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About the Author
Paul Collins was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Collins is a freelance commercial director. In 2002, he directed a documentary about youth violence called Just Talk. Its world premiere was at the Final Cut Short Film Screenings DJ & VJ Sets in the city of Brighton in the fall of 2003. Collins has written Prescience Rendezvous (out of print), King without an Empire, and Mystery of Everyman's Way. Mack Dunstan's Inferno is his next paperback. He has also written several short stories for www.angiesdiary.com. Check out www.myspace.com/authorpaulcollins.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY l Collins was born in Toronto, Ontario Canada. Collins is a freelance commercial director. In 2002, he directed a documentary about youth violence called Just Talk. Its world premiere was at the Final Cut Short Film Screenings DJ & VJ Sets in the city of Brighton in the fall of 2003. Collins has written Prescience Rendezvous (out of print), King without an Empire, and Mystery of Everyman's Way. Mack Dunstan's Inferno is his next paperback and is available as a pbk at ISBN 978-1-4620-3276-1 and as an ebk at ISBN 978-1-4620-3280-8. He has also written several short stories which you can find at http://angiesdiary.com/author/authorpaulcollins/. Check out www.myspace.com/authorpaulcollins
In MACK DUNSTAN'S INFERNO, Mack "Max" Dunstan (actually Charlton Heston, but for some odd reason, he's the only character in the book whose real name isn't used) tells a doctor while lying on a hospital bed that he's going to take a nap. Then he dies. He watches his life fly before his eyes. He sees his wake and funeral. Then he goes to Hell. The Hell in the book isn't like any other Hell you've ever heard about or read. There are parts of it that resemble the description of Hell in Dante's The Inferno, but that's about it. Mack finds himself in Hell and he doesn't understand why. Virgil, the poet and guide in Dante's The Inferno, is sent to guide Mack through Hell, Purgatory, and beyond. He's told in a very cryptic way, that in order for him to reach Nirvana he has to be purged for all of his sins of being President of the NRA. Virgil and Mack's journey is a long one and even though they are spirits, the entire adventure seems to be a very long camping trip for the two. For instance, they sleep in tents at the end of a day. That doesn't really make sense, but nothing does in this strange world. Billy Graham is in Hell, but Hitler is in Purgatory. Anyway, Mack's journey doesn't end when he reaches the "end" of Purgatory. He's taken away in an alien spaceship and travels to several different worlds. He also picks up another guide, Heidi Fleiss.
MACK'S DUNSTAN INFERNO is supposed to be a satire. Having read and studied Dante's The Inferno, I get the allusions to that classic work and how this novel satirizes it. I also can see how the book parodies the Christian worldview (one that Heston claimed to believe in) and Christian beliefs about the afterlife. There's also some sort of reverse hierarchy going on that seems to be parodying the entertainment world in general. I get that.Read more ›
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MACK DUNSTAN played Moses, Marc Anthony, Ben-Hur, President Andrew Jackson, and Long John Silver. He starred in The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, El Cid, 55 Days in Peking, Planet of the Apes, Omega Man, and Soylent Green, to name a few. Today's generation only know him for his hard right point of view and his outspoken nature.
MACK DUNSTAN'S INFERNO was written as a satirical, fantasy. Mr. Dunstan got Alzheimer s, went through the death process, and went down into hell. He met Virgil on his way to HELL and Virgil guided him through Hell, Heaven and eventually Illumination. There he met victims of his pro-gun policy. Many were Hispanic and African-Americans, the poorer classes. Here in the underworld, Mr. Dunstan saw the sadness and tragedy, leaving him to cope with the process of guilt, anger and elimination of ego. On the other hand, however, Mr. Dunstan did meet some celebrities in his underworld journey. Some were from the silent era, golden age of cinema, and classic American TV shows. MACK DUNSTANS'S INFERNO, a satire on those who enjoy the modern era,or update, of THE DIVINE COMEDY. Collins satirized the so-called pillars of the communities and media darlings. Instead of mentioning dead ancient figures of history, Collins sketched in Kelsey Grammar, Sally Struthers, or JK Rowlings.
Mack Dunstan had a fan in Paul Collins. This story was an inspiration from an interview the author had with Michael Moore. Mr. Moore was not supported by the author but only acknowledged for providing the inspiration for MACK DUNSTAN'S INFERNO.
Collins was disgusted to learn that Mr. Moore accepted the academy award. The American Academy awards were about Gucci shoes, who was wearing what, and sleeping with whoever.Read more ›
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It was Mack Dunstan's time to pass over to the other side, but he struggled with his memories as his life passed before his eyes. He could hear his wife, Lydia, crying as he remembered Hal Wallis, a man who brought him his fame during WWII. Mack was a legend, invincible, and he could not leave the Earth, but it was his time. Those who attended him simply faded away and Mack knew that "When one embarked on the land of the dead, one must be at peace with oneself and others," but his soul was tormented and his journey was just beginning. Mack would never hear anyone proclaim him a screen legend for his work was done on Earth. He now was thrust into a spectral world where it was proclaimed, "We sentence you to be among the damned! You will never leave this world unless you have redeemed yourself." His journey had begun, but where would these beings lead him?
Mack realized that he was truly gone when he rose from the ground to peer at his tombstone. Horror swept through his soul as a man approached him. When he was Col. George Taylor in the Planet of the Apes he shouted, "Take your stinking paws off me, you dirty ape!" This man, Virgil, would not be so easy to shake off for they were heading to the underworld of Hades. Virgil had come to take Mack Dunstan, a lost soul through his journey of realization, a journey of redemption. Cerberus howled as Virgil exclaimed, "Welcome to the First Circle of Hell!" Mack spotted loan sharks, and kids who shot each other on the streets. Someone recognized him and said, "You're the head of the NRA." Mack looked back into over his life and paled.
Mack began to dread what lay ahead as this was only the first stop. Where would it end? People had the right to bear arms, but he could not defend himself here.Read more ›
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