I read a book about 20 years ago, and this is what I remember:

  • It was science fiction. (Not fantasy, it was about people here in our world.)
  • The protagonist could see halation above the head of each person he saw, in different colors.
  • The color and shape of the halation let him know about the person.
  • This might have been horror book, but not sure, I don't remember the protagonist to be killing anyone but not sure about it.

Can anyone identify this book?

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    Did it involve a snowman too by any chance? Nov 24, 2021 at 8:13
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    Does the term Kirlian ring any bells?
    – Gerry Coll
    Nov 24, 2021 at 8:32
  • @ClaraDiazSanchez it does ring a bell, but I'm not sure it's in same book sorry. It was really long ago... Nov 24, 2021 at 8:34
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    @ShadowWizardIsVaccinatedV3 look in the literature section! Tvtropes is not only about cinema and tv, you know.
    – jo1storm
    Nov 24, 2021 at 12:04
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    @ShadowWizardIsVaccinatedV3 done.
    – jo1storm
    Dec 2, 2021 at 8:05

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Insomnia is a novel written by Stephen King.

Ralph Roberts, an elderly widower, is suffering from insomnia. Soon he begins to see things that are invisible to others—auras that represent people's life forces and little bald men who are present at the homes of the dying. Soon Ralph discovers that the fate of the universe is resting on his shoulders.

  1. Seeing haloes - check.
  2. Halo shape and color tells him about the person - check.
  3. Horror book - check. Written by Stephen King no less.
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    Thanks, weird that I totally forgot about the little bald men. :) Dec 2, 2021 at 8:18
  • science fiction, Not fantasy - no check
    – ths
    Dec 2, 2021 at 16:42

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