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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.
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!