Books by John Everson
John Everson's fourth novel was released in mass market paperback from Leisure Books (and available in the horror section of bookstores everywhere) at the end of July 2010.
The novel was also issued in in a limited 100-copy signed and numbered hardcover edition via Bad Moon Books (the green cover below).
In summer 2011, Siren was issued in trade paperback format, as well as in an audiobook edition.
Here's the back cover description of the novel:
Then one night he was drawn to the luminous sound of a beautiful, naked woman singing near the shore in the moonlight. He watched mesmerized as the mysterious woman disappeared into the sea. Driven by desire and temptation, Evan returned to the spot every night until he found her again. Now he has begun a bizarre, otherworldly affair.
A deadly affair.
For Evan will soon realize that his seductive lover is a being far more evil…and more terrifying…than he ever imagined.
He will learn the danger of falling into the clutches of the… SIREN
A three-story short "book of bugs" collection! Here's the description:
Does your skin crawl when you see a spider on the wall or a roach on the kitchen floor? Do you find yourself itching uncontrollably after being touched by a fly or mosquito? Do you ever lie awake half the night because you felt something delicately, carefully crawling across your feet beneath the sheets? Then this Creeptych of three bug-ridden stories is for you!
Here's a summary of the three stories within:
John Everson's third novel, The 13th, was released in October 2009 - you can see a full website about the book at www.the13th-horror.com.
A limited hardcover edition was also issued in 2009 from Necro Publications. That edition (see thumbnail below) features evocative art on the cover and signature page from Travis Anthony Soumis, who also did the cover art for the limited editions of Siren and the collection Needles & Sins (also from Necro).
The 13th pairs Christy, a rookie cop and David, a failed Olympic cyclist, in a race against time to find David's girlfriend and stop her from becoming a victim of the ceremony of The 13th.
Here's the actual back cover description of the novel:
Castle House Lodge. A century ago it was an exclusive resort hotel. But for years it's stood empty, a haunting shadow of its former glories.
Now, after twenty-five years of rumors and ghost stories, the overgrown grounds are showing signs of being tended. The building itself has been repaired. Castle House has new occupants. What was once a haven for the elite is now a madhouse, a private asylum for pregnant women.
But are all the patients really insane?
And is it just a coincidence that people have begun to disappear from the nearby town?
David Shale's girlfriend is one of the missing, and he's determined to find the truth behind the mysterious Dr. Rockford and his house of secrets. He will learn the meaning of the red X painted on the basement door…and he will know the ultimate fear, the horror of…
Sacrifice was released in paperback in April 2009 from Leisure Books! Sacrifice is the sequel to Covenant (though it is written as a standalone novel, so you don't need to have read Covenant to enjoy it).
The book follows a sexy serial killer, Ariana, as she seeks to lure the Curburide demons into our world through a series of ritual sacrifices.
The novel was originally released in 2007 in a signed, numbered, limited hardcover edition by Delirium Books. The Polish translation edition, Ofiara, was released by Replika Books in Poland in 2009.
Here's the back cover copy:
They're coming. They are a race of sadistic spirits known as the Curburide, and they are about to arrive in our world, bringing with them horrors beyond imagination. The secret to summoning—and controlling—them has fallen into the hands of a beautiful, sexy and dangerously insane woman.
Ariana has dedicated her life to unleashing the demons in our realm through a series of human sacrifices, erotic rituals of seduction and slaughter.
As she crosses the country, getting ever closer to completing her blood-drenched mission, only three figures stand in her way: an unwilling hero who has seen the horrors of the Curburide before, a burgeoning witch...
and a spiteful demon with plans of his own.
John Everson's first novel, Covenant was released in paperback from Leisure Books in August 2008! A mix of mystery, the occult and horror, Covenant was first issued in November 2004 from Delirium Books in a signed & numbered, hardcover format. A Polish translation edition followed in 2007 from Red Horse Books in Poland titled Demoniczne Przymierze. The book is also being translated into Turkish and French.
On June 25, 2005 the Horror Writers Association presented Covenant with a Bram Stoker Award in the "First Novel" category in a ceremony in Burbank, California. You can see articles, photos, and watch a video of the award acceptance here.
The novel follows Joe Kieran, an investigative reporter who discovers a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect five women in a small coastal town.
Beneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation and puts his own soul in deadly danger.
NEEDLES & SINS
The third collection of John Everson's short fiction features 19 horror and dark fantasy short stories, and was released in October 2007 from Necro Publications in both unlimited trade paperback and limited hardcover formats. It includes the story "Letting Go," which was nominated for a 2007 Bram Stoker Award.
The collection includes some of John's best work of the past decade, including three stories that have previously earned spots on the Honorable Mention list of the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthology series. In addition to the reprints, there are six brand new stories included, including the title story, "Needles & Sins."
A Polish edition was released in late 2010.
Roses scented with bitter deception, Oracles redolent in hidden redemption, a body-mod-obsessed ingenue with an amputee fetish and a demon gone soft on a bitter angel. Dreamcatchers, an alternate Nativity with a pimp God and a non-compliant Mary, Stupid Bitch the three-legged cat and the secret explanation of how Germany almost won the war with the devil on their side. These are just a few of the provocative sets in these 19 stories rife with "Needles & Sins"...
Read the title story "Letting Go" for free online!
Read the title story "Needles & Sins" for free online!
The first Dark Arts Books release made the honorable mention list of the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthology! A compilation of 12 "new and used" horror stories by four Chicago authors - Jay Bonansinga, Bill Breedlove, John Everson, and Martin Mundt - the collection also features an introduction by another Chicago horror veteran, Mort Castle. It was first issued at the World Horror Convention in San Francisco in May 2006 and went into its 3rd printing in the summer of 2008.
"...And though each is a unique perspective and unique voice, they all have that "tongue in cheek" (not necessarily one's own), satirical, never say "die" when you can say "maim" kind of thinking that we find in those works of horror likely to reside and resound within the reader's consciousness for a long, long time."
- From the Introduction, By Mort Castle
The novella Failure debuted the new Delirium Books hardcover chapbook line at the start of 2006. The Delirium Chapbook Series books are pocket-sized (4.50 inches by 6.25 inches) hardcovers with full wraparound graphic covers laminated on the boards. John created the artwork for Failure as well as the rest of the books in the original run of the chapbook series. View full versions of these and other covers John designed in his website's Artwork area.
Here's the description of Failure from Delirium's site:
Raymond is such a failure, he can't even kill himself and get it right. Cindy just plain doesn't care; she'll get on her knees for anyone beneath the football field bleachers to score a nickel bag hit. And Sal is a frustrated goon with a hook nose and an attitude so sour he can't nail a girl even with the lure of free dope and a getaway car.
When these three desperate teens meet Aaron, a failed practitioner of the dark arts who offers them the best high they've ever smoked in exchange for some kinky sexplay inside his pentagram, things can only go from bad to worse. Aaron hopes to ensnare and re-birth the spirit of a late witch, to capture her power from beyond the grave for his own.
Soon, they'll all learn the darkest, bloodiest, most terrifying definition of Failure.
VIGILANTES OF LOVE
This trade paperback collection includes 15 dark fantasy and horror tales, including the title story written especially for this collection. The followup to the collection Cage of Bones and Other Deadly Obsessions, Vigilantes of Love takes a quieter tone, and includes both original stories and reprints from the anthologies TransVersions and Freaks, Geeks & Sideshow Floozies.
CAGE OF BONES & Other Deadly Obsessions
This limited hardcover edition of 20 erotic horror stories was first published on a Friday the 13th -- 10/13/2000 by Delirium Books. It was the sixth hardcover title released by Delirium, and the first to feature a dustjacket (the prior books were issued without dustjackets to better display their foil stamp titling.) While Cage of Bones sold out several years ago, copies are still available through resellers on Amazon.com or eBay and sell for anywhere from $90-200.