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Sacrificing Virgins

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  45 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Tales beyond the darkness!
If you could bring your daughter back from the dead...should you? If you could forget the worst event in your life...would you?

In this collection of twenty-five dark tales from Bram Stoker Award-winning author John Everson, you'll meet a host of provocative characters. Learn the secrets of the man whose pumpkin carvings look strangely, distu
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published January 12th 2017 by Dark Arts Books (first published December 1st 2015)
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Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Despite having purchased several of John Everson's novels, Sacrificing Virgins actually proved to be my first taste of his work. Having finished it last night, I must say that it left me with one very important question - what the hell I was waiting for?

This is a collection that absolutely sucked me in, devoured my soul, and left me an undead husk, eager to be used and abused some more. The short stories here are wildly imaginative, darkly atmospheric, and seriously depraved. Alterna
Frank Errington
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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First let me say I am ashamed I have never read anything from John Everson before. Why didn't someone tell me about this guy. Wow.

Sacrificing Virgins is Everson's fourth collection and contains twenty-five of the darkest, most sexually perverse writing I've ever read and I mean that as a complement. While reading this book, a friend heard me talking about it and asked what she should read by him. I suggested vising his website at and just pick s
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome short stories! Everson fans will be pleased to find 25 great tales to curl up with - some exactly what you would expect and a couple of surprises. Hint: have tissues ready, John might just bring you to tears like he did me. And that alone is reason enough to buy this book.

John Everson shows he can write more than just sexy horror. This was a well written book full of thrills, chiills, gore and more. I highly recommend it.

I received my copy of SACRIFICING VIRGINS from Samhain
Catherine Cavendish
It is always a pleasure to read work by John Everson. His ability to surprise, scare and chill never wanes and, in this collection of short stories he successfully manages to incorporate practically every sub-genre of horror imaginable. In 25 varied tales, he takes us from the ghostly and touching through to extreme violence and erotic terror. He introduces us to a wealth of characters – some of whom we are very glad never to meet and others whose plight resonates with our worst nightmares. It s ...more
Feb 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
I feel a bit guilty for giving this 3 stars simply because... some of the stories were just a bit much for me. I like my horror, but Everson paints such real, graphic pictures of certain things and I wasn't able to stomach some of the stories. That's actually a credit to him as a writer, but some of the stories just weren't my thing. That being said, the ones that I did enjoy were truly brilliant. He writes very vividly and some of the stories were so unique and surprising with their twists. I f ...more
Matthew Baker
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
John Everson is a force to be reckoned with in the horror fiction world. I’ve reviewed two of his books, and I put both in my Top 5 Best Books for each corresponding year. Everson has a terrifying and vivid imagination, and the tales he spins are gripping and enthralling. So, it’s no surprise to discover he is a master of the short story as well. SACRIFICING VIRGINS is a collection of twenty-five horrifying and visceral shorts that even the heartiest of horror fans will have a hard time putting ...more
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've only read a couple of titles by John Everson, so I didn't know what to expect from his fourth collection of short stories. It turns out that there is no way I could have known what to expect!

Sacrificing Virgins is all over the place in terms of tone and subject matter. There are stories meant for all ages, extreme horror, erotica, ghost stories, creature features, zombies... John Everson can't be put in one box, that is for sure.
There is no real theme connecting these stor
Elena Hearty
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When I first picked up Sacrificing Virgins, I was a little concerned that a collection of short stories by a single author would become boring and repetitive. I was wrong. What really struck me about Everson's work was the lack of cookie-cutter protagonists. There are no "heroes" here. Each main character has a dark side that lands them in all sorts of grisly, ghastly, spine-tinglingly awesome trouble. I think my favorite title was Eardrum Buzz, but that's just one of many tales that will stick ...more
Joseph Silver
A fantastic collection of short stories. Why has John Everson stayed under my radar for so long. A great writer with a dark, thorn bush of an imagination. You get caught as you are lead through this collection. Can't recommend enough.
Josef Hernandez
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very, very good short story collection

For a full review, please go to or and follow me on Twitter @josenher
Maria Rose
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is part of a trilogy story involving demons and witchcraft and otherworld crossings. This author has a way of pulling you into the story of horror that you can't stop reading. I highly recommend reading this if horror is your thing.
Tim B
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
An eclectic collection of short stories from benign ghosts to debauched sadists. Enjoyable to read for hours at a time or for a quick 15 minute escape.
David Watson
Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's hard to even know where to begin while talking about Sacrificing Virgins by John Everson. I could easily write 500 words analyzing each of the 25 stories here, but the best way to experience this book is by reading it. One thing that I will say though is that this book is a template for what great horror stories should be. Sacrificing Virgins has moments that are shocking, violent and downright disgusting. These are all things that horror fans want but for me what makes a great horror story ...more
Aug 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't plan to go into great detail about the storyline, because I'm a firm believer that a story can only be truly reviewed by a person's impression of the story. I think it would be a waste of time to go over the plot again...that's what the title page of the book is for.

To get right to the point, this book is a collection of short stories and novellas that are so !@#$'d up it honestly took me a while to finish this one. I read it while at work on my slow days, which probably wasn
Feb 15, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book of short stories is for adults only. Sex and violence are the main theme in most of them. The writing was concise and extremely descriptive. Some of the less violent stories I really enjoyed.

As a horror fan (Stephen King is my favorite author) this book was just too much for me. You have to be a fan of over the top gore (I'm not judging, lots of people don't mind) this book is for you. But keep it out of the hands of kids, teens and grandparents.
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a mixed bag of horror.
I would recommend. If you have a favorite kind of horror read within the horror genre, I'm sure there is something in it for you.
My favorites were:
She Found Spring
Bad Day
Grandma Wanda's Belly Jelly
The Tapping
Fish Bait and,
Camille Smiled<------Reminiscent of The Monkeys Paw
3.5 stars
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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