NC Literary Hall of Fame



The Clown Forest Murders by A.C. Brooks and R.R. Brooks

Black Opal Books
$14.99, paperback / $3.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1626948136
November, 2017
Fiction: Mystery
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Did clown-colored mushrooms spark the gruesome murders? Will his memories of the murders save him or kill him?

At age eight, Dave Austin witnesses his brother’s savage murder in rural Norwich, New York, but amnesia suppresses the memory, and the killer escapes. Locals suspect an itinerant, a pedophile, or a disturbed friend maddened by psychedelic mushrooms. When Dave starts college, pressures at Princeton and alcohol elicit dreams, each one revealing a bit of memory. Then come visions as Dave senses the killer return. Images of teenagers killed where his brother died precipitate a crisis, and David returns to Norwich to find his dead brother’s friend, a disturbed witness who knows something. Dave’s appearance alarms his psychiatrist, the officers who hadn’t solved the case, and especially the killer, who knows he should not have let the young Dave escape. Now the killer must correct his mistake. When a crazy farmer invites Dave to learn the killer’s name in the Clown Forest at midnight, how can he resist? He may learn what he needs to identify the murderer—if he gets the truth, and survives.

R.R. Brooks, a native of New Jersey, moved from pharmaceutical research to writing even before retiring in North Carolina where he now dwells with a supportive spouse (and beta reader), two enormous cats, and an independent beagle. He studied fiction the hard way: in courses, relentless critique groups, and by accumulating enough rejections to paper his office. He is a reader for the Eric M. Hoffer Award for self-published books, has judged plays for a local theater annual play competition, and has had a short play produced. Several fantasy short stories have appeared in print and online venues. All seem to deal with questions of faith and aliens. He is a schizophrenic writer, working in several genres. Besides his fantasy novel, he has a scifi/thriller novel in the works. With co-author A.C. Brooks, a psychological-twist mystery novel The Clown Forest Murders was published by Black Opal Books in November 2017. A sequel to Justi the Gifted is underway. See

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