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Visit The 13th micro-site to see a trailer, read the prologue and view the interactive map!
Visit The Pumpkin Man micro-site to use the online Ouija Board, read Meredith's journal and more!
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.
It's been eight years since my last full-length short fiction collection, Needles & Sins, and with 25 stories and over 110,000 words of fiction, Sacrificing Virgins will be my largest fiction collection to date... hell, it's my longest book to date period!
Sacrificing Virgins compiles reprints, rarities and a couple never-before-published pieces taken largely from the past 10 years. But it also digs into a few earlier stories that haven't been previously collected, including the title story, which was originally published in a long out-of-print Delirium Books hardcover anthology called The Dead Inn. Also featured are some of my favorite pieces from hard-to-find anthologies like Relics & Remains, Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry, Gothic Blue Book and two stories published over the last year in the critically acclaimed anthologies Qualia Nous and Eulogies III.
Since my mini-collections Creeptych and Deadly Nightlusts are out of print, this new book also compiles the best (and bulk) of the tales that were in those short books as well. Sacrificing Virgins also includes all of my novel tie-in stories: "Ligeia's Revenge" originally appeared in translation in an Italian magazine and is a spinoff story of my novel Siren. "Field of Flesh," which appeared at the start of the year in Dark Discoveries, is a novelette set in the world ofNightWhere. And "The Pumpkin Man" is also included -- the original short story that inspired my novel of the same title.
Here's the publisher's back cover description:
Tales beyond the darkness!
If you could bring your daughter back from the dead...should you? If you could forget the worst event in your life...would you?
In this collection of twenty-five dark tales from Bram Stoker Award-winning author John Everson, you’ll meet a host of provocative characters. Learn the secrets of the man whose pumpkin carvings look strangely, disturbingly real. Visit a small town where the tavern game isn’t about shots, but sharks. Meet the woman who finds an ancient sex toy—and a salacious spirit—entombed beneath her garden. From quiet tales of ghosts and cemeteries to extreme tales of erotic horror, Sacrificing Virgins will take you to the bleeding edge...and beyond.
he 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…
iolet Eyes, my seventh novel, is available in both e-book and trade paperback from all the usual places:
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 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:
Hoping everyone enjoys the creepy crawlies of Violet Lagoon and Violet Eyes!
Beware the Bite!
y sixth novel, NightWhere debuted in e-book format on June 5, 2012. A hold-it-in-your-hands trade paperback edition hit stores in October 2012 and a limited edition signed hardcover came out in 2013. NightWhere was my first release from the new horror imprint of Samhain Publishing headed up by Don D'Auria, the editor for my first five novels at Leisure Books. It was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Best Novel in 2013.
NightWhere is an erotic horror novel that I first envisioned over 10 years ago, before I finished the final draft of my first novel, Covenant.
She wrote some amazingly evocative, twisted prose, and was frequently cited as the "Queen of Erotic Horror." So I'm really psyched that she agreed to read - and provide a blurb - for the cover of the book. Only a snippet appears on the cover, but here's the full text that she wrote, which offers a great summary of the gist of the book:
“One thing John Everson’s many fans already know—he’s a writer who does nothing by half-measures. And Nightwhere, his latest foray into sex, sadism, and the supernatural, takes the reader on a nail-biting ride into the depths of bloodlust and sexual obsession.
On the surface, Rae and Mark might seem just your ‘average’ swingers, out to spice up their marriage with some kinky thrills. Little does Mark realize that while his idea of a wild time might be sex with a couple of hotties and a light whipping, Rae’s tastes are infinitely more perverse.
And while Mark fights desperately to save Rae from the thrall of Nightwhere, aided in his quest by the mysterious Selena, Rae learns how to test the limits of taking and dishing out pain—and finds herself terrifyingly adept at both! Addicted to the rush of sex and slaughter and spurred on by a malevolent mentor named Kharon, she descends into a nightmare realm of depravity and mayhem.
A master of twisted imagery, Everson doesn’t shy away from graphic gore: Nightwhere is an erotic horrorfest you won’t be able to put down!”
-Lucy Taylor, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of
The Safety of Unknown Cities
Read more about NightWhere (including an excerpt) at the Samhain Website.
he trade paperback and e-book editions of my fifth novel, The Pumpkin Man, shipped to stores the first week in October 2011 - just in time for Halloween! There's even a website devoted to it -- complete with a Ouija Board and autographed books contest. Check out:
The first review of the book hit at Literary Mayhem, and called the book "a creepy, sharply written grisly tale that will make you think twice about the jack-o-lanterns you see in your neighborhood this coming Halloween."
Read the full review here.
Here's a brief description of the novel:
After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all.
An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware…THE PUMPKIN MAN.