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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Saturday, October 20, 2012


ANDREW MAY: Words from the Wild Frontier

News and stories from the remoter fringes of the CFZ blogosphere...

From Nick Redfern's World of Whatever:
  • Terror-Fi Radio — Ken Gerhard talking about all things cryptozoological...

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot/Benny's Blog

New link for Frontiers of Zoology:

Latest on Frontiers of Zoology:

And latest on Benny's Blog, The Gladiator Part 2 (Probably to be refreshed with more photos tomorrow):

WATCHER OF THE SKIES: Today's Fortean bird news

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 has taken the plunge and started a 'Watcher of the Skies' blog of her own as part of the CFZ Bloggo Network.


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. In September 2012, Emma Osborne decided that the Mystery Cat Study Group really deserved a blog of its own within the CFZ Blog Network.

  • NEWSLINK: Leopard trapped in India
  • OFF TOPIC: Urban coyotes in Canada eat domestic ca...
  • NEWSLINK: More on repeal of tiger tourism ban
  • NEWSLINK: Indianapolis hoax
  • USA SIGHTING: California - big cat eats goat?

    It is saturday and I have overslept. The museum show is now finished (or will be when I drop in a DVD and the last banner this afternoon), and we are drawing a deep breath and getting on with life. I finally managed to do the first bit of video from tuesday's gig last night, and it is up today. More will follow in the next few days.

    Our daily visit to the incomparable Thom the World Poet

    I wish I had been at the 'Little Kids Rock' show the other night. It looks as if it was pretty damn special. Herewith Michael Des Barres and Elvis Costello...

    A review of the ABWH live album on Gonzo

    Rolling Stones week trundles to a conclusion with news of the new retrospective movie..

    An excerpt from an interview with Trevor Rabin in which he gives a tantalising glimpse of what could have happened..

    I have got my sticky fingers on the new Galahad album. More news soon...

    At last, the first footage from last tuesday night - Auburn playing 'Shame on You'

    A quick look at Helen McCookerybook's new CD

    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 Gonzo Daily is - as the name implies - a daily online magazine (mostly) about artists connected to the Gonzo Multimedia group of companies. But it also has other stuff as and when the editor feels like it. The Editor is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, and a motley collection of social malcontents. Plus.. did we mention the orange cat?

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1882 Bela Lugosi was born. Lugosi was best known for his acting roles in Horror films, the role of Dracula being his most famous, and for staring in part of Plan 9 From Outer Space.
    Also the Plymouth zombie walk takes place today (11am at the Sundial in the town centre) and later on at 2pm and 3.10pm my popular Strange History of Plymouth Tour will be leaving from the Shrimp Obelisk near the Mayflower Steps. Hope to see a few blog readers at both events!
    And now the news:
    Fans of Bela Lugosi, I have some bad news for you: