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Needles & Sins Paperback – October 17, 2007

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About the Author

John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant (Delirium Books, 2004) and Sacrifice (Delirium Books, 2007) which will both be released in mass market paperback from Leisure Books in 2008/2009. A Polish translation of Covenant is being issued by Poland s Red Horse Books as Demoniczne Przymierze in late summer 2007. His short fiction has appeared in magazines like Space and Time, Dark Discoveries, Wicked Karnival, Red Scream, Black October and Grue, and in the anthologies A Dark and Deadly Valley, Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook, Dark Doorways, Cold Flesh, Damned: An Anthology of the Lost, In Delirium and the CD-ROM anthology Bloodtype, which includes an Everson-composed techno theme song. His short stories have also been translated and published in Polish and French. Much of his short fiction has been collected in three short story collections: Needles & Sins (Necro Publications, 2007), Vigilantes of Love (Twilight Tales, 2003) and Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions (Delirium Books, 2000). He is also the co-editor of the Spooks! ghost story anthology (Twilight Tales, 2004), and the founder of Dark Arts Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Necro Publications; 1st edition (October 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889186740
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889186740
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,100,996 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. P. Voltz on June 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
John Everson has done it again. He lavishes the utmost love and care on his darkest fantasies before slowly, torturously executing them before our eyes. As you get to the most juicy parts (which I won't spoil here), you can imagine him grinning. Everson's voice and twisted imagery will stay with you long after you should be asleep. His vivid style made it seem like I was watching a movie inside my mind--he is one of the most evocative modern horror writers I have ever read.
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Absolutely Excellent! A terrifying journey through the mind of John Everson. Needles and Sin's is a page turner that will keep you up at night. Both for the next tale and hope for just one happy ending that will let you sleep. It never comes. Which is what sets this collection apart from the rest. An angel of vengence, an angel of lust. A forlorn family of murderers, the tragic tale of haunted vanity. If your imagination doesn't come alive during the narative's, then they will certainly haunt your dreams. As if the first fourteen stories in the collection aren't enough, John offers us one more terrifying tale in five acts. Sometimes almost whimsicle, then terrifying. A new addition to the realm of short story horror comes a welcome dose of dread.
-Horror Holocaust [...]
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I know you wouldn't think the word 'Love' would be in a review of a book with this title but Everson's collection contains stories that do sing of love and darkness in a way that wouldn't let me put down this book. I enjoyed every story in this collection, my favorites were: Letting Go, The Beginning was The End, The Devil's Platoon, The Char-Lee. Everson knows how to tell a story, his characters and settings pull you in and don't let you go until he's ready to. Highly recommend this book.
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John Everson, Needles and Sins (Necro Publications, 2007)

You've read the reviews. You may have even already read Charlee Jacob's intro. You don't need me to tell you that Needles and Sins is a barnburner, the kind of book of horror shorts that will keep you up at night munching on chips and finishing just one more story the same way EverCrack had you finishing just one more quest. So what am I going to do different? Everyone else is focusing on the horror stories here. And they're good, though I'm not quite sure some of them are all they're cracked up to be ("Mutilation Street", in particular, which Jacob singles out in her intro, strikes me as a gimmicky one-trick pony that could have been so much more than it is). I'm going to focus on the two non-horror stories here, which are, perhaps not coincidentally, the two stories that kick this book up from being good to being in the realm of Greg Gifune good and Vincent Sakowski good and Thomas Ligotti good and Richard-Christian-Matheson-when-he-wrote-"Red" good.

The first is "Spirits Having Flown", and if I had to try and pigeonhole it into a genre, I'd call it an urban fantasy story, but that would be doing it a great disservice, in that it's a fantasy that takes place in an urban (and distinctly grungy, which is an atmosphere at which Mr. Everson excels in creating) setting, but it has none of the hallmarks you've come to expect if you've read half a dozen novels tagged that way. No, this is more "urban fantasy" like Gifune writes, mythical creatures that intrude on the lives of us normal folks, but without the whole us normal folks finding out we're half-faerie or whatever the hell.
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