Dan Padavona, the son of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, DIO, RAINBOW), has released his second full-length novel, "Dark Vanishings", a post-apocalyptic horror/adventure novel that is the first in a series. Episode Two of "Dark Vanishings" is scheduled for release in late June, with the third episode slated for late July. The "Dark Vanishings" series will conclude this autumn and winter.
From the back cover: "What would you do if almost everyone on earth disappeared? Where would would you go? What choices would you make?
"A teenage girl harboring a horrible secret flees across the country from a deranged stalker. A boy who discovers he was secretly adopted is pursued by a dark, cloaked figure through upstate New York. A Florida man moves into a luxurious amusement park resort, where he meets a beautiful woman. But they are not alone in the resort.
"A young man with an addiction to fast cars and absolute power clashes with a bounty hunter, while a father and daughter search for each other in a lost world where rules no longer exist and danger lurks around every corner."
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Ronnie died of stomach cancer in May 2010 at the age of 67. At his public memorial service, Dan Padavona cautioned the memorial crowd to be screened regularly by a doctor and take care of themselves, something he said his father did not do.
"I beg you not to make the same mistake my dad made," said Padavona. "For dad, the show always had to go on. He ignored the warning signs for years, and all along the cancer was growing and mutating from something that was probably easily defeatable into a monster which even Dio couldn't slay."
Video footage of Dan Padavona's eulogy to his father, Ronnie James Dio — taped on May 30, 2010 at the Hall Of Liberty at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles — can be viewed below.