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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Monday, December 19, 2011


Here is a rather odd story from Macclesfield – from Doug Pickford`s “ Macclesfield Mysterious and Macabre


`Pexhill Road is now a charming leafy lane containing some handsome homes. It leads out to Henbury, Siddington and open countryside, and has, for many years, been a charming lane along which to take a pleasant stroll, especially in the summer time. Indeed, it was one of the lanes along which Macclesfield people used to amble at Easter, countless hundreds of them taking advantage of the first holiday of spring to walk away from the smoke and grime of the town and fill their lungs with fresh clean air.

Yet how many of them were aware at the time, and how many are aware at the moment, that the name `Pexhill,` the area that the road passes , means quite simply ` the hill of the pixies`?

It may be that superstitious people once living around that spot believed that fairies, or pixies, lived in that area, and so it was called Pixy Hill, and the name was gradually changed to Pex Hill. Indeed, this was a common belief at one time. I know of a Wincle farmer who still leaves bread and milk out for `the little people` when he is ploughing his fields or it is harvest time; a sacrifice to the gods, if you like, a remnant of the Celtic practice of making a sacrifice, probably of an animal, to ensure a good crop. Today, perhaps, the little people, or `brownies` as they are sometimes called, cannot get to the bread and milk before the hedgehogs or pet cats living nearby….(1)

To be continued….

1. D.Pickford Macclesfield Mysterious and Macabre p. 185


Well known to both those who know snakes and those who know the literature on animal myths and anecdotes, the ‘feathered serpent’ is more often known as the Crowing crested cobra. “In some versions the snake has the head of a chicken, complete with combs and wattles, in others it has merely a crest of feathers. This fabulous serpent is, of course, highly poisonous. In most cases it is believed to have the ability to kill its human victims merely by looking at them. It lives on human flesh and can be detected in the areas where it lives by its offensive smell and the strange and frightening noises it makes at night” (Spawls 1979, p. 95).

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During my time on Facebook, I've made many friends all over the world who share my interests in cryptozoology and animal mythology. One of these friends is Randi Wood, from Texas, USA, to whom I recently recounted a very brief version of a traditional Irish folktale about a Celtic fairy hound. She liked it so much that she said she would love to read a full-length version of it if ever I decided to write one. Well, now I have done, so here, as an early Christmas present to you, Randi, is my story. I hope you enjoy it - Happy Christmas!

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I was woken up this morning by a telephone call from the BBC West Midlands. Did I know anything about the 'Frankley Grunt'? ..they asked me. I tried not to laugh. For some reason 'Frankly Mr Shankly' by The Smiths went through my head. I did my best to say something intelligent, and somehow agreed to give an interview on the subject this lunchtime. The nice BBC lady said that she would email me the details, and I went back to sleep with Prudence snoring in my ear.

This is the story:

I heard some very strange noises around the Great Park / Frankley area when I was up very late a few nights ago and others have reported to us that they have too. It seems to be in the early hours of the morning, between around 1.30-3.30am, and has been happening for a couple of weeks now.

Dawn Cotterill said on Facebook: “Has anyone got any idea what the “noise” is around Frankley that keeps waking me up at 2.30 every morning. 2 weeks ago I thought it was a helicopter in the distance, it sounds like some kind of machinery and is now officially driving me mad.”

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The big question is: what the bloody hell am I going to say in my interview?

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