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Vigilantes of Love: 21 Tales of the Dark and Light Kindle Edition

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A collection of fifteen well written stories that range from fantasy to horror....All of them are worth reading. -- Jimmy Z, FeoAmante.com

Each of [Everson's] stories is a dark and tantalizing show well worth the price of admission -- Ray Wallace, Twilight Showcase e-zine

Everson has a clear and sometimes poetic style that lulls and enthralls, drawing you in...only to snap you up. --Michele Patterson, Painted Rock e-zine

From the opening story, Everson proves himself capable of horror, both understated and overt, and of capturing readers' imaginations with his compelling characters and unique twists on familiar themes. Each story is strengthened by vivid descriptions, but it is his ability to create characters with whom readers can identify that makes them all the more powerful. Included in this collection are not only ghosts and supernatural monsters, but also fiends of the human variety, victims of their own desires, and what comes across as a fable or two --Scott A. Johnson, The Horror Channel

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Critical Acclaim for John Everson:

"John Everson has to be congratulated for having the courage of his nightmares. Not every writer would be able to convert his most freakish and kinkiest imaginings into neatly plotted narratives..." ~Paul DiFilippo, Asimov’s Science Fiction

"John Everson is a renaissance man, talented in so many fields including the composing of horror. I say composing, as he creates it much as he does his music, with attention to perfect details that resonate through all the senses. He is going to be even more amazing than he already is." ~Charlee Jacob, author of Haunter

"His stories are an exhilarating mix of brains and horrific brawn—scary controversial, and unforgettable." ~Edward Lee, author of Incubi

"Everson drops us into a dark and claustrophobic world of obsession and dementia. We can only hope that the horror will hide itself again—and unfortunately it does…inside of us." ~David Barnet, Necro Publications

"Everson creates great characters, puts them in strange but seemingly real-feeling situations and then lets us watch them go at it. This is storytelling at its best, where we feel almost voyeuristic as we follow the action. Writing this quality is a pretty rare thing and to find true horror in modern settings is even rarer." ~Steven Sawicki, Scavenger's Newsletter


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  • File Size: 967 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dark Arts Books; 10th Anniversary Edition edition (January 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: January 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFAIY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #592,661 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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, www.johneverson.com, 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 www.facebook.com/johneverson.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Les Johnst on August 13, 2013
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I got this book and thought it was going to be just another romance, but it was reasonably priced but figured it is good for passing time on a plane. I read it and it is a mixture of macabre, eerie, fantastical and just plain good. Not all the stories are equally engrossing but overall, I liked it well enough to buy it again for a gift.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.T. Zuma on February 1, 2013
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I reviewed Vigilantes of Love's maiden release and enjoyed it tremendously. I reviewed it for Horror World and the following are portions of the review.

There are several stories in Vigilantes of Love that I would consider not only above average, but superb. Quite simply, they are among the most enjoyable short stories that I have read in the past few years. Everson managed to put an emotional spin into these tales that affected me so deeply that I paused for awhile after reading each one. And it was not because any of these stories were overly intense, in fact, I thought their approach subtle, but still, they managed to pack one heck of a punch.

My favorite was 'Calling of the Moon', a tale about an old woman who befriends a homeless man and helps him turn his life around. The story is told from the homeless man's point of view and it is so life affirming and well written that when it was over, I went back and read it again.

My second favorite was 'Lovesong', a story about a young music lover who falls for a girl that works in a record shop. Everson nails the narrative perfectly when detailing the alienation and desperation a young man that age lives with. Everson portrayed him so realistically that I had no trouble identifying with the main character and could more than relate to the feeling of longing this young man had for the counter girl. And best of all, I didn't see the end of this one coming.

Another stand out is the title story, 'Vigilantes of Love', a tale set in New Orleans about a voodoo curse that has unfaithful lovers snatched away in the night and disappearing forever as punishment for their cheating ways.
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I enjoyed Everson's stories in Vigilantes of Love greatly, both the original and the bonus. The collection starts with Eva's coffee boy in the story "Calling of the Moon," turning a man's life around with the simplest of requests. It's amazing what someone can do for you with so little. It's a touching story that will certainly remain with me. "Vigilantes of Love" was also great, leaving me with a haunting feeling about going to New Orleans. Of the bonus tales, "Tomatoes" will never allow me to look at a fruit and vegetable stand on the side of the road the same ever again. Read it. It's sickeningly rewarding...

If you like haunting tales full of morality, haunting characters, regret, and grit, Vigilantes of Love is for you.
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By Angela on March 13, 2014
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As a reviewer, when I review books of short stories I give each story a rating then I average them together for the final score. None of the stories in this collection were below 3 stars. Some of the stories were whimsical and some were horrifying but all were good. Another winner from the mind of John Everson! A solid 4 star read.
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Everson presents us with a great collection of stories here that will keep you turning the page and wanting more. A very quick read full of emotional tales of love and yes, plenty of horror.
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