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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Thursday, September 01, 2011



1=. UFO Down! by Andy Roberts (4)
1=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (-)
3. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (2)
4. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (8)
5=. Dragons: More than a myth? by Richard Freeman (-)
5=. Dark Dorset by Mark North and Robert Newland (-)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (1)
8=. The Owlman and Others by Jon Downes (4)
8=. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (-)
8=. Dark Dorset - Calendar Customs by Robert Newland (-)


1. When Bigfoot Attacks by Michael Newton (2)
2. Big Bird by Ken Gerhard (8)
3. The Monsters of Texas by Ken Gerhard and Nick Redfern (1)
4. Tetrapod Zoology Book One by Dr Darren Naish (3)
5=. The Inhumanoids by Barton Nunnelly (-)
5=. Weird Waters - the lake and sea monsters of Scandinavia and the Baltic States by Lars Thomas (8)
5=. Haunted Skies Volume One by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (-)
8=. The Great Yokai Encyclopaedia by Richard Freeman (5)
8=. Haunted Skies Volume Two by John Hanson and Dawn Holloway (6)
8=. Extraordinary Animals Revisited by Dr Karl Shuker (-)

Last month's positions in this pinky colour, which I think is called cerise. August's sales were rather good in both the UK and the USA. Certainly nothing to grumble about. Richard's good showing is almost certainly because of the Fortean Times review...

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WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: The last word

I remember last year, Dale very gently took me to task for dragging out the WW coverage for too long. I have tried to truncate it a bit this year, and I am pleased to announce that all the videos that I am going to post have been posted, and that apart from some more reviews from the incomparable Harriet W, the subject of Weird Weeknds is now closed for another year...

WEIRD WEEKEND 2011: Jon Downes - Keynote speech

HAUNTED SKIES: South Coast Leader 17.8.95


OLL LEWIS: Yesterday's News Today


On this day in 1973 J.R.R. Tolkien died. Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
And now the news:

Snakes and tortoises found in pants of Miami man a...
Obese Pig Boris Put On Strict Diet In Oz
Bat traffic lights to be installed in train tunnel...
Dog living on top of Mount Kilimanjaro
Great white sharks 'could be in British waters'
Healthy Thames 'key for return of salmon'
Brothers turn female marmots into 'tom boys'
Bed bugs protect their sperm from bacteria

One of Al Stewart's catchiest songs: