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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Monday, January 07, 2013


...is coming! I hope to finish it this afternoon and have it posted this evening. Watch this space....

CFZ PUBLISHING GROUP: Hit Parade for 2012 (Worldwide Sales)

1.  When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton
2.  The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman
3.  Haunted Skies Vol 4 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
4.  Haunted Skies Vol 1 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
5.  Haunted Skies Vol 5 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
6.  Haunted Skies Vol 3 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
7.  The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe
8.  Snap by Steven Bredice
9.  Journal of Cryptozoology #1 edited by Karl Shuker
10. Haunted Skies Vol 6 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
11. Monster Animals of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern
12. Haunted Skies Vol 2 by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway
13. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman
14. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly
15. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton
16. Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker
17. Dead of Night by Lee Walker
18. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker
19. Dark Ness by Tabitca Cope
20. Weird Waters by Lars Thomas



1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (5)
2. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
3. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (2)
4. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (-)
5. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (-)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume Five by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
8=. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (-)
8=. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (-)
10. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker (7)


1. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (-)
2When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (1)
3. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (-)
4. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
5. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
6. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (-)
7. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (-)
8. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (-)
9. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Darren Naish (-)
10. Karl Shuker's Alien Zoo by Karl Shuker (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.

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:
From CFZ New Zealand:


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.


It is shaping up to be a very nice day indeed. My elder stepdaughter and her husband arrived late last night, and although Gavin has a horrid cold it is always lovely to see them. I have a new issue of Livebearer News to read, and there is homity pie for lunch. It doesn't get much better than that.
I have been a fan of Robert Wyatt ever since I saw him perform I'm a Believer on TOTP in 1974, and was amazed at the furore caused by having a dude in a wheelchair on stage. Here is a link to an interesting feature on him...
Our daily visit to my friend (and friend of us all) Thom the World Poet down in Austin, Texas
The Gonzo Track of the day for today is by the immortal Quicksilver Messenger Service
Daevid Allen has a show on. I wish I lived in Australia
More news about Jon Anderson's Zamran project

*  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 same team also do a weekly newsletter called - imaginatively - The Gonzo Weekly. Find out about it at this link:

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures 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 which he shares with various fish and batrachians. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his mother-in-law, 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 1964 Nicolas Cage was born. Nicholas Cage is one of Hollywood's greatest living actors and as he is able to bring magic to whatever part he plays is known to hardly ever turn down a role. In fact the only time he ever did was at a restaurant, when he decided he didn't want bread with his soup (seriously though, good actor and he was in Ghost Rider which is very good fun indeed).
And now the news:

  • Big Brains Are Pricey, Guppy Study Shows
  • Rare Form of Active 'Jumping Genes' Found in Mamma...
  • 5 butterfly species spotted in UK on January 1st!
  • Eleven leopards identified on proposed road route ...
  • Zookeepers begin annual count

  • Ghost Rider: