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, December 23, 2013

CRYPTOLINK: Is This Photographic Evidence Of Bigfoot’s Face? (Video)

A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

This photograph of a “Bigfoot’s” face first appeared on Norm Glasser’s social networking profiles. We’ve been saying this a lot these days, but this has to be one of the best photograph of a Bigfoot’s face, ever — if it’s a Bigfoot. It doesn’t look like any other animal that we’re used to seeing at all, and we’re pretty sure it ain’t a deer. If this is a Bigfoot, then you’re staring into the eyes of one. According to Steve Alcorn at Sasquatch Scoop, Norm was in the car when he took the photographs. Alcorn explains:
It took him a bit to get the camera turned on and ready, as he raised it up to snap a photo, to his astonishment, this creature staring in his car window.Norm was able to snap 2 photos but does not recall doing it. He says all he remembers is the camera flying out of his hands, throwing the car in reverse and high tailing it out of there. Norm said he had to remind himself to catch his breath.

Read on... 


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 took 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 are publishing a regular round-up of the stories as they come in. 

The worldwide mystery cat phenomenon (or group of phenomena, if we are to be more accurate) is not JUST about cryptozoology. At its most basic level it is about the relationship between our species and various species of larger cat. That is why, sometimes, you will read stories here which appear to have nothing to do with cryptozoology, but have everything to do with human/big cat interaction. As committed Forteans, we believe that until we understand the nature of these interactions, we have no hope of understanding the truth that we are seeking. 

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    The Gonzo Daily - Monday
    There are a lot of misconceptions about this time of year. It should be a joyous family occasion when we get together with our loved ones and celebrate the birth of Our Lord. But sadly, oh too often, it is a time when more people are lonely, desolate and desperate than any other time of the year. Thirteen years ago today, distraught at the collapse of my first marriage and various other things that I won't go into here, I took what I hoped was an overdose of methadone. However, I had already comfort eaten an enormous pizza and consumed large amounts of bourbon and coke so I was almost immediately gloriously sick. I woke the next morning with the mother of all headaches and thanked God that my plans had been thwarted. Seven years later to the day another member of my family was less lucky (or more successful, depending on your point of view). The scars on my family caused by his self-inflicted death have never healed, nor are they likely to. For some people Christmas is the most horrible and desolate time of the year.

    Remember this, and if you can stretch out a hand of friendship to someone who needs it at this time, please do so. And I speak from experience. But that is enough of the sermonising. My brother is the clergyman in my family, and I am just the fat bloke who looks for animals that no-one has ever heard of and writes about rock music.

    Another visit to our old friend Thom the World Poet
    Former King Crimson Guitarist Trey Gunn Hit By Motorcycle in India
    Eric Burdon Is Exhausted, Cancels Ryman and Grimey’s Appearances
    Documentary of Ralph Steadman — Hunter S. Thompson’s illustrator — to debut in Louisville weeks before national release
    *  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: www.gonzo-multimedia.blogspot.com/2012/11/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit-to-print.html

    * 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 54 who - together with his orange cat (who is currently on sick leave in Staffordshire) and two very small kittens (one of whom is also orange) - puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon, which he shares with various fish and sometimes a small Indian frog. 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?

    CRYPTOLINK: Christmas and Nessie

    A word about cryptolinks: we are not responsible for the content of cryptolinks, which are merely links to outside articles that we think are interesting (sometimes for the wrong reasons), usually posted up without any comment whatsoever from me. 

    I popped into one of the main Edinburgh bookstores yesterday for a bit of Christmas shopping but thought I would also check up on their cryptozoological offerings. With a particular focus on looking out for any Loch Ness Monster books, it came as no surprise that there was nothing on display. I include even sceptically minded books in that search.

    So while it was a relief not to see the likes of Abominable Science's poor handling of Nessie on offer, I was wondering if the lack of books on offer reflected the public's lack of interest in the subject? After all, the popularity of shows like "Finding Bigfoot" would suggest a keen interest.

    The most likely section for Loch Ness Monster and cryptozoological books to be found is strangely the "Spirituality" section of the book store. Ironically, the "Popular Science" section was right beside it (and I checked there in vain for cryptozoologically sceptical books). I would also point out that, being in Scotland, there is also a "Scottish Interest" section. Sadly, that had no Nessie books either.

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    On this day in 1823 the poem A visit from Saint Nicholas, more popularly known as The Night Before Christmas, was published. This poem cemented the modern version of Father Christmas/Santa Claus in popular myth, including his reindeer, their names (apart from Rudolf who began life as an American shop's marketing tool), his laugh, fat belly and his housebreaking modus operandi.
    And now the news:

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  • An advanced readers' version of A Visit From Saint Nicholas (the joke gets old fast though I warn you) :