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 19 November 2014


If you're in any way worried about what you're going to give people for Christmas, the CFZ Press, prolific publisher that it is, has a bevy of new titles in print.  We first of all recommend

Karl Shuker: Menagerie of Marvels

Karl Shuker is perhaps the doyen of British cryptozoologists and this book will do nothing to diminish his reputation.  Because he is a qualified mainstream zoologist, he is well equipped to look into the innermost features of claims regarding cryptozoology.  In this book he not alone does this, he also looks at some of the world's most intriguing established species, thereby affording us a glimpse of wonders of nature whose existence is rarely suspected.

There is a great deal of material in this book and it covers so wide a spectrum that it is difficult to do it justice.  We learn of Giant Lizards rumored to be in New Zealand, such as the ngaraa, which may be a huge species of tuatara; a 20' snake-lizard reported from Brazil in 1939; the strange creatures to be found in the 15th Century Animal Book including a bizarre creature with a long nose, a scaled humanoid and a strange creature with claws and a mane; the absolutely disgusting Reverse Mermaid; and many more.  The author also deals with established species as noted above, but they are established species of which bizarre facts can be stated.  For example, have you heard of the go-away bird?  He also seeks to unravel the mystery of Vespucci's rats and investigates the possible existence of beech martens in Britain.

This book is a veritable cornucopia, which no serious cryptozoologist can afford to be without.

Price in USA: $13.99 (cheaper from Amazon)
Price in UK: £10.99


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