A big cruel world… and a hard lesson. Goodbye B.B.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, was just like any Saturday. I ran up to the store to get some groceries, and after unloading, I went to take a full bag of garbage out to the garage. And a second later, life took one of those forks in the road that you can’t ever turn back from. As I stepped down into the garage with the bag, our baby parakeet, B.B., shot like an arrow from the cage…

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Death Occurred Last Night – Artful Heartache in Italian Crime Cinema

“MY DAUGHTER IS A CHILD at whatever age.” That simple, and yet slightly deceptive sentence sums the pain at the core of Death Occurred Last Night (La morte risale a ieri sera) a 1970 Italian murder mystery/giallo directed by Duccio Tessari (also known for The Bloodstained Butterfly). The film has been restored and released on Blu-Ray with one video interview extra by Raro Video. At the outset of the film, we meet Amanzio (played by…

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Flashback Weekend 2018: A Preview Launch of The House By The Cemetery

I LOOK FORWARD to Flashback Weekend: Chicago Horror Con every year. It’s one of my favorite parts of summer, and this year, Flashback Weekend 2018 was extra special, because it also served as the “Sneak Peek” local launch of my upcoming 10th novel, The House By The Cemetery. My publisher, Flame Tree Press, was able to print a batch of advance reader copies of the book so that we could stage a bit of a…

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What I Did On My Summer Vacation… Myrtle Beach via the Smoky Mountains

I HAVE WANTED to go to the Carolinas for over 30 years. My wife Geri and I have talked about going for most of that time. George, one of my best friends in college, had planned to drive there with me over our winter break during my junior or senior year while we were at University of Illinois… but then a massive ice storm hit the east coast that Christmas, and so we had to…

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Discovering the claws of PETS…

I LOVE FILM, and over the years I’ve gone through many “discovery” phases, where my curiosity drives me to focus on watching a particular genre of movies for an extended time (horror, noir, b/w ’50s sci-fi…). Over the past few years, I’ve been obsessed with European horror, drive-in, grindhouse and exploitation movies from the ’60s-’80s. I’ve gone through periods of focusing on the work of directors like Jean Rollin, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Mario Bava,…

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Book Expo 2018 – A Flame Tree Preview!

A WEEK AGO at this time, I was having dinner in New York City with my new publisher, Nick Wells, my editor Don D’Auria, and three of my favorite fellow authors — Tim Waggoner, Jonathan Janz and Hunter Shea. We had all flown in to New York to take part in a big “preview autographing” session the following day to debut the new Flame Tree Press imprint to the thousands of booksellers, librarians and publishing…

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HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY signing at Book Expo America (BEA) announced!

Book Expo America

ON MAY 31st, I will be signing preview copies of The House By The Cemetery at the Javits Center in New York City as part of the annual Book Expo America (BEA) conference! Signing at Book Expo America is one of those bucket list kind of things for me… I’ve wanted to go to BEA ever since my first novel, Covenant, came out in paperback ten years ago. BEA is the biggest book convention in…

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Return to New York!

THIS HAS BEEN a crazy couple of weeks! Two weekends ago, I spent playing pinball with my son and friends in Michigan… and then, last weekend I spent working at a convention center in New York for my dayjob. In between? I signed a contract for my 11th novel, finished the final rewrites and  copy edits on my 10th novel The House By The Cemetery, and had dinner with my editor to catch up and…

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SACRIFICING VIRGINS is on an Amazon and Amazon UK .99 sale!

Sacrificing Virgins by John Everson

Sacrificing Virgins, my most recent collection of horror and dark fantasy fiction, is on sale for the next couple days on Amazon for just $.99 or £.99! I’m hoping that readers will give it a shot and check it out this week while it’s cheap on Amazon US or Amazon UK. Today it was featured on a BookBub promotion in the UK, which drove it into Amazon’s Top 10 Bestsellers lists tonight in Horror/Occult: One…

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Pinball at the ‘Zoo 2018

IT HAS BECOME one of those annual events that the Everson house looks forward to throughout the year. My friend Brad introduced Shaun and me to Pinball at the ‘Zoo, an April gathering of pinball enthusiasts at the Kalamazoo Expo Center. This year, I drove Shaun, Brad, and his son Levi up last Friday night, so that we could start Pinball at the ‘Zoo bright and early Saturday morning. On Friday and Saturday nights, we…

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