A number of years ago, James M Deem was asked to write a book about caves.
He visited many caves around the United States, including some spectacular ones in the west (Carlsbad Caverns and Ice Caves in New Mexico, Lehman Caves in Nevada's Great Basin National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, and South Dakota's Jewel Cave and Wind Cave) as well as some further east (Kentucky's Mammoth Cave and Arkansas's Blanchard Springs Caverns). One highlight of his research was a trip through a wild cave (Cave of the Winds in Manitou Springs, Colorado).
But his most vivid memory concern a research trip to France where he was able to visit the cave of Lascaux (which is closed to everyone except scientists). He was fortunate enough to be allowed inside on a special tour with five other researchers.
He worked very hard on the book for a number of years. Sometimes, though, an editor or a publisher can change her mind. And that's what happened. Without warning or explanation, he was told that the publisher was canceling the contract for the book and would not be publishing it.
Rather than allow his hard work to go to waste, James M Deem has decided to share some of the stories from that book:
Cave of the Glowing Skulls -- an account of the discovery of a Honduras cave filled with human bones
Floyd Collins: Trapped in Sand Cave-- one of the biggest and most tragic cave adventures ever reported
The Hidden Treasure of Lascaux Cave -- a visit to one of the most important caves ever found and now closed to most people
Six Months Alone in Midnight Cave -- an account of one of the most unusual--and longest--cave stays ever recorded