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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Friday, February 13, 2015


I promised you all that 2015 would be a year of big changes, and so it has been. And the latest is mostly due to the hard work of Dr Andrew May who pointed out to me about a month ago that there wasn't actually a proper CFZ Publishing website, which considering we have over 130 titles in various formats was absolutely ridiculous.

Not understanding such things I agreed, and - much to my great joy - he offered to set it up for us, and now, after several weeks bloody hard work on his part - it is now open for beta testing HERE:  http://cfzpublishing.co.uk/

The core of the site consists of two Amazon-hosted "cryptoshops", one based in the UK and one in the USA, where you can browse our entire stock and purchase anything that takes your fancy. There are also a few pages about our main imprints and authors, and a blog which will be regularly updated to bring you news of new releases and such like. We have also set up a dedicated Twitter account for our publishing arm, which you can follow to keep up with all the latest book news: https://twitter.com/CFZbooks

Can you please test the new site to destruction and send your brickbats and plaudits to me at jon@eclipse.co.uk  The site seems pretty stable now, although we've experienced a few transient glitches when pages don't load properly or links don't work. We're not sure if these are problems with the server or our own aging hardware.

Personally I think we all owe Andrew a big vote of thanks and/or a couple of beers...

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