A collection of fifteen well written stories that range from fantasy to horror....All of them are worth reading. -- Jimmy Z, FeoAmante.com
Each of [Everson's] stories is a dark and tantalizing show well worth the price of admission -- Ray Wallace, Twilight Showcase e-zine
Everson has a clear and sometimes poetic style that lulls and enthralls, drawing you in...only to snap you up. --Michele Patterson, Painted Rock e-zine
From the opening story, Everson proves himself capable of horror, both understated and overt, and of capturing readers' imaginations with his compelling characters and unique twists on familiar themes. Each story is strengthened by vivid descriptions, but it is his ability to create characters with whom readers can identify that makes them all the more powerful. Included in this collection are not only ghosts and supernatural monsters, but also fiends of the human variety, victims of their own desires, and what comes across as a fable or two --Scott A. Johnson, The Horror Channel
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 nearly a dozen more tales of dark magic, the macabre and things that happen when you go one step beyond. John Everson's second book-length collection of short horror and dark fantasy fiction was originally issued in 2003 by Chicago-based Twilight Tales, and focuses more on dark fantasy than the more extreme erotic horror of his first short fiction collection, CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS.
VIGILANTES OF LOVE includes 15 dark fantasy and horror tales, from the "Twilight Zone"-esque "Preserve" one of Everson's earliest tales to "Calling of the Moon," which received an Honorable Mention in the YEAR'S BEST FANTASY & HORROR anthology, to "Lovesong" a 5th Place winner in the 2000 World Horror Convention Fiction Contest. In addition to new stories, it also features tales reprinted from the anthologies TRANSVERSIONS and FREAKS, GEEKS & SIDESHOW FLOOZIES and the magazines SIRIUS VISIONS, CROSSROADS, EULOGY and PLOT.
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.
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.
Roses scented with bitter deception. Oracles redolent in hidden redemption. A body-mod-obsessed ingenue with an amputee fetish. 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. 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"... Featuring a ton of new fiction and some hard-to-find reprints: Needles & Sins Something Inside The Strong Will Survive Beginning Was the End Letting Go The Char-Lee Bloodroses Made For Each Other Spirits Having Flown Warming the Women Mary Green Green Glass Devil's Platoon Mutilation Street Love & Sex & Rope & Screams: A Circus in Five Acts And Then Some After the Fifth Step Birth and Death You Never Got Used to the Needle Irrelevant in Anathzebra
About the Author
John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant (Delirium Books, 2004) and Sacrifice (Delirium Books, 2007) which will both be released in mass market paperback from Leisure Books in 2008/2009. A Polish translation of Covenant was issued by Poland’s Red Horse Books as Demoniczne Przymierze in late summer 2007. His short fiction has appeared in magazines like Space and Time, Dark Discoveries, Wicked Karnival, Red Scream, Black October and Grue, and in the anthologies A Dark and Deadly Valley, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook, Dark Doorways, Cold Flesh, Damned: An Anthology of the Lost, In Delirium and the CD-ROM anthology Bloodtype, which includes an Everson-composed techno theme song. His short stories have also been translated and published in Polish and French. Much of his short fiction has been collected in three short story collections – Needles & Sins (Necro Publications, 2007), Vigilantes of Love (Twilight Tales, 2003) and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions (Delirium Books, 2000). He is also the co-editor of the Spooks! ghost story anthology (Twilight Tales, 2004), and the founder of Dark Arts Books: www.darkartsbooks.com. John lives near Chicago with his wife Geri, son Shaun, and Kiwi and Lem, his two avian “editorial assistants.” For information on his fiction, art and music, visit John Everson: Dark Arts at www.johneverson.com.
"NightWhere" is a great new novel from John Everson. Though I highly recommend the book to all fans of horror and suspense, this does come with the warning that the subject matter is extremely graphic and intense in both sexual and violent content. It is never gratuitous, however, for to hold back anything depicted in its pages would betray the premise and the book would suffer for it. “NightWhere” proves that not only has Everson grown as an artist over the last ten books, he is also brave enough to follow a story where it leads. Stephen King stated that once he finished “Pet Sematary” he put it away in a drawer thinking it too extreme for publication. The shock and awe of this high adrenaline narrative has much the same effect of that King novel or “The Exorcist.” As with many great horror novels, we begin with normalcy. Mark and Rae seem a happily married couple but for one main problem-Mark cannot satisfy his wife’s insatiable sex drive. He agrees to an open marriage and this works for them, up to the point of accepting an invitation to NightWhere, a covert sex club. In this new completely uninhibited environment, Rae finally achieves sexual satisfaction from some extreme BDSM provided there. She is then hurled into the perverse and violent inner sanctum of The Watchers who run NightWhere, disappearing from Mark’s life after the last time she goes to the club alone. I will not spoil the plot further except to state that Mark does truly love Rae and embarks on a quest to bring her back from the apparent damnation the club has drawn her into. This sets the book apart from other extreme horror novels I have read that explore similar themes. When the novel shifts to the POV of this tortured soul, the reader is right there with him, experiencing the degradation he continues to endure in hope of freeing Rae. I read the book quickly and felt kind of exhausted and devastated at the end. The book is extremely well written, providing the kind of reading experience you get from Cormac McCarthy “The Road” or Scott Smith’s “The Ruins”-relentless in both realism and emotional impact. If you can endure the extreme horror of writers like Edward Lee, I highly recommend this risky venture by John Everson. He takes the reader into the bleak darkness of addiction and obsession, but rather than relying on gore and shock, it is his emotionally charged depictions of the damned characters at its core that keep you hooked. – George Wilhite
When a quartet of co-eds decide to reenact The Blue Lagoon on an abandoned Florida Key, they find more than just sex and sand is on the agenda. Stings turn out to play a part in their weekend as well. Lots and lots of stings. But those were just the beginning of the pain...
Lust has a powerful hold on us. It can be a beautiful thing, but also quite dangerous. With this collection from John Everson, author of COVENANT (winner of the Bram Stoker award), and SIREN, you'll meet those who have succumbed to lust through black magic and deals with the Devil. You'll read six treats from the vault of John's early years as an author, plus a brand new story.
Lust consumes us all, but what depths would you go to satiate it? Start with a green apple, lick your lips, and add a pinch (or more) of DEADLY NIGHTLUSTS.