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 five-star Amazon reader review said this about it…which is better than any back cover description could be:
“I really think that John Everson is one of the most under-rated horror authors today. I’ve always enjoyed his novels but it’s his short story collections that leave me amazed. And with SACRIFICING VIRGINS, he does not disappoint. This collection shows a wide range of horror, each one original and set apart from the others. He can write really touching, quiet stories like “She Found Spring,” “Still They Go,” and “The Hole to China” and come right back and deliver a nauseating hardcore horror romp like “Whatever You Want,” “Sacrificing Virgins,” “Grandma Wanda’s Jelly Belly,” and “The Eyes.” He also has the finesse to mix horror and eroticism with lurid tales such as “Nailed,” “Star On the Beach,” and “To Earn His Love.”
Then there are stories like “Bad Day,” “Camille Smiled,” and “The Tapping” that can be straight up creepy and a little unnerving. And for fans of his previous novels, he has a few stories that have branched from those ideas like “Field of Flesh” (NightWhere), “The Pumpkin Man” (Pumpkin Man), and “Ligeia’s Revenge” (Siren). There are a few stories that stood out to me as favorites though just because they were told so damn well: “The White House,” “Green Apples & Red Nails,” and “My Aim is True.” But I have to say the story I enjoyed the most out of this collection is the weird and quirky “I Love You.” Other stories that were a little weird are “Eardrum Buzz,” “Faux,” and “Voyeur but I Love You” really stole the show for me. Can not begin to say how great this collection is, really enjoyed it cover to cover.”
It was a kick to see “I Love You” picked as someone’s favorite from this book, because that story was written as a tribute to a Chicago area author I greatly admire (and publish via Dark Arts Books) named Martin Mundt. And the story languished in several magazine and anthology slush piles before finally appearing in this book as one of the only original, not previously published tales. I’ve always said that every story finds its right home eventually.