Thursday, September 19, 2013

Animals & Men at 50

Time flies: next year will mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of the Center for Fortean Zoology's in-house magazine, Animals & Men. But there's another anniversary too: the 50th issue of the magazine has just been published.

Contrary to popular opinion, the name of the magazine has nothing to do with weird sex (although it does place the term "doggie-style" in a whole new light...). It's actually the title of an old song by Adam and the Ants.

Originally, the magazine was a self-published, fanzine-style journal put together in Jon Downes' living-room.

Fifty issues on, however, things are very different. Today, each and every issue of A&M is professionally published by the good folks at Lightning Source.

It has a full-color, glossy, card cover, and numerous color photos contained within. Indeed, the current, 50-page edition contains no less than 40 full-color photos.

As for issue 50, the contents are wide, varied, but always entertainingly interesting, and include: (a) an editorial from Jon; (b) a round-up of news of the cryptozoological kind; (c) new information on British Bigfoot reports; (d) my regular Letter from America column; (e) an article from Carl Portman on giant spiders; (f) a Watcher of the Skies column from Jon's wife, Corinna; (g) a feature from Carl Marshall on oversized snakes; (h) a fascinating paper from Richard Freeman on a Russian lake-monster; (i) a selection of book-reviews; (j) the latest news on Bigfoot; and much more.

If you don't already subscribe to A&M, you really should. And you can do so, by contacting Jon, right here.   

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