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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Tuesday, October 21, 2014



1. Sea Serpent Carcasses - Scotland by Glen Vaudrey (6)
2=. The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Northern Isles by Glen Vaudrey (-)2=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (5)
4. MYSTERIOUS CREATURES: A Guide to Cryptozoology - Volume 1 by George Eberhart (-)
5. UFO WARMINSTER: Cradle of Contact  by Kevin Goodman (-)
6=. Man Monkey  by Nick Redfern (8)
6=. The Owlman and Others by Jonathan Downes (4)
6=. THE MYSTERY ANIMALS OF THE BRITISH ISLES: The Western Isles by Glen Vaudrey (-)
6= Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 1 by Karl Shuker (-)


1. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (1)
2=.  In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans by Michael Woodley (-)
2=. Cats of Magic, Mythology and Mystery by Karl Shuker (8)
4=. Journal of Cryptozoology Vol 1 by Karl Shuker (7)
4=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Karl Shuker (1)
6=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (5)

6=. Man Monkey  by Nick Redfern (8)

6=. Tetrapod Zoology Book One  by Darren Naish (-)
9=. Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (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. 

THE CRYPTODANE: A nice bit of art

Cryptozoological art is not a subject I study on a daily basis, but recently a rather famous piece of crypto-art has come my way. I was contacted by a friend who works in Danish television who had been clearing out his office. These things happen every now and then - I even do something similar once every decade or so - and unusual things can be brought into the light on such occasion.


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.

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

The spirit of Nessie
Paranormal investigator discusses the Loch Ness monster's possible "haunting" nature.

Paranormal expert plans new Loch Ness Monster hunt – Scotsman
A TOP PARANORMAL expert is planning a return trip to the Highlands – for his latest bid to track down the elusive Loch Ness Monster. Athens-based 


The Gonzo Daily - Tuesday
I went to my six monthly Diabetic Review yesterday fully expecting my Insulin Resistance to have got worse to the degree I would have to start injections forthwith. After all entropy only works in one direction. However, I have apparently lost well over a stone in weight and my HBA1C sugar levels have gone down four points. I am not quite sure how, but what I am doing seems to work. My diabetic nurse asked me what I do to deal with my regular monthly psychotic episodes which usually coincide with the full moon. I explained that I usually take half a bottle of brandy and some diabetic chocolate to bed with some sleeping pills. She looked a bit askance at this, and asked how my body coped with it, but I said: "My dear girl, I am an old rock and roller; I have been mixing alcohol and drugs together since you were in nappies". We both laughed, but I am not sure whether she thought I was joking or not. I wasn't.
Jon Anderson, Matt Malley, Yes, Hawkwind, Genesis and Tommy James & The Shondells fans had better look out! The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#100) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/.
It has Jon Anderson on the cover, and features an interview with Matt Malley about his collaboration with Jon Anserson on a charity single released today. But there's more! Doug Harr rewrites the screenplay for the controversial new Genesis documentary, we send the editor to a Desert Island, Davey Curtis was at Hawkeaster and was just about sober enough to write some of it down (but took loads of pics), and Jon asks whether music has to be age appropriate. We also learn about Tommy James and the Mafia. There are also new shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the massively talented Jaki and Tim are back with their submarine and Maisie the cow. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and doves making coos (OK, no musical members of the Columbinidae, 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!!! And yes, Happy Birthday to us!
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:

All issues from #70 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. The first 69 issues are archived there as well. Information is power chaps, we have to share it!
You can download the magazine in pdf form HERE:

*  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 55 who - together with an infantile orange cat 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 infantile orange cat?


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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    The Sierra Bigfoot Sounds Come To Life In This Animation (Video)
    This “entertainment” animation was brought to life from a drawing done by Terry Thomas (face) and Paul Willistons (body) of Lars Chiron Cheveyo

    Sighting Of The Lake Tahoe Bigfoot Caught On Camera
    New footage has emerged of a Lake Tahoe Bigfoot sighting near Tahoe City, in Placer County, California taken by a skateboarder just outside the city.

    CFZ "PEOPLE": Boris (c1999-2014)

    Condolences to the Taylor family on the passing of Boris. 

    Gone but never forgotten.


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