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THE COLOR OF EVIL by HWA Member Connie Corcoran Wilson


Author: Connie Corcoran Wilson

“The Color of Evil” has been awarded the Gold Medal (1st place) in the 2012 E-Lit awards.

Tad McGreevy has a power that he has never revealed, not even to his life-long best friend, Stevie Scranton. When Tad looks at others, he sees colors. These auras tell Tad whether a person is good or evil. At night, Tad dreams about the evil-doers, reliving their crimes in horrifyingly vivid detail.

But Tad doesn’t know if the evil acts he witnesses in his nightmares are happening now, are already over, or are going to occur in the future. He has no control over the horrifying visions. He has been told (by his parents) never to speak of his power. All Tad knows is that he wants to protect those he loves. And he wants the bad dreams to stop.

At Tad’s eighth birthday party (April 1, 1995) in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the clown his parents hire to entertain Tad’s third-grade classmates is one of the bad people. Pogo, the Killer Clown (aka Michael Clay), is a serial killer. So begins 53 nights of terror as Tad relives Pogo’s crime, awakens screaming, and recites the terrifying details to his disbelieving family. The situation becomes so dire that Tad is hospitalized in a private institution under the care of a psychiatrist–who also does not believe the small boy’s stories.

And then the police arrest Pogo, the Killer Clown.

Flash forward to the beginning of Tad’s junior year in high school, 8 years later. Tad is 16 and recovered from the spring of his third-grade year. When Michael Clay was caught and imprisoned, the crime spree ended and so did Tad’s bad dreams.

Until now, in the year of our Lord 2003, when evil once again stalks the land.

This is a terrifying, intense story of the dark people and places that lurk just beneath the surface of seemingly normal small-town America. As one reviewer says, “Wilson nails the darkness beneath the surface of small-town Midwestern life with an intense story based on fact.”

Tad must wage a silent war against those who would harm the ones he loves…a battle to the death.

“‘The Color of Evil’ is old-school psychological horror, artfully blended with new-school shocks and twists…Bravo!” —Jonathan Maberry, New York Times best-selling author, multiple Bram Stoker winner.

“Connie Corcoran Wilson is a born storyteller! Her new novel ‘The Color of Evil’ is total entertainment. Wilson’s got a winner here!” —William F. Nolan, “Logan’s Run,” Living Legend in Dark Fantasy

“Connie Corcoran Wilson’s ‘The Color of Evil’ is a scary, entertaining novel. Dealing with a young person’s supernatural powers, bringing Stephen King’s ‘Carrie’ to mind, Wilson introduces us to Tad, a young man who can see people’s auras. A haunting childhood experience has already taught him the color of evil…With first-rate writing, a strong story, and believable characters, ‘The Color of Evil’ is a winner. Highly recommended.” —Pete Giglio, “Anon,” “Balance”

Publisher: Quad Cities’ Press
Release Date: 1/11//2012
ISBN_10: 978-0982444856
ISBN_13: 978-0982444856

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