Amazon.com sales rankings are, of course, only one way of many ways to determine if a new book is of interest to you, the readers. Therefore, sometimes it is instructive to watch what happens on the release date of books to see if folks are picking up a copy or two. (All authors do it, even if they don’t admit to it.)
After pre-orders of two days, the official release date of my newest book with Mark A. Hall arrived. I was happy to see that as of 5:00 AM this morning, December 1, 2010, the Amazon sales rank had reached #16,433. It will naturally go up and down, but even if that’s the peak, that’s darn good for a modest cryptozoology book with groundbreaking new content from an independent publisher! Thank you Cryptomundians!
So the book is alive, and I want to share with you the “Table of Contents” today. I’m proud of what’s inside this one!! Buy two books from Amazon and you get free shipping. Send the other one to a friend who is interested in Bigfoot or cryptozoology for Chanukah (lasts 8 days, beginning Dec. 2), Poinsettia Day (Dec. 12), Winter Solstice (Dec. 21), Festivus (Dec. 23, for the rest of us!), Christmas (Dec. 25), Boxing Day (Dec. 26), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26), New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31), or if you forget to buy one this year, then on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Feast of the Epiphany- Three Kings Day (Jan. 6) or on your partner’s, friend’s, kid’s, or associate’s birthdays.
Mark A. Hall
As the book spreads around the world, just as Gigantopithecus apparently did for millions of years (as shown in the graphic below not contained in the book), I look forward to your future reactions.
In the meantime, here is the official “Table of Contents” of True Giants:
Preface: The Story Behind the Cover
Being the frightening encounter of one Captain Mokhtar Mohamad
and his wife with an Orang Dalam, a True Giant.
New evidence that humans were not alone. Cryptozoologists as
folklorists. A modest attempt to capture the myths, legend, and folklore
of the True Giants.
1. The Universal Giant
Tales of storybook giants are global. A broader basis in the natural world
for True Giants. The reasons for the lack of investigations and ignorance
of their existence. Survival of Gigantopithecus in an era of Homo
floresiensis and other new homin discoveries. Mountains around the
world as homes of the True Giants. Their general physical description.
2. The Earliest True Giant was Gigantopithecus
Four categories of evidence: traditions, consistent appearance,
footprints, and fossil remains. Gigantopithecus vs. Gigantanthropus.
Finding Giganthopithecus. The heights of the Giganthopithecus and
True Giants. More about their tracks. The migration issue. Conflict
with humans. Schism between the species. Cannibalism. Remoteness.
3. True Giants in Europe
Giant fighter Dietrich of Bern/Theodoric the Great. Knights of the
Round Table as giant killers. Scottish giants, the Fomors. Big Grey
Man of Ben MacDhui and Gray Man of Braeriach. Scandinavian
Jotuns. High Tatras’ True Giants. Slovaks’ Zruty or Ozruti. Trolls. City
name Antwerp has origins in True Giants lore. French Gayant. Greek
Callicantzari. Crete’s Triamates. Tribe of the Cyclops and Polyphemos.
4. The Mountains of Asia Shelter Giants
Bible’s Goliath of Gath and his brother Lahmi. The Nephilim, the
Rephaim, and the Sons of Anakim. Og of Bashan. Palestine’s Eleazar
and Arabian Gabbaras. Armenia’s Torch or Torx. Nepal’s Nyalmo. Sir
Edmund Hillary. Giant Yetis. Chinese and Mongolian True Giants.
5. The Giants of Southeastern Asia
Malaysian media attention. Orang Dalam. Serjarang Gigi. Kung-lu.
Orang Gadang. The Interminable Woodman.
6. Rumble in the Rainforest
Hantu Jarang Gigi. Malaysian “Bigfoot.” Vincent Chow. Sumatran
Rhinoceros and Javan Rhinoceros. Tracks. Mawas and Orangutans.
Use of Hantu Jarang Gigi vs Orang Dalam. Harold Stephens. Asian
Paranormal Investigation and Johor Wildlife Protection Society. Orang
Lenggor. Josh Gates and “Destination Truth.” Singapore Paranormal
Investigators and the Seekers. Back to Orang Dalam.
7: Tumble in the Jungle
Vincent Chow news conference. Reported photographs. The Guardians.
Sean Ang. “Johor Hominid.” Hoax exposed by Jean-Luc Drevillon,
Lorenzo Rossi, and Loren Coleman on Cryptomundo. Orang Dalam
8. The Oceanic Adventures of True Giants
Sudan’s Wa’ab. Tano Giant. Comoros Islands’ Red Headband.
Coelacanth. Australia’s Jogungs, Koyorowen and Yaho. Outback’s
Tjangara. Nan Madol’s Kona. Solomon Giants. Oahu’s Olomana.
9. Eastern True Giants
Rarity of Gigantopithecus fossils. Big Men, Cannibal Giants, and True
Giants. Okefenokee Swamp Giant fatal encounter and aftermath. Bald
Mountain’s Chickly Cudly. Cherokee’s Tsulkalu and Jutaculla. Gaspe’s
Gougou. Quebec’s Gugwes, Kookwes, Strendu, and Windigos. The
Stone Giants. Berwick’s Giant Phantom. Giants, the World Series, and
the Lenape’s Messing. Omahas’ Pasnuta. Kansas’ Mialushka. Ojibwa’s
Misabe. Wampanoag’s Maushope. Eskimo’s giants. Modern reports in
the East. Finding of enormous footprints.
10. The Giants in the American West
Larger than Bigfoot, Sasquatch and the Neo-Giants. Sidney Warren’s
1857 Oregon account. Idaho’s 1902 report. Lake Okanagan’s Big Men
of the Mountains. Alaska’s Gilyuk. British Columbia’s Tsufa. Takudh
Kutchin Indians’ Mahoni or Nahoni. Kaska’s Big Man or Tenatco.
California’s Marukarara. Modern accounts of True Giants in the West.
Finding of enormous foot tracks.
11. The World of True Giants
Structure of the True Giants. Communication skills. Mobility. Dangers
to True Giants. How they have changed. Lifestyle. Eating habits.
12. The Future of True Giants
What can we do about True Giants? George Papashvily. The Narts.
Yel’tso. Other traditions. Ethno-known.
Appendix A: Telebiology
How to study giant primates without harming them?
Appendix B: What Scientific Name For True Giants?
Good questions have complex answers.
Appendix C: Giant Bones
Where are the bones? Where are the skeletons? Where are the skulls?
Are there any easy answers?
Appendix D: Giant Skulls by Ivan Sanderson
What did the late cryptozoologist have to say on the question of giant
Appendix E: The Toonijuk by Ivan Sanderson
What do the Inuits and Eskimos know about True Giants?
Appendix F: The Teeth of the Dragon by Eric Pettifor
What is the standard anthropological view of Gigantopithecus?
Appendix G: Meganthropus: Giant Man From Old Java
Besides Gigantopithecus, there exists in the fossils of Asia, another
primate that has been problematic for paleoanthropologists. Might this
species be True Giants?
About the Authors
188 pages, 25 illustrations.