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Friday, June 29, 2012

News Release

News release from the Huron Daily Tribune June 28, 2012
A plot to unleash a bevy of bull sharks on thousands of unsuspecting swimmers at the bathing beach in Caseville County Park during the popular Cheesebuger in Caseville Festival is the storyline for a new book by noted Huron County author Dennis Collins.

Such a dastardly act would be considered an absolute, unadulterated nightmare by any standard of measure.

Nightmare is the title of Collins’ latest tome and he will be signing copies of it for readers during a book launch celebration at the Lemon Tree Marketplace on Main Street in downtown Caseville from 3 to 6 p.m. next Saturday (June 30).

But the celebration does not stop there. Collins will be signing books at the Port Austin Historical Society’s Author’s Day at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 6. The historical society is located at 1426 Pte. Aux Barques Rd., Port Austin.

And then on Saturday, July 7, Collins will greet the public and sign copies of his book from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Key North Surf Shop on Main Street at the Pigeon River in downtown Caseville.

Nightmare is Collins’ fourth novel. His first two mysteries were entitled, The Unreal McCoy, and, Turn Left at September. Book number three, The First Domino, was released last year.

The idea for Nightmare came to Collins by accident.

“I took a wrong turn when I was doing some research and ended up reading an article about bull sharks surviving and actually thriving in fresh water,” he said. “Most people think bull sharks are only able to exist in salt water. That’s not true.”
In addition, telling scary stories about sharks and swimmers is not new to the writer, who spent many hot summer nights as a youngster near the lake at Oak Beach in Huron County.

“As a kid, we always sat around the campfire at night telling scary stories,” he said. “Sharks and swimmers were a common theme for me.”

The theme for Nightmare grew from there and his accidental research.

Here is a thumbnail sketch of the storyline for the book: Nightmare is the story of Brian Prescott, a mentally disturbed young man who feels compelled to hurt others. He’s a well-educated guy with a degree in marine biology and a fascination with sharks. When he inherits his grandfather’s secluded waterfront home on one of Lake Huron’s many bays, he sees the opportunity to launch a destructive attack on the people of nearby Caseville Michigan.

In his studies, Brian discovers that the aggressive bull shark thrives quite nicely in fresh water and he conceives a plan to release a number of these man-eaters directly in front of the bathing beach at the height of the “Cheeseburger” summer festival.

Brian’s twin sister, Bonnie, who lives across the state, experiences a phenomenon known as “thought concordance,” an occurrence not uncommon among twins. She suddenly has a very strong premonition that her brother is about to commit a heinous act although she has no clue what it might be. Without any evidence of a crime or intent, the police have no authority to investigate so Bonnie turns to Michael O’Conner, a private detective to try to find out what her brother is up to.

Michael employs the assistance of an off duty Detroit homicide detective as well as a local game warden and all of the local resources he can gather to try to piece together a snapshot of what is going on at Brian Prescott’s hideaway.

Collins is originally from Detroit.

“Growing up as a 50’s teenage hot-rodder in Detroit, my interests leaned toward anything with wheels and loud exhaust pipes,” he said. “I naturally migrated toward the automobile industry and I had a fulfilling career in engineering.

“For most of my life, I’ve been an adventurer indulging in pastimes such as flying, sky-diving, scuba diving, motorcycle racing, and over thirty years of professional automotive powered hydroplane racing.”

All four of Collins’ books are available in electronic format for Kindle, Nook, iPad, Smartphone, or PC. The First Domino and Nightmare also are available in paperback and can be found online at

Collins is a co-founder of the Huron Area Writers Group.

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