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, December 14, 2016


Dear Friends,
We are very pleased to announce that a double issue of our journal – A&M #58/9 – is now available for you to read online for
It contains the following:
  • Contents
  • Faculty
  • Editorial
  • Obituary – MARK A HALL (1946-2016) by Loren Coleman
  • Newsfile: New and Rediscovered
  • Newsfile: Thylacine
  • Newsfile: Man beasts
  • Newsfile: Mystery cats
  • Newsfile: Aquatic monsters
  • Newsfile Xtra: Blue Dog Breakthrough
  • Newsfile Xtra: The Djibouti monster
  • Watcher of the Skies by Corinna Downes
  • Tasmania Expedition Report by Richard Freeman
  • The Gorilla – Does it exist? by Loes Modderman
  • Duties for regional representatives—a discussion document
  • In Search of Bowheads and Narwhals by John Brodie-Good
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Book Reviews
  • Weird Weekend 2016
  • Recent books from CFZ Press
This is a special double issue. Issue #58 should have come out in September and #59 round about now. However, without going into to much tedious detail, we are ridiculously overwhelmed at the moment, and this double issue has given us some much needed breathing space. Hard copies and kindle versions will be available in due course, probably in March or April, when the next issue of A&M is due.
The eagle-eyed amongst you, I think, will notice the image of the last issue of Animals & Men, on the main CFZ website has not been replaced with issue #58/9. This is not down to our inefficiency: there is something wrong with the servers at our ISP, and, I am sure that this will be resolved in the near future.


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.


Strange Carved Faces Found In Bigfoot Hot Spot
The Squatch Master Jeff posted this video of another carved face he has found in the stone boulders of Salt Fork State Park in Ohio. Who carved them ...


The Gonzo Daily: Wednesday
And so the world keeps turning.
I was at school with a boy from Aleppo He was a couple of years younger than me, and we weren't friends, but we weren't not friends either, and the events of the past few days have made me think about him for the first time in forty years. I feel sorry for the ordinary people of Syria. From where I am sitting there is very little to choose between the Government forces and the ISIS insurgents; both sides are bloody savages and do not deserve political power until they can learn to behave like civilised human beings. And no doubt someone will accuse me of racism or thisism or thatism for having said so.
And whilst on the subject of annoying people, which is something that I seem to be very good at...
It is peculiar. I have made several jokes about President Elect Trump over the past few weeks, and NONE of the people who took offense at them were Americans. Two Englishmen and an Irishman, none of whom have ever been to America, took umbrage, whilst many of my American friends wrote back with ruder jokes. Weird huh?
And here is the news:
Leonard Cohen interview
Jon Anderson, London 9/2016
Al Atkins: Reloaded (Review)
THE GONZO TRACK OF THE DAY: 'Lost Johnny' by Mick ...
Gonzo Magazine #212
In this poignant issue we say goodbye to the legendary Greg Lake, Doug goes to see Roger Hodgson, Alan enthuses about Black Angel Drifter and Martin Craft, John goes to see Freaks at the V&A, and Jon reads about Keith Moon and waxes lyrical about the Rolling Stones.Strange Days Indeed (Most Peculiar Mama)
And there are radio shows from Strange Fruit, Mack Maloney, and Friday Night Progressive is down for technical reasons beyond our control. We also have columns from all sorts of folk including Roy Weard, Mr Biffo, Neil Nixon and the irrepressible Corinna. There is also a collection of more news, reviews, views, interviews and pademelons outside zoos(OK, nothing to do with small marsupials who have escaped from captivity, 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:
The Rolling Stones, Ken Worthington, John Shuttleworth, Buzz Aldrin, Squeeze, Elton John, Prince, Rod Stewart, Strange Fruit, Friday Night Progressive, Mack Maloney, Martin Stone, Gregory Stuart "Greg" Lake, Tyruss Himes, Herbert Hardesty, Micky Fitz, Wayne Duncan, John Herschel Glenn Jr., Peter Vaughan, Spirits Burning and Clearlight, Vangelis, Al Atkins, Atomic Rooster, Rick Wakeman, Martin Stephenson and The Daintees, Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson, Billy James, Erik Norlander, Alan Dearling, Pink Fairies, Roger Hodgson, Black Angel Drifter, Morton Valence, John Brodie-Good, V & A Museum, Psychedelia, The Roundhouse, Live Dead 69, Martin Craft, Mr Biffo, Roy Weard, Hawkwind, Martin Springett, Keith Moon, John Lennon, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, Coldplay, Neil Nixon, Comets on Fire
Read the previous few issues of Gonzo Weekly:
Issue 211 (Phil Collins)
Issue 210 (Nico)
Issue 209 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 208 (Leonard Cohen)
Issue 207 (Tibet)
Issue 206 (Raz)
Issue 205 (Pink Fairies)
Issue 204 (Gas Tank)
Issue 203 (The Gardening Club)
Issue 202 (Gong)
Issue 201 (Auld Man's Baccie)
Issue 200 (Deep Purple)
Issue 199 (Yes)
Issue 198 (Steve Ignorant)
Issue 197 (Gilli Smyth)
Issue 196 (Paul May)
Issue 195 (Dave Brock)
Issue 194 (Auburn)
Issue 193 (Genre Peak)
Issue 192 (Rick Wakeman and Brian May)
Issue 191 (Karnataka)
Issue 190 (Erik Norlander)
Issue 189 (Rick Wakeman at the O2)
Issue 187/8 (Yer holiday special)
Issue 186 (Beatles)
Issue 185 (Judge Smith)
Issue 184 (Mick Abrahams)
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:
SPECIAL NOTICE: If you, too, want to unleash the power of your inner rock journalist, and want to join a rapidly growing band of likewise minded weirdos please email me at jon@eclipse.co.uk The more the merrier really.
* 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.co.uk
* 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 57 who - together with a Jack Russell called Archie, an infantile orange cat named after a song by Frank Zappa, and two half grown kittens, one totally coincidentally named after one of the Manson Family, purely because she squeaks, puts it all together from a converted potato shed in a tumbledown cottage deep in rural Devon which he shares with various fish. 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 Archie and the Cats?


Ladies and gentleman, we are very pleased to announce that volume four of The Journal of Cryptozoology has now been uploaded to the printer and is now available.

Following the demise of Cryptozoology (published by the now-defunct International Society of Cryptozoology), there has been no peer-reviewed scientific journal devoted to cryptozoology for quite some time. Consequently, the Journal of Cryptozoology has been launched to remedy this situation and fill a notable gap in the literature of cryptids and their investigation. For although some mainstream zoological journals are beginning to show slightly less reluctance than before to publish papers with a cryptozoological theme, it is still by no means an easy task for such papers to gain acceptance, and, as a result, potentially significant, serious contributions to the subject are not receiving the scientific attention that they deserve. Now, however, they have a journal of their own once again.

You can buy your issue at the link at the bottom of this post, on Amazon or at www.journalofcryptozoology.com


Karl P.N. Shuker                                                                                                              pp   3

Buckley's Bunyip
Paul Michael Donovan                                                                                                    pp   9

A Checklist of Historical Hypotheses for the Loch
Ness Monster
C.G.M. Paxton and A.J. Shine                                                                                        pp  21

Not Finding Bigfoot in DNA
Haskell V. Hart                                                                                                               pp 39

A Preliminary, Comparative Type Proposal For
Large, Unidentified Marine and Freshwater Animals
Bruce A. Champagne                                                                                                     pp 53

Instructions to Contributors:
(i) Important Issues to Consider When Preparing a Cryptozoological
     Paper                                                                                                                           pp 87

(ii) The Style of Presentation Required for
Submissions to the Journal                                                                                            pp 90

It will, of course, be available on Amazon, but you can also buy it direct from us with a special discounted postage rate.

This offer is open to anyone across the world, so don't worry when the PayPal button comes up in British pounds. It will automatically be translated to your currency.

We would like to thank Dr Karl Shuker and all the contributors to this volume for their hard work. We believe that the Journal of Cryptozoology is a very important project, and thank you in advance for your support.


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