I'm Kevin Collier. I welcome you to beautiful Grand Haven, Michigan, a quaint port city along the Lake Michigan shoreline where my wife, Kristen, son Jarod, and our spoiled cat Midnight make our home.
I am a writer, author of many books, and illustrator of over 150 children's picture books. I also engage in video editing and have produced dozens of entertainment videos that appear on several streaming TV channels.
Born April 27, 1957, I grew up in Muskegon, Michigan with an early interest in illustration and storytelling. At age 13 I wrote and illustrated comic books, which I sold to neighborhood children. From 1976-84, with friend Jeff Cooke, we published a line of comic books. I also created comic strips for several area newspapers while working as staff artist for the Grand Haven Tribune, from 1981 to 2015.
In 2004, I became a published author with my first book "barthpenn@heaven.org," the tale of a boy who exchanged emails with an angel. Since then I have written many genres of books ranging from adventure themed chapter books, faith-based fiction, local and national history, and books about motion pictures and filmmakers.
I also enjoyed hosting and producing several streaming radio podcast programs in 2016 and continue to work as a freelance artist and co-partner in Tangerine Sky Productions, a media production company.
A Lutheran by denomination, I trust in my Father for all things. I appreciate all those who have touched my life by good example and express eternal gratitude to my beautiful wife whom I adore more every day.


'Life and Cinema of Ted V. Mikels' Released

Now available from Amazon, “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 and memories from James McEachin, Maureen Gaffney, Gary Kent, Leslie McRae, Sean Kenney, Francine York, Sherri Vernon, Barry Hostetler, Tiger Yang, Foster Boom, Rusty Meyers, Sean Morelli, Cara Jo Basso, Volmar Franz, Brinke Stevens, John Baniqued, Donna Hamblin, Anthony Avery, Kellie Karl, Kevin Sean Michaels, Cory Udler, Amanda Jade, Richard Lester, Gary Lester, Beverly Washburn, Mr. Lobo, Fletcher Sharp, Sarah Dunn, Joshua (Peaches Christ) Grannell, Scott Marlowe, Dawna Lee Heising, Drew Marvick, Raymond P. Whalen, Marc Gras Cots, Art Lynch, Grant Philipo, Colie Knoke, Lani Silverman, Jade Satana, Siouxzan Perry, Sharla Rae Satana, Kevin Burke, Liane Langford, Nils Henftling, Arnie Bartz, Ken Kish and Whitney Priebe Cross. 170 pages, paperback, $10.95. Kindle edition $3.99. I miss you, Ted. Visit the book page here

Read My Online Interview About the Ted V. Mikels Book
An interview with me concerning the book "The Life and Cinema of Ted V. Mikels" appears online courtesy of Australia's Search My Trash movie resource website. The Interview was conducted by Michael Haberfelner. Read the interview here.


Cartoon Research presents 'Dreamy Dud' book
Exclusively from the nation's premier animation source, Cartoon Research, released on July 20, 2017, is a new book about Wallace A. Carlson's "Dreamy Dud" series. Making its debut in the silent film age, Dreamy Dud was one of our nation's first film cartoon series. In the upcoming book, Wallace A. Carlson's Dreamy Dud, a biography of Carlson is presented, a complete Dreamy Dud episode guide and a Wallace A. Carlson complete filmography list of titles and years. Also in the book, which features many photographs and still frames from his cartoons, an article is reprinted where Carlson explains how he got into the business and how the animation process was achieved over 100 years ago. It was nothing like how they do it today. The book is part of a new series of books to be issued by Cartoon Research (founded by Jerry Beck) available from Amazon. The book also features commentary from animation historian Tommy Jose Stathes concerning Carlson, the Dreamy Dud character, and his Bray animation project. The book runs 40 pages and sells for $5.95. Visit the book page.

Fake News: Titanic Rescued!
Just released is a new book that focuses on the very first day of reporting regarding the R.M.S. Titanic's collision with an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912. The day Titanic slipped below the ocean's surface in the early morning of April 15, 1912, "fake news reports" in newspapers across the United States were telling a different tale than the one we all know. For one day, the history of the plight of the Titanic was quite different. Between two covers, Fake News: The Rescue of the Titanic collects the news from that day and presents the alternate story - the first story - concerning Titanic: the liner was merely damaged, still afloat, being towed to Halifax and no lives were lost. All passengers had been rescued by ships responding to the accident. Learn how "pranksters" sent falsehoods via wireless that seemed like authorized reports changing the tale of Titanic's fate for one day. The paperback book runs 64 pages and features over 50 "fake news" stories published April 15. Visit the book page here. 

Roland West's 'Bat Man' Film
Now available is a new book exploring the making of director Roland West's 1926 classic silent movie, "The Bat." Originally written by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, "The Bat" was a successful stage play in vaudeville before Roland West bought the rights to the work to make a motion picture. The result was a creepy who-done-it mystery that featured a masked, caped figure who prowled around at night. Bob Kane, the creator of the comic book hero Bat-Man, pointed to this movie, made 13 years before the caped crusader made his debut in Detective Comics #27 in 1939, as the inspiration for creating Bat-Man. The film presented a bat man character, who had a large cape, bat horns on his head, used a utility belt bag to climb as scale buildings, and even beamed a 'bat signal' announcing his presence. Thus, "The Bat" presents us with the very first Bat Man. Read about the book on The Batman Universe siteVisit the book page here.
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Silent Film Comedian Swain
Just released is a new book highlighting silent motion picture comedy star Mack Swain's Ambrose character and film series. Swain, born into a polygamist family in Utah, became ne of the early silent picture comedians, first working for Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios in 1914. Mack Swain: The Ambrose Years focuses on Swain's bumbling, womanizing character who stumbled through dozens of comedy shorts in the mid to late 1900's. Perfecting his dance and comedy skills in his teens performing in local theater, Swain then appeared in vaudeville and ended up owning his own theater and touring stage company, which featured his wife as a leading star. During his film career, Mack Swain starred in countless films with Charlie Chaplin, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle and Chester Conklin. The book also presents a biography of Swain and mentions several of his other films of merit. Included are advertisements for the Ambrose series, reviews and news articles.  Visit Swain's book page here.
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Silent Film Star Billy Dooley
Just released is a fun and historic book on silent movie comedian Billy Dooley, who worked for Christie Films from 1925-1931 starred in a series of silly short films. Dooley began his career in vaudeville at the young age of 10 and developed a slapstick sailor character he named Billy Epson. Signed by Christie Films, Dooley starred in 28 short comedy films, his first being 'A Misfit Sailor.' The book includes a biography of Dooley, and a directory of all of his comedy shorts. Also included are dozens of promotional posters, lobby cards, promotional photos, published magazine advertisements, news clippings and motion picture frames from many of Dooley's films. The book also features biographies of supporting actors and comedians who appeared in films with Billy Dooley, as well as Billy Dooley's film appearances after his series appearing in bit roles in talking motion pictures. The book includes information on Grapevine Video's Billy Dooley DVD releases. Visit the book page.
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Salisbury's 'The Eagle' Movie
Just released is a book looking at the making of Monroe Salisbury's 1918 silent Western motion picture 'The Eagle.' One on the silent era's lost films, this book reconstructs the movie using historical reports, photos and film advertisements. It also offers the only complete biography anywhere of actor Monroe Salisbury, who was a popular star in Westerns for a decade. The film also starred actress Edna Earle, who only appeared in silent films for one year, then vanished. The book examines Earle's life, as well as touching on other stars in the feature, Ward Wing and Alfred Allen. The book also looks at director Elmer Clifton and cinematographer Virgil Miller. Critics have called the motion picture pioneering, as it introduced the first American version of Robin Hood into movies. Oversized, $6.95 retail. Visit the book page.
Romance Novella by My Wife
How a Guardian Angel Helped my Marriage is a new book written by my wife Kristen Collier with some help from me, Kevin! A marriage revolution is underway in this country like never before! God is transforming marriages. How A Guardian Angel Helped My Marriage is the true story of wives for whom He has done just that. These stories have been fictionalized, but they are all true. Do not give up hope. Where there is life there is hope. If your heart is broken, if you know that your marriage should be better than what you're experiencing, this story will lift your spirits. The new book is the first book in a series published by Xian Chix Media, the chick lit division of Tangerine Sky Productions, which is overseen by Kristen. "Xian Chix Media is a boutique media group for hip Christian women. We are so much  more than what the world sees us," said Kristen Collier. Do you like love stories? Kristen is looking for wives to review the book: kristenlcollier@yahoo.com.  Visit the blog page here.
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L. J. Pollard's Ebony Films
Coming soon is a new book, Luther Jay Pollard: Ebony Film Corp., about the silent movie company the Ebony Film Corp., established in 1916, and which featured an all-black cast. Appointed president of the company was Luther Jay Pollard, the only African-American in the 46 investors that founded the corporation. The book explores how the company, misguided by capital-hungry white investors, launched a series of comedy sorts that came under criticism for their racist overtones. As a result, Pollard was appointed as company president, and tried to repair the damage and worked to remake and reshape the company. But with the outcry rising, the damage was already complete. The book follows the comedy to tragedy timeline of Ebony Film, presents a filmography, biography of Pollard, and how he, regardless, made some pioneering moves for the benefit of black actors and filmmakers. The book also features many photos.Visit the book page.

Mexico's Aztec Mummy 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 the trilogy owner Peter Hamilton and film historian and Mexican cinema writer David R. Wilt. A fall release is planned and the book will run approx. 100 pages and cost $9.95. Visit the book page here.
Devil's Cyberspace Takeover
I am currently working on the book "Satan's Web of Lies," a Christian perspective look at how the Devil has taken over the internet and made believers slaves to it. The title discusses how the Devil uses deception and the weaknesses of people to trap them in precarious and sometimes dangerous situations in cyberspace. An analysis is conducted examining how words are being redefined as well as social standards that give the enemy access to breaking Christian homes. Social media, identity theft, scams, and all kinds of deceptions are catching people in the web of lies. The book points to Biblical truth as the answer, and what red flags Christians should look for to know when Satan's net is waiting to capture them. Also explored are political issues that seek an anti-Christ agenda and how the streaming media censors Christian viewpoints and hacks into providers of such to stop them from spreading the gospel. It's gloves off, bare knuckle writing no Christian should miss. Summer 2017 release. Visit the book page.
Apeman Burns shares memories in 'Tracy Talks'
I am in the process of writing a new book with legendary Hollywood apeman Bob Burns about the 1975 Filmation Saturday morning children's TV program, "The Ghost Busters." In the series, Burns played Tracy the gorilla, co-starring with veteran actors Forrest Tucker and Larry Storch. While silent in TV show, "Tracy Talks: Bob Burns' Ghost Buster Case Files" will feature Mr. Burns' memories of the popular kids program, working with guest such as Jim Backus, Billy Barty, Ted Knight and Huntz Hall. The book also will present dozens of pages of photos taken on the set during the making of the popular children's show.  Visit the Tracy Talks bookpage.
Book to Explore Movie Mihmiverse
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" and "Danny Johnson Saves the World." Since 2006, Mihm has released 11 films, all entertaining, groundbreaking spoofs of classic horror and sci-fi films. 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 late 2017.  Visit the book page here.


Robot Monster, Astro-Zombies, Winsor McCay

Check out my latest books "Robot Monster Diaries" and "Unmasking the Astro-Zombies" available from my Amazon Bookstore. "Robot Monster Diaries" looks at the 1953 classic sci-fi film featuring interviews from experts in cinema and the three surviving cast members in the movie. "Unmasking the Astro-Zombies" looks at the classic campy sci-fi film series by Ted V. Mikels, including interviews with Mikels and many actors who were in the series. Also, "Winsor McCay: Boyhood Dreams" is a new book that looks at pioneering animator and cartoonist Winsor McCay's boyhood years growing up in Spring Lake, Michigan. Don't forget to check out my reissued Christian title, "Randall's Sandals," in which a young boy comes into the possession of a pair of sandals believed to have been worn by Jesus Christ. Visit my Amazon Bookstore here!


Illustration Services
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.

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