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, May 01, 2014



1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (2)
2. Terror of the Tokoloshe by S D Tucker (-)
3=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (3)
3=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (1)

5=. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
5=.  Tetrapod Zoology by Darren Naish (-)
5=.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (3)
5=.   Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (-)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)


1.  Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
2.   Man Monkey by Nick Redfern (-)
3=. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (2)
3=. Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Animals on Stamps by Karl Shuker (-)
3=. Wildman by Nick Redfern (-)
4=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (9)
4=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (4)
4=.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (5)
4=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (7)
4=. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman (7)
4=. MYSTERIOUS CREATURES: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Vol 1 by George Eberhart (9)
4=. Globsters by Michael Newton (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. 


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


1. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (2)
2. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (3)
3.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (-)
4.  Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
5. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 1 by Karl Shuker (4)
6=. Haunted Skies Volume Six by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
6=. Wildman by Nick Redfern (-)
6=. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (6)
6=. Warminster: Cradle of Contact by Kevin Goodman (-)
10=. Hoaxed by Michael Newton (-)


1. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (9)
2. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (-)
3=.  Those Amazing Newfoundland Dogs by Jan Bondeson (-)
3=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 2 by Karl Shuker (1)
5.   When Bigfoot Attacks by Mike Newton (2)
6.  Tetrapod Zoology by Darren Naish (-)
7=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (3)

7=. Orang Pendek by Richard Freeman (3)
9=. MYSTERIOUS CREATURES: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Vol 1 by George Eberhart (8)
9=. Wildman by Nick Redfern (-)

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. 


Bigfoot Is Hiding in the Big Thicket | Houstonia Magazine
“One of the things that will often happen in a Bigfoot encounter is that things will go dead silent in the woods—all the insects and the birds will go quiet ...

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch this: Bigfoot Sighting at Macon Gulch, Mining Ghost Town
Bigfoot Evidence Shawn
well lets see he lied about shooting a bigfoot. what he did shoot was a bear and it was night so that makes it poaching. dna dont lie the bear dna thank ...

Article: He's Back! The Yowie resurfaces. Australia's Bigfoot | Armchair Bigfooter - WordPress.com
The Yowie resurfaces. Australia's Bigfoot http://markturnersmysteriousworld.blogspot.com/2014/04/hes-back-yowie-resurfaces-australias.html

Video - Sheepsquatch - Appalachian Bigfoot - Cryptid Wiki
Sheepsquatch - The Appalachian's own goat-faced, ram-horned Bigfoot.

Bigfoot Evidence: Watch: Dr. John Bindernagel of Sylvanic Cooperation Discusses Eye-Witness ...
Bigfoot Evidence Matt K.
Dr. John Bindernagel is a well respected wildlife biologist, bigfoot researcher, and is now a member of the Sylvanic Cooperation led by Todd Standing

Bigfoot Times: April 2014
Bigfoot Times Index (January 1998-April 2014) · Click here to view entire index. ... Bigfoot: Encounters Past & Present Available at Amazon.com.


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. 



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 - Thursday
Beltaine/Bealtaine/May Day is probably my favourite day of the year. It is a profoundly magickal day and one which I cherish very much. It also means that no-one is likely to get much sense out of me today. It is also the feast day of St Joseph the Worker, so I never know whether to play 'The Internationale' or 'Summer is acumen in'. So I am sat in my study looking out of the window at my trees which, in the last few days only, have sprouted new pale green leaves, and will soon have their naked boughs covered in their summer finery. Today I am happily sitting alone listening to the intensely psychotically beautiful music of Black Box Recorder, and writing deathless prose.
I note with sadness that Nigel and Sue have cancelled their Paranorth conference in September because of "lack of ticket sales". I know what they mean. This year, so far, we have sold very few advance tickets for The Weird Weekend. I am not going to cancel, because it would not be fair, but I would be very grateful if people who are planning to come would buy advance tickets soon, if only to improve my blood pressure and allay my incipient paranoia.
A cold and broken Hallelujah: singing priest removed from YouTube
‘Groovy’ gran calls for plaque at legendary music venue

And just in case you missed it, the latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (which can be read at www.gonzoweekly.com), It features - amongst other things - Hawkwind's Hawkeaster weekend in exclusive words and pictures, interviews with Corky Laing of Mountain, and Gary Green of Gentle Giant, Steve Ignorant, the Dalai Lama, and more news, reviews, views, interviews and giant otter shrews (OK, no Central African insectivores which feed largely on freshwater crabs, 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!!!
The full list of artists covered this time is: Hawkwind, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, The Libertines, Damon Albarn, Morrisey, Paul McCartney, Auburn, Liz Lenten, Barbara Dickson, Circulus, Iona, Merrell Fankhauser, Karnataka, Genre Peak, Steve Hackett, Steve Ignorant, Asia, Mick Abrahams, Clearlight, John Greaves, Hugh Hopper, Alain Blesing, Galahad, Rick Wakeman, Andy Colquhoun, The Prog Collective, Clepsydra, The Deviants, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Captain Beefheart, Pink Fairies, Corky Laing, Three Friends, Gentle Giant, Justin Beiber, One Direction, The Beatles, Jackson 5, Elvis Presley, Abba, Elegant Simplicity, Epica, The Fierce and the Dead, Generation Kill, Moonsorrow
These issues (and the current one) can be downloaded at www.gonzoweekly.com if you prefer. If you have problems downloading, just email me and I will add you to the Gonzo Weekly dropbox. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
To make sure that you don't miss your copy of future issues make an old hippy a happy chappy and subscribe

*  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?

OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today

Yesterday’s News Today

On this day in 1994 Ayrton Senna died during the San Marino Grand Prix from head injuries sustained when his car crashed. An Austrian driver, Roland Ratzenberger, had died in a crash during the qualifying sessions and an Austrian Flag, which Senna was planning to unfurl on the podium as a tribute to Ratzenberger after the race, was found in Senna's car after the accident.
And now the news:

Here's the trailer for the Senna documentary film released a few years back, well worth a watch: