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, May 06, 2015


I received this email a few minutes ago, from a man in mainland Europe:

Hi, I have bought and already payed (on: http://www.journalofcryptozoology.com/) for the vol. 3 of the Journal of Cryptozoology, and still haven't received anything. Could you please hurry up?! I am actually interested in the publication, that's the reason, that I have bought it! And that's the reason, that I have bought also vols. 1 and 2 some years ago.

First you delay the production of vol. 3 with a whole year or more (congratulations, you got my attention), and now, when the volume actually and finally has been produced, you don't want to send it to the buyers? Now I'm angry. WTF?! What kind of undertaking are you running? Are you deliberately trying to annoy people?

I have ordered that vol. 3, I have payed for it, so please quit the endless keeping of coffee-breaks and send me that volume. And please make sure you pack it properly, otherwise it will get damaged during shipping.

I replied:

You ordered it on the 27th May. We order twice a week, and the order went in on the 1st May. The first weekend of May is a Public Holiday in the UK, and it was not dispatched until the fifth, which was yesterday. We do not dispatch them from here; they are sent out from a company at the other end of the country. The journal is not "a whole year or more late". It is a mere three and a half months caused by circumstances beyond our control. And I would like to point out that there is no excuse for your boorish attitude and rude letter.

I truly have had enough dealing with mannerless oafs like this. This is why, with ever increasing regularity, Corinna and I are sorely tempted to pack the whole thing in, but I don't really want the last twenty years of my life to have been a waste of time.

MUIRHEAD`S MYSTERIES: A lost world in Oklahoma?

I found this story in the Lexington Herald of October 7th 1917 and wonder if anyone has any more information?

Indian Hunter Finds Pre-Historic Animals Still Alive on Isolated Plateau.

Arkansas City – A lost world, inhabited  by birds with leather wings,and teeth,and thousands of other strange and weird creatures, has been found in the Osage hills, in a wild and only partially explored section of north-western Oklahoma. The tale of the lost world was brought here by John Brune, a member of the Osage Indian tribe, who has a reputation as an explorer.The story told by Brune is as strange as that related by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in “ The Lost World” and it has the advantage of being possible of verification. Brune,himself,is now making plans to equip a large exploring party and next spring he will go again into the Osage hills determined to brink back concrete proof of his story.

The lost world, according to Brune, is located on a plateau about a mile high, the sides of which are so steep that it is impossible to climb them unassisted. He was alone when he found the plateau and was unable to scale the precipitous cliffs.


But what convinced him that animal life on the plateau was the same as that which existed several hundred years ago was the result of a hunting trip. Brune saw a bird, of strange appearance, and he shot it. He found that it had leather wings without feathers and that its mouth was furnished with a complete set of teeth. Although he did not know that the bird answers to the name of pterdactryl (sic) in science, he did realise that it was a strange species.

So steep were the cliffs leading up to the plateau on all sides that the animals on the summit were unable to descend and the men below were so far away that they could not distinguish their characteristics except that they were different from all animals known to huntsmen.So Brune decided to return to civilization and get an outfit which would enable him and his friends to return to the Osage hills, scale the cliffs of the mysterious plateau, and see at first hand the mysteries of life existing there.

The plateau is completely isolated from surrounding country. But Brune says that with the aid of ropes and plenty of men he believes the cliffs can be scaled. Heavy rifles will be carried by the men making up the party in the expectation that they may meet with some of the great animals described in books devoted to prehistoric animal life.


Brune only talks of his experience to those who are intimate with him. He fears he will not be believed because of the strangeness of his story. But he swears he tells the truth and he is determined to prove to the most cynical that the lost world really exists. He is determined to bring back to civilization specimens of strange life,carcasses and skins. (1)

1. Lexington Herald  October 7th 1917


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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 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 Gonzo Daily - Wednesday
    No sooner had we ushered summer in with a Bealtaine ritual, than we have been beset with high winds and intermittent heavy rain. Poor Danny looked like the proverbial drowned rat yesterday. He really is a trouper that boy! I have been quite unwell for the past few days; whether it is the tummy bug that is going around, or the fact that my body is protesting (finally) about thirty years of abuse, but I am cleaning up my act. About time I am afreaid. Whilst on the subject of health our love and healing vibes go to our old friend Syd, who is in hospital after a stroke. Blessings dude.
    The Gonzo Weekly #128
    Kingsmen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, Camel, Gong, Daevid Allen, The Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, Gretchen Peters, Roy Weard, Dogwatch, That Legendary Wooden Lion, Ibeyi, Ringo Starr, Malachite, Hawkwind, Jon Anderson, and Yes fans had better look out!
    The latest issue of Gonzo Weekly (#128) is available to read at www.gonzoweekly.com, and to download at http://www.gonzoweekly.com/pdf/. It has the greatest rock song of all time on the cover, a potted history of the Louie Louie story inside, together with a backstage look at the recent Drones for Daevid concert by Tracy from the Invisible Opera Company, the story of Camel and The Snow Goose by Doug Harr, new columnist Lee Walker on Gretchen Peters, Jon critiquing Ibeyi and Ringo Starr, as well as the new Lou Reed biography, the legendary Roy Weard starts a regular column.We send the lovely Babz from Malachite to a desert island, Neil Nixon reports on an even stranger album than usual, Wyrd gets down with the kids, Xtul gets even more peculiar, and there are radio shows from Strange Fruit and from M Destiny at Friday Night Progressive, and the titular submarine dwellers are still lost at sea, although I have been assured that they will hit land again soon. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons trying to choose (OK, nothing to do with small marsupials having difficulty in making choices, 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!!!
    This issue features:
    Jack Ely, Johnny Cash, Paul McCartney, The Grateful Dead, Ringo Starr, Noel Gallagher, Black Sabbath, Marillion, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Keith Harris, Guy LeBlanc, Marty Napoleon,B.E.King,  Mick Abrahams & Sharon Watson, Tommy James, Hugh Hopper, Third Ear Band, WMWS, David Peel, Strawberry Alarm CLock, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Tracy Austin, Invisible Opera Company of Tibet, Camel, Lee Walker, Gretchen Peters, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Malachite, Yes, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Chris Squire, Steve Hackett, Billy Sherwood, Wyrd, Stargrace, Jaz Rogers, Peter Banks, Stephen Hawking, Zayn Malik, Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Elvis, Yes, Lou Reed, Xtul, Ringo Starr, Ibeyi, Laurie Anderson, Nine Treasures

    Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
    Issue 127 (Roy Weard cover)
    Issue 126 (Atkins-May Project cover)
    Issue 125 (Mick Abrahams cover)
    Issue 124 (Karnataka cover)
    Issue 123 (Cream cover)
    Issue 122 (Anthony Phillips cover)
    Issue 121 (Annie Haslam cover)
    Issue 120 (Frank Zappa cover)
    Issue 119 (Eliza Carthy cover)
    Issue 118 (Dave Brock cover)
    Issue 117 (Daevid Allen 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?

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