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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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

WYRD: Looking forward to the new EP by Stargrace

WyrdWyrd is a term for concepts roughly corresponding to those of fate or destiny but involving complex interactions of universal necessity and individual choice within a cosmos beyond any fixed notions or concepts of mortal minds. It is also a burgeoning collective doing strange, and sometimes melodious things. Why? Because we want to. And because it is what we do.

NESSIENEWS (Caveat Lector)

Loch Ness Monster film 1996 sighting Urquart Castle Inverness
On a family outing on tour boat moored beneath Urquart Castle on Loch Ness while videoing the panorama across the Loch something large and dark ...

RONAN COGHLAN: Age of the e-book

At length and at last, CFZ Press has entered into e-book publications. All titles may be purchased from Amazon or from the CFZ directly. To date, six titles have been issued.

Work on the more dangerous side of Bigfoot by prominent scholar.

Fascinating title and seminal work on humanoid creatures.

Collection of short stories by CFZ's famous physicist.

Investigation into one of Britain's strange phenomena

Work by one of the world's top cryptozoologists.

Juvenile title by an inimitable expert in Entomology.

Titles are $4.99 except for Shuker ($5.99) and Redfern ($3.99).

Prices may vary at some outlets and are subject to change.


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 - Wednesday 14th January
As I have intimated recently, Martin Eve and I are at the heart of a new venture - Wyrd Music. This is an extension of what I have been doing with music and theatre over the past ten years and is intended as a sister project to the CFZ Publishing Group. Working on vaguely Fortean and Anarchist, and strictly anti-capitalist lines, in the same way as CFZ Press, Fortean Words and the others put out books strictly because we want to read them, and because we think they should be out there whether they make a profit or not, Wyrd Music aims to do the same for music.
Although it doesn't officially launch until April Fool's Day, a Blog, a website, a Facebook page, and some free music will be up in the webiverse in the next few days and will always be plugged shamelessly on the CFZ and Gonzo blogs. Why? Because I can.
So mote it be.

The Gonzo Weekly #112
Joe Cocker, Osibisa, Rocket Scientists, Erik Norlander, Beatrles, Robert Plant, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Yes, Hawkwind, and Daevid Allen fans had better look out!
The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#112) will soon be available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has Rocket Scientists on the front cover, and an interview with the band inside, Jon lookls at the legendary unreleased Beatles music, we send Pete from Sendelica to a desert island, critique the new Robert Plant biography, and there are shows from the multi-talented Neil Nixon at Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, whilst Xtul are still causing havoc in the forest. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and manatees looking for booze (OK, nothing to do with alcoholic sirenians, 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!!!
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 111 (Mice on Stilts cover)
Issue 109/10 (Yusuf/Stevie Wonder cover)
Issue 108 (Merrell Fankhauser cover)
Issue 107 (Ant-Bee cover)

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/…/all-gonzo-news-wots-fit
* 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?


"A" Is For Almas - A Cryptozoology Quick Reference Guide
ADJULE Also known as the Kelb-el-khela (male) and the Tarhsit (female) are canine-like creatures which inhabit only desert regions, and they are 

Quadcopter Catches Bigfoot Sighting In Northern California?
When they returned home and reviewed the footage this creature appeared on one of the shots. He says he doesn't know if its a bigfoot or a sasquatch 

Fisherman Says He Saw Bigfoot Bathing ... And He Sent Us A Picture!
"SD QUOTE :Have you entered Bigfoot threads to discuss or flame and troll? Anytime an honest reply to your comments are made you respond with

Burned Bigfoot Saved From Fire In Nevada
In the late 90's early 2000's, a science teacher named Thom Powell picked up on a story by an anonymous government employee who alerted the ...

El Bigfoot Spotted In Mexico City
A group of mountain rescue workers that were taking footage of Mexico City's Popocatepetl volcano say that they saw a bunch of bigfoots, (bigfeet

Another alleged bigfoot sighting in a Tampa park
If you recall over the Christmas holiday a fisherman sent us a picture of what he is calling a creature wading through a swamp near USF.

20 Most Convincing Bigfoot Sightings of All Time
From a hoping Bigfoot caught on film in a suburban area to a Sasquatch family spotted at the top of a snowy mountain, we count the 20 most ...

Mark Anders Shows Us What The Hillsborough River Skunk Ape Looks Like Below The Chest
Was the Hillsborough River skunk ape John Rodriguez photographed a male or a female? We may never know. That didn't stop Mark Anders from ...


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.

  • NEWSLINK: Bobcat hit by car gets stuck in grille
  • US SIGHTINGS: Mountain lion spotted in backyard of...
  • NEWSLINK: Cougar expert says big cats could retur...
  • NEWSLINK: Panther road kills up to 24
  • US SIGHTINGS: Hillsborough: Mountain lion spotted,...

  • UK SIGHTINGS: ‘Sandy-coloured panthers’ spark 999 ...
  • NEWS FROM NOWHERE - Wednesday

    ON THIS DAY IN 1878 - Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the telephone for Britain's Queen Victoria. 

  • Slick and slender snake beats short and stubby liz...
  • Rare shark birth captured on camera
  • New strains of parasites identified: Research on w...
  • Giant Squid and Whale Sharks Aren't As Big As Peop...
  • Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and m...

  • Rare baby tortoises (Radiated tortoises) held at F...

  • AND TO WHISTLE WHILE YOU WORK... (Music that may have some relevance to items also on this page, or may just reflect my mood on the day)