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Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions

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20 tales of obsession, dark decadence and erotic horror!

Meet a witch who conjures genital dragons while singing Manilow. A woman who provides a true window to her soul. A dirty deal with the devil on the side of a road. And a real cage of bones! The first short fiction collection from John Everson, originally released by Delirium Books, features some of his best erotic h
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Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published August 1st 2013 by Dark Arts Books (first published October 13th 2000)
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Pennie
Feb 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Collections of short stories are my favorite reading material especially being so busy all the time and always on the go.
John Everson is an award winning author and lives in Naperville, Illinois with his family. I have to admit that this is the first time reading any of his work, but I wasn't disappointed with 'Cage of Bones'. He puts pen to paper to write a dark and beautifully vile and creative content. And quite excellently I might add too as these kind of stories really get my blood fl
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Varian Rose
This was an amazing collection of stories. While all of them were wonderful in their own ways, one in particular stood out:

Bloodroses

At the beginning I was thinking "That's so sweet..." and crying because of how beautiful it was that he kept roses just for her, even though she couldn't see or smell them...then I reached the ending. I...I'm still reeling from that ending.
Kent Corlain
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant stuff, especially the last story "Bloodroses" which is among the cruelest things I've ever read.
Joe Hempel
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was recently on sale for $0.99 on amazon, and you can still actually get it free at the time of this writing with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. I was told by John that I needed to make sure that I read “Pumpkin Head” before Halloween was up. I did one better and finished the book in just a couple days. I only had one thing to say to him once I got to the 50-60% mark.

What….the…..hell….is wrong with you?

With that I went back to finish what I started. This colle
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Angela Crawford
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
20 tales of obsession, dark decadence and erotic horror!

Meet a witch who conjures genital dragons while singing Manilow. A woman who provides a true window to her soul. A dirty deal with the devil on the side of a road. And a real cage of bones! The first short fiction collection from John Everson, originally released by Delirium Books, features some of his best erotic horror, including his most popular tale, "Pumpkin Head," a dark tale of jack-o-lanterns...and the dangers of Halloween lusts...
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Paul Anderson
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Everson is a fine writer. I own several of his books, and I enjoy trying to guess where John is going with each story he tells. Cage of Bones is a story collection, and many of these short tales appeared first in magazines. One story, however, totally blew me away. "Tomorrow" reminded me so much of Ray Bradbury's "The Small Assassin" that I thought surely I had discovered a new Bradbury story. It's not the same story, of course. It's pure Everson. But there is a touch of Bradbury, as well a ...more
Sarah
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My husband calls me an Everson fan girl, and ya know what? It's true! Ever since I stumbled upon his novel "The 13th" a few years ago, I've dubbed him my favorite genre author besides the King himself. This collection is a great example of what I love so much about horror and Everson's works. It's natural, beautiful, tragic, and totally fucked up. You have to be able to handle mature and bizarre subject matter to really appreciate the brilliance in these pages. I've been lucky enough to converse ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
This is a collection of 20 dark erotic horror short stories. The stories vary in length from short to quite long, but all are very very sinister and scary. They focus on the shadier side of human nature.

These were very good stories. While they were billed as 'erotic horror' I wouldn't have said they were that naughty. They were more horrifying and the sex was in context. I applaud the author for being able to take me on a terrifying non stop rollercoaster ride, leaving me breathless
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Ira Gansler
Dec 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Wow, just when you thought John Everson had reached the limits of his disturbed mind, he proves you wrong. If you take this as an insult to this great work of short stories, you don't belong reading it in the first place! Everson will change the way you look at many things in life and make you realize that there is horror to be found everywhere! If I could give this six stars, I would!!
Robin Edman
Just not my thing. The first stories are basically what happens when the male obsession with getting laid goes supernaturally bad. The stories are so gross that they're almost funny. But not quite. Well, okay, the one about the Barry Manilow-parodying witch was kinda funny. But mostly childish. We're not supposed to say this any more, but it's a guy book.
Strega
Jun 18, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
more creepy short stories
John Everson
Jan 25, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
My first hardcover erotic horror short story collection, released by Delirium Books in October 2000.
Jack
Dec 13, 2015 added it
Horror short stories

Decently written collection of graphic horror stories. Most sexual in nature. Quite a bit of blood and violence. Not bad if you like this sort of stuff
Lindsay
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good book reminded me of Richard Laymon, Chaz Palniuk and Stephen King. Great short stories and deviant in a fun way

Will look at other books he's written
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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 Samhain Publishing. In January 2017, Redemption, t ...more
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