John Everson

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John Everson
John Everson, 2006
Born 1966

Evergreen Park, IL

Occupation Novelist, short story writer, editor, publisher
Genres Horror, fantasy, dark fantasy, gothic, science fiction
Awards Bram Stoker Award for Covenant (2004); Bram Stoker Nominee for "Letting Go" (2007); Bram Stoker Nominee for NightWhere (2012);

John Everson (born March 14, 1966) is an American author of contemporary horror, dark fantasy, science fiction and fantasy fiction. He is the author of eight novels and six short fiction collections, all focusing on horror and the supernatural. His novel Covenant, was originally released by Delirium Books in 2004 and won the Bram Stoker Award for a First Novel the following year.[1]


Everson was born in 1966 and spent most of his childhood in Tinley Park, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism in 1988 and worked for two years at The Star Newspapers in Chicago Heights, IL, where he began the weekly music review column "Pop Stops."[2] He wrote this column for the newspaper for nearly 20 years, even after leaving The Star as a full-time reporter to serve as an editor for the Illinois Entertainer magazine for four years. It was during his tenure at the Illinois Entertainer that he began actively writing and submitting short fiction in the horror and fantasy genres. His first two novels feature a reporter, Joe Kieran, as the lead character, drawing on his experience in journalism.

In 2000, his first collection of short fiction appeared from Delirium Books,[3] a small press publisher of horror fiction which has since released several collectible hardcover editions of Everson books, including his first novel, Covenant, in 2004.

Covenant was reissued mass market paperback publisher Leisure Books in 2008, which also reissued the sequel Sacrifice in 2009 as well as his next two novels, The 13th and Siren. His fifth novel, The Pumpkin Man was released by Leisure's parent company, Dorchester Publishing and has been optioned for production by Shadowcast Pictures. His sixth novel, NightWhere, will be issued by Samhain Publishing in 2012.

Both Covenant and Sacrifice have been translated into Polish and released by Red Horse and Replika Books. Covenant has also been translated into Turkish, and is in the process of being translated into French.

Everson's work has been featured in numerous anthologies including, V-Wars, Qualia Nous, Equilibrium Overturned, All American Horror of the 21st Century, Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror, The Green Hornet Casefiles, Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Vampire Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 2) and Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook.

In addition to writing, Everson is also the publisher of Dark Arts Books. Since 2006, this press has released an average of one four-author anthology per year consisting of multiple stories from each author.

Everson lives with his wife Geri and son Shaun in Naperville, Illinois.[4]

Awards and Nominations[edit]



  • Covenant (2004/2008, Delirium Books / Leisure Books)
  • Sacrifice (2007/2009, Delirium Books / Leisure Books)
  • The 13th (2009, Necro Publications / Leisure Books)
  • Siren (2010, Bad Moon Books / Leisure Books)
  • The Pumpkin Man (2011, Delirium Books, Dorchester Publications)
  • NightWhere (2012, Samhain Publishing)
  • Violet Eyes (2013, Samhain Publishing)
  • The Family Tree (2014, Samhain Publishing)

Short Story Collections[edit]

  • Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions (2000, Delirium Books)
  • Vigilantes of Love (2003, Twilight Tales Books)
  • Candy In the Dumpster (2006, Dark Arts Books)
  • Needles & Sins (2007, Necro Publications)
  • Creeptych (2010, Delirium Books)
  • Deadly Nightlusts: A Collection of Forbidden Magic (2010, Blasphemous Books)
  • Christmas Tales (2010, E3)


  • Failure (2006)
  • Violet Lagoon (2010)
  • THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Witch Trapped (2013)

Anthology Appearances[edit]

  • SPGA Showcase - "Warmin' The Women" (June 1996)
  • Distant Journeys - "Biological Imperative" (Fall 1996)
  • Nasty Snips - "Mirror Image" (Fall 1999)
  • TransVersions - "Calling of the Moon" (Fall 2000)
  • The Dead Inn - "Sacrificing Virgins" (February 2001)
  • Bloodtype CD Anthology - "Mutilation Street" (Spring 2001)
  • Dark Testament - "Mary" (February 2002)
  • Freaks, Geeks & Sideshow Floozies - "Love & Sex & Rope & Screams: A Circus in 3 Acts" (Spring 2002)
  • Tourniquet Heart - "Anniversary" (Summer 2002)
  • Decadence 2 - "Dead Girl on the Side of the Road" (Summer 2002)
  • MOTA 3: Courage - "Spirits Having Flown" (Summer 2003)
  • Damned: An Anthology of the Lost - "Green Green Glass" (Spring 2004)
  • Peepshow Vol. 1 - "Star on the Beach" (Spring 2004)
  • Small Bites - "Faux" (Fall 2004)
  • Spooks! - "The Tapping" (October 2004)
  • Cold Flesh - "Camille Smiled" (Summer 2005)
  • In Delirium - "The House That Shane Built" (January 2006)
  • Dark Doorways - "My Aim Is True (Spring 2006)
  • Fear - "Long Distance Call" (September 2006)
  • On Writing Horror - chapter on "Small Press" (November 2006)
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker - "The Strange Events at Vishnu Springs" - February 2007
  • Echoes of Terror - "Ice Cold Shakes" (Spring 2007)
  • A Dark and Deadly Valley - "The Devil's Platoon" (Spring 2007)
  • Darker Discoveries - "The Eyes Have It" (Spring 2008)
  • Horror Library, Vol. 3 - "Fish Bait" (2008)
  • Infernally Yours - "And Then Shall The Reign of Lucifer End" (2009)
  • The Death Panel - "The Mouth" (2009)
  • Terrible Beauty, Fearful Symmetry - "In Memoryum" (2009)
  • Best New Zombie Tales Vol. 2 - "Camille Smiled" (2010)
  • Fell Beasts - "Yellow" (2011)
  • Gothic Blue Book - "The Tapping" (2011)
  • Best New Vampire Tales Vol. 1 - "When Barrettes Brought Justice to a Burning Heart" (2011)
  • The Green Hornet Casefiles - "The Black Widow" (2011)
  • The Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror - "Every Last Drop" (2011)
  • V-Wars - "Love Less" (2011)
  • Relics and Remains - "Nailed" (2012)
  • All-American Horror of the 21st Century: The First Decade 2000-2010 - "The Pumpkin Man" (2013)
  • The Carnival 13 - "Prologue/Chapter One" (Round Robin Novella, 2013)
  • Equilibrium Overturned: The Heart of Darkness Awaits - "Amnion" (2014)
  • Qualia Nous - "Voyeur" (2014)
  • Suspended in Dusk - "Spirits Having Flown" (2014)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel Bram Stoker Award List 2004
  2. ^ Pop Stops
  3. ^ Delirium Books' Publication List, 2000
  4. ^ John Everson's Website - About Page