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Raymond is such a failure, he can't even kill himself and get it right. Cindy just plain doesn't care; she'll get on her knees for anyone beneath the football field bleachers to score a nickel bag hit. And Sal is a frustrated goon with a hook nose and an attitude so sour he can't nail a girl even with the lure of free dope and a getaway car.

When these three desperate teens
Hardcover Chapbook, signed limited to 500 numbered copies, 99 pages
Published 2008 by Delirium Books
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In general I've liked what I've read by Everson so far. I also had a pretty good idea of what to expect of his work. Really, I'm not sure if I just wasn't in the mood for it or if it really just disappointed me. In a way it lived up to its name, though it wasn't terrible, it just wasn't particularly good in any way. The characters were utterly unsympathetic, a bunch of loser teenagers, who get in over their heads just to get high and then have to face pretty gruesome consequences. It was very gr ...more
Good time gore and satanic sex ritual and some kick ass weed! Everson delivers it all in this novelette.
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Jan 25, 2009 John Everson added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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The first novelette in the Delirium hardcover chapbook line.
three teenagers did something very bad, and six months later they suffer for it.such awful things happen to them, and in great detail. the story is told with flashbacks as what they did is revealed, so you understand just enough to keep you following whats happening to them now. the pace is fast and the characters fleshed out as they bleed out. i had fun reading this, might check out what else Mr Everson has written
Fantasy Literature
It’s been decades since horror was really hot, with whole sections of bookstores devoted to novels with black and red covers. But the genre never really died, and not just because of Stephen King’s ongoing popularity. Horror went underground, in a sense; small presses picked up where the standard publishers left off, and a great deal of fiction was published in extremely small press runs, often in gorgeous editions with full illustrations. Novellas and novelettes were (and are) published as chap ...more
Brian Filkill
John Everson does it right again

I have read everything John Everson has written and loved the noir feel to this story...desperate characters doing desperate things...he just knows how to write angsty characters. Definitely a must read for fans, I won't spoil anything...pick it up and read in one sitting
Thom (T.E.)
Erotic horror focusing on teens who are their own worst enemies when it comes to entertaining themselves and respecting each other. The novelette builds to a pair of climactic scenes that are relentless (in a good way--i.e., effective). The character development is subdued to an appropriate degree, although the quality of those moments are still a bit thin for my taste. I was disappointed in particular by the old man who makes them a tempting offer; I was expecting a more revealing compare-and-c ...more
Mark Brown
This story though short is an extreme and visceral experience which lingers with you long after you have finished reading it and has the power to make even a jaded horrorphile squirm. It’s a brutal and gruesome tale which is not for the squeamish but one that will delight connoisseurs of the dark. Some authors show us evil but John Everson believes in thrusting his readers headfirst, kicking and screaming into its terrible, stygian depths. If you missed this nasty little novelette the first time ...more
Mark Birchall
Nasty little occult noir pulp novella to be read in one sickening sitting. Reminded me of the old Hamlyn horror shorts I read as a child with a 21st century crudeness. If you like your horror sleazy the this is for you .
George Wilhite
This was off the hook great--I discovered Everson on Darkside Digital (the ebook side of Delerium Books) and have been downloading his short works there. He is a great writer and his stories are original and scary -- also unpredictable. I intend on moving on to some novels after I devour all the short stories and novellas on my Nook!
Douglas Castagna
Fast paced horror "novelette" that packs enough gore and thrills for a full novel. Written a few years back and long out of print, Everson brings back a story that will be sure to get your blood going. And yes, there is blood.
Book was a very good however short read. Finished it within an hour or so and left me wanting more. Be advised that the book is pretty graphic, but anyone that enjoys the genre will definately enjoy this book.
This is a compelling tale of not only failure, but also of ritual sacrifice and demonic evil. It will hook you and not let you go, and at this length, you can read it in one night!
A fun little story. Edward Lee like at times but very much John's own.Warped humor and graphic violence combined to make a great tale come alive.
Zafir Ignatov
Awful book , wouldn't recommend to anyone . After reading the fantastic Nightwhere , this comes as a great disappointment .
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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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