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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Thursday, May 28, 2009


Alan first came to my notice when he turned up at our stall at last November's Unconvention. He was clutching a box that had once held a plastic Christmas Tree. He thrust it at me, and said "Here's your mermaid".

I vaguely remembered Richard F having said that one of his mates had offered to make us a feegee mermaid, but I had forgotten all about it. Sad to say, so many people offer to do stuff for us, and then fail to deliver, that I had got into the habit of treating all such offers cum grano salis, but the advent of Alan shows that I should not be such a cynical old sod. Now he has become a guest blogger, and furthermore a guest blogger who's output is often so elegantly macabre that I have started hassling him to write us a book..

Yesterday I wrote to him thanking him for his help in finding the person behind the dead mermaid pictures. This morning he replied, as always, giving me much food for thought

Hi Jon.

You're very welcome. I first head about Juan Cabana a few years ago, and while his work is very admirable, it must be a real bummer stinking of fish and formaldahyde while you're trying to chat up girls in the pub. As you might have imagined, I've done a fair bit of taxidermy work myself in the past, and it can get very grisly trying to peel bloodstained fat from the inside of skin layers, and boil bones.

The fake mermaid and the pictures of the 'blackfella' have made me wonder if it might not be a wizard wheeze to invite the regular bloggers to create their own 'hoax' image of a favourite crypto-creature. Kind of like the Big Three, perhaps the Fake Three! I'll certainly make up some pictures, and we could even have a small competition--the winner being the first to guess how they were done. If nothing else, it should certainly sharpen the bloggers critical faculties when viewing putatively 'real' photos. If you would like, we could also put up some of the most famous crypto-images that have been taken in the past, and try to finally confirm them as either fake, or indeed--and why not--authentic.

Food for thought, anyway. I'll deliver another blog soon, the epic tale of how someone who was a theatrical pirate, part-time magician, Elvis impersonator and wannabe graphic artist nearly became part of an expedition to discover the legendary lost tribe of Epping Forest, living wild in the woods since World War II. It's gripping stuff, and--needless to say--completely true.


Al :)


Nodifer said...

Where's the second spider story ?! Quite enjoyed the first one.

Nodifer said...

Where's the second spider story ?!
Quite enjoyed the first one ;)