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Devil Tree [Kindle Edition]

Steve Vernon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The roots of evil run deeper than you can ever imagine.

Lucas Sawyer and his wife Tamsen find themselves marooned in the heart of a mid-nineteenth century wilderness forest. They are rescued by Jonah Duvall, a mysterious woodsman abiding in this strange valley with his wife Jezebel and thier son Cord. Brooding over all stands the Devil Tree - a huge evil jackpine that has summoned them to this valley to feed upon their collective emotions and their unnatural offspring. Part earth spirit, part elder demon - the tree is farming them.

The characters are bound in a tightening noose of of undeniable fate. As winter sets in they must face the tree's unholy fury in an utterly horrific finale.

Devil-Tree is a story that will take you further into the heart of unimaginable horror.


"A mesmerizing journey into unimaginable darkness, DEVIL TREE showcases Steve Vernon at the height of his power, and results in a provocative, profoundly unsettling novel you will never forget." - Greg F. Gifune, author of THE BLEEDING SEASON

"DEVIL TREE is a frightening tale of man versus nature in every meaning. Vernon has written a tale of murder, infidelity, death and depravity. Full of horror and darkness - a supernatural tale like no other." - DARK RIVER PRESS

"If you are looking for a story that will scare you, DEVIL TREE is a great read." - SIZZLING HOT BOOK REVIEWS

"A well-written story that will appeal to fans of both the grotesque and magical realism. You must have a tough stomach to be able to handle this tale - OPINIONS OF A WOLF

"With Cronenberg-esque body terror, a Wendigo-type sub plot, and a wicked tree that would give the vegetation in the original EVIL DEAD a run for its money, DEVIL TREE
is a best bet for horror fans tired of not being scared by horror fiction." - THE HORROR FICTION REVIEW

"This genre needs new blood and Steve Vernon is quite a transfusion." - Ed Lee

"Steve Vernon was born to write. He's the real deal and we're lucky to have him." - Richard Chizmar

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

I have been writing since the mid-80's. I'm not one of the big boys. You won't find my books anywhere handy to Stephen King or Robert McCammon or Brian Keene. I'm nothing but a storyteller and this is one of the darkest stories I have ever written. DEVIL TREE has always meant a lot to me. I hope that you enjoy your read.

I believe that you will.

yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

Product Details

  • File Size: 463 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press & Macabre Ink Digital; First Digital Edition edition (February 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004OA6M3G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #804,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Dark, And Brilliant! March 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I've been a fan of Steve Vernon's since "Long Horn, Big Shaggy" came out in 2004. I've scoffed up everything he's published since then and "Devil Tree" ranks up with his finest work.

This one is a bit of a departure for Steve; it's dark, way dark. Though Steve has broached the themes of murder, gore, and eroticism in the past, never has he combined them in a tale that is as brutal and soul searching as he has in Devil Tree. The birthing scene alone, when Jezebel (Duvall's mate) pushes out her disgusting spawn to be sacrificed to the Devil Tree is about as gruesome as it gets. And anyone who has had a cheating spouse can't help but share the mental anguish that Lucas suffers.

As I've discovered with his prior novels, "Hard Roads" and "Gypsy Blood", Vernon isn't content to just drag his readers into the depths of his horrors blindly. He reaches into the parts of all of us that we aren't too comfortable with, and then he grabs these fears by the throat and forces the readers to confront them. Fading love, guilt, betrayal, and lust all play a part in our lives and Vernon has done a brilliant job confronting these troubling aspects in "Devil Tree".

So yeah, I loved "Devil Tree", and I think anyone who picks this up will too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice pace and mystery to this story April 21, 2012
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This is the first time I've read Steve Vernon, so I wasn't sure what to expect. First of all, the book is beautifully written with its detailed description and imagery. Though it was tedious to get through at times given the abundance of detail, I found myself getting used to it as I moved along. The story started out a little slow, but once Duvall showed up, things took a turn for the better. Duvall is a difficult man to figure out. I wasn't sure if he was good, evil, or something in between. In any event, his character - and the mystery surrounding him - added to the creepiness of the whole story. There are some gruesome parts to this tale. A couple of them even forced me to collect myself before continuing. The book, however, is not a drawn-out gore-fest by any means. The specific instances that are meant to disturb serve a purpose. Overall, I really enjoyed the pace and mystery of The Devil Tree. As a writer myself, I like to leave certain parts to the reader's imagination. While some like to have everything neatly tied together by the end, I don't mind that Steve leaves us with an element of the unknown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark. Very dark. November 21, 2011
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Just finished Devil Tree.

This book is... *evil*. Don't know what or how this body of work came into existence, but I think Steve went to some very dark places to bring it back into the light. Even then, it's a dark piece of horror fiction, extremely moody, and creepy as all hell. If this was a movie, it'd be one of those flicks where you would notice the absence of music, where the only sounds are those made by the characters, or things pulling themselves free of the earth, and where you might have anxiety attacks when the night scenes start. There isn't a lot of gore, but dread permeates this whole story like the stench of bad meat becoming worse.

I liked it. God help me I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy on symbols...good, but sometimes confusing. April 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When I was 12, a friend of the family took me to see "The Deer Hunter". It was a fairly heavy film, but all I really remember is the scene during the main characters time in the river POW camp. Years later I watched the movie to see what I might have missed. It was still the Russian Roulette that stands out. As I read Devil Tree by Steve Vernon, I was struck by much of the same feelings.

I am fairly intelligent (I would like to think)but there were moments when the story seemed to slip away from me. I found myself flipping back (not as easy on a Kindle as with a physical copy of a book). I could tell that there were moments when the writer knew exactly what he was trying to say, unfortunately, I wasn't always sure what that was. There is also a lot of simile use. Enough that I made sure to look up the difference between simile and metaphor.

I will say that Mr. Vernon does an excellent job creating imagery. His voice is very literary. His ability to convey inner darkness is superb. There is an ambient mood throughout the book that, as a fellow writer, I found impressive. To maintain the tone throughout and never break it was a feat worthy of praise.

While I may not have gotten exactly what is was that Mr. Vernon was trying to do, Devil Tree was a unique read. As with any book, it may not be for all readers. I wanted to love the book, but in the end I just liked it a great deal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written April 22, 2012
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The Devil Tree by Steve Vernon is an alternate history horror story set in the 1800's. The story begins with Lucas and his wife Tamsen as they are floating down a stream in a raft looking for a place to settle after having to leave their home in shame. The raft hits a log and the couple is thrown into the flowing current. They are rescued by a man named Duvall and brought to a strange valley which is ruled by a giant Jackpine.

Marcus and Tamsen are nursed back to health by Duvall, his wife Jezebel and their son Cord. The valley seems like it could be a good place to start a new life but the giant tree that stands above the valley has plans for them. Everyone has their secrets and the tree feeds upon their emotions.

Thats all I can say about the story in The Devil Tree because it was a little hard to follow. The characters go through quite a few changes in the story, Duvall is shown as being good, then bad then good again and Lucas also seems to change from good to bad. Tamsen stays the same throughout but we find out that she has done some very bad things in the past. The story is about the characters and because the character's personalities are constantly changing it makes for a confusing story.

Other things I didn't like about The Devil Tree was how for awhile it looked like Cord was going to be a big part of the story but then nothing was done with him. I also didn't like how Tamsen declares her love for Duvall but then acts afraid of Duvall a little later in the story and Lucas doesn't seem to care. Another thing that doesn't get explained well was the tree's power, why it was there in the first place or what it was trying to do.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Read
This book is a great read and grabs your attention from the begging and holds it till the end. It flows at a nice pace and the author gives just enough detail without going too far... Read more
Published on November 14, 2012 by Jenn
4.0 out of 5 stars Among the Devil's Pines
In Devil Tree (Crossroad Press, 2011), Vernon strands his characters (and the reader) in the middle of an eerie, superstitious nineteenth century Canadian forest wilderness. Read more
Published on November 8, 2012 by Walter Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully nightmarish malevolence
This is a lyrical and haunting journey into the heart of darkness. A couple who flee their own dark secrets find themselves ensnared in a cursed valley whose evil denizen feeds... Read more
Published on August 22, 2012 by Dark Mark
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry sorry sorry
I will start this review by saying that had I not been reading it for a FB group review 1. I would not have picked it to read 2. I would have put it down long before the end. Read more
Published on August 3, 2012 by Vix Kirkpatrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-written magical realism, just not my style
In a valley near a river int he wood near Indian territory lies a tree. A tree that sends out its roots throughout the valley and demands blood. Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by A. McNeil
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Edgy - Just the Way I Like Them!
I recently had the opportunity to read Devil Tree by Steve Vernon. Admittedly, it might not have been a book I would have picked up to read, but it would only have been due to the... Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Julianne Snow
3.0 out of 5 stars It has potential
First off I must say the names used in this book bother me. Some don't match the character like Tamsen others distract me from the story like Abraham. Read more
Published on April 22, 2012 by Lisa Conger
4.0 out of 5 stars For Those Who Love Old School Horror.
If you are a person who likes your horror fast-paced and in your face, this is not the book for you. Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling ride
I have never read this author before. I stumbled across it on Kindle and was not disappointed. Devil Tree will scare the hell out of you! A real page turner. Read with caution. Read more
Published on April 18, 2012 by booklover55
5.0 out of 5 stars Alternate-History Horror-a Stunner
Devil Tree

I totally enjoyed this novel. An interesting juxtaposition of rough-edged, alternative-history-frontier horror, Supernatural venues, three-dimensional... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes Haws
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More About the Author

Hi! I'm Steve Vernon and I'd love to scare you. Along the way I'll entertain you. I guarantee a giggle as well.

If I listed all of the books I've written I'd bore you - and I am allergic to boring.

Instead, let me recommend one single book of mine.

Pick up SUDDEN DEATH OVERTIME for an example of true Steve Vernon storytelling. It's hockey and vampires for folks who love hockey and vampires - and for folks who don't!

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yours in storytelling,

Steve Vernon

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