Monday, March 31, 2008
The North American Symposium on Sasquatch Research
CFZ 2003 Year-Book: Back in Print
Monsters: In the News...
1. Carving the creatures;
2. The saga of the Lizard Man continues to rumble on;
3. Thanks to Kithra for bringing these two new British big-cat reports to my attention: story one ("we watched beast for thirty minutes") and story two from Shingle Street, Suffolk. Interestingly, Shingle Street is not far from Woodbridge: home to Britain's most famous UFO encounter - at nearby Rendlesham Forest, a place where ghostly black dogs, big cats and other weird beasts have been seen for years. And Shingle Street has a decidedly controversial and strange wartime secret attached to it, too;
4. Lisa Shiel and Regan Lee dig into one of the stranger aspects of the Bigfoot controversy.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Britain's Black Cats
Monster Hunt: Coming in August
Natalie Osborne-Thomason: Psychic Quest
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Neil Arnold on London's Water-Beasts...
The CFZ in Guyana: A Review
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Looking for Nessie
Regan Lee on the "Paranormal Bigfoot"
Here's the rest of Regan's article.
If you are of the belief that Bigfoot is merely a flesh-and-blood animal - albeit one that is not yet categorized - the article is likely to raise your blood-pressure to significant degrees.
If like me, however, you are of the view that there is something decidedly weird about Bigfoot, you'll find it thoughtful and intriguing!
Loren Coleman on "Night of the Demon"
Tom Slick: Under the Spotlight
Monday, March 24, 2008
The Zorgy Awards
Monsters of Guyana: In Print!
In the meantime, to purchase your own copy of CFZ Expedition Report 2007 Guyana (which has a foreword from Dr. Karl Shuker) click here.
Loch Ness Terror
Friday, March 21, 2008
Big Cats - Stories Wanted
Brian Wilde RIP
Wilde also had a pivotal role in my all-time favorite film: the 1957 production of Night of the Demon (released in the US as Curse of the Demon), starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. A true classic, the film has more than a few Fortean elements to it - including, for fans of cryptozoology - a close-encounter with a paranormal big-cat.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Lisa Shiel: Bigfoot and The Invisible World...
In part one, Lisa begins: "All paranormal phenomena are connected. I can't prove that statement. But when you study the paranormal for very long, strange things start to pop out at you. Paranormal phenomena often cluster in certain areas, or around certain people. Bigfoot, UFOs, poltergeists, fairies...the lines between them begin to blur. The phenomena also share traits in common: the ability to appear/disappear at will; a tendency to abduct humans; the belief by percipients that the phenomenon will impart some great wisdom to them; a long, worldwide history of legends and sightings; an elusive quality that makes scientific study of the phenomenon impossible. The list could go on and on. I also see another aspect common to all the phenomena—they seem to come from 'elsewhere.'"
With that, I most definitely agree.
Here the links to the relevant parts of Lisa's feature: Part One; Part Two; and Part Three.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
On Uncanny Radio Tonight
Here's the blurb from Uncanny Radio's website:
Charlie Carlson is the author of a dozen Florida books, big and small, and over 200 magazine and newspaper articles about Florida's past and folklore. He is a past president of the Seminole County Florida Historical Society and serves on the advisory board of two museums.
Known by his younger followers as Florida's Master of the Weird, Charlie has appeared in numerous television documentaries, including playing the role of Professor Charles Moorehouse in The Curse of the Blair Witch on the SciFi Channel and in Blockbuster's rental video, Stix and Stones.
He is featured in a DVD titled The Hunt for the Devil and in several television documentaries related to unexplained phenomena and Florida history in addition to producing his own documentaries. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television talk shows across the country and in Florida, in addition to being featured in an equal number of newspapers and magazines.
His current activity is producing and appearing in a one hour ghost hunt DVD, a production of Blue Heron International Pictures, titled "Henry Blackhart is Dead."
For more information contact: Dot Diehl or Kelly Roberts, PR agents firstname.lastname@example.org
Rendlesham Mystery Animals in "Beyond"
Also: check out Karl Shuker's article in the same issue on lake-monsters.
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The Hobbit Debate Continues
Memorias de un Cazador de Monstruos
The publisher is Alamah, and here's their website-page on the book.
In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans
Titled In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans, it's written by Michael A. Woodley, with a foreword from Dr. Karl Shuker.
The blurb that goes with the book states: "Ever since humankind first ventured out onto the oceans, sailors came back with stories of sea monsters. For two hundred years, scientists have been attempting to classify these 'creatures' within an acceptable zoological frame of reference. The most important of these was produced by Professor Bernard Heuvelmans half a century ago. Michael Woodley, takes a look at Heuvelmans' classification model, re-examines it in the light of new discoveries in palaeontology and ichthyology over the past fifty years, and reaches some astounding conclusions."
And here's some background on the author, again courtesy of the CFZ:
"Michael Woodley has been an avid fan of Cryptozoology for as long as he can remember. He credits his early fascination with the discipline as being the catalyst for his life long love of Biology. He has published scientific articles on subjects ranging from Environmental Engineering to Physical Anthropology, and is the author of The Limits of Ecology: New Perspectives from a Theoretical Borderland - a book of essays on Theoretical Ecology, and In the wake of Bernard Heuvelmans - The history - and Future - of Sea-Serpent Classification. Michael holds a BSc degree from Columbia University, New York. He is currently studying for a PhD at the University of London, where he is investigating plant-bacteria interactions."
From what Jon Downes has told me already, I think this is likely to be one of the most significant and important books ever published by CFZ Press.
A copy is on its way to me for review, so as soon as I've received and read it, you can expect a full review right here - followed later by an interview with the author.
If you're reading this in the US, click here to buy the book. For UK readers, click here.
Monday, March 17, 2008
Wild Wolves in England?
Questions and Answers
Mythic Monsters on the Prowl...
The Vampire Cat
Friday, March 14, 2008
Radio Bigfoot - Tonight
Beyond The Edge Radio welcomes back co-host Sean Forker to Friday night's show. Join Sean and Eric your Co-hosts as they talk all things "Bigfoot" with special guests Steve "The Squatch Detective" Kulls and "Sasquatch Watch of Virginia director" Billy Williard, both co-hosts of their own show "Squatch Detective Radio," to the show Friday night March 14, 2008 at 9:00 pm est.
Steve is a New York State Licensed and Bonded Private Investigator and former heavy metal front man. Steve became interested originally in the Bigfoot phenomenon in 1975, at the age of 5 when he saw "The Legend of Boggy Creek." Years later, Steve read a local publication called "Monsters of the Northwoods."
In 1999 Steve formed the Adirondack Research Organization, which was the first Squatchdetective.com. In 2006 the website was reformatted to a national organization. The organization has taken on the controversial from day one and intends to keep on track with the latest developments and gaining exclusives.
Steve is a member of the North East Sasquatch Research Association (NESRA), Northern Sasquatch Research Society (NSRS) The American Bigfoot Society (ABS), The Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers (AIBR) and the Sasquatch Research Initiative. Steve is also a member of the searching for Bigfoot field investigation team.
To visit Steve's website go to www.sasquatchdetective.com
Billy Willard, is Vice President of an environmental consulting firm and oversees such projects as leaking underground petroleum tanks, soil and groundwater remediation projects and performs environmental site assessments. Billy is an OSHA Hazwoper Supervisor and holds many other credentials.
Billy became interested in the Bigfoot Phenomenon early in life as a kid after watching such movies as Legend of Boggy Creek and the Creature from Black Lake . In 2005, Billy and his son Josh formed the Sasquatch Watch of Virginia. Billy is a member and investigator for the American Bigfoot Society (ABS), The Alliance of Independent Bigfoot Researchers. (AIBR), the Northeast Sasquatch Researchers Association (NESRA), Squatchdetective and the Pennsylvania Bigfoot Society (PBS).
Sasquatch Watch of Virginia is a privately funded Bigfoot/Sasquatch scientific research organization. We conduct field investigations and scientific field research within the areas of reported Bigfoot/Sasquatch encounters in Virginia .Through the years, we have researched this mystery at numerous Bigfoot/Sasquatch encounter locations. You may visit our website at www.sasquatchwatch.net
Join us for a fun filled night of searching for the elusive "Bigfoot" as Eric and Sean Welcome Steve the Squatch Detective Kulls and Billy Willard of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia, as once again we take you on a journey Beyond the Edge!
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An Irish Big Cat
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Coming Soon: The Island of Paradise
"My biggest news is that last night, after having worked on it, on and off for nearly four years, my new book - The Island of Paradise - is finally completed. It is, I believe, the most comprehensive book ever written on the subject of the mystery animals of Puerto Rico, and it tells the story of my two expeditions there in 1998 and 2004. Weighing in at over, 120,000 words, it is going to be a fairly massive tome. Because Nick Redfern accompanied me on the second expedition, and also because I have libelled him unmercifully throughout the volume, I am allowing him a right of reply, and, the manuscript is presently with him, so he can add his comments to the end of each chapter."
Well, of course, Jon mercilessly libels me throughout the book! It is, after all, a suitably apt revenge for the things I write about him all the time!
Joking aside, yesterday Jon sent me a Word document of the now-completed book (of which I've now read about 60 per cent) and I can already say for certain that The Island of Paradise is a fantastic study of all things monstrous and strange on Puerto Rico. Indeed, it includes fascinating data on the Goat-Sucker, the Devil-Birds, the Moca Vampire and more.
The book also digs deeply into the UFO angle of the whole controversy - an angle that includes stories of crashed UFOs, disturbing genetic mutations on the island, and some seriously weird X-Files-style tales.
And, as Jon says, I'll be writing a kind of "diary entry" at the end of each chapter that will provide my own thoughts, opinions and recollections. Running at more than 300 pages and with numerous photos, the book is one that will appeal to Forteans everywhere. Plus, Jon's art-team has come up with a great cover for the book that suitably captures the atmosphere of our 2004 expedition to Puerto Rico.
I'll let you know as soon as The Island of Paradise is published.
PS: For those that are wondering, yes that is a photo of me getting up close and personal with a tasty female Goat-Sucker while roaming around the island with Paul Kimball in late 2005.
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Bigfoot and the Orb Controversy
As Lisa says: "Sightings involving glowing orbs and Bigfoot, while rare, do exist in the annals of paranormal research. Glowing orbs also associate themselves with fairies and UFOs. The synchronicity of Bigfoot and glowing orbs seems even more prevalent than sightings of the two together. Both phenomena will occur in the same small area—say, on one person's property—at different times. But what are orbs, and why do they occur with or in the same area as Bigfoot?"
And for the rest of the article, and Lisa's views on the matter, you know what you have to do: click right here.
Beasts of London - In the Top 50
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monsters on "Culture of Contact"
Big Cat Gig At You Tube
Here's the link.
You'll see that a couple of the links have the date listed as 2007, rather than 2008. Jon assures me they are from this year's event, however, and that the insertion of the incorrect date is what - in highly technical and scientific terms - is known as a screw-up and will shortly be rectified.
Take a look: you definitely won't be disappointed. There are hours and hours of first-class presentations from the leading lights of cryptozoology on mysterious big cats roaming the UK and elsewhere.
A Monstrous Round-Up
Bigfoot Goes To Austin (Kind Of...)
Monday, March 10, 2008
On the Radio: The British Bigfoot and More
Monster Expeditions: Now and Soon
Linda Godfrey on the Wisconsin Werewolf
Neil Arnold on Kent Big-Cats
The New Issue of "Fate"
More on the Lizard Man
Story One; and Story Two (with video).
Friday, March 7, 2008
Jon Downes on the Owlman
On The Trail...
Captured On Film: But What Is It?
Predator-Style Beast on the Radio...
Interview: Bestselling Author Brad Steiger
Award winning authors Linda Godfrey and Stephen D. (Manwolf) Sullivan welcome New York Times bestselling author Brad Steiger, one of the mainstays among paranormal authors, to their new downloadable weekly podcast. Steiger discusses spirit parasites, globe lights, mimics and several other potentially harmful entities as described in his book Shadow World, while Linda fields reports of a "Predator-style" beast sighted in Michigan.
Texas Mysteries: A Forthcoming Lecture
I wrote the Foreword to the book and - living in Dallas, Texas myself - I can safely say that if you are even remotely interested in the historical weirdness of the Lone Star State, then this is a book you will most definitely not want to miss.
Denton TX – UFOs sightings in the Texas sky are not a new phenomenon; in fact, a mysterious airship was reported in Denton in April 1897. Chad Lewis, author and paranormal investigator, will explore this sighting and other bizarre stories reported in turn-of-the-century Texas Newspapers.
Join us at the Emily Fowler Central Library at 502 Oakland Street, March 15, 2008 at 3:00 for this fascinating presentation cosponsored by the Denton Area Paranormal Society. Copies of the book “Hidden Headlines of Texas” will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact Laura Douglas, Special Collections Librarian, at 940-349-8749 or at email@example.com
Thursday, March 6, 2008
The Monster-Hunting Mr. & Mrs.
The Texas Bigfoot: A New Website
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
The Cretin Hop
CFZ Yearbooks - Back In Print
These are very welcome new editions of the now hard to find originals, and are packed with masses of material from earlier years of the CFZ's research and work.
Within the pages of the 1996 edition you'll find papers on Sky-Beasts and Cloud-Creatures by Dr. Karl Shuker; the legendary "black dog" known as Black Shuck; out-of-place big-cats; flying snakes; dinosaur survival; the Loch Ness Monster; and much more.
The 1999 edition offers much too, including a lengthy paper from Jon Downes and Richard Freeman on the question of whether or not pockets of neanderthals still survive; the Beast of Bluebell Hill; and a host of other papers on all-things cryptozoological.
Both books come with brand new introductions by Jon Downes that reveal welcome information on the original editions, and, for those that weren't there to see it, thoughts and memories on what life was like at the CFZ in its formative years.
For me personally, it's good to see that the early research, files, papers and articles of the CFZ have not been lost to the fog of time and are becoming available - and in professionally produced volumes for all to see, no less.
You won't be disappointed by these two new CFZ titles - guaranteed!
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Lion on the Loose?
Corinna Downes on "Ethna's Journal."
Although most of the books that the CFZ publishes are on the subject of cryptozoology, there have been exceptions, such as Jon Downes' The Blackdown Mystery (a hilarious look at the British Ufological scene and a certain "crash-retrieval" incident from the 1990s).
And another exception is the recently-published Ethna's Journal, written by Corinna Downes, wife of CFZ Director, Jon.
Jon describes the book as follows: "Ethna's Journal is the first novel by my darling wife, Corinna. Ethna's Journal tells the story of a few months in an alternate Dark Ages, seen through the eyes of Ethna, daughter of Lord Edric. She is an unsophisticated girl from the fortress town of Cragnuth, somewhere in the north of England, who reluctantly gets embroiled in a web of treachery, sorcery and bloody war. Well, of course I would have said nice things about it - whatever it was like - because, n case you haven't noticed, I love my wife, and will always support her in her endeavours. However, the book happens to be really good. It is very reminiscent, to me, at least, of Michael Moorcock, around about the time he was writing the Runestaff series, and Ethna - the eponymous heroine of Corinna's book - is considerably more three dimensional a character than Dorien Hawkmoon, and a damn sight more sexy!"
A few days ago I caught up with Corinna at CFZ HQ and talk to her about her book, the writing process, and more. Here's what she had to say:
Nick: "Corinna, I thought the book was excellent, and particularly for a first-time author. Have you had a long history of writing, or was this your first attempt?"
Corinna: "I used to write really weird poems when I was in my teens; and I had a couple of attempts at writing other things, but then gave up. But then this one just kept going, really."
Nick: "And what was it that prompted you to focus on this particular story?"
Corinna: "Well, I just love that whole era; that whole time in English history. I shoot the long-bow too, which was one of the main weapons of that time. I used to do archery at a local technical college; and one day I saw someone there with a long-bow and I thought I'd have a go, and fell in love with it. This was about three years ago. Now, I shoot in the back garden here at the CFZ!"
Nick: "How would you describe the book"
Corinna: "It's about a young woman who lives a fairly solitary life in this isolated fortress and who doesn't feel loved by her father because when she was born her mother and twin-brother died. Then this chap comes along and she suddenly gets embroiled in a journey - she grows up really, changes, and gets involved in sorcery. And so it's her journey, through her life."
Nick: "How did you find the writing process, in terms of having to get to grips with writing a full-length book?"
Corinna: "I really enjoyed it. I had no intention of publishing; I was just doing it to get what I was thinking in my head down on paper. The reason being that a lot of her is based on me, in a way: my thoughts. She's sort of me, really. So, if I felt frustrated about something, it would come out in the book, in a diary fashion. I'd often do an hour or so on the laptop before I went to sleep, and it worked well. It was pleasurable to write the book rather than just a task that I had to do."
To buy your own copy of Ethna's Journal, click here.
Even though I say so myself, Corinna's book is a very entertaining page-turner and well worth investing in. So, you know what to do: buy!
Monday, March 3, 2008
Lisa Shiel, Bigfoot and the Paranormal
"Must a Bigfoot-type creature seen with a UFO or other high strangeness be called something other than Bigfoot? Many researchers would say yes. Why?They often have quasi-logical explanations for saying creatures spotted with UFOs aren't Bigfoot, even though the beasties look like Bigfoot. But the real explanation lies in the underbelly of Bigfoot research—the researchers' feelings. Too often emotion becomes entangled with the investigation, as the researcher struggles to justify throwing out sightings that disturb him. High strangeness associated with Bigfoot clearly disturbs a lot of people. Therefore, researchers attempt to separate the so-called flesh-and-blood Bigfoot from the so-called paranormal Bigfoot. But there's a problem.Bigfoot is paranormal, no matter how you view it."
Here's the rest of Lisa's post.
British Big Cats - On The Loose
Story One and Story Two.
Interestingly, the latter case involves a creature seen prowling around a graveyard in a cemetery in the English county of Kent. Graveyards are regular haunts for strange beasts in the British Isles - the legendary phantom black dogs of centuries-past being a perfect case in point. And there have been several such encounters with big-cats at the German Cemetery in the woods of England's Cannock Chase.
Physical beasts, paranormal entities, or a curious and poorly understood blend of the two?
Big Cats 2008 - A Review
Indeed, for the big cat devotee, the latest Yearbook contains much that will inform, intrigue and entertain. After a foreword from Merrily Harpur - author of the truly excellent book Mystery Big Cats - we are treated to a review of the 2007 Big Cats in Britain Conference by Christine Hall. Christine's review takes a slightly different, and welcome, approach, however, as it delves deep into the value of such events, rather than merely its content.
And as Christine astutely concludes with respect to the conference: "It brought gravitas to a subject often perceived as fringe, although it was clearly demonstrated by the speakers that the issue of big cats in our countryside is a very serious issue with many ramifications."
Brian Percival's paper, Mixing Art and the Curriculum, is an interesting one and delves into mysterious big cats seen in the north of England; as well as a notable project involving England's Bolton Museum and Art Gallery.
Every Village Should Have One by John Beart reveals details of his own, personal encounters with big-cats; and Rick Minter explores reports of such creatures on the loose in the English county of Gloucestershire.
Christopher Johnston explores the issue of territory vs. range with respect to these elusive beasts of Britain; Frank Tunbridge has an article titled Black Panther Killed on Bypass; and Chris Hall reveals how discussing the big-cat issue in passing conversation can bring forth intriguing witness testimony.
However, the most important contribution is the Big Cat Diary, which, from pages 45 to 230, details countless big-cat reports in 2007 from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Southern Ireland.
The reports are both impressive and diverse and should convince pretty much anyone and everyone that large, unknown cats do inhabit the UK - and may well have done so for a very long time. You'll find in these sections masses of data that would otherwise be very hard to locate. For that reason alone, the book is an essential purchase.
And everything is rounded off by Mark Fraser, who provides an excellent summary on the history, work, aims and objectives of the Big Cats in Britain group.
Great value for money and highly informative!