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The Color of Evil: A Young Adult Paranormal Thriller (The Color of Evil Series Book 1) Kindle Edition

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"The Color of Evil is old-school psychological horror, artfully blended with new-school shocks and twists.  Not only won't you see this coming, you won't believe your eyes when it does. Brava!" (Jonathan Maberry, New York Times Best-selling author of Dust & Decay and Dead of Night and mutiple Bram Stoker award winner.)

"Connie Corcoran Wilson is a born storyteller! Her new novel The Color of Evil is a real page-turner, and a very good one, indeed!  Wilson, in this, her second novel (and the first in a trilogy), takes time with each character and handles them quite well...The reader is kept informed and fascinated. It all works.  It moves the story forward, scene-by-scene, in a controlled way.  The Color of Evil is total entertainment. Wilson's got a winner here!" (William F. Nolan, Logan's Run and Nightworlds, Living Legend in Dark Fantasy).

"The Color of Evil is the kind of read that grabs you by the lapels and doesn't let go until much mayhem has ensued and the tightly-coiled plot has unwound.  Wilson keeps the reader engaged and on edge as this story of a 'a small-town gone wild' plays out in horrific detail.  Make sure you lock the doors and windows before starting, because you won't want to get up and check until you have finished this one!" (Donnie Light, Dark Justice and Ripper's Row)

About the Author

Connie (Corcoran) Wilson (MS + 30) graduated from the University of Iowa and Western Illinois University, with additional study at Northern Illinois, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago. She taught writing at six Iowa/Illinois colleges and has written for five newspapers and seven blogs, including Associated Content (now owned by Yahoo) which named her its 2008 Content Producer of the Year . She is an active, voting member of HWA (Horror Writers Association) and also a member of ITW (International Thriller Writers) which awarded her its Silver Feather Award in 2012 and again in 2014, MWA (Midwest Writers Association), AWP (American Writing Program) and MWC (Midwest Writing Center), which named her its Writer of the Year in 2010. She has won numerous E-Lit awards, a NABE Pinnacle award, an ALMA (American Literary Merit Award),and an IWPA Silver Feather.

Her stories and interviews with writers like David Morrell, Joe Hill, Kurt Vonnegut, Frederik Pohl, William F. Nolan, Anne Perry, r. Barri Flowers and Jon Land have appeared online and in numerous journals. Her work has won prizes from “Whim’s Place Flash Fiction,” “Writer’s Digest” (Screenplay) and she will have 12 books out by the end of the year. Connie reviewed film and books for the Quad City Times (Davenport, Iowa) for 12 years and wrote humor columns and conducted interviews for the (Moline, Illinois) Daily Dispatch. Connie was a presenter at the Spellbinders Conference in Honolulu, Hawaii over Labor Day. She now blogs for 7 blogs, is a Featured Contributor to Yahoo, and comments on movies, television, politics, writing and anything else that interests her both on Yahoo and on her own blog,

Connie lives in East Moline, Illinois with husband Craig and cat Lucy, and in Chicago, Illinois, where her son, Scott and daughter-in-law Jessica and their three-year-old twins Elise and Ava reside. Her daughter, Stacey, recently graduated from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, as a Music Business graduate and is currently living and working in Australia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 631 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Quad Cities' Press (January 11, 2012)
  • Publication Date: January 11, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WNOZ5U
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I am a University of Iowa grad and college professor with 59 years of writing experience. I've written for 5 newspapers and 7 blogs, founded 2 businesses, play 4 musical instruments, and have 2 children (born 19 years apart). I followed the '04 and '08 and '12 presidential campaigns "live," wrote for Yahoo, and am sometimes referred to as T.Q. (Trivia Queen) from my misspent hours in the British Pub Quiz room on AOL. I also have 6-year-old twin granddaughters (Ava pictured) who are great fun and for whom and with whom I write the Christmas Cats series (

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 12, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Initially I was struck by the repetitious nature of THE COLOR OF EVIL. During the first part of the book we are repeatedly told that Jenny's parents did not want her to date Jeremy and had forbidden her to do so. Then we are told over and over again about Tad's and Stevie's problems as they went about their daily lives. Even Tad's daily notes to Jenny always began with the same opening line. I found this repetitive tone annoying. I do realize that the author has spent a portion of her life as an educator at various colleges in Iowa and Illinois, and perhaps repetition is a good teaching mechanism for 2nd and 3rd graders, but I believe most of the audience for a book depicting the horrific murders perpetrated by twisted minds would be geared to readers far above that age level. If her target audience was the YA group, all I can say is that there are enough deviants and less than appropriate Hollywood "role models" featured in the daily paper that rehashing a particularly brutal 35 year old murder case for consumption by a young impressionable audience verges on criminal.

The author probably got the idea of her clown villain from John Wayne Gacy. Gacy, a serial killer-rapist from Illinois lived a short 150 miles away from the community in which the author resides and (surprise, surprise) performed at charity events as a clown named POGO, murdering 33 boys and disposing of most of their bodies by burying them in the crawl space beneath his house.

The lives of the Stevie & Tad characters seem to mirror some of the unpleasant events that took place during Gacy's school-days while other aspects of Gacy's life appear to be highlighted in the personality and actions of the Jeremy character.

Like many authors, Ms.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mochalove on September 3, 2012
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... He sees when you are naughty and when you are nice, no, not Santa but Tad McGreevy. Tad is the young protagonist can see the evil or good that men do just by looking at them, in the paranormal thriller, The Color of Evil by Connie Corcoran Wilson.

Tad McGreevy in most respects is like most kids his age; he is trying to fit in, do well in school and has a serious crush on Jenny San Giovanni, (who just wants to be friends) and has a best friend that is just as bad off as him socially. Where Tad differs from those around him is the fact that he is able to see into a person's soul by seeing their auras and in dreams can bear witness to their actions.

Depending on the personality of a person, Tad will see a variety of colors; an aura of grey-green, black or red means to stay away from that person, they can be dangerous. The color grey-green is an especially bad color for a person's aura to because it means the person is capable of absolute evil; for example, when Tad was eight years old he met Pogo the Clown and his life went into complete turmoil. Pogo the clown had a green-grey aura and he was pure evil, Tad could see the profane acts that Pogo committed. Tad tried to convince others about Pogo and his evil deeds however; it almost destroyed his young life. Moving on with his life, Tad keeps his ability to himself forcing him to endure the agony of not being able to disclose fully, to others the truth that he sees-the color of evil.

Author Connie Corcoran Wilson delivers a thrilling and enjoyable read that is engrossing, evenly paced and contains some interestingly debauched characters. This book is the first part in a trilogy of books and I look forward to reading the next book. Reading The Color of Evil was thoroughly enjoyable and I recommend it for all adult readers who enjoy a thrilling paranormal story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joan A. Adamak VINE VOICE on July 30, 2012
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The story opens with Jeannie McGreevy, eight year old Tad's mother having a birthday party for him and hiring Pogo, the clown to entertain the children. Tad could see auras and when he first caught sight of Pogo, the clown's aura of gray-green frightened him so badly that he vomited and wouldn't go near the clown. He had seen the gray green aura of Manson on TV. Later he began having nightmares, screaming so loud that the family couldn't sleep. In twenty-five days he had twenty nightmares and they all contained the clown mutilating, torturing, dismembering people, even to the point that in one dream Pogo ate someone's heart. Out of desperation, Jeannie and her husband, Jim Greevy, an attorney, took Tad to Dr. Einstadt, a psychiatrist. Dr. Einstadt could not believe that what Tad was seeing could actually be occurring and suggested he be committed to a psychiatric institution for a week. Tad was committed and upon his return home, he spoke hardly ever, could not go back to school for a year and was home schooled with a tutor.

Pogo, whose real name was Michael Clay, ran his father's grill, Mike's Chicken Shack at night and became Pogo the clown upon demand. Eventually Michael was discovered with thirty three bodies or parts of bodies buried under his house, most of them missing persons of the area, the same ones Tad had dreamed about and was arrested. Tad seldom dreamed after that, but continued to see auras, although never speaking of his ability. He sometimes still dreamed but they were of the precognitive quality and not like those of Michael Clay while he was incarcerated.

When sixteen years old and a Junior in High School, Tad met Jennie San Giovanni, a fifteen year old girl at his school and they became close friends.
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