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About John Everson
John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of 14 novels of horror and the macabre, including his latest release, the giallo homage FIVE DEATHS FOR SEVEN SONGBIRDS, as well as the New Orleans black magic thriller VOODOO HEART, the Bachelors Grove Cemetery-inspired THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, and the upcoming 2023 novel THE NIGHT MOTHER, a new novel in the world of the Bram Stoker Award-nominated NIGHTWHERE. Other novels include the Fountain of Youth erotic thriller THE FAMILY TREE, the Rosemary's Baby-esque DEVIL'S EQUINOX, the Bram Stoker Award-winner COVENANT, its sequel SACRIFICE and the standalone novels THE 13TH, SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN, and VIOLET EYES. He is the creator of the characters Danika and Mila Dubov, who appear in the new Netflix series V-WARS, and is also is the author of four collections of short horror fiction, including his latest, SACRIFICING VIRGINS.
John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a pint of 3 Floyd's Zombie Dust Pale Ale.
Learn more about John on his site, www.johneverson.com, where you can sign up for a direct-from-the-author monthly e-newsletter with information on new books, contests and occasionally, free fiction.
Want to connect? Follow John on Instragram @nightwhereman, on Twitter @johneverson, or find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/johneverson.
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FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launching in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
Austin secretly wishes his wife would drop dead. He even says so one boozy midnight at the bar to a sultry stranger with a mysterious tattoo. When his wife later introduces that stranger as Regina, their new neighbor, Austin hopes she will be a good influence on his wife. Instead, one night he comes home to find his wife dead. Soon he's entranced with Regina, who introduces him to a strange world of bloodletting, rituals and magic. A world that puts everything he loves in peril. Can Austin save his daughter, and himself, before the planets align for the Devil's Equinox?
FLAME TREE PRESS is the new fiction imprint of Flame Tree Publishing. Launched in 2018 the list brings together brilliant new authors and the more established; the award winners, and exciting, original voices.
To the residents of the sleepy coastal town of Terrel, the cliffs of Terrel's Peak are a deadly place, an evil place where terrible things happen. Like a series of mysterious teen suicides over the years, all on the same date. Or other deaths, usually reported as accidents. Could it be a coincidence? Or is there more to it? Reporter Joe Kieran is determined to find the truth.
Kieran's search will lead him deep into the town's hidden past, a past filled with secrets and horror, and to the ruins of the old lighthouse atop the tragic cliffs. He will uncover rumors and whispered legends -- including the legend of the evil entity that lives and waits in the caves below Terrel's Peak...
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.
...A woman whose life is shaped and doomed by the "Calling of the Moon"...
...A girl who learns the secret powers of the "Seven Deadly Seeds"...
...A boy who finds that the power of music can open a hidden world thanks to a flute hidden in the attic...
...A man who learns the meaning behind the voodoo curse that brings the "Vigilantes of Love" from the hearts of the New Orleans swamps to punish the adulterers under the light of the full moon...
Vigilantes of Love offers these and many more tales of dark magic, the macabre and things that happen when you go one step beyond.
Vigilantes of Love was first issued in 2003 by Chicago-based Twilight Tales, just a year before a limited edition of Everson's first novel, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Covenant, was released by Delirium Books.
This collection focuses more on dark fantasy than the more extreme erotic horror of his first short fiction collection, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions. The 2013 10th Anniversary Edition also includes six never-before-collected Everson tales -- including his first horror publication, "Learning To Build" -- alongside Vigilantes' original 15 dark fantasy and horror stories.
The book offers both light fantasy and the macabre including the voodoo-zombie oriented title story, written especially for the collection, "Calling of the Moon," which received an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthology, and "Lovesong" a 5th Place winner in the 2000 World Horror Convention Fiction Contest.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
PREFACE: 10th Anniversary Edition
INTRODUCTION: The Songs of Love
Calling of the Moon
A Time For Music
Trick and Treat
After the Fifth Step
Seven Deadly Seeds
Anne's Perfect Smile
A Lack of Signs
Christmas, The Hard Way
The Humane Way
The Right Instrument
Vigilantes of Love
LOST STORIES: Rescued Vigilantes
Hair of the Dog
Learning To Build
The Key to Her Heart
Why Do You Stay With Him?
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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: Joe, an unwilling hero who has seen the horrors of the Curburide before, Alex, a burgeoning witch ... and a spiteful demon with plans of his own.
"Violet Lagoon" was originally planned as the prologue to John Everson's seventh novel Violet Eyes. It was first published as a standalone novelette in the collection Creeptych in 2010. When the novel was completed, the version that appears there was shortened and separated into both a prologue and flashback chapters. This is the full, original version of the novelette.
Meet a witch who conjures genital dragons while singing Manilow. A woman who provides a true window to her soul. A dirty deal with the devil on the side of a road. And a real cage of bones! The first short fiction collection from John Everson, originally released by Delirium Books, features some of his best erotic horror, including his most popular tale, "Pumpkin Head," a dark tale of jack-o-lanterns...and the dangers of Halloween lusts...
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
"Introduction" by P. D. Cacek
The cave held the seed of ancient gods...their vacation provided the climax of despair.
"Long Distance Call"
There are some calls you should never answer.
"Cage of Bones"
It was beautiful. After weeks of preparation it was finished. A full body restraint. Made of steel. Wood. Leather. And bones.
"Dead Girl On The Side of The Road"
Her body was his, unchanging, for 25 years to enjoy whenever he chose.
She held the browning vine up from her belly, and with squeamish understanding, he dug through his clothes for his pocketknife.
Her name was Ceiran, with a C. She sang sexy Barry Manilow songs and worked in a club. And she was a witch.
"Every Last Drop"
Tony couldn't resist the promise of the perfect blowjob. But more than his orgasm was being sucked away.
"When Barrettes Brought Justice To A Burning Heart"
The derelict with the milky white eyes promised revenge, and that was something Bill wanted more than life itself.
The defining evidence that separates sex and murder is really only the amount of blood left behind on the bed.
Sometimes the most frightening parts of growing up are the discoveries of our own nature.
"Remember Me, My Husband"
Ella Marie had been dead for 100 years when she gave him her ring.
"Tonight," she promised, "I'll be back. I'll bring some matches. We'll have a bonfire, you and I. Dead wood burns best."
"Swallowing The Pill"
Some pills get easier to swallow...with practice.
In giving him entrance to her soul, had Katrina given too much?
He was a bored child prodigy who could use his will to make his pets and parents do whatever he chose. What will he do tomorrow?
The mirror reflects his true nature. Or is it someone else?
"Murdering The Language"
Gretta only wanted to protect the library's patrons from smut and filth. But some lessons in literature are painful.
Margaret lived for the nights of the full moon. And she wanted this night to be perfect; it was their first anniversary.
"The Last Plague"
When nothing else is left, what is there left to lose?
She was blinded by lust and razored by marriage. But at least she had the thorns of her rose garden to soothe her.