Getting a name on the spine

    the first book to bear my name on the spine was Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions, a collection of my short stories published in the '90s in various magazines and anthologies, released by Delirium Books in October 2000.

    Since then, I've published a number of other titles, and edited a couple books to boot. But Cage of Bones will always hold a special place in my dark heart!

    Books I've edited

    Sins of the Sirens


    Swallowed by the Cracks
    (Dark Arts Books, 2011)
    ISBN: 978-0-9779686-2-6
    Edited by John Everson & Bill Breedlove


    Released in April 2011, Swallowed by the Cracks features new stories and rarities from Lee Thomas, Gary McMahon, S.G. Browne and Michael Marshall Smith. The seventh Dark Arts collection, it offers 16 stories that range from dark SF to hair-raising horror!


  • ORDER ONLINE! Order this title directly from Dark Arts Books.

  • Sins of the Sirens


    Sins of the Sirens
    (Dark Arts Books, 2008)
    ISBN: 978-0-9779686-2-6
    Edited by John Everson


    Released in January 2008, Sirens features new stories and rarities from Maria Alexander, Christa Faust, Loren Rhoads and Mehitobel Wilson. The largest Dark Arts collection yet, this anthology features 20,000 words of fiction from each author, including "Firebird" an original novelette from Christa Faust!


  • ORDER ONLINE! Order this title directly from Dark Arts Books.


    In Delirium II


    In Delirium II

    (Delirium Books, 2007)


    Edited by John Everson


    In Delirium II is a sequel to the original In Delirium, which was edited by Brian Keene. As with the first volume, this second one is a tribute anthology to Delirium’s proprietor, Shane Staley, and is composed of stories written by authors who have been previously published by Delirium. Included are stories from Tananarive Due, Brian Keene & Mike Oliveri, Rick Hautala, John Pelan and many more.

  • Order from The Horror Mall.




    (Twilight Tales Books, 2004)
    ISBN: 0-9711309-7-3
    Edited by Tina L. Jens
    & John Everson


    Ghostly revenge. Ghostly salvation. Ghostly poltergeistic pranks... Inside the pages of the new Twilight Tales anthology Spooks!, you'll find 29 tales of the unexplained, the unexpected and the undead. Some people just refuse to stay in their graves! Featuring work from Charlee Jacob, Jay Bonansinga, J. A. Konrath, Linda Addison, James S. Dorr, Martin Mundt, John Weagly, and many more.

  • ORDER ONLINE! Order this title directly from Twilight Tales.
  • Read John's story "The Tapping" from Spooks! for free online...or listen to the MP3 Podcast!

Books By John Everson

(Samhain Publishing, October 2014)
$14.00 (trade paperback)

Family Treethe Family Tree, my eighth novel, debuted on October 7, 2014 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.

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…

Order a copy of The Family Tree from:



(Samhain Publishing, October 2013)
$16.00 (trade paperback)

vViolet Eyes

iolet Eyes, my seventh novel, was released in both e-book and trade paperback in October 2013 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.

Order a copy of Violet Eyes from:

There is also an audiobook edition available at


Violet LagoonTo celebrate (and pave the way for the novel), the e-novelette “prequel,” Violet Lagoon is also available for just 99 cents!

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.

Download a copy of Violet Lagoon, the story that spawned Violet Eyes here:



(Samhain Publishing, October 2012)
(Bad Moon Books, October 2013)
$15.00 (trade paperback)

NightWheremy sixth novel, NightWhere debuted in e-book format on June 5, 2012. A hold-it-in-your-hands trade paperback edition hit stores in October 2012 and a limited edition signed hardcover came out in 2013.

This is my first release from the new horror imprint of Samhain Publishing headed up by Don D'Auria, the editor for my first five novels at Leisure Books. Now that Leisure's 40-year run as a mass market publisher has ended, Samhain has picked up the horror flag, and I'm proud to be part of this new line.

NightWhere is an erotic horror novel that I first envisioned over 10 years ago, before I finished the final draft of my first novel, Covenant. I spent a good part of last year finally writing it, and can't wait to see it finally hit the streets (or the e-readers, as it were).

NightWhereBack when I was first starting to write and submit fiction to magazines, Lucy Taylor was one of my writing idols. She wrote some amazingly evocative, twisted prose, and was frequently cited as the "Queen of Erotic Horror." So I'm really psyched that she agreed to read - and provide a blurb - for the cover of the book. Only a snippet appears on the cover, but here's the full text that she wrote:

“One thing John Everson’s many fans already know—he’s a writer who does nothing by half-measures.  And Nightwhere, his latest foray into sex, sadism, and the supernatural, takes the reader on a nail-biting ride into the depths of bloodlust and sexual obsession.

On the surface, Rae and Mark might seem just your ‘average’ swingers, out to spice up their marriage with some kinky thrills. Little does Mark realize that while his idea of a wild time might be sex with a couple of hotties and a light whipping, Rae’s tastes are infinitely more perverse.

And while Mark fights desperately to save Rae from the thrall of Nightwhere, aided in his quest by the mysterious Selena, Rae learns how to test the limits of taking and dishing out pain—and finds herself terrifyingly adept at both!  Addicted to the rush of sex and slaughter and spurred on by a malevolent mentor named Kharon, she descends into a nightmare realm of depravity and mayhem.

A master of twisted imagery, Everson doesn’t shy away from graphic gore: Nightwhere is an erotic horrorfest you won’t be able to put down!”

-Lucy Taylor, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of
The Safety of Unknown Cities

Read more about NightWhere (including an excerpt) at the Samhain Website.

Order a copy today at:


(Delirium Books Collectors Ed., June, 2011)
(Dorchester Publications, October 2011)
(47North, March 2014)
$13.00 (trade paperback)

mhe trade paperback and e-book editions of my fifth novel, The Pumpkin Man, shipped to stores the first week in October 2011 - just in time for Halloween! There's even a website devoted to it -- complete with a Ouija Board and autographed books contest. Check out:

The first review of the book hit at Literary Mayhem, and called the book "a creepy, sharply written grisly tale that will make you think twice about the jack-o-lanterns you see in your neighborhood this coming Halloween."

The Pumpkin Man Limited Edition CoverRead the full review here.

Here's a brief description of the novel:

After her father’s gruesome murder, Jenn needed a place to get away from it all with some friends, to take her mind off her grief. The empty seaside cottage she inherited seemed perfect. Jenn didn’t know that the cottage held arcane secrets, mysteries long hidden and best left alone. She didn’t realize until it was too late that the old books and Ouija board she found there really do hold great power. And it was only after her friend’s headless body was discovered that she knew the legend of the local bogeyman was no mere legend at all.

An evil has been unleashed, a terrifying figure previously only spoken of in whispers. But now the whispers will become screams. Beware…THE PUMPKIN MAN.

Order a copy today at:


Siren Mass Market Paperback CoverSIREN
(Leisure Books, July 2010)
(Bad Moon Collectors Ed., July 2010)
(47North, March 2013)
$12.00 (paperback)

my 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. I debuted the novel at the Famous Monsters convention the 2nd weekend of July.

The novel will also be available in a limited 100-copy signed and numbered hardcover edition via Bad Moon Books (the green cover below).

Here's the back cover description of the novel:
Night after night, Evan walked along the desolate beach, grieving over the loss of his son, drowned in an accident more than a year before.

Siren Limited Edition CoverThen 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.

Order a copy today at:


(Darkside Digital, March 2010)
(Delirium Hardcover, May 2010)

my three-story "book of bugs" is now available! 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:

BAD DAY: Paul Hughes had a really bad day. He lost his job, his wife and then after getting bit by a bug... his life. Compared to what happens to his neighbors after the Luna Roaches come to town, his day wasn't so bad at all. At least he died...

EARDRUM BUZZ: Wes couldn't get enough of the music of Eardrum Buzz's first disc, Misery Machine; the drone of their guitars was hypnotizing. But when he is brought into the band's inner circle to join The Swarm, he soon has the music within him. Terrifyingly deep within him...

VIOLET LAGOON: 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...

Creeptych is now out-of-print, however, you can still read the stories:


The 13th - Leisure editionThe 13TH
(Leisure Books, October 2009)
(47North, March 2013)
$11.00 (trade paperback)

my third novel, The 13th, was released in October 2009. 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 my short story 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:

The 13th - Necro editionCastle 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…

Order a copy today at:


(Leisure Books, May 2009)
(47North, March 2014)
$11.00 (trade paperback)

my second novel, 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 hardcover by Delirium Books. 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.

OfiaraAriana 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.

Order a copy today at:


Covenant by John Everson, paperback editionCOVENANT
(Leisure Books, September 2008)
(47North, June 2013)
$13.00 (trade paperback)

y 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, and 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 my award acceptance here.

The novel follows Joe Kieran, an investigative reporter who discoversa web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect five women in a small coastal town. Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall? Or is there a murderous covenant between five women to sacrifice their first-born?

Demoniczne PryzmierzeBeneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation and puts his own soul in deadly danger.

  • Read sample chapters of Covenant at
  • Read reviews of Covenant here.
  • Read about the Polish edition, Demoniczne Przymierze, at Red Horse.

By John Everson
(Necro Publications, 2007)
ISBN: 1-889186-74-0
$50 (limited hardcover)
$20 (unlimited trade paperback)

y third collection of 19 horror and dark fantasy short stories is called Needles & Sins, 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 my 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 will also be released in late 2010.

Igly i GrzechyHere's the publisher's description of the book:

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!


Sacrifice coverSACRIFICE
By John Everson

(Delirium Books, 2007)
Limited Edition (250 copies) Signed Hardcover

y second novel Sacrifice was released by Delirium Books in a limited edition hardcover in March of 2007. At this point, the publisher is sold out, but many bookstores still have copies. So if you want to make sure you get a copy, stop by The Horror Mall. The paperback version will be released by Leisure Books in June 2009.

Thanks to my friend Jade Paris for the Sacrifice photo at right!

Here's the description of Sacrifice from the Delirium edition:

Ariana is on a killing spree. Dressed in a black vinyl catsuit, she lures men to hotel rooms, where they will leave their bodies behind—in multiple pieces. That's the part of the story that the newspapers know. The “Sunday Slasher,” as she's dubbed for her habit of leaving behind a corpse every Sunday morning, doesn't just have a wealth of misanthropic bones in her body. She's also got a hunger for ultimate power and control. Through ritual sexual sacrifice, she aims to open the door between this world and the domain of the powerful, but violently perverse Curburide demons. She will be their queen, and they will rape the world.

Joe Kieran is a young reporter who has just left the East Coast port town of Terrel with a demon on his back. Literally. Having forged a covenant with the demon, Malachai, to save the lives of two women, he now has a constant invisible companion, albeit one who is less than trustworthy. When Joe picks up Alex, a teen hitchhiker on her way to the Rocky Mountains, he soon finds that he's been setup by Malachai. Alex is more than just a perky runaway; she has the ability to talk to ghosts, something her right-wing parents forced her to hide. But now she will need that talent more than ever; as Malachai sets them all on the path that can only lead to... Sacrifice.


(Dark Arts Books)
Trade Paperback

he 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

  • MORE INFO: View the Table of Contents, Author Bios and read Free Fiction samples from Candy in the Dumpster at Dark Arts Books.

Failure coverBy John Everson
(Delirium Books, 2006)
Limited (fewer than 350 printed)
Signed Hardcover Chapbook

y 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. I created the artwork for Failure and the next two editions in the chapbook series, Imprint by Patrick Lestewka and Pickman's Motel by Mark McLaughlin. View full versions of these and other covers I've designed in my 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.

  • REVIEWS: Read the critic and reader reviews of Failure


By John Everson
(Delirium Books, 2004)
ISBN: 1-929653-65-4

mix of mystery, the occult and horror, Covenant was issued in November 2004 from Delirium Books in a signed & numbered, hardcover format, with evocative cover art by Alan Clark. On June 25, 2005 the Horror Writers Association presented Covenant with a 2004 Bram Stoker Award in the "First Novel" category in a ceremony in Burbank, California. (see photo of the award at lower right)

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. Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall? Or is there a murderous covenant between five women to sacrifice their first-born?

Beneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation and puts his own soul in deadly danger.

  • READ the Midwest Book Review, Hellnotes, Horror Vault and Sinisteria reviews of Covenant!

Stoker Award for Covenant by John EversonStoker Award Media:


Vigilantes of Love by John EversonVIGILANTES OF LOVE
By John Everson
(Twilight Tales Books, 2003)
(Dark Arts Books, 2013 - 10th anniversary edition)
ISBN: 0-9711309-6-5
Trade Paperback

his 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
By John Everson
(Delirium Books, 2000)
ISBN: 1-929653-07-7
Limited Edition (300 copies) Signed Hardcover

his 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 or eBay and sell for anywhere from $90-200.