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Covenant (Leisure Fiction)

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In a small town with a strange history of teen suicides, a group of five women have made a pact with a demon and must sacrifice their firstborn.

To the residents of the sleepy coastal town of Terrel, the cliffs of Terrel's Peak are a deadly place, an evil place where terrible things happen. Like a series of mysterious teen suicides over the years, all on the same date. Or o
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mark monday
Nov 14, 2014 mark monday rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horrortime
reporter moves to small town and comes across a rash of suicides. are they actually suicides? is there some supernatural presence lurking at the cliff that is the site of those deaths? and is there some sort of shadowy cabal that has formed a pact - a covenant - with that supernatural presence?

I guess I'm ok with reading a graphic rape scene in a horror novel. or at least I don't get so horrified and upset that it becomes hard to continue reading, like I do when coming across a graphic scene of
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V
Oct 24, 2008 V rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
I loved for a while, it was good and a little haunting, but about midway through I wanted to stop because it went downhill. First there was one sex scene then again and then the rape scenes began, first between two chars., then an orgy with one character fatally injured, all of this in great detail. The back half of this book is filled with useless sex scenes, graphic and disgusting rape scene in gory repetition. The ending is a graphic, highly detailed, rape scene with most of the main charters ...more
Kristen
Sep 09, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So you are a reporter who has already committed career suicide once, now you find yourself working at the local paper in the sleepy little town of Terrel. Bored to tears from covering garden parties, you finally catch wind of something interesting… a teen leaps to his death from the cliffs overlooking the town. When you ask a few questions you get very strange responses from the townspeople so you do a little investigation… suddenly discovering a string of yearly suicides going back over 1...mor ...more
John Everson
Jan 25, 2009 John Everson added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
My first horror novel, first published by Delirium Books in 2004, and then released in mass market paperback by Leisure Books in 2008.
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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William M.
Jun 28, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I can see why COVENANT won the Stoker Award for best first novel. It's an ambitious story on many levels, and for the most part, Everson pulls it off. A wonderfully creepy first third slides into some predictable patterns, but Everson throws so much danger, sex, and mythology at the reader, you're bound to enjoy yourself. I think he maybe gave too much information away in chapter three, because I would have liked to piece the story together myself as our main character begins his investigation, ...more
Mike
Jan 01, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mysterious spate of suicides that spans decades. A sleepy small town with secrets to hide. Whispers of a long standing Covenant with something that lives in the cliff outside town.

All this sets the stage for Covenant, a small town horror novel where a reporter digs to get to the bottom of a secret horror hidden beneath the town. Evoking stories like The Fog, The Howling, and the like, this is an old school 80's style horror tale.

The writing is good, not perfect, but a damn sight better than mo
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Benjamin Thomas
Jan 21, 2011 Benjamin Thomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Covenant by John Everson is a horror novel and the debut novel from this author. The cover trumpets this book as a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and after reading it I can see why. This is a nice taught story, well told, and briskly paced. It's the story about a young 20-something reporter named Joe Kiernan who has moved from Chicago to the small coastal town of Terrel. It's not long before he discovers the deep dark secret that is haunting the town: for some reason people are dying (usually l ...more
Patti Barlow
Mar 19, 2012 Patti Barlow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the past several years my reading has been of a technical nature, programming, the sort of books that are rather easy to put down. Enter COVENANT. I downloaded this to my Kindle to review COVENANT prior to giving a print copy to my daughter for Christmas.

Everson unveils a plot that takes its time to develop the setting and main characters, while keeping the story moving fast enough that you just don't want to stop reading. COVENANT starts off quickly in a small-town setting - sparking my int
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Patrick Hayes
Nov 20, 2011 Patrick Hayes rated it it was ok
This won The Bram Stoker Award for best horror novel of the year? No wonder horror novels are not the hot property they once were. This novel begins with an interesting premise and then slids into sexual deviancy of the demonic kind that does nothing to increase the horror or the dread. The story concerns a recently relocated Chicago reporter who has stumbled upon his new found town's little secret: every year someone falls from a specific cliff. Unstoppable in his pursuits, Joe Kieran comes upo ...more
Kaisersoze
Nov 24, 2013 Kaisersoze rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
John Everson may not write the type of horror I enjoy reading, but it's clear he can write. This Bram Stoker award winning novel is almost melodic in its prose as Everson peels back the layers of evil that undermines his fictional town of Terrel in a gradual fashion. The pace occasionally drags, but Everson's eye for detail helps fill in the lags as his (somewhat frustrating) protagonist circles ever closer to the truth. In the end there's plenty of Everson's trade mark sex scenes - some of whic ...more
Jason
Sep 16, 2008 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5/5

I agree with what some have said, the book started a little slow but at no times was it boring. Everson packed in a lot of history and background in 300 pages and at times it seems he gives some very small amount of information into someone's story.
*Spoiler Alert!*
The story takes an unexpected sexual twist near the last 100 pages but I think it works well. I loved the small sections of the book where Joe is being used by the two women in his life who are being possed by the entity and he i
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Jeff Jellets
Oct 21, 2014 Jeff Jellets rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, horror

There was an old demon, lived under a hill; And if he's not gone, he lives there still.

That’s a bit of a paraphrase of an old English nursery rhyme, but it pretty much sums up the plot of John Everson’s Covenant. Something malignant lurks under the rock of Terrel’s Peak, something that lures the unwary to their deaths, and exerts a terrible power over the residents of the nearby town.
Enter intrepid (out-of-town) reporter, Joe Kiernan, who stumbles upon this string of unexplained fatalities and
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C.
Mar 20, 2014 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gef
Jan 08, 2010 Gef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good ol' fashioned haunting tale, but with a twist in both setting and tone. Unlike a horror tale with a slant towards mystery, we're given a glimpse around each proverbial corner just before the protagonist steps around them ... or the bad guy leaps out at him. While some aspects of the story seem familiar to a degree you may consider it predictable, I found there was more than enough authenticity in the characters to make the read an enjoyable one.
Maicie
I believe this was the author’s first book and was awarded the Bram Stoker. Not my cup of tea but Everson’s collection of short stories,Needles & Sins , is brilliant. Sacrifice is another recommended read
AJ Garrett
Nov 22, 2012 AJ Garrett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great read for any horror enthusiast. The storyline and characters were obviously well thought out. This title is definitely worthy of its Bram Stoker Award. My only issue with the book is that I’ve been tainted with a comparative curse. My issue is that I tend to compare one work with another. Although a great read individually, I much preferred Mr. Everson’s newest novel Nightwhere.
Ken
Nov 03, 2012 Ken rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A small town is hiding from the truth about what is living in the cliff overlooking their town and what is driving a plague of suicides from that cliff. Our hero puts together the pieces and finds himself in the middle of a century old mystery.

Full of sex and gore!

I liked it!

3 STARS
Spooky Mulder
So this book was pretty great. I only gave it three stars because of a personal preference; I don't like a lot of sex in my books. Especially horror novels, I just don't. And about half way through the sex starts and basically doesn't stop. But as I stated, this is a personal preference.
It definitely didn't take away from the story in anyway, it made sense with the story, and I enjoyed it completely. It was just a bit much for me.

Now that aside; I loved all the characters, I really felt for th
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Beth Turner
Oct 27, 2013 Beth Turner rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked this book because it was going for a quid on Kindle as part of a special deal on "spooky" books. It had 4 and a half stars and the reviews said it was kind of trashy but enjoyable.

Well, it was trashy but not very enjoyable. The premise was simple and the reveal was so ham handedly foreshadowed that it lacked punch. Plus up to that point there was two options to the reveal and the author chose the much weaker one.

The sex in here is hugely salacious without being the least bit sexy or h
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Steve Isaak
Mar 14, 2013 Steve Isaak rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel - winner of the Bram Stoker Award - has a familiar set-up (small coastal town horror, sacrifices disguised as suicides and accidents, outsider digging through town's dark past, etc.), but Everson's taut tale-telling, emotionally complex characters and the natural panache of his writing render any criticism of the set-up's familiarity moot.

Everson clearly knows that he's using ideas that have provided the skeletons of many other horror novels, but like most above-average writers, he's
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Kristen
Aug 21, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So you are a reporter who has already committed career suicide once, now you find yourself working at the local paper in the sleepy little town of Terrel. Bored to tears from covering garden parties, you finally catch wind of something interesting… a teen leaps to his death from the cliffs overlooking the town. When you ask a few questions you get very strange responses from the townspeople so you do a little investigation… suddenly discovering a string of yearly suicides going back over 100 yea ...more
Rob Boley
Jul 30, 2015 Rob Boley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everson treats his readers to a dark tale that is at once mysterious, tense, exciting, sexy, and fun. It's told mostly through the POV of a news reporter, which gives the horror story a cool investigative vibe. But he also juggles a variety of characters and gives them all their own voices and motivations. This is a solid horror read, with an original premise and deft storytelling. Looking forward to reading more by this author!
Fonda G. Thomas
Feb 12, 2014 Fonda G. Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read at all!

Not a bad read at all!

This writer has a way of drawing you into his stories. I really enjoyed how he made the characters so real and believable.

The story was fast paced and kept my interest. I actually had a hard time putting the book down and couldn't wait to see what would happen next!

If you're a lover of horror then this book is for you!
Jan
Joe Kiernan has escaped the hectic world of Chicago journalism to write for the paper in the small, coastal town of Terrel. It does not take long before Joe is a bit bored with the humdrum stories about bake sales and library renovations, so when a teenaged boy jumps to his death from a nearby cliff, Joe is ready for a real story. But the towns folk and even his editor want to keep the death low key. Joe can not understand the towns' apparent apathy until he starts to uncover a pattern of death ...more
Eileen Patterson

I really wish I liked this book more. I've met the author and he seems like a great guy, a big horror geek, and I love the idea for this book and the first half of the book is good...then it slowly starts to fall apart and get worse and worse until I got to the end and wanted to stab my eyes out with a pen. I will read more from this author, because he seems to have good ideas, he just doesn't set them down very well here and he keeps getting in his own way with stupid characters who make idioti
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Eric
I didn't like this as much as I thought I would. The writing is excellent and the protagonist is interesting and likeable. There are some genuinely creepy moments. But the plot was a bit of a mess and there are too many standard horror cliches for my liking. Things like the obligatory trip to the library for microfilm research and the oh-so-convenient diary found at an oh-so-convenient time that introduced an entirely new plot direction - near the very end of the novel. I thought the female char ...more
Solim
Aug 13, 2015 Solim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars

Wanted to rate this higher but I couldnt. There were some unnecessary sex scenes that came off as the authors personal fetish than anything else. The twist didnt fool me because there were too little suspects to guess from. Aside that, the pace was solid and it was written well.
John Weagly
Aug 26, 2008 John Weagly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I became a fan of John Everson many moons ago when I first heard him read a story at Twilight Tales, a reading series here in Chicago. I believe that story was “Dead Girl on the Side of the Road.” I’ve been hooked ever since.

When “Covenant” came out a few years ago in hardback, I snatched up a copy. I was blown away! It was one of those books that you read and say “This is a shoe-in for a Stoker Award.” Sure enough, it won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel from the Horror Writers Associ
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Eric
Dec 23, 2008 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe dives into his investigation of the suicides at Terrel's Peak with the vigor of a young Kolchak. Of course Joe get's a lot more action. A worthy recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, Covenant takes the new guy in town from suspicion of murders to the wrath of Malachai. A skeptic becomes a believer in this powerful first entry in the career of John Everson. We follow Joe and towns conspirators through a mix of violence and supernatural terror. We waited more than long enough for a commercial re ...more
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John Everson is the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of the novels Covenant, Sacrifice, The 13th, Siren and The Pumpkin Man, all released by Dorchester/Leisure Books in paperback and by Delirium, Necro and Bad Moon Books in limited hardcover. His sixth novel, NightWhere, was a 2012 Bram Stoker Award Finalist. The Family Tree, NightWhere and Violet Eyes, his "creepy spider novel" were released from ...more
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