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    Now Available

  • Eulogies IIIMy story "The Hole To China" appears in this excellent anthology which also features the likes of David Morrell, Ray Garton and Brian Hodge! Grab a copy of Eulogies III on Amazon.
  • Qualia NousMy story "Voyeur" appears alongside stories by Stephen King and William F. Nolan in this award-winning anthology! Grab a copy of Qualia Nous on Amazon.
  • 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).


    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 Amazon.com.

    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.



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  • The Horror Zine wrote "Sacrificing Virgins is a total of twenty-five tales of terror and torture and fright, from the mischievous, to the aching, to intense degradation; it’s all here. Everson always delivers a brilliantly twisted tale. His delivery will make you squirm.

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Cemetery Dance called Sacrificing Virgins "an exhilarating read which left me yearning for more... [it] contains 25 of the darkest, most sexually perverse writing I've ever read and I mean that as a compliment."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • The Horror Review said "Sacrificing Virgins is disturbing in the best sense of the word... The stories lingered, poking and provoking when I tried to move on to other things."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Frank Michaels Errington's "Horrible Book Reviews" blog listed Sacrificing Virgins as one of the Top 10 of 2015!

    >>See the full list here.

  • Horror World called it "an excellent grouping of newer pieces" and "a good friend to have when traversing the country by airplane, as I have been doing lately."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Beauty in Ruins called Sacrificing Virgins "a collection that absolutely sucked me in, devoured my soul, and left me an undead husk, eager to be used and abused some more...Some of it is beautiful, and some of it is shocking, but it's all powerful."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Examiner.com called Sacrificing Virgins "one of the better horror collections that you are going to find."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Scarlet's Web wrote, "I can honestly say there was something I liked and enjoyed in each and every story, something that very rarely happens when I'm reading a collection of shorts."

    >> Read the full review here.


  • Cat After Dark gave The Family Tree 5 stars noting "Everson weaves the paranormal into the story line with the skill of the expert that he is.  I really enjoyed this novel and hope that you will too."

    >> Read the full review here.

  • 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.
  • Living Dead Magazine says "John Everson is known for his use of eroticism with his horror and in The Family Tree, he proves once again that he is the master of dark and sexy. If you’re not turned on during one of the many hot scenes then maybe you should check to see if you’re breathing."

    >> Read the full review here.
  • The Long and Short Reviews teased: “A family that preys together, stays together… Can Scott break away from the hold of the Family Tree and its devoted disciples? Is the blood of the few worth more than the many? You’ll have to read this fast paced thriller to find out.“

    >> Read the full review here.
  • Horror Novel Reviews listed The Family Tree on their Top 10 for 2014 list and their review said, “I loved The Family Tree. One thing that just about all should agree on is the quality of Everson’s writing. He’s as crisp as he’s ever been, and despite a somewhat deceptive concept, he’s still true to his X-rated roots, which longtime followers are going to find quite pleasing. Read the book. It’s awesome!."

    >> 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.
  • I Heart Reading says "The Family Tree is a rather unique horror story... the writing is excellent, the pacing is fast, and the story screams originality."

    >> 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.
  • TheExaminer.com has reviewed several of my books now, and for The Family Tree they posted an interview and a review and said "“Everson is one of the best writers of modern horror today. He seamlessly stitches dread and suspense into well-worn horror tropes, giving the tried and true a sense of fresh and new."

    >> Read the full review here.
    >> Read their interview 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.
  • Evans Light wrote in his "Official BookLikes": “A fantastic short novel by a new-to-me author I've been looking forward to reading, The Family Tree  did not disappoint. With a a tone remiscinent of a well-written Laymon novel, you know from the outset where the story's going but the joy is in the journey. Lighthearted, FUN, and unburdened by literary pretension, this story is much heavier on sex than violence.  Recommended.”

    >> Read the full review 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

  • Worth Reading It interviewed me for Halloween 2015 about my writing habits, favorite books and movies, etc. Read it here.
  • You Are Entitled To My Opinion put me on the interview couch in March of 2015 and asked me some oddball things that were fun to answer - how would someone describe me, what do people notice about me, am I superstitious, best thing I've ever done... you can read it here.
  • 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.

Get Redemption today!

mRedemptiony ninth novel, Redemption – the long awaited sequel to my first two novels Covenant and Sacrifice – is now available! Order your copy from Amazon.com – it is also a Kindle Select title, so available free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers! One of my my favorite horror novelists of all time, Edward Lee, read the novel at the end of December and described it like this:

"Redemption unfolds as horror-hero Joe Kieran's finish-line sprint down the last leg of Everson's addictive occult storyline of blood-gushing demonic machinations, cursed existential characters, and abominations incarnate.  Everson is a MASTER of the hardcore; he's the rare kind of writer who's so good you can't proceed with your day until the book is finished.  No matter what you have planned, forget it; you won't bother until you've turned the last page. (I missed a playoff game because of this book!)  Everson kicks out the jambs in this gory story of haunted religious missions, mind-boggling sex-rituals, and jaunts into Hell (and let's not forget the communal demonic toilet!)  The Little Mermaid this ain't. This is balls-to-the-wall, no-f--ing-around hardcore horror that hits the reader with the impact of a bucket of hot blood and innards in the face.  Read it!"

You can't ask for a better endorsement than that!

View the book on Amazon now.

READ Sacrificing Virgins Today!

OSacrificing Virginsn December 1, 2015, my fourth short fiction collection, Sacrificing Virgins, debuted from Samhain Publishing!

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 is 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 of NightWhere. 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.

Order a copy now at Amazon.com!



tFamily Treehe Family Tree, my eighth novel, debuted on October 7, 2014 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.

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 Amazon.com!




vViolet Eyesiolet Eyes, my seventh novel was released for Halloween 2013 and is available in both e-book and trade paperback from Amazon.

A limited edition hardcover of this novel was also released in spring 2016 from Sinister Grin Press - there are still a couple copies for sale at Bad Moon Books.

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 Lagoon 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!




mNightWherey 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.

Back when I was first starting to write and submit fiction to magazines, Lucy Taylor was one of my writing idols. NightWhereShe 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

Grab a copy today at Amazon.com.


The Pumpkin ManDON'T GET CARVED!

mhe 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.



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