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Out of a dream, Bethel Park author's 'Apparition' materializes

| Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
A new superhero has hit the streets of Pittsburgh, and he's making quite an impression. 'The Apparition' is both the name of the main character and title of the first book in a three-part series by first time local author, Dominic Bianco. Bianco, 28, a 2004 graduate of Bethel Park High School, says the idea for his book came from a dream he had one night.'It was probably after watching one too many superhero movies that I began to think subconsciously, what if I were a super hero?,' he said. 'How would I help people?'

Dominic Bianco said the idea for his first book came to him one night in a dream.

“It was probably after watching one too many superhero movies that I began to think subconsciously, ‘What if I were a super hero? How would I help people?' ” said Bianco, 28, of Bethel Park.

“The Apparition” is both the name of the main character and the title of the first book in Bianco's planned three-part series. Angelo Drake, also known as The Apparition, is a typical 18-year-old whose life changes one fateful night. He becomes a masked vigilante on the streets of Pittsburgh. Bianco said he wanted the title to be “a mystery, something unattainable but that utilizes the character's superhero name. When readers finally see how The Apparition gets his name, I think it becomes a funny, neat twist.”

“The Apparition” was independently published in November through CreateSpace and is available on Amazon.com as a paperback or Kindle electronic book.

Bianco and his debut novel will be available on April 11-13 at Steel City Con, a conference in the Monroeville Convention Center, and he is scheduled to appear at 2 p.m. April 26 at Rickert & Beagle Books in Dormont.

Chris Rickert, owner of the bookstore, said Samantha Lee, who is Bianco's sister and manager, approached her about Bianco's book. She said she was “delighted” to host a book signing in her store.

“I try to have an author come in every weekend,” Rickert said.

Lance Glaser, 29, of McMurray said he bought the book because he recognized the Bianco name. He said he went to high school with some of Dominic Bianco's relatives.

“I bought the book because of the notoriety and references it makes toward Pittsburgh and surrounding suburbs. I had no expectations at first, but it turned out to be a very good read,” Glaser said.

Bianco runs a small sculpture business, Creature Creations, out of his home. The first book in the series took a “lengthy” three years to publish, he said, and he's writing the second book, titled “The Apparition Saga: Rising Son.”

Chasity Capasso is a freelance writer.

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