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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Friday, March 21, 2014


Whoops! I should have done this weeks ago but totally forgot. My only excuse? I am an idiot.


1.   Pygmy Elephants by Matt Salusbury (-)
2. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (2)
3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (2)
4. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 1 by Karl Shuker (-)
5. A&M 51 (1)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
6=. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (-)
8=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (-)
8=.  In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (4)
8=. SEA SERPENT CARCASSES: Scotland by Glen Vaudrey (-)


1. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (1)
2.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (-)
3. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (3)
4. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
5=. The Smaller Mystery Carnivores of the Westcountry by Jon Downes (-)
5=. Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (-)
5=. The Cryptid Creatures of Florida by Scott Marlowe (-)
5=. MYSTERIOUS CREATURES: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Vol 1 by George Eberhart (9)
9=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (9)
9=. Monster! by Neil Arnold (8)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. The slow sales are continuing. The politicians who claim we are out of the recession are, I believe, talking nonsense. 

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:


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. 


    The Gonzo Daily - Friday
    Andrea was in the office all afternoon yesterday, and she is making fine progress with Volume Two of George Eberhart's remarkable 'Mysterious Creatures". I haven't got a release date yet but it will be sooner rather than later. Andrea, Saskia and all the new members of the team are working very hard, and although it might seem at the moment that nothing much is happening, both in the wonderful world of the CFZ, and the Gonzoverse, all sorts of stuff is happening behind the scenes. Rome wasn't built in a day yadda yadda yadda.
    GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: Acid Mothers Temple - Blue Velvet Blues
    We are working hard on the next issue of Gonzo Weekly, which - errors and omissions notwithsanding -
    This week's issue of Gonzo Weekly is here. Hooray!!! It has intgerviews with Tim Blake, Craig High from the Psychedelic Warlords, Cyrille Verdeaux goes native, plus Acid Mothers Temple, Joey Molland rembers working with John, George and Ringo, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and and London Zoos (OK, no metropolitan menageries, but I got carried away with things that rhymed with OOOOS) than you can shake a stick at. And the best part is IT's ABSOLUTELY FREE!!! We are also relaunching with a brand new layout and format for our 70th issue. We hope that you like it.
    To make sure that you don't miss your copy of this and future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe
    PS: If you are already a subscriber but think that you haven't been receiving your copies please check your spam filters. For some reason known only to the Gods of the internet, some e-mail programmes automatically count the magazine as 'spam' probably because it comes from a mass mailer. Either that or they are just jealous of our peerless content
    PPS: WARNING: If you are If you are a subscriber using Outlook, Hotmail or Outlook Express, this issue of the magazine may come out with formatting errors. I have been mucking around with this for hours trying to fix it to no avail. If you have problems reading it, please use this online version.

    *  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 an orange kitten named after a song by Frank Zappa 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 kitten?


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    Three of my favorite things, donuts, art, and bigfoot, are coming together for a great cause. Psycho Donuts is hosting an event to raise money for the ...

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    OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

    Yesterday’s News Today

    Today is world puppetry day. I am not 100% sure how the day is celebrated but I would be most disappointed if when the puppeteers all descend upon a pub they don't all hide under the bar and operate their puppets to order the drinks, thus giving the barman nightmares for months.

    And now the news:
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