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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,200,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of eight novels of erotic horror and the macabre, including his latest, the Fountain of Youth thriller THE FAMILY TREE, as well as the Bram Stoker Award-nominated tour de force NIGHTWHERE, the Bram Stoker Award-winner COVENANT, its sequel SACRIFICE and the standalone novels THE 13TH, SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN, VIOLET EYES.

John shares a deep purple den in Naperville, Illinois with a cockatoo and cockatiel, a disparate collection of fake skulls, twisted skeletal fairies, Alan Clark illustrations and a large stuffed Eeyore. There's also a mounted Chinese fowling spider named Stoker, an ever-growing shelf of custom mix CDs and an acoustic guitar that he can't really play but that his son likes to hear him beat on anyway. Sometimes his wife is surprised to find him shuffling through more public areas of the house, but it's usually only to brew another cup of coffee. In order to avoid the onerous task of writing, he occasionally records pop-rock songs in a hidden home studio, experiments with the insatiable culinary joys of the jalapeno, designs book covers for a variety of small presses, loses hours in expanding an array of gardens and chases frequent excursions into the bizarre visual headspace of '70s euro-horror DVDs with a shot of Makers Mark and a tall glass of Newcastle.

Learn more about John on his site,, where you can sign up for a direct-from-the-author monthly e-newsletter with information on new books, contests and occasionally, free fiction.

Want to connect? Follow John on Twitter @johneverson, or find him on Facebook at

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eric Morgan on December 21, 2007
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Addison on December 19, 2007
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Norman Applegate on April 26, 2008
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What a thrill to have met this author at the 2008 World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City, casually talk to him about writing and discover John to be a soft spoken, oh yeah he lost his voice traveling to the convention, truly nice guy.

I find when reading a collection of short stories there are usually a few I'm not fond of with but John's collection I found myself turning pages, drinking cold coffee cause I wouldn't put the book down for an instant and realized this is without a doubt one of the best gathering of horror tales compiled into a novel I have read.

Two time Bram Stoker award-winning author John Everson plunges deep into the gory syrup of what makes horror writers wish they had written these 19 stories of "Needles & Sins," and readers of the dark and twisted screech with parched throats as they cradle this treasure of a book.

Having published nearly 100 short stories, winning the Stoker for Covenant in 2004 and Sacrifice in 2007, I suspect he's in line for another with this book

My favorite story, if there is one, OK there's a three way tie, The Char-Lee, "He stood, gore dripping down the hair of his chest like perspiration."
Mutilation Street, "The best part is, when she gets really wicked, she stuffs chunks of his bloody colon into the fridge after he's passed out and then fries them up for him to eat with his eggs in the morning. Talk about a breakfast that sticks to your ribs.
And The Devils Platoon, how Germany almost won the war, with a sacrifice, an alliance with Satan, and the Devil on their side.
Bottom line, you can't go wrong with this one...
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