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The Devil's Equinox

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Austin secretly wishes his wife would drop dead. He even says so one boozy midnight at the bar to a sultry stranger with a mysterious tattoo. When his wife later introduces that stranger as Regina, their new neighbor, Austin hopes she will be a good influence on his wife. Instead, one night he comes home to find his wife dead. Soon he's entranced with Regina, who introduce ...more
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Published June 13th 2019 by Flame Tree Press
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Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Be Careful What You Wish For"

This is a dark and visceral story that will have horror fans sitting back and clapping their hands by the end of this story. John Everson never fails to weave his dark humor into his writing and for that reason among others this book will not disappoint!

The book centers around Austin and Angie who are are married and the proud parents of infant Ceili. Their marriage has been rocky since the the birth of Ceili due to all the hormone changes an
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
John Everson has writing talent, there is no doubt about it. He broke into the horror world with Covenant years back and won the Bram Stoker award for a reason. This book was good. It is definitely graphic, and although at times it becomes a bit repetitive, the overall pacing and the development of the plot keeps the story moving. The author's skill is in plot development. the character building is decent, although it is not his strong suit. The emphasis in writing novels today is on character, ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Be careful what you wish for. Not because you just might get it, but because you may not have the stomach to fork over the price of that wish being granted.
Austin is miserable in his marriage. Half the time his wife is giving him the silent treatment and the rest of the time he probably wishes she would instead of picking at everything he does. Who could blame him for spending more time at the bar since he dreads gong home?
When he meets Regina, a seductive stranger on one such night
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
3 and 1/2 stars

I enjoyed this one. I wasn’t wowed by it but I had a good time. Took a while before things really started going, though, but once it did, it was bloody enough fun. This sexually-charged tale of witchcraft and the man who suffers from it is overall well-handled and intriguing but a bit superficial as there is little character development. I would have liked to have an even better understanding of this lost man, a widower with child, who comes to regret his decision of h
Jan 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’m the first to review this one and honestly wish I had nicer things to say. But then again, reviewer’s integrity and all that. So..Pick up a sort of book you used to like reading years ago and see if it still appeals. It’s fascinating to see how one’s tastes change and mature. But change and mature they do and, as such, crap like Devil’s Equinox no longer works. And I know for a fact it isn’t Everson, it’s definitely me. John Everson has always wrote books just like this, erotic scary stories, ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, horror, 2019-reads
I received a copy The Devil’s Equinox by John Everson from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I first became acquainted with the writing of John Everson with his early works—Sacrifice and Covenant, both of which I enjoyed very much. If Everson were in a high school English class he would be sitting in the back row with Brian Keene and Edward Lee and other edgy horror writers. The rough crowd. He is not fully splatter punk but he isn’t main stream either.
November Is Nyarlathotep The Haunted Reading Room
These "villains" really believe--and that's what is so scary. Not the hangers-on, those folks who just participate at Club Equinox for the orgies and BDSM and funky alcoholic concoctions and the pleasure of perversions--but the inner core, the real "bad guys," the ones who quite literally will stop at nothing to obtain the Power. Those are terrifying. Fanatics always are.

John Everson's newest novel is so powerful, so terrifying, so implacable in the evil it describes, that I could n
Naomi Downing
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Austin secretly wishes his wife would drop dead. He even says so one boozy midnight at the bar to a sultry stranger with a mysterious tattoo. When his wife later introduces that stranger as Regina, their new neighbor, Austin hopes she will be a good influence on his wife. Instead, one night he comes home to find his wife dead. Soon he's entranced with Regina, who introduces him to a strange world of bloodletting, rituals and magic. A world that puts everything he loves in peril. Can Austin save ...more
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was this glorious period in horror history during which The Devil (caps firmly intended) was everywhere. From Rosemary’s Baby to The Devil’s Cat by Johnstone to weird movies starring Ernest Borgnine dressed in a black robe muttering something in Latin.

With The Devil’s Equinox, John Everson brings us back to that glorious time when over-the-top deviltry was fun. And fun it is!

Now, I do warn you that it’s gruesome. You’ve got sex, perversions of all kinds, and blood! If you aren
Bob Mcqueen
Jul 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I really enjoyed this book. Immediately the beginning was something I could relate to, forbidden thoughts/wishes spoken aloud with the temptation of sex. I enjoyed the journey and the descriptions of the dark world that John Everson created. Speaking of, John, dude, these clubs down in Naperville, can you get me there?? I don't have kids but I'll have some for whatever Dark Eye ceremony you need!! I only wish for a more bleaker ending with the "bad girl" winning. Kinda feel it's open for a seque ...more
Toni | Dark Reads
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Starts rounded up to 4

I enjoyed this book, the writing and imagery were fantastic. As I said I read it in no time, I was so intrigued to see what would happen next!

If you like a classic Cult/Coven type read and you don’t blush easily this is definitely one for the to be read list!

Check out my full review here :)
Debbi Smith
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A decent read. Definitely a dark devilish tale.
Maria Rose
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This a book made for this fall season, especially for the upcoming month of October. This author has a way of taking ordinary occurrences and making scary stories out of them. In this story, we have a couple, Austin and Angie, who have a young baby, and are living in a small town Parkville, which they had only moved to barely a year ago. Austin is the sole income earner of the family and Angie is the stay at home wife. Both miss the carefree life they had prior to have their child, Ceili. After ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley & Flame Tree Press for providing me with a copy of The Devil's Equinox in exchange for an honest review.

Content Warnings: A lot of sex (definitely NSFW), Pedophilia/Child Molestation

The Devil’s Equinox by John Everson is a book that, once I finished, I had to let sit for a day to figure out exactly how I felt. It, without a doubt, did it’s job in terms of being disturbing & causing me to cringe. & I mean that in the best & horrific way possible. Seeing as this is a novel i/>The/>Content
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
So I went back and read the blurb on this to see if possibly I misread it when I requested it. I didn't.

The positives - the writing was ok. The author had some nice passages that left a distinct visual. I liked the last paragraph of the book. along with the imagery when Angie first reappears. Babies - we all love babies, Right?!

The negatives - I started to get intrigued thinking that the author was going to maybe explore the seven deadly sins when we were introduced to the food room
Oliver Clarke
Aug 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
‘The Devil’s Equinox’ is a horror novel with a lot of sex in it. I’m not sure I’d describe it as erotic, but it’s certainly dirty. The plot is slight, protagonist Austin has a shrewish wife and a newborn baby. He meets a sexy woman in a bar, who grants him his most longed for wish, freedom from his wife. Naturally this comes at a cost, but not before Austin gets indicted into the mysterious club his new friend is a member of.
It’s all a bit like on of Dennis Wheatley’s books, but set in contempo
Well Read Beard
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Witchcraft, Satanic rituals, sacrilege and debauchery. This book oozes those things. We go deep into the activities and rituals of an underground Satanic cult. My first experience with the author, I was a bit slow to actually start it, but once I did the pages FLEW. The rituals, sex and violence is heavy and detailed. There is a baby that acts as a centerpiece to the narrative. It really increases the stakes and makes it all the more harrowing.

Of all the horror I have read in the las
Gabi Porcz
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Back in the 80's, (I started reading in 1983), there was a massive horror boom of which I have a massive collection of horror novels. My favourites were the 'satanic' and the 'slasher' novels. Ultimately, they still are.

The Devil's Equinox by John Everson brought back many a fond memory of my early teenage years.
Dark, mysterious, brooding and kinky are my descriptive words for this little gem of a book.

If you're into the horror genre or are simply looking for something dark to read
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent page turning novel of occult terror. Austin makes a drunken wish to a woman he's just met at a bar. After his wife dies, he becomes completely enthralled until he realizes what the woman, Regina, expects him to sacrifice for her. I found it hard to put this book down. Highly recommended.
Siân Plummer (plumreads__s)
Bloody hell (pun intended)

Time to digest and then review to come on
Maggie Herrera ☾ (Witching Reads)
❝If you’re living like life is over then you might as well be six feet underground

We follow Austin a man who one day wishes his wife would just die but sooner than later he will learn that wishes sometimes can be deadly.

This is the first book I’ve ever read by John Everson and I must say he did not disappoint, I have always loved the concept of witches but it is always done so lightly which isn’t a bad thing but it always leaves me wanting more and THAT Everson delivered. This book explores/>❝If
Apr 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
The Devils Equinox
by John Everson
due June 13-2019
Flame Tree Press
4.0 / 5.0

Some say the devil is in the details.
Others say it walks the earth, only humans bring it life.
Both are true in this dark, graphic novel.
Austins details can be found in his secrets...the one where he wishes his wife, Angie, were dead. His mistake is sharing that secret with a devilish woman, a woman who decides she wants to make his wish come true, she wants Austin to be her next guest at the Clu
Sharon Rimmelzwaan
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not my usual type of book, but I started this with an open mind. Found it an excellent storyline and really dark and twisted. A very graphic horror, so if you are prudish in anyway or do not like graphic violence or stuff like that keep away! Other than that I found it past paced and kept me hooked till the last page. First book by this author, but believe me I shall look out for more!
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I suppose I was in the right mood when I read this book because I had a lot of fun in reading it.
It's quite far from those I usually read but this is an attractive mix of different themes and the writer makes the mix work.
It's very dark and creepy and perfect if you're in the mood for some good horror.
I appreciated the plot, the characters and the style of writing.
It's the first book I read by this author and won't be the last.
Highly recommended unless you're prude
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Review Copy

Take 1 part PAINFREAK mix in 3 parts magic and then add a shot just because. Now you've got not just a fun John Everson novel but a great drinking game as well.

John is all about sex and horror. Prudish? You won't like this. He's the author most likely to. To what? *shrug* Whatever. Read his book and see. THE DEVIL'S EQUINOX is just his latest, start here and work your way back. He's awesome.

Recommended reading.
Clint Calisbury
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
John Everson has become one of the best writers of dark erotic fiction. He's so good at it that I sometimes wonder what his private life is really like! This book is no exception. His mind Goes to some very dark places and you willingly follow. Highly recommended.
Keith Chawgo
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Everson’s tale of witchcraft and suburbia is an interesting tale that kept me absorbed in this world but unlike his previous novel, House by the Cemetery, did not hold a lot of surprises for me. The book is good little page turner but left me a bit cold after reading.

The characters are very well crafted but found it very difficult liking the hero of the piece as I found him to be largely lack of character. He is egotistical, self wallowing and worst of all, a moaner who never takes r
This took me longer to read than I was expecting, and that was because I found it such a slog for the most part.

I love a good horror book, and I do have a soft spot for books on cults/occults. Judging from the blurb to this, I was expecting an occult style book perhaps on par with Rosemary's Baby. Instead, this book spends the first half of the story describing several orgies in a goth style nightclub, and the second half where the protagonist runs around like an idiot.

Don't get me wrong. This book
Sep 17, 2019 added it
Shelves: horror-gothic
Everson blends erotica and horror in this novel about a (not particularly likable) young widower who gets caught up in an extensive sexual fantasy club that is governed by contemporary witches. Elements of suspense enter the second half when his baby girl is kidnapped with the purpose of sacrificing her life to increase the power of the coven. Daddy races time to save her.

This is not the type of novel I would ever choose to read. The sexual aspect is not sensual as in most romance no
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
If you are really into horror, I highly recommend Everson because he makes me so completely uncomfortable in almost all of his stories. Maybe I'm getting weak in my older age, but he always pushes the boundaries of my comfort levels and leaves my skin crawling a little bit. He still keeps a balance of not being gratuitous and having a great story line to be the foundation for it all. I really enjoyed this one, especially when the main character started to fight back. THAT is when it got really i ...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 Samhain Publishing. In January 2017, Redemption, t ...more