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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.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

JUST A NOTE ON FORTEAN FICTION


Although I did not come to live in England until 1971, my earliest memories of this green and pleasant land date back as far as the autumn/winter of 1963.  I have been in love with the English countryside ever since, and it is a love affair which is consummated every time that I leave my little house deep in the heart of rural North Devon.   It is a love affair which is completely requited, and which has given me immense happiness over the past half-century.

The late Malcolm Saville, a children’s author whose reputation is nowhere as near as high as I believe that it ought to be in these degenerate times, once said that – and I paraphrase – the reason why he set so many of the his novels for children and young people in wild and beautiful parts of the British Isles, was to encourage his readers to visit places that he loved.  In a funny sort of way, I am now in a position of being able to do the same thing (well sort of).

Many of the novels in our Fortean Fiction range, most notably those by Tabitca Cope and Di Francis, are set in spectacularly beautiful parts of our islands, and it is with great pleasure that they have taken a figurative leaf out of Malcolm Saville’s books. These novels are illustrated with general landscape views of the areas described in the book, and I hope that the mixture of the author’s skill and the photography of Dave Curtis (Dark Wear), my lovely wife Corinna (Death on Dartmoor) and yours truly (Dark Ness), will encourage the more adventurous reader to seek out and enjoy these beautiful landscapes for themselves.

This is a practice with which I intend to carry on for as long as possible. As a society we are becoming more and more divorced from the reality of the natural world and it is one of the most important parts of the CFZ Publishing Group to try, in our own little way, to help redress this balance. 

1 comment:

Tabitca said...

everyone tells me how beautifully the books are presented . I just think you all did a fantastic job .Love the photos.:-) xx