The Mystery of Cameron's Last Mysteries

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I often pre-order books that I know that am going to want to have. So imagine my pleasant surprise when sent me an email that James Cameron's Last Mysteries of the Titanic was in the mail!

Imagine my further surprise that when I got the package, and opened the box, there was a book by Michael Clarkson about Poltergeists!!!

So I called my local Barnes & Noble and asked them if the Cameron book was available. They said yes, and could have one in for me within a few days. Sure enough, a few days later they called and said, you guessed it, the book they got was on poltergeists.

Something is seriously wrong in bookland. That both and Barnes & Noble have it wrong suggests that the misinformation is coming from the publisher.

Here are the details as listed on B&

Product Details:
ISBN: 1554071623
Format: Hardcover, 192pp
Pub. Date: April 2006
Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited

That ISBN is definitely for the poltergeist book. At this point, I doubt that the author listed, Clarkson, is the real author, and I'm not even sure that the publisher is really Firefly.

Can any of you insider's with Cameron come up with any details about this book? Or know who I can ask?

Michael (TheManInBlack) T
Whatever happened to cause this, I hope it gets corrected. I'd like to get a copy of this, but I don't need a book on ghosts who are rude houseguests.
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Dear Michaels,

I checked (since I recognized Firefly Books as a Canadian publisher)

The author is Joseph Macinnes
Title: James Cameron's Last Mysteries of the Titanic
Publisher : Key Porter Books (Toronto)
April 2006
ISBN : 1552637425
Price : $Cdn 40.00

I don't see it on their website
I didn't see it on (How did you find it?}

Dr. Joe MacInnes's publication of "James Cameron's Last Mysteries of the Titanic" was originally scheduled last year but recently postponed until the Spring of this year. Dr. Joe didn't give me the reason for the delay. I, too, have seen sporadic mention of the book's release, but to date every mention has proven false. As far as I know, the book will only be available through Canadian outlets, like

As a side note, I asked that since the publication was postponed, would I have time to update my CGI which is featured in the book. The answer was no, unless the changes were minor. Evidently, the book has been "locked down" during the postponement period, which makes the delay even more mysterious.

Marilyn, you are a gem beyond words. Thanks! The reason you can't find it on Amazon's US site is that enough people like me have informed them they have sent the wrong book that they have taken the listing down. A few months ago it was up there, which was how I preordered it at that time. Barnes & Noble haven't figured it all out yet, which is why they still show it on their site.

Parks, thanks for the additional information. There is no understanding the new book business or what bizarre magic ritual publishers use to determine when they will release a book. As you say, it apparently has little to do with whether the book is finished or not!

I would be very surprised, though, if the book is only made available through Canadian outlets. I expect that once the publisher finally gets all the correct info to the US and UK sites, they will relist it. But that is just an educated guess on my part. Time will tell.

all the best, Michael (TheManInBlack) T
Hey, I figured out why they keep sending everyone a book about poltergeists. Cameron's last book, after all, was called Ghosts of the Abyss!

Michael (TheManInBlack) T
The strange journey of this book through publishing limbo continues. The publisher lists the book on their website, but does not offer any release date details. None of the major new book sites list the book for pre-order any longer. I contacted the publisher directly, and was told that the title "has been postponed". When I asked them what that meant, they replied that there were some holdups keeping the book from going to press. They did not have any time frame as to when, if ever, this book will be published, though they indicated a desire to see the complications worked out and the book released eventually.

Patience, they say, is a virtue.

all the best, Michael (TheManInBlack) T
>>Patience, they say, is a virtue.<<

I just hope I don't have to come back in another life to see this published. (I want it last year!) Did the publisher go into any details as to what the hold ups were?
Mike, they were extremely careful not to go into any details, as I did press them on the "postponed" statement. Their resonse was very carefully worded to not give me any addtional information. This leads me to suspect it is a legal issue of some kind, but I'm only guessing.

Though no such statement was made, I was left with the impression that, unfortunately, we are unlikely to see this book anytime in the near future.

all the best, Michael (TheManInBlack) T

Jason D. Tiller

What a disappointment, I've also been looking forward to this book since it was announced last year. It's already been postponed enough, but I guess we'll just have to hope that it's out sometime in the future.
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