Free FICTION by John Everson
've published dozens of short stories in small press magazines and anthologies since
1993. I write in a variety of genres, from adult horror to juvenile fantasy to
In the center column are links to stories that I've posted to this site. Below are some links to fiction that is posted and hosted elsewhere on the net.
are some samples of my short fiction. All of these stories were previously published,
and several of them were reprinted in my short story collections Cage
of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions, Vigilantes
of Love and Needles & Sins. For other stories currently online or in print, please
see the external links at the left or view my Bibliography page. Enjoy!
- Needles & Sins
"Needles & Sins " is the title vignette to my 19-story horror and dark fantasy collection released in October 2007 from Necro Publications.
After death, your sins live on...and on...and on...
- Christmas, The Hard Way
Originally issued as a chapbook for family and friends, this story was bought
for a magazine that never ended up being published, and ultimately saw wider distribution
when it was included in my 2nd collection of short fiction, Vigilantes of Love.
A light fantasy holiday tale with ghosts and magic.
- Vigilantes of Love
The title story to my 2nd collection of short fiction, Vigilantes of Love, published by Twilight Tales in April 2003
Love, lust, voodoo, and a zombie curse.
- Pumpkin Head
Originally published in Grue #19 in 1999, Delirium
Magazine #3 in Fall 2000, and in my 1st collection of short fiction, Cage
of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions, published by Delirium
Books in Fall 2000. Recently it was reprinted in Candy in the Dumpster and translated into French for Borderline.
An instructional thesis on what not to do with gourds.
Originally published in Crossroads,
Written after an afternoon of tomato picking in my garden
- Only Believe
Originally published in The Cosmic Unicorn, Spring,
An early experiment in the juxtaposition of science fiction,
religion and fantasy.
- Hard Heart
Originally published in Sirius Visions #4, November 1994
Juvenile fantasy, with a surreal twist.
- Why Do You Stay With Him?
Originally published in Ixxis, September 1994
A short spoof of a more serious horror story that I published
in Dead of Night in 1995 called "Anniversary."