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, November 03, 2012



1. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton (5)
2. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
3=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (2)

3=. Haunted Skies Volume Five by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (4)

5. Weird Waters - The Lake and Sea Monsters of Scandinavia by Lars Thomas (-)
6=. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (-)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (2)

6=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (7)
6=. Big Cats in Britain 2007 by Mark Fraser (-)
6=. Dark Ness by Tabitca Cope


1. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton (6)
2. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (2)
3. The Mystery Animals of Pennsylvania by Andrew Gable (-)
4=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (-)

4=. The Inhumanoids by Barton Nunnelly (-)
6. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (8)
7When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (1)

8=. Haunted Skies Volume Five by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (7)
8=. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (-)
10. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (6)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales have picked up now theOlympics and the Jubilee are over, quite possibly due to all the hard work Emsy has put in on the Facebook Group. Thank you honey.

DALE DRINNON: Big bats, pyramids, Cedar & Willow

Well after some panic about my accounts being hacked last night things have finally settled down very nearly 24 hours later. Here are the links which have just gone up:

Latest on Frontiers of Zoology, Big Bats in Texas and Generally:

Latest at Frontiers of Anthropology: Two Pyramid Stories from Facebook:

Latest on Cedar and Willow: update on the Batman Family, some more on Chickie as Catwoman including a new costume reference collage I did which is quite good, and a couple of Bruce Wayne's family trees. More to follow.

Best Wishes, Dale D.


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.

SIGHTINGS USA: Missouri Mountain Lion

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:
From CFZ Australia:


And so we reach the weekend. Richard and I treated our colds in the traditional way and are both considerably better. Today is going to be a hive of activity as (to use Richie West's expression) we play catch up, and try and get ahead of the game once more. The initial sales of the Journal of cryptozoology are good. If you want to check it out go to www.journalofcryptozoology.com. Neil Young's two new albums have relaunched my enthusiasm for his music and I am now working backwards, and am rediscovering 'Greendale'...

Here is Michael Des Barres with a slightly startled look on his face, hanging on to the leg of an exceptionally beautiful young woman. The lady in question is apparently called AJ Celi, and she is wearing "her lollypop dress". However, I have absolutely no idea what they are doing, where they are doing it, or why. Can someone please enlighten me? http://gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/i-have-absolutely-no-idea-what-this-is.html

This interview with John Payne is a couple of years old but well worth reading

As regular readers will be aware, I spend a lot of my time looking for the stranger and most out there stories about Gonzofolk. But this takes the biscuit; a recipe for carrot cake inspired by Captain Beefheart:

Our daily visit to the multitalented Thom the World Poet

Today I have the new limited edition CD thingy Voxpop Puella from the ever wonderful Helen McCookerybook. I also have a book about alien abductions in the United States. I wonder whether you can guess which one I am looking forward to most.

A great Jefferson Starship review
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

On this day in 1998 Bob Kane, the co-creator of Batman, died.

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  • And this is what finished Bob Kane off: