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Sacrifice is not for the timid or weak of heart, it is a full frontal assault on your senses. It is a dark, brutal, bloody and terribly frightening book. Everson went deep into some dark abyss to bring this book to the light of day.... I highly recommend Sacrifice. Famous Monsters of Filmland

This book is a non-stop thrill ride, and I had a hard time putting it down once I started it. Sacrificeis a thrilling and shocking piece of genre fiction that deserves to be on every horror fan's shelf. It's got enough gore and perversion to shock even the most deviant of minds, but it also has well-developed characters and an extremely engaging and fast-paced storyline. John Everson is an excellent horror author and I don't hesitate to call him the future of horror fiction! Fatally Yours

Everson is in full form. The action is quick, brutal, and visceral. In many ways, Sacrifice is like that "slasher flick" we know we shouldn't enjoy but do anyway. Shroud Magazine

John Everson manages in Sacrifice to dispense buckets of blood, provide edgy perversity, and walk the tenuous tightrope of horror and sex without falling: It's rather an amazing feat. Hell Notes

If you like horror with lots of gore and sex, with a whole lot of dark overtones, and with the impending threat of demons who want to invade the world and literally screw everyone to death, have I got a book for you. Dread Central

From the Publisher

In this sequel to Covenant, a sexy sociopath has found the way to bring a race of demons into our world -- through ritual human sacrifice. As she cuts a bloody path across the country, only one other demon -- Malachai -- holds the key to stopping her.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Leisure Books; Original edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843960191
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843960198
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,521,328 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Erik Smith on July 11, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have only read two books by John Everson, Covenant, which was a good, solid horror novel, and Sacrifice, which takes what Everson did in Covenant, and turns it up to 11. More sex, more violence, and frenetic pacing that doesn't let up. Fully developed characters push the horrifying plot forward in a blood drenched, cross country chase that ends...well, I don't want to give anything away.Covenant made me a John Everson fan. Sacrifice made me a fanatic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William M Miller on November 18, 2009
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I'll be the first to admit I'm a sucker for sequels, especially horror novel sequels. When I love a story, I can't wait to revisit those same characters in even more dangerous situations. However, with Sacrifice, I wasn't that into where the story was taking me. The taking over the world aspect was not as credible as the smaller events that were set up in Covenent. Once the premise in Sacrifice was established, it seemed very familiar ground, one in which the reader was constantly ahead of the characters on the page, which is the opposite of what ideally should happen. I felt the characters were always playing `catch-up' to what I already knew.

There were some effective moments of graphic violence and sex, but strangely, they seemed to slow down Everson's fast pace that was established early on. The flashbacks to Alex's parents also seemed unnecessary as it was already clear what happened to them. I also didn't care for Ted's part in the story and didn't believe for a second that Cindy would allow him to keep The Journal of Broderick Terrel, especially after all the evil things that had happened to her only a few weeks before, not to mention what Ted allows to happen to her later in the story. As time ticked down, there didn't seem to be an urgency with Joe and Alex's character in tracking Ariana down. Even after the fifth murder, they seemed to be more interested in getting drunk, stuffing themselves at hotel restaurants, and painting Alex's nails than stopping the destruction of mankind. The scare factor, also, was an issue for me, with ample opportunities for some potentially frightening moments that just never happened.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Whildin on January 30, 2010
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Covenant (Leisure Fiction) was a great read, but SACRIFICE was even better. The story picks up a few weeks after COVENANT ends, and Joe Kieran is accompanied by the demon, Malachi, as he tries to put Terrel and the events that happened there behind him. He meets Alex, a teen running from the crazy, religious zealots who were her parents and what happened back home, who has the ability to see and communicate with the dead.

In the meantime, a beautiful but psycho woman named Ariana is brutally murdering people across the country, with a goal of immortality. She has a partner, Jeremy, who's had enough of his cheating wife and gets into the spirit of things, helping Ariana slaughter her victims in a ritual to bring forth the Curburide, which the now-broken covenant with Malachi prevented.

Joe and Alex team up to stop Ariana before she brings the world a terrible fate, but Alex is only beginning to understand her powers and how to use them, so the question is, Will she be prepared when she and Joe meet up with Ariana and Jeremy?

I found Malachi to be a rather fun sort of character, moreso than in COVENANT. Surely he has selfish motivations for helping Joe and Alex (or is he?), but he plays it kind of neutral, so you're never sure if he's going to get them killed or save their lives (and souls).

Like others, I recommend reading COVENANT first, but this one is great on its own. This is my third John Everson book, and they just keep getting better!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 17, 2009
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This book pissed me off royally. Sacrifice continues the story Everson began in Covenant (also reviewed). Joe Kieran, now possessed by Malachi, the demon haunting the town of Terrel in the first book, teams up with a young, inexperienced witch to stop the beautiful, deadly Ariana from raising the Curburide, the demons Malachi had originally been summoned to stop decades ago.

I refuse to say it finishes the story, however. I don't want to believe John's going to let Kieran's (and Alex') story end with the final chapter of Sacrifice. I guess that's a testament to Everson's skill, really; I want these characters to have happy endings, to score a win that's not bittersweet, and well... I don't want to give the book away, but let's just say the title is apt. Every main character in the book makes a sacrifice of one sort of another. And I'm not pleased about it.

The rapport between Joe and Malachi is amusing at times, the borderline-forbidden relationship between Alex and Joe grows in small, tantalizing doses and Ariana... well, I almost wouldn't mind being sacrificed by her. The book moves along at a fast pace and Everson even manages a couple of twists I didn't quite see coming. He just might be my favorite Leisure author.

Pick up Sacrifice. Pick up Covenant first, if you haven't already (you could get by without it, but you shouldn't). You won't be sorry you did. I have to say, though, that if Everson doesn't have Part Three in the works already, I hope all his beer goes flat for the rest of his life. 9/10.
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