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, September 13, 2012

LINK: Bigfoot hunter says she saw the creature

Sept. 10, 2012 — Nearly 60 persons paid $75 apiece Saturday to join paranormal researchers in the search for Bigfoot in the Daniel Boone National Forest.

One of those said she was lucky enough that night to catch a glimpse of the creature.

Teresa uses only her first name, as do many Bigfoot believers, for fear of ridicule. She is an established spiritual medium and animal communicator from New Jersey.

She and her group had been walking the trails near Cave Run Lake for a few hours Saturday night and were not very deep into the woods, she said, when she heard grunting and growling.

Her group stumbled upon the creature as he was trying to kill a deer. He was interrupted by bright lights shining in his face.

Read on...


Yesterday was one of those days that I prefer to gloss over. I felt terrible, and slept most of the day. Today, however, is shaping up to be quite a nice one, with the lovely Ms H due to arrive later on, and yours truly feeling remarkably sane and well.

I have been snooping around the Internet on and off over the past twenty-four hours, and I have found all sorts of interesting things. Like this snippet of studio activity from the ever awesome 'Asia featuring John Payne'.

The Grande Fromage, Terry Christian, and an 80s neo-psychedelic legend go out on the lash. And they didn't invite yours truly. Bah! That's another bottle of Asda budget bourbon you owe me, Ayling.

Another visit to the universe of Thom the World Poet.

A link to an amusing piece of speculation about what would have happened if NASA had sent Hawkwind recordings out into space on Voyager 1 and 2

The comings and goings within the Yes camp are never less than fascinating, but the progress of the ongoing collaboration between Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin is completely enthralling.

The Who have always been one of my favourite bands, and the news that there is an all-star tribute record in the works, is exciting - the fact that one of the aforementioned stars is our own Rick Wakeman is totally far out!

Most of you know that my day job is the Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology; the world's largest cryptozoological research organisation. An awful lot of what we have been doing in recent years has been using cryptozoology as a gateway through which kids who are increasingly divorced from the reality of the natural world can discover the joys of nature. I recently heard about an organisation who are doing the same thing, but with music...and Michael Des Barres is involved!

Look what I found on Michael Des Barres' Facebook page. I hope it means what I think it means.

The Gonzo Daily is a two way process. If you have any news or want to write for us, please contact me at jon@eclipse.co.uk. If you are an artist and want to showcase your work, or even just say hello please write to me at gonzo@cfz.org.uk. Please copy, paste and spread the word about this magazine as widely as possible. We need people to read us in order to grow, and as soon as it is viable we shall be invading more traditional magaziney areas. Join in the fun, spread the word, and maybe if we all chant loud enough we CAN stop it raining. See you tomorrow...


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 should have a go at publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in.

DALE DRINNON: Giant lizard tracks/New Monkey/Sasquatch strength

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:

Confirmation on the shape of the reported Giant Lizard tracks from some unlikely sources:

Notice of a new species of African monkey:

And some estimations on the strength of a Sasquatch

(Unfortunately long-delayed request article):



OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1909 Sir Peter Scott was born. Scott founded the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (CFZ fanboys will remember the Martin Mere WWT was the location for the “Monster of the Mere” published by CFZ Press) and gave a Latin name to the Loch Ness Monster.

And now the news:

Of course Scott's name for Nessie is still unofficial because...


CFZ PEOPLE: Graham Inglis

The CFZ has a new leaf blower, and I think it is obvious that Graham was once a dab hand at playing Doom

CFZ CANADA: Mothman magic

This weekend (September 14, 2012) is the 10thanniversary of the Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant, West Virginia. I am pleased to be part of the speaker lineup again this year, and if you are able I highly recommend attending this freefest. Mothman’s fame may be in WestVirginia, but Canada certainly is part of this creature’s world itinerary. Sightings occur worldwide, and have for avery long time. Read on...