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Wellspring of Evil
~ The Children of the Creek Trilogy ~
by Todd Parnell
Is existence a battle between good and evil or evil and itself? Hardlyvillains are about to find out.
The residents of Hardlyville, a small community nestled in the heart of the Ozarks, are a
rollicking, friendly, loving bunch.
But will that be enough?
Hardlyvillains have seen it all. But now they're up against something they've never had to
deal with before: evil for its own sake.
What do you do when evil is consumed by even greater evil? Hardlyvillains only know one way
to fight something that terrifying, and that's with love, humor, and an overwhelming desire
to help one another.
Rowdy, ribald, insightful and grounded in Ozarkian waters and history, Wellspring of Evil will always
surprise, and generally raise an eyebrow or two.
Praise for Wellspring of Evil
"What a joyful giggle! A world apart! My, what a place to grow up in! The language is
beautiful . . . well, most of it! Wonderful book."
~ Pam Purcell, Elephant Rescue Activist, London, England
"With his melding of magic realism in the front porch-sittin' tall-tale tradition of the Ozarks,
Todd Parnell weaves another tale about the bigger-than-life citizens of Edenesque Hardlyville."
~ Fred Pfister, Founder, The Ozarks Mountaineer Magazine
"It's all elbows and knees!"
~ Jo Anne Hawkins, Retired Educator
The Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy
The Children of the Creek Trilogy
Todd Parnell began writing non-fiction during his years as a banker and educator, including published
books The Buffalo, Ben, and Me; Mom at War; and Postcards from Branson. He is an award-winning author
inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2012. He tried his hand at fiction upon retiring as president of Drury
University and hasn't stopped writing since, completing the Ozarkian Folk Tales Trilogy, published by Pen-L Publishing,
and is hard at work on a second trilogy, Children of the Creek. In his own words, "I've had great fun writing about the
Ozarks and tackling important contemporary issues in that rich and captivating context!"
Parnell is a civic leader, environmental advocate, co-founder of the Upper White River Basin Foundation, and retired CEO
of THE BANK in Springfield. He recently completed his term as Chairman of the Missouri Clean Water Commission. He holds
masters degrees in Business from Dartmouth University and History from Missouri State University, and is a graduate of
Born in Branson, Missouri, Todd is a sixth-generation Ozarker. He resides with Betty, his wife of forty years, in Springfield
and is blessed with four children and five grandchildren. So far.
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