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The Family Tree

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  152 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Its roots are old...and twisted!
The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere's family for generations. It's the secret ingredient behind the family's intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammo
Kindle Edition, 224 pages
Published January 8th 2017 by Dark Arts Books (first published October 7th 2014)
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Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn and nearly becomes one with nature.

Evans Light
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: have-it, horror
A fantastic short novel by a new-to-me author I've been looking forward to reading, THE FAMILY TREE did not disappoint.
With a a tone remiscinent of a well-written Laymon novel, you know from the outset where the story's going - but the joy is in the journey.
Lighthearted, FUN, and unburdened by literary pretension, this story is much heavier on sex than violence.
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scott receives a property inheritance from his great-uncle that he barely even knew. A family business. The Family Tree Inn. Complete with dark family secrets, dark Family Ale and a lot of down home southern hospitality hoein down. (with a focus on the ho’s). Scott may have just found heaven…or he may have just found hell. He is going to have to figure it out before he will forever dream with the tree.

This tale is pretty dark with plenty of sex and ample amounts of violence. I enjoyed the
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Actual rating: 3,5 stars

The Family Tree is a rather unique horror story set in The Family Tree Inn, an inn that has been in Scott Belvedere’s family for ages but that he’s only recently inherited. So far the story sounds pretty familiar, but then it introduces a few enticing twists: the sap of the tree, its blood, is the secret ingredient behind his family’s ale, and it has more side effects than Scott has knowledge of. He moves to the
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Belvedere inherited The Family Tree Inn from an uncle that he did not even know. The Bed and Breakfast, is located in Virginia and had been in Scott's family for a hundred years. There has always been a Belvedere to run the family business. The inn is wrap around this strange ancient tree. Scott decides to leave Chicago and take a trip to Virginia to checkout the inn. Once Scott arrives, he is greeted by the long time innkeeper Ellen. The innkeeper wants him to learn more about his family h ...more
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. Actually, I love all of Everson's work, so I knew I'd love it. However, this was such a detailed sexual crazy story that I literally couldn't put it down. I loved the way the author made you almost like the villains and made each character a full person. The life of the tree is such a beautiful, sinister being in this story and I was completely absorbed my the mythos Everson created. This is now one of my favorites by the author, and I'll recommend it to my other horror loving ...more
Glenn Rolfe
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Family Tree is another dark and sexy tale from the dark and sexy maestro, John Everson.
Mr. Belvedere (not the 80's icon-Wesley is nowhere to be found, inherits the Family Tree Inn. Once he arrives to check out his new family business, he runs into a bounty of eager beavers (sorry, i couldn't resist)and a bundle of bones. One girl, above the rest, captures his heart.
Does he make it out of this tree house of sex and horror? There's only one way to find out.
If you're in the mood for a f
Jason Davis
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Everson is at his best when he can write a compelling story that mixes horror with sex and in The Family Tree there is a lot of sex.

Scott Belvedere just inherited the Family Tree in from a relative he has met only once in a part of the country Scott’s father fled from. Not knowing his family history, Scott returns to his ancestral home to decide if he wants to sell the inn or continue to run it. Once there, he is shown the family tree, a tree that the inn was built around and has bec
Matthew Baker
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Last year, I had the distinct pleasure of reviewing author John Everson’s book VIOLET EYES. I said in my review, “I absolutely loved this book and am proud to boast that it has moved into my Top 5 Horror Novels of 2013”. Well, here we are, a year later, and I’m proud to say Everson has published yet another horror masterpiece that is in my top five for this year. A haunting and original book, THE FAMILY TREE is a creepy tale of family heritage and devotion that you won’t soon forget.

Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I liked this book much more than I had anticipated once I started reading it. There were so many horrific moments where I felt as much in despair as the main character, the claustrophobic fear of forever remaining trapped somewhere against your will. But wrapped discreetly in the middle of this horror story with its fanatical family, determined to live forever no matter the cost and its carnal passions, there was a love story waiting to be found. The ending completely sold me, because I firmly b ...more
Joe Hempel
Nov 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There really is nobody that can write erotic horror like John Everson. In fact, he's the only one that I have continued to go back and read within that genre.

With an intriguing setup, and a whole lot of feelings that say "something isn't right", he's able to weave the erotic encounters in and out and still make sense of's actually not just sex for sex sake, there are methods behind the madness in The Family Tree.

Like most Samhain books, this one is a buy from m
Dana Kisor
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first John Everson book, but definitely not my last.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Colum Mcknight
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story with a lot of heavy eroticism, proving once again that John Everson is the King of Erotic Horror.
Nick Cato
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: appeal-emotions
Scott Belvedere is surprised to inherit the Family Tree Inn, but takes a trip from IL to VA to see the business and decide what to do. The Inn is built around the ancient and impressive Family Tree. The alcohol brewed with “the blood of the tree” has legendary curative properties on the level of the Fountain of Youth. The prodigious aphrodisiac properties are a side benefit. Although the inn itself passes to the eldest male Belvedere, the true power in the family lies with the women. While Scott ...more
Susan Matthews
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Family Tree

I enjoyed the story and the main character was very believable. It was very explicit with it sex descriptions which was way more than necessary, though the story itself keeps one's interest.

Short Take: Attack of the Mary Sue.

I keep telling myself, “Nerd, stay away from the best-of lists. They are always disappointing.” But then my self starts whining, “Awwwww, come onnnnnnnnnnn, it looks soooooooo goooooooood!!! Let’s just tryyyyyyyyy it, pleaaaaaaaaaase?” And eventually, I give in to the whining, and sure enough, I’m right, but that doesn’t mean that I won’t continue doing the same darn thing and letting random websites tell me what I should be reading. Because sometim
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Folk Horror Fans
Not gonna lie, but I’d totally stay at the Family Tree Inn… And no, not for the reason you’re thinking…

Despite its flaws, I very much enjoyed this novel. It was very reminiscent of The Wicker Man (the 1973 horror classic, not the crappy Nicholas Cage version). First of all, I’m fortunate to have a signed, personalized copy from the author, and who doesn’t love that?!? I think it was the setting, the atmosphere, and the ambiance that kept me turning the pages. The descriptions of the hot
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Everson has yet to disappoint. This novel involves a Chicago man who, inheriting the "Family Tree Inn" from his grandfather, embarks on a road trip to a secluded Virginia town to settle the estate. He quickly realizes how important his ancestors have been in the town's survival. Suspense, sex, violence and even romance are packed into this tightly written novel. Highly recommended!
Aug 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book on my Kindle a few weeks back when it was on special for 99 cents. I always tell myself I have to get into more genre horror novels, seeing as horror is sort of my thing so it doesn’t make sense I don’t read more horror novels.

I read this book in 2 days, maybe 5 hours total. It’s a quick read and interesting enough to keep you up at night to see what weird shit is gonna happen next.

The basic story is that a man inherits a family inn after one of his last family members pa
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not particularly scary/terrifying/disturbing in usual sort of way (for horror novels), 'The Family Tree' is a very intriguing and suspense-filled book. Following in the tradition of some of the best American horror writers (modern), John Everson has produced an atmospheric and relentless novel of dark family secrets, really fearful Family Tree, and gloomy mysteries hidden in its roots.

Everson's voice is unique. His pacing is great. The feel of a place is picturesque. Evil-doer
Douglas Castagna
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Family Tree is the kind of book you think you read before by the opening pages and soon becomes something new and different. Scott Belevedere receives word that a family member has died and he has inhereted a piece of property. No, not a haunted house, but rather a unique Inn. The Family Tree Inn to be exact. Well, soon we find strange things are afoot at the Inn, including a lot of sex and weird goings on. The Inn has been built around a tree that is growing throughout the place and is allowed ...more
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Sometimes I am amazed at the workings of the Zeitgeist, particularly when two excellent authors approach what might have been a similar theme, and wield two very different stories from it. I assume it would be akin to two sculptors working the same mound of clay.

I enjoyed THE FAMILY TREE immensely. I've been aware of Mr. Everson' s reputation, but hadn't read his work. This story is very tautly plotted, with not a wasted moment or a stitch drop
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Shawn Deal
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Leaping ahead of Violet Eyes to become my favorite horror novel by John Everson, The Family Tree is everything you want it to be and more. I loved everything about this novel, the characters, the sense of mystery, the pace of the story and the idea of a tree that has some sort of magical powers and the hotel that has been made around it. This was a somewhat original idea that John Everson with a daft touch explores to its dark corners. I cannot recommend this novel high enough.
Frederic Raymond
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice horror/love story with lots of sex. A little bit disapointed by the second half, which lacked surprises, but the finale saved the thing.
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very weird book. It was alright but I didn't really like the characters and it was hard to believe many of the details.
Jan 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everson always writes a good book, never at all predictable, keeps you wondering til the end.
Jonathan Reitan
"Everson doesn’t disappoint and if you like your horror a little scandalous, then The Family Tree is for you." - Jonathan Reitan, Living Dead Magazine
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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