Together with my glamorous assistant, the ever lovely Wally the Comedy Rhinoceros, I am proud to announce that you can now buy copies of the long awaited collected editions of Animals + Men at a special low price...
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Although the business ethic of CFZ Press (if you can actually call it that) was never profit orientated, it had been designed around the more traditional publishing models, and as these speedily began to change, our profit margin (such as it was) vanished like a sandcastle at high tide. So, we had to drastically rethink what we were doing and how we were doing it. And so, reluctantly, the decision was made to eschew publishing individual issues in hard copy, and to publish omnibus collections in book form.
Coming imminently, a little later than we had hoped, is the first of these collections. I hope that you enjoy it, and find it interesting.
I am particularly proud of what I have achieved in the last twenty-five years of Animals & Men. It is not only – as far as I am aware – the longest standing cryptozoological publication in the English speaking world, but it espouses a model of cryptozoology that places it well within the remit of the natural sciences, rather than as some peculiar branch of paranormal research. This is something that I, and the other leading lights of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, feel is utterly important, because – in our opinion – the internecine squabbles which take place across the internet about such hot topics as to whether ‘bigfoot has a cloaking device’ or whether ‘alien big cats are actually extraterrestrial in origin’ are completely counter-productive, and do nothing except to drag what little good name cryptozoology still has through the gutter. Cryptozoology is not, or at least should not be, the study of ghosts, phantoms, or semi-decomposed dead raccoons, and – from the beginning – the CFZ has done its best to foster an environment where cryptids are seen as real animals, and studied on that basis.
But, of course, we are not the Centre for Mystery Zoology. We are the Centre for Fortean Zoology.
From the beginning, I have always been interested in the stranger and non-animate phenomena that pepper our cultural psyche. Indeed, much though I have spent the last twenty-five years trying to impress upon people that cryptozoology should be seen as a very real branch of the natural sciences, the book for which I am best known is – of course – my exhaustive look at the Cornish Owlman. It is this dichotomy; Flesh and Blood Cryptid vs. Zooform Phenomena that has fuelled the way that the Centre for Fortean Zoology has thought and acted over the past quarter century. And, I believe, it is reflected successfully in the contents of this long overdue book.