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    Now Available

  • All American Horror All American Horror of the 21st Century, edited by Mort Castle came out in Fall 2013 and includes a ton of great fiction, including my own short story "The Pumpkin Man" (which inspired my novel of the same name).
  • All American HorrorI kicked off the first chapter in a round robin novelette called The Carnival 13, which was released for Halloween 2013 and appropriately enough, features 13 authors -- with all proceeds going to the Scares that Care kids charity. Pick up a copy in ebook or print!

    Back in Print:

  • Cage of BonesMy 1st short story collection, has been issued in paperback for the very first time! Originally issued as a signed, limited hardcover edition in 2000 by Delirium Books, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions is now available in trade paperback and ebook through Dark Arts Books.
  • Vigilantes of Love 2013 My 2nd short fiction collection was first issued by Twilight Tales in Chicago in 2003. It's been out of print for years, but in 2013 Vigilantes of Love was reissued by Dark Arts Books in an expanded 10th anniversary edition!
  • Failure 2013My 1st novelette, Failure, is back in print as an e-book, with a new author preface. Download a copy on

    Web site history

    I launched this website back in 1996, originally hosted in a folder on AOL(!), and coded by hand using Windows Notepad. The current version, launched on August 15, 2008, expanded from 800 pixel width to 1024. For the web geeks in the audience, it's also completely CSS-driven. The swirl chains in the banner and the ghosted blue-purple swirl behind the middle column provide the continuity "bridge" from the last iteration. Thanks to Travis Anthony Soumis for letting me adapt his dark angel from my Needles & Sins collection as the banner.


  • Horror Fiction Review calls The Family Tree a "sure-fire hit for anyone who loves 70s/80s-styled pulp horror."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Shattered Ravings calls The Family Tree "a haunting and original book" and a "top five" release for 2014.

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Mallory Heart Reviews says "I enjoyed The Family Tree immensely. I've been aware of Mr. Everson' s reputation, but hadn't read his work. This story is very tautly plotted, with not a wasted moment or a stitch dropped. I highly recommend it. The non-human element is scary--and the humans! Oh my!!"

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Glenn Rolfe published an interview with me in September 2014 about Books, Beer, Ke$ha and, of course, The Family Tree.

    >> Read it here.
  • Fiona McVie published an interview with me in October 2014 about writing and inspiration and The Family Tree.

    >> Read it here.

    Violet Eyes Press:

  • Hellnotes called Violet Eyes "intelligent horror" and said " I can’t tell you how many times I jumped or slapped at the comforter because it felt like something was crawling on me.  This book will scare the crap out of you and keep you begging for more! 

    >> Read the full review
  • FreshFiction called it "ick-inducing and enthralling" and said "It had enough creep out moments, fear laced tension and nail-biting pages to keep me satisfied and more."
    >> Read the full review
  • Dreadful Tales said Violet Eyes evoked "old school horror from the 80’s and 90’s [and] is also refreshingly creative and suffused throughout with palpable dread and gruesome carnage which will have hardcore horror fans squirming and arachnophobes looking for a chair to stand on assuming they survive the first chapter."
    >> Read the full review
  • Hudson Booksellers allows their staff to do reviews on their site, and Mike in Albuquerque posted "Beginning with bone jarring moments of horror, the story quickly unfolds into a "fear of insects" worst nightmare."

    >> Read the full review
  • Long and Short Reviews gave Violet Eyes 5 stars and called it an "edge of your seat thriller that had me running from every spider and fly that I saw."

    >> Read the full review
  • Horror Novel Reviews said "The story moves at a fantastic pace from the beginning right to the conclusion...Violet Eyes will leave you itching, twitching, and possibly even scratching at nothing."

    >> Read the full review
  • Haunt of Horrors called Violet Eyes my "creepies novel" and said "Reading this novel made me cringe every time that I saw a spider or a fly."

    >> Read the full review
  • Shock Totem said, "I love "bug horror," and this is one of the best I've read. Fun, creepy, and gross, Violet Eyes, written by Bram Stoker award-winning author John Everson, made me squirm many times while reading. I enjoyed the hell out of it."

    >> Read the full review
  • Reading & Writing By Pub Light called Violet Eyes "a good, old school-style horror novel."

    >> Read the full review
  • New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry said "Violet Eyes is old-school horror in collision with bleeding-edge science fiction. This is Michael Crichton meets Stephen King. It's a killer!"

    Recent Interviews

  • Horror-Web interviewed me in Feb. 2014 about writing, erotic horror, and what I'd like for someone to really ask me (and deliver). Read it here.
  • Voluted Tales interviewed me in October 2013 about my love affair with Santa Fe, my novelette Failure and more. You can read the first part of it here.
  • In September 2013, Amazon posted an interview with me about my participation in their Kindle Worlds launch. I wrote a story set in the world of the "Vampire Diaries" TV show.
  • Tuesday Ten interviewed me in February 2013 about NightWhere and writing horror. Read it here.
  • An article about NightWhere's Bram Stoker Award nomination appeared here.


Family Tree


the Family Tree, my eighth novel, debuted on October 7th from Samhain Publishing!

The first review, from Horror Fiction Review, says: "THE FAMILY TREE has a typical horror novel set up that has been done thousands of times (city slicker finds ancient evil in rural town). But Everson is one of a handful of writers who is able to make this work and even seem fresh. Like most of his novels, this one is heavy on the sex, and the prose pulled me through in two quick sittings. The second half is suspense-filled and had me cheering for Scott until the final page. This is Everson's eighth novel and it's a sure-fire hit for anyone who loves 70s/80s-styled pulp horror." Read the full review here.

The first couple reader reviews on Amazon give it 5 stars. One said "This story is very tautly plotted, with not a wasted moment or a stitch dropped. I highly recommend it."

Here's the back cover description:

Its roots are old... and twisted!

The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere's family for generations. It's the secret ingredient behind the family's intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper's daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water—it's the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors…

Order a copy now at, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Samhain or whereever you buy books!



Violet Eyes


violet Eyes, my seventh novel, is available in both e-book and trade paperback from all the usual places:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Books-A-Million ~ Chapters-Indigo ~ Samhain

This is my big “spider” book, and I’m really excited about the release – it’s been a long time coming. I first outlined the novel five years ago! Here’s the back cover description:

Their bites are more than deadly…

The small town near the Everglades was supposed to offer Rachel and her son a fresh start. Instead it offered the start of a nightmare, when an unknown breed of flies migrated through the area, leaving painful bites in their wake. The media warned people to stay inside until the swarm passed. But the flies didn’t leave. And then the radios and TVs went silent.

That’s when the spiders came. Spiders that could spin a deadly web large enough to engulf an entire house overnight. Spiders that left stripped bones behind as they multiplied. Spiders that, like the flies, sought hungrily for tender flesh…through Violet Eyes.

Violet LagoonTo celebrate (and pave the way for the novel), the e-novelette “prequel,” Violet Lagoon is also on sale for just 99 cents!

Violet Eyes originally appeared in Creeptych, and much of it does appear in Violet Eyes — but I thought some people would still want to read Violet Lagoon, the original, uncut novelette, the way it originally was published.

So read Violet Lagoon, the story that spawned Violet Eyes here:

Amazon ~ Apple iBookstore ~ B&N ~ Kobo

Hoping everyone enjoys the creepy crawlies of Violet Lagoon and Violet Eyes!

Beware the Bite!




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