The Center for Fortean Zoology is pleased to announce the publication of Neil Arnold's book Monster! The A -Z of Zooform Phenomena.
At almost 400-pages, Monster! is sure to become the definitive, classic title on the specific zooform angle of cryptozoology. But what, you may ask, are zooforms? Well, to answer that question, let me direct your attention to the back-cover blurb for the book:
Zooform Phenomena are the most elusive, and least understood, mystery "animals." Indeed, they are not animals at all, and are not even animate in the accepted terms of the word, but entities or apparitions which adopt, or seem to have (quasi) animal form. These arcane and contentious entities have plagued cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals - since its inception, and tend to be dismissed by mainstream science as thoroughly unworthy of consideration. But they continue to be seen, and Jonathan Downes - the Director of the Center for Fortean Zoology - who first coined the term in 1990, maintains that many zooforms result from a synergy of complex psychosocial and sociological issues, and suggests that to classify all such phenomena as "paranormal" in origin is counterproductive, and for researchers to dismiss them out of hand is thoroughly unscientific. Author and researcher Neil Arnold is to be commended for a groundbreaking piece of work, and has provided the world's first alphabetical listing of zooforms from around the world.
A copy of Neil's book arrived in the mail today; and I will be reviewing it in-depth, here next week. But even a quick glance through its packed pages tells me that if you are even remotely interested in the more Fortean aspects of cryptozoology, this is most definitely a title to invest in.