Sendak (June 10, 1928 – May 8, 2012) has died. For those not aware of his work, he was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.


Yep. We found Bigfoot.
By Dan Pearce
While out hiking, we came across undeniable evidence of Bigfoot. But that wasn't all we found. We got pictures of Bigfoot himself.

I have to admit that this raised a feeble smile from me first thing this morning, and made more sense than some of the more orthodox cryptozoological stories that I found in my in-box...

DALE DRINNON: Giant Warrior Strain/Tyler Stone/Cedar and Willow

New at Frontiers of Anthropology:

Tyler Stone's Latest Blog Entry:

And I went on ahead and made up a new batch of more Thomasina Edison suggested book jackets for stories in the works, With several Cryptozoological themes this time around:

Including the "No Kill" Policy mentioned on the last one.



It is grey and wet outside.

The budgies in the aviary are looking tousled and cross, but are chattering away to each other in an irritated manner.

Inside the strains of 'Search the Truth' by W.O.F issue from my study as I sit down to write deathless prose about today's blog updates. And what a bunch of updates they are:

First off the starting block is a real exclusive; part one of an interview with Dan Wooding about his recently updated biography of Rick Wakeman. Today, Dan tells the story of how he first met Rick, and how Elton John came to write the foreword

Next is another exclusive - part two of my interview with the irrepressible Martin Stephenson:

Rick Wakeman is a busy chap this summer:

The other day we posted my review of a smashing DVD about Frank Zappa's two record labels. Today, as an afterthought, I muse upon one of Captain Beefheart's most under-rated albums, which - furthermore - is one of which I am very fond:

Over the next few days you will be reading rather a lot about a band called Galahad. To start the ball rolling, I thought that I had better introduce them:

Finally, we say goodbye to the one and only Maurice Sendak:

See you tomorrow folks...

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1933 the Nazi party staged the first of their mass book burnings.

And now the news:

No Ticket!” Oh, wait, that’s later in the film: