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, February 28, 2013



1. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
2. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (6)
3. Quest for the Hexham Heads by Paul Screeton (1)
4. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume Four by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (3)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume Three by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
5=. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (6)
5=. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (6)
9=. Dragons: More than a Myth by Richard Freeman (-)
9=. Monstrum! by Tony 'Doc' Shiels (-) 


1. The Journal of Cryptozoology Volume One edited by Karl Shuker (1)
2When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (5)
3. Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
4=. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (2)
4=. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (3)

4=. The Inhumanoids by Bart Nunnelly (6) 
4=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (6)
4=. Wildman! by Nick Redfern (6)
9. Weird Waters by Lars Thomas (9)

10. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. Sales are still strong after Christmas, quite possibly due to all the hard work Emsy has put in on the Facebook Group. Thank you honey.

CFZ CANADA: ...on a stick

In 2010, a Canadian gentleman south of Ottawa, Ontario found something really unusual in his nearby woods. It was on a stick.

Now, urbandictionary.com defines "poop on a stick" as an interjection used when all other phrases are inadequate at expressing one's feelings.  Their example is

 Person A: Sorry, I can't come over and give you the math answers, my bulimic hedgehog just barfed all over my floor. 
Person B: Poop on a stick.

I think that is fitting, as there are no words to describe this.

Read on...


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.

FEATURELINK: Big cat sightings 'everywhere' in '57


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.

DALE DRINNON: Bigfoot, sea monsters, Benny's Blogs

New at the Frontiers of Zoology:
New At Benny's Blog for Thelma Todd:
New at Benny's Second Blog, The Ominous Octopus Omnibus:


Today is one of those strange days when I feel like I am in a peculiar kind of limbo. There are all sorts of things happening that I can't really talk about. However, yesterday we went to Northam Burrows and did a spot of birdwatching, and saw various waders and four species of ducks and geese which was rather nice.
A bizarrely good mash-up of Jefferson Airplane and Fatboy Slim
Guitarist Stuart Ryan is interviewed by Gordon Giltrap about his life playing guitar

*  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:
* We should probably mention here, that some of our posts are links to things we have found on the internet that we think are of interest. We are not responsible for spelling or factual errors in other people's websites. Honest guv!

*  Jon Downes, the Editor of all these ventures (and several others) is an old hippy of 53 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. He is ably assisted by his lovely wife Corinna, his bulldog/boxer Prudence, his elderly 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 1978 the science fiction writer, and fortean, Eric Frank Russell died.
And now the news:
  • Four New Species of Water-Gliding Rove Beetles Dis...
  • Wallaby rescued from car park rooftop
  • Running Cockroaches Give Robotics A Fast Track To ...
  • Dead whale washed up in Wigtown Bay
  • Language Protein Differs in Males, Females
  • China puts the 'con' into tiger conservation
  • How does a lynx cross a fence? Remarkable photos
  • Two company directors admit destroying a populatio...

  • Invasion Woolsery, a Science fiction movie Directed by Mark North, with special effects by Oll Lewis: