At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday 20 August 2014


Ah, yes, that picture of me up there catches me at my dignified best.  Just a quick note to draw attention to publications forthcoming from the CFZ.

First of all, the second volume of the paperbound edition of George Eberhart's Mysterious Creatures is almost ready.  This huge and authoritative work was once available only in a hardbound edition which would have been outside the spending limits of the average customer.

Work is already in progress on a translation from Russian of a work on the almas by Boris Porshnev.  This work was originally published in an edition of 500 copies.  There has been no previous translation.   Now it will be available to all and sundry.  Porshnev was a cryptozoologist who collaborated with Heuvelmans and he identified the almas with a surviving population of Neanderthals.

We are also planning an edition of a hitherto unpublished book on the lake monster theme by Lionel Leslie.  The existence of this book has been rumored for some time and a copy of the manuscript has at last been tracked down by veteran cryptozoologist Gary Cunningham.

These publications were announced by Jonathan Downes at the recent Weird Weekend and show how the publications department of the CFZ is intent on producing important and rare works on the subject.

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