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 06, 2015


I received this email a few minutes ago, from a man in mainland Europe:

Hi, I have bought and already payed (on: http://www.journalofcryptozoology.com/) for the vol. 3 of the Journal of Cryptozoology, and still haven't received anything. Could you please hurry up?! I am actually interested in the publication, that's the reason, that I have bought it! And that's the reason, that I have bought also vols. 1 and 2 some years ago.

First you delay the production of vol. 3 with a whole year or more (congratulations, you got my attention), and now, when the volume actually and finally has been produced, you don't want to send it to the buyers? Now I'm angry. WTF?! What kind of undertaking are you running? Are you deliberately trying to annoy people?

I have ordered that vol. 3, I have payed for it, so please quit the endless keeping of coffee-breaks and send me that volume. And please make sure you pack it properly, otherwise it will get damaged during shipping.

I replied:

You ordered it on the 27th May. We order twice a week, and the order went in on the 1st May. The first weekend of May is a Public Holiday in the UK, and it was not dispatched until the fifth, which was yesterday. We do not dispatch them from here; they are sent out from a company at the other end of the country. The journal is not "a whole year or more late". It is a mere three and a half months caused by circumstances beyond our control. And I would like to point out that there is no excuse for your boorish attitude and rude letter.

I truly have had enough dealing with mannerless oafs like this. This is why, with ever increasing regularity, Corinna and I are sorely tempted to pack the whole thing in, but I don't really want the last twenty years of my life to have been a waste of time.

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