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McGraw-Hill rushed this book to print in 2003. By that time I had electrified the web and TV with the subject for about 4 years. It had been some 25 years since anybody had read anything fresh on it. I added hundreds of cases, some of the most interesting in the late 1970s-to the publishing of this book. Those cases had never been heard about before. I was the one who resurrected this topic out of obscurity to bring it up to date, introduce “electronic fog” and other theories. It was optioned for film by Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner while at Paramount Pictures. Although my book is nonfiction and a compilation of incidents and theories, it was still used as the basis for a fictionalized screenplay. The screenplay was along the lines of what eventually happened to Malaysian Flight 370, except written about a decade before. Had it been made it would have entered the litany of those eerie prognostications where life eventually imitates art. Whitley Strieber declared this to be the “best book” written on the subject.
In 2005, this book in MS form inspired SCI-FI and NBC’s two hour special documentary hosted by Lester Holt. It also inspired a Resolution in Congress sponsored by E. Clay Shaw. The span of time between the publishing of this book and my first can be explained by the fact I was so stupid I had said no to Simon and Schuster when they offered to publish a paperback TV-Tie-in. I said it wasn’t a tie-in. The upshot was it took a long time to get it out. In 2010 I even backed a limited edition through Lulu myself. For those who have such a copy, you have something quite rare. The edition that is out now is not rare. Randy Wayne White’s novel character Marion “Doc” Ford carries my book with him as a guide when trying to find Flight 19 in Randy’s New York Times bestseller Night Moves (2013, Putnam). The book has found tribute in many venues, and is my most praised work.
The Third . . .
(of which I am proud though both quite loved and hated:
The bible for a new generation of Bigfooters. In compensating for the carnival nature of the pursuit (as currently viewed) I wrote with an eloquent, often old style, coupled with analysis of all footprints and reports and lots of illustrations. The book vividly reestablishes the original foundation from the frontier accounts. From there we move forward as the phenomena should have evolved to discover what truly must be behind Bigfoot and Sasquatch. They are not the same thing. It’s more than one thing, and the Indian artwork and old accounts had been right. They are a far better guide to the “animal humans” of the Pacific Northwest. People were involved, and there is more than enough evidence to assert with certainty that the origins of Bigfoot are with a new world anthropoid.
A novel. I don’t know how to advertise fiction, so it never got too much attention. It is an international thriller in search for the lost tomb and body of Alexander the Great. Those who have read it have enjoyed it. Obviously, I wouldn’t say otherwise anyway. I love exquisite villains. They are more enjoyable than the good guy! Kermit Giebelhaus, a fat Englishman with a flare for the native, the deliciously low and insipid Earwig, the ruthlessly naïve Persian Darius Venable, and a few others vie with John Monsieur to locate the lost tomb of Alexander the Great under the city of modern Alexandria, Egypt. Adventure and thrillers bore me if there isn’t humor, and with dark characters about the humor must be sarcastic. I write with a humor similar to Raymond Chandler.
The novelized account of the final voyage and disappearance of the USS Cyclops. Based on over 2,000 documents. It is no longer in print. It was supplanted by the purely nonfiction Number 8 book below.
An old style compilation of some of the most famous and not-so-famous mysteries and tragedies of the sea. In this case it is far more investigative than simply recounting tales vignette after vignette. I take on the case of the Mary Celeste and Carroll A. Deering, the Cyclops, Marine Sulphur Queen, the Pirates of Malacca, and many other cases. It turned out surprisingly popular.
My entry into Cold Case. I took the Ripper very seriously. I had read dozens of books. The best were really the earliest, where the authors tried to do a fine job at putting the crime spree down accurately. After the first few books on the subject in the 1960s, the entire topic spiraled into modern folklore with authors pushing conspiracy theory and outlandish suspects. The recounting of the crimes was inaccurate. They were rushed and anemic renditions designed merely to introduce another suspect. Facts had been lost. Details were truly never considered. However, the first books were by now long gone and inadequate. Too much information was now out there that the original authors did not have. I got all the inquest information I could. I set out to put it all in context, the crimes and the times and seasons of London 1888. It was illustrated heavily. I intended it to be the book that all those interested in Jack the Ripper would need in order to assess the entire topic and suspects– past, present and future. This is my biggest success since They Flew into Oblivion.
The completely nonfiction account of the last voyage and disappearance of the USS Cyclops. This is a painstaking recounting based on thousands of documents in the National Archives. It is America’s No. 1 unsolved tale of the sea, and surprisingly I was the first to write a nonfiction book on it. It very well could be America’s Mutiny on the Bounty.
As you know from SOMA, I like exquisite villains. George Worley, however, was not fiction. He was worse than Bligh, though he had a strong though demeaning sense of humor. In the era of Sand Pebbles, the China Sailor, and the Auxiliary, he stands out as a colorful saloon hall skipper and the last breath of the High Barbary. The fate of the Cyclops cannot be independent of this American Bligh.
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Since 1990 Gian J. Quasar has investigated a broad range of mysterious subjects, from strange disappearances to serial murders, earning in that time the unique distinction of being likened to “the real life Kolchak.” However, he is much more at home with being called The Quester. “He’s bloody eccentric, an historian with no qualifications who sticks his nose into affairs and gets results.” He is the author of several books, one of which inspired a Resolution in Congress.