I'm Kevin Collier. I welcome you to beautiful Grand Haven, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline where my wife, Kristen (pictured), son Jarod, and I make our home. I am a writer, author of books, and commercial artist/designer by profession. In the last decade, I have illustrated over 130 children's books. My wife and I own Tangerine Sky Productions, a video entertainment company. Thanks for dropping by!



COMING APRIL 29, 2017:
Authorized biography of legendary filmmaker Ted V. Mikels

I am currently working on the book “The Life and Cinema of Ted V.Mikels,” an iconic man who has made movies since 1963, with his first film, “Strike Me Deadly.” I interviewed Mikels extensively for six months exclusively for this authorized biography, corresponding hundreds of times to cover his entire life and all of his films. Mr. Mikels passed away on October 16, 2016 at the age of 87. His horror films have become cult classics, and he has rubbed elbows with some of the most famous actors and actresses in Hollywood during its heyday, such as Milton Berle, Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Kirk Douglas and hundreds more. Born the son of a butcher, Mikels created the grindhouse genre in the film industry, with his most popular films being “The Astro-Zombies,” “The Corpse Grinders,” and “The Doll Squad,” which Aaron Spelling ripped off to create “Charlie’s Angels.” The book will follow his entire life story, and detail all of his motion pictures, along with a bonus of exclusive interviews with many of the actors and actresses that appeared in his films over 60 years. The paperback book will likely run 150 pages, features many photographs, and will retail for under $13 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble booksellers. I miss you, Ted. Visit the book page herePictured at above left: Ted V. Mikels posing with an Astro-Zombie mask in hand.

A new look at the classic 1953 'Robot Monster' sci-fi film

Newly published is a book I have written that takes an extensive look at the 1953 sci-fi classic motion picture "Robot Monster." Called one of the worst films ever made, this book explores the people behind the making of the original 3-D film that had a budget of $16,000 and went on to make over $1 million at the box office. The book features exclusive interviews with actors Gregory Moffett, Claudia Barrett, and Pamela Paulson from the original movie, and Bob Burns, Steve de Souza, Dave Nichols and Chuck Cirino from the the 1982 "Robot Monster Special Edition" broadcast on MTV. Also on board are Bob Furmanek explaining the polarized 3-D version of "Robot Monster," as well as film experts Dr. Robert J. Kiss, Jack Theakston, Greg Kintz and Eric Kurland. Also, Mark Viniello who played Ro-Man and Tom Woodruff, Jr. There's also a chapter about Ro-Man on YouTube, and filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm weights in about the popularity of "Robot Monster." Copyright holder Wade Williams is also featured, along with in depth trivia! Visit the book page here!
Only $10.95/Free shipping to Prime customers
120 pages / Paperback / Nearly 100 photos

New Winsor McCay book highlights artist's boyhood years

"Winsor McCay Boyhood Dreams," is an upcoming new book about comic artist and pioneering animator Winsor McCay. It will feature what no other book about him has, a look at his 18 years growing up in Spring Lake, Michigan. The landmark book will trace the McKay family's arrival in Spring Lake in 1866, to the year they left the area, in 1885. With the help of the Winsor McCay committee, and the Spring Lake District Library, McCay's childhood is examined. Chapters include his friends, close association with his namesake Zenas G. Winsor, his school, his home, his illustration of the sinking of The Alpena (his first commercial work) and the history behind it, his father's jobs and position in the Village Council, and rare photographs that include images of his home, The Union schoolhouse where he was a student, the teacher who encouraged him and a reproduction of his sinking of The Alpena illustration. Also, did a real life sleepwalker inspire McCay's Little Nemo character?  Visit the Boyhood Dreams page here
Only $8.95/Free shipping to Prime customers
74 pages / Paperback / Many Photos

'Unmasking the Astro-Zombies' focuses on sci-fi series

Released on November 25, 2016, "Unmasking the Astro-Zombies" is an astro-nomical work for fans of the Ted V. Mikels movie series. Making use of exclusive interviews with Mr. Mikels for this book conducted over a period of six months in 2016 months, the iconic filmmaker walks readers through all four movies released from 1968-2012. Supporting interviews with individuals in front of and behind the camera adds to the behind the scenes story. Featured stars sharing their astro-tales include Francine York, Donna Hamblin, Beverly Washburn, Sean Morelli, Fletcher Sharp, Brinke Stevens, Gary and Richard Lester, Cory Udler, Volmar Franz, Sara Dunn, Rusty Meyers, Mr. Lobo, Peaches Christ, John Baniqued, Drew Marvick and Anthony Avery. Sadly, Ted V. Mikels died on October 16, 2016, but he leaves behind this great guide, a must have for all fans! Visit the book page here.
Only $9.95/Free shipping to Prime customers
100 pages / Paperback / Dozens of screenshots from all 4 films

Ape man Bob Burns focus of upcoming 'Tracy Talks' book

I am in the process of writing a new book with legendary Hollywood ape man Bob Burns about his role and memories in the 1975 Filmation Saturday morning children's TV program, "The Ghost Busters." In the series, which only produced 15 episodes, Burns played Tracy the gorilla, co-starring with veteran actors Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. While he never spoke in the TV show, he does now in "Tracy Talks: Bob Burns' Ghost Buster Case Files," to be published in early 2017. The book will feature Mr. Burns' memories of the popular kids program, working with guest such as Jim Backus, Billy Barty, Ted Knight and Huntz Hall. Visit the webpage.

An English guide to Mexico's Aztec Mummy film trilogy

Coming soon is a new book focused on Mexico's Aztec Mummy horror film trilogy which was produced in 1957. The series, which starred Ramon Gay and Rosita Arenas and Luis Aceves Castaneda includes The Aztec Mummy, The Curse of the Aztec Mummy and The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy, was filmed in Mexico City. Two of the films in the series were dubbed in English by K. Gordon Murray and made available in the 1960's to American television. This book, The Robot vs. the Aztec Mummy: An English Guide to Mexico's Aztec Mummy Movie Trilogy, presents an English story outline for all three movies, actor and actress biographies, history of the series and amusing trivia. The book also presents dozens of photos from the trilogy as well as a detailed listing of other Mexican films related to the series and exclusive content from David Wilt. Plus there is a DVD guide to the best reproductions of the films available for home viewing. Expect an April 2017 release. It will retail for under $10.
Only $9.95/ Paperback
Approx. 100 pages/Many photos

Guidebook coming on the films of Christopher R. Mihm

I am in the process of writing a new book about filmmaker Christopher R. Mihm, creator of critically acclaimed films such as "The Giant Spider," "Attack of the Moon Zombies," "Danny Johnson Saves the World" and the latest movie "Weresquito: Nazi Hunter." Since 2006, Mihm has released 11 films, all entertaining, groundbreaking spoofs of classic horror and sci-fi films. The book will present a guide to his movies present inside amusing tales with Christopher Mihm and many of his film's key players. Biographies of key actors and actresses that have appeared in St. Euphoria Pictures are featured. Titled "They Came from the Planet Mihm: The Universe of Christopher R. Mihm and a Decade of Movie Madness," the book will be published in early 2017. Mihm is the recipient of many film awards. Visit the book page here.

 Forgotten serial killer remembered in shocking new book

"Serial Killer in Ford County: The Frederick Hollman Story," is about one of our nation's first serial killers, Frederick William Hollman, who once lived in Grand Haven, Michigan. Hollman killed up to 17 women from 1895-1896, and was captured and put on trial in Ford County, Illinois in 1897, and executed by hanging. Included in the book is Hollman's bloody trail from Michigan, to Wisconsin, to Pennsylvania and Illinois, and current paranormal investigations at the Ford County jailhouse, where Hollman was executed. The book includes 11 pages of photographs from the era. The paperback, which runs 170 pages, is available online for mail delivery, and available locally at The Bookman on Washington Street, in downtown Grand Haven. A 'Grand Haven' version of the book titled "Serial  Killer from Grand Haven," is also available online and is exactly the same content with only the title difference. For more information, visit the book webpage here
Only $10.95 plus postage
170 pages / Paperback / 9 Pages of Rare Photos

Book on President Garfield's inspirational brother Thomas

A new book about President James A Garfield's brother, Thomas Garfield, was published in October 2015. Thomas Garfield, the only brother of the assassinated President, lived in Jamestown, Ottawa County, Michigan, for 40 years. The book presents Thomas Garfield mostly in his own words, transcribed from old newspaper interviews from 1881 to the year he died in 1910. Thomas Garfield's father died when he was age ten, and the future U.S. President was 18 months old. Thomas went to work to help his mother keep the family together, which included two sisters. The book, "My Brother's Keeper: The Thomas Garfield Story," is a tale of sacrifice and how Thomas put his brother through college, while he remained a poor farmer all of his life. It is a tale of faith, as Thomas was a devout Christian, who never complained, and did everything for the benefit of others. President James A. Garfield, who died as a result of an assassin's bullet. Visit the Thomas Garfield book page to learn more about this humble, faithful man.
Only $8.95 plus postage
50 pages / Paperback

Area history of Spiritualism and seances becomes a book

"The Talking Dead: The Modern Spiritualist Movement and the Supernatural in Ottawa County, Michigan 1850-1920" has been published The book explores the many faces and techniques of those who claimed they could communicate with the dead. The book also highlights seances, witchcraft, and seances in Ottawa County. Many of these spiritual mediums were con artists preying off those who had lost loved ones, but some conducted practices that were difficult to explain. Included is Spring Lake spiritualist Charles Orchardson, who wrote a book that he claimed was all written by the dead, some of which were famous, like Charles Darwin. There were also claims of witchcraft in Ottawa County, and black magic, and rumors of voodoo. The book covers the most outrageous to the unexplained examples published in Ottawa County and Michigan newspapers. It will be available on Amazon and at The Bookman in Grand Haven. Visit The Talking Dead homepage here.
Only $6.95 plus postage
60 pages / Paperback

Strange Grand Haven now available in paperback
The "Strange Grand Haven" column, which for nearly 4 years appeared every Monday in the Grand Haven Tribune, has now become a paperback book! The best, and most outrageous tales to appear in the column now appear in the new book, "Strange Grand Haven," which is now available locally at The Bookman and Hostetter's News Agency in downtown Grand Haven, and online for purchase by mail from Amazon. The book includes 51 stories, runs 100 pages, and ranges in price from $12-$14 locally, and $12.00 from Amazon plus shipping and handling. Read about the monster of Stearn's Bayou, hidden treasures, haunted locations, U.F.O. sightings that involved police action, unusual history, and things you would never have guessed that happened in Ottawa County! A list of all of the stories appearing in this book appears on the Strange Grand Haven web page. Pictured is the Strange Grand Haven book cover. 
Only $9.99 plus postage
100 pages / Paperback

Picture book of Grand Haven vaudeville stars published

A new large size book, 8.5x11 inch format, about Grand Haven's twins who went on to become major vaudeville stars from 1897-1911, has been published and is available. The book is a memoir, and includes rare Lyman family photos, news items and reviews about featuring Herbert and Howard Lyman. The book features a history of their lives and career, presents over 30 rare photos, with newspaper clippings and ads published about them during their lifetime. Due to the oversize dimension and high quality printing on superior white stock, the book retails for $16.00. One historical aspect in the book concerning comedy sketches, is the twins pioneered the mirror illusion routine, that appeared in the Marx Brothers' movie, "Duck Soup." A big thank you to descendants who provided rare content for this tribute publication. Locally the book is available at The Bookman in Grand Haven. Visit the Lyman Twins homepage here.
Only $15.95 plus postage
52 pages / Large Size Paperback / Over 30 Rare Photos



My chapter books for tweens and teens
I have written several chapter books over the years and the four I would recommend to readers 9-15 would be the titles pictured above. Each can be purchased online by clicking on the book title. Barthpenn@heaven.org follows an inspirational communication via email between an angel in heaven and a boy who has only a short time left on earth. The second title is Esther's Channel, presented much like the works of C. S. Lewis, where creatures mirror humans and their emotions, a turtle named Esther must find forgiveness for others after her mother dies. The third title is Natalie's Ark, written by my wife and I. It tells the tale of a young girl lost in a flood, and how through faith, and the encouragement of animals that speak, finds her way back home. The fourth book I recommend is Dreamchaser, also written by my wife and I. It presents the tale of an urban youth who dreams of playing professional basketball, but discovers he is an all-star to those who love him most.

My picture books for children

I have written and illustrated several picture books over the years and the four I would recommend to readers 4-8 would be the titles pictured above. Each can be purchased online by clicking on the book title. Whispering Wally follows the inspirational tale of a large blue whale, and reveals the secret why he speaks in a whisper. The second title is Professor Horace, Cryptozoologist, which explores the unusual and amusing world of creatures of fable and legend. An elderly professor not only finds the creatures, but befriends them and promises to keep secret their existence. The third title is The Jumbo Shrimp of Dire Straits, written by my wife and I, illustrated by me, which tells the tale of a crusty sea captain who falls on hard times but does not give up on finding a place called Hope. The fourth book I recommend is Hope the Angelfish, which is a written collection of fables with biblical meaning. One illustration accompanies each of the 10 stories included.

Browse all of my titles

To browse all of my book titles available on Amazon, click here to visit my author page online.


I illustrate many books for authors each year and my illustration services are available upon request. I also edit and produce videos for books and other entertainment media at reasonable cost. Inquire how I can help you with your project. Check out examples of my artwork here: ART GALLERY 1, ART GALLERY 2.