There are actually a few copies out in the world already… we sold some pre-release copies at the Samhain Publishing booth at HorrorHound Indianapolis a couple weeks ago, and tomorrow night, it will have its Chicago debut at the Chicago Horror Film Fest, where I’ll be a guest.
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.
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…
I’m really looking forward to hearing what readers think of this one.
What do Stephen King and John Everson have in common?
THIS WEEK MARKED a pretty big milestone for me. A new original story of mine called “Voyeur” (written early this spring) appears in a new anthology — Qualia Nous — which also includes stories by William F. Nolan (author of many Twilight Zone scripts as well as Logan’s Run) and … Stephen King!
I’ve published a lot of stories in lots of books and magazines over the past 20 years, but this is the first time I’ve ever shared pages with King. Needless to say, I was pretty excited when I learned that he had joined the project a few weeks ago.
The anthology was edited by Michael Bailey and just came out over the weekend from Written Backwards Press. You can read a bit about the book on the Written Backwards site here.
Here’s the description on Amazon.com:
A literary blend of science fiction and horror, Qualia Nous contains short stories, novelettes, and poetry from established authors and newcomers from around the world. Featuring the imaginations of Stephen King, Gene O’Neill, William F. Nolan, John Everson, Lucy A. Snyder, Thomas F. Monteleone, Elizabeth Massie, Gary A. Braunbeck, and many others.
Check it out here: http://www.amazon.com/Qualia-Nous-Michael-Bailey/dp/0578146460/