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, January 23, 2014

CRYPTOLINK: Bigfoot, sexy? Erotica author explains

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. 

Bigfoot, sexy? Erotica author explainsVirginia Wade; Harry of "Harry and the Hendersons"
Forget blood and fangs. Move over, ball gags and bullwhips. Now it’s all about Bigfoot’s big dick.
At least, that was the message last week amid a media frenzy over the discovery that sasquatch erotica is not only a thing that exists in the world, but a thing that has made Virginia Wade, a self-publishing “stay-at-home mother,” a whole lot of dough. The “Twilight” and “Fifty Shades” comparisons practically write themselves.
For some time, Wade, a New York Times bestseller, was bringing in $30,000 a month from sales of her e-book series “Cum For Bigfoot,” which begins with teenage girls being kidnapped by “an ape-like creature” intent on “procreating with them.” Contrary to last week’s hype over sasquatch smut, though, Wade was  in fact planning to end the series because Amazon’s crackdowns on erotica has killed sales. This recent media attention just might change her mind, though.
I called Wade, who is in her 40s, at her home in Colorado to talk about “monster porn,” the sexual appeal of dangerous men (and beasts) and what it was like having her father edit her erotica. But, more important, to ask her the pressing question: What kind of lover is Bigfoot, anyway?


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 that 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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    What has Corinna's column of fortean bird news got to do with Cryptozoology?

    Well, everything actually!

    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. 

    DALE DRINNON: Updates

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    The Gonzo Daily - Thursday
    I really dislike The Daily Mail. Their level of journalistic integrity, does - I believe - leave a lot to be desired. Unfortunately a lot of the twaddle they write is on subjects that I know nothing about so I can't really comment. However, today they proudly proclaim that "Britain's first wild beaver for 500 years has been caught on camera for a second time - but this time gnawing on a tree in the dead of night", and then promptly contradicting it in the headline which proclaims that there have not been beavers in the UK for 800 years. None of these assertions are true. If I remember correctly, (and I can't be bothered to find my copy of Harting's 'British Animals Extinct Within Historic Times') the last wild ones were trapped at Loch Ness in the year of the Spanish Armada, which actually means that they have been missing from our landscape for 425 years, not 500, or 800. Except they haven't: One of a pair was shot in Essex in (I think) the 1970s, and there were at least two beavers on the River Axe from the 80s and 90s. Whether they are the remnants of the original population (which I doubt, but this is what the paper is implying) or were the result of deliberate or accidental introduction I don't know.
    But like the wild boar before it, the beaver does seem to be on its way back, which can only be a good thing. And it gives me a chance to make a 'Pop Will Eat Itself' joke which is always good. And today we bought a new car, so I can't resist!
    One good thing that's on my side
    It's a big bad car, it's out of sight, beaver patrol
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    *  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: The Craven Bigfoot Footage

    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. 

    There's so many things "right" about this footage. #1) It's really old -- like VHS quality old. #2) Back story is damn good. #3) We have no idea where or who it came from. #4) It's a good footage filmed in a place you've never heard of before (Saskatchewan in Canada) and it's going to get a ton of views!

    Read on...

    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    Today is Bounty Day in the Pitcairn Islands. Curiously, Bounty Day is nothing to do with the ship The Bounty, which the crew who were later to settle the islands mutinied on, but is actually a celebration of the famous coconut chocolate bar. It is said that when the islanders were starving, a crate of milk-choc Bounties had washed up on a beach on Norfolk Island and this saved the colony. The islanders found out about the dark choc variety in 1989 and out of sheer excitement, a law was passed that forbade the consumption of any other foodstuff, a law the islanders have never broken apart from one unfortunate incident when an old man was caught eating a choc dip.

    And now the news:

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  • I bet you're all considering buying a Bounty today, now you've been reminded that they are a thing: