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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Sunday, December 01, 2013

CFZ PEOPLE: Olivia McCarthy (my lovely step-daughter)

KARL SHUKER: Vol. 2 of the Journal of Cryptozoology is Here!

Karl Shuker previews Volume 2 of the Journal of Cryptozoology and reveals how to pre-order it.

Read on...


In an article for the first edition of Cryptozoology Bernard Heuvelmans wrote that cryptozoology is the study of 'unexpected animals' and following on from that perfectly reasonable assertion, it seems to us that whereas the study of out-of-place birds may not have the glamour of the hunt for bigfoot or lake monsters, it is still a perfectly valid area for the Fortean zoologist to be interested in. So after about six months of regular postings on the main bloggo Corinna took the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, Lake Seneca serpent, Frontiers of Anthropology, Cedar and Willow, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New at the Frontiers of Anthropology:
New at Cedar and Willow:
New at Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
And New at Benny's Other Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:
Best Wishes, Dale D.


The hunt for British Big Cats attracts far more newspaper-column inches than any other cryptozoological subject. 

There are so many of them now that we feel that they should be archived by us in some way, so we are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 


The Gonzo Daily - Sunday

It's December now and I'm feeling old
and worst of all I have a cold
and you know what makes it really poo
poor Corinna has one too
Some Sundays I do stuff instead
but today I'll be going back to bed
but first I'll have an amusing time
writing the Gonzo blogs in rhyme
We'll start off (cos he least expects us)
with a poem from my mate in Texas
Thom writes lines you can't dismiss
not stupid doggerel like this
Now there's something here to lay before ya
a track by the great Melting Euphoria
space rock supreme that's what I say
it's my Gonzo Track of the Day
Eric Burdon is in the news
after 50 years of singing blues
he's leading us a merry dance
here's a review of him in France
Rick Wakeman is a damn good bloke
and all his capes they are bespoke
he does a lot for charity
he's at this awards ceremony
The Bad Shepherds are a damn good band
Viv from the Young Ones needed a hand
who did he ask, (it wasn't me)
T'was our own Troy Donockly
And finally (I've seen them gig)
here's a review from Blodwyn pig
a review of their new CD
a little thing for you from me
And that is enough rhymes for now
we'll be back again next week (and how)

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1948 one of the most intriguing unsolved mysteries in the world started with the discovery of an unidentified body on a Beach in Adelaide, Australia. The only clues to the body's identity, or possibly the identity of his murderer, were the clothing he wore and a page torn from the last page of a book of Persian poetry. If you have not heard of the “Taman Shud” case then I suggest you follow the link at the end of this paragraph to read up on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taman_Shud_Case

And now the news:

One of the theories about the Taman Shud case is that the victim was a spy, in the spirit of tenuous links to Al Stewart songs that pervades YNT here is a tenuously linked Al Stewart song about spies and suchlike: