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(The Curburide Chronicles #1)

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  833 ratings  ·  78 reviews
Joe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful, and telling it, heartbreaking. Hiding from his past big city exposés in the quiet coastal town of Terrel, he stumbles upon a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect a ring of five women. Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall a ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Leisure Books (first published 2004)
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mark monday
Oct 26, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror-modern
reporter moves to small town and comes across a rash of suicides. are they actually suicides? is there some supernatural presence lurking at the cliff that is the site of those deaths? and is there some sort of shadowy cabal that has formed a pact - a covenant - with that supernatural presence?

I guess I'm ok with reading a graphic rape scene in a horror novel. or at least I don't get so horrified and upset that it becomes hard to continue reading, like I do when coming across a graph
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book as it revolves around a town called Terrel Point. There are some legends that need to be left buried in Terrel Point. The legend becomes unearthed when a reporter "Joe" who has come to the area starts digging around into the past and finds that there have been suicides that have taken place in the town. But that is not the only thing he digs up as there is also a demonic presence that has buried itself into Terrel Point.

The more "Joe" delves into the secrets of the t
4.5 Stars

Very enjoyable!
Gianfranco Mancini

Classic small town horror meets splatterpunk sex & gore in this page-turning debut of author John Everson.
Not for the feint of heart at all and I think it was far better if the mistery developed together with Joe's investigations instead of being revealed just after a few chapters, but I enjoyed the ride and devoured in a final session last 100+ pages.
Not bad at all for a first novel.
Kenneth McKinley
A covenant is an agreement between two parties to either do or not do something. If the word covenant sounds old and slightly sinister, you're starting to get a feel of where the story is going.

Joe is a young newspaper reporter that is escaping heartbreak and loss from the mean streets of Chicago and moves to the small coastal hamlet of Terrel. For a reporter, Terrel is pretty mundane and boring. There are no real stories to sink your teeth into. So when he gets wind that a local tee
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Small town. Big secrets.

The narration started a big sketchy for me, but I settled into it and it was very good.

Entertaining and somewhat predictable with plenty of sex and violence to keep it going.
Glenn Rolfe
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paperback-lbhc
Review to come
Paulo "paper books always" Carvalho
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Oct 03, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
I loved for a while, it was good and a little haunting, but about midway through I wanted to stop because it went downhill. First there was one sex scene then again and then the rape scenes began, first between two chars., then an orgy with one character fatally injured, all of this in great detail. The back half of this book is filled with useless sex scenes, graphic and disgusting rape scene in gory repetition. The ending is a graphic, highly detailed, rape scene with most of the main charters ...more
Sep 09, 2008 rated it really liked it
So you are a reporter who has already committed career suicide once, now you find yourself working at the local paper in the sleepy little town of Terrel. Bored to tears from covering garden parties, you finally catch wind of something interesting… a teen leaps to his death from the cliffs overlooking the town. When you ask a few questions you get very strange responses from the townspeople so you do a little investigation… suddenly discovering a string of yearly suicides going back over 1...mor ...more
A very entertaining debut novel from one of my favourite horror writers. This was the perfect time to read this seeing as the third and last book in the series was just released today and I prefer to read the entire series back to back. This had everything that I enjoy in a horror novel. A clueless do-gooder yet insensitive hero, love, a decent amount of crazy kinky sex and violence, and a seemingly unstoppable antagonist.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book is pretty good. It was a bit rapey for my tastes but it was still decent. I love stories about small towns, legends and demons. I listened to this one on Audible and the narrater was really good as well.
John Everson
Jan 25, 2009 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
My first horror novel, first published by Delirium Books in 2004, and then released in mass market paperback by Leisure Books in 2008.
William M.
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
I can see why COVENANT won the Stoker Award for best first novel. It's an ambitious story on many levels, and for the most part, Everson pulls it off. A wonderfully creepy first third slides into some predictable patterns, but Everson throws so much danger, sex, and mythology at the reader, you're bound to enjoy yourself. I think he maybe gave too much information away in chapter three, because I would have liked to piece the story together myself as our main character begins his investigation, ...more
Patrick Hayes
This won The Bram Stoker Award for best horror novel of the year? No wonder horror novels are not the hot property they once were. This novel begins with an interesting premise and then slid into sexual deviancy of the demonic kind that does nothing to increase the horror or the dread. The story concerns a recently relocated Chicago reporter who has stumbled upon his new found town's little secret: every year someone falls from a specific cliff. Unstoppable in his pursuits, Joe Kieran comes upon ...more
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
A mysterious spate of suicides that spans decades. A sleepy small town with secrets to hide. Whispers of a long standing Covenant with something that lives in the cliff outside town.

All this sets the stage for Covenant, a small town horror novel where a reporter digs to get to the bottom of a secret horror hidden beneath the town. Evoking stories like The Fog, The Howling, and the like, this is an old school 80's style horror tale.

The writing is good, not perfect, but a d
Benjamin Thomas
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Covenant by John Everson is a horror novel and the debut novel from this author. The cover trumpets this book as a winner of the Bram Stoker Award and after reading it I can see why. This is a nice taught story, well told, and briskly paced. It's the story about a young 20-something reporter named Joe Kiernan who has moved from Chicago to the small coastal town of Terrel. It's not long before he discovers the deep dark secret that is haunting the town: for some reason people are dying (usually l ...more
Patti Barlow
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
For the past several years my reading has been of a technical nature, programming, the sort of books that are rather easy to put down. Enter COVENANT. I downloaded this to my Kindle to review COVENANT prior to giving a print copy to my daughter for Christmas.

Everson unveils a plot that takes its time to develop the setting and main characters, while keeping the story moving fast enough that you just don't want to stop reading. COVENANT starts off quickly in a small-town setting - spa
Mar 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Covenant starts off with an interesting premise, but then devolves into sexual depravity. This reminds me of the movie The Last House on the Left, which depicts a graphic rape scene. Is rape horrible? Yes. But throwing a bunch of rape scenes in a story does not make it a horror story. It's weak, lazy, gratuitous, and totally bereft of art. Rape can be represented in art, but there has to be respect for the real life victims and situation, you can't expect to ride the coat tails of taboo. The dem ...more
Beth Turner
Oct 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I picked this book because it was going for a quid on Kindle as part of a special deal on "spooky" books. It had 4 and a half stars and the reviews said it was kind of trashy but enjoyable.

Well, it was trashy but not very enjoyable. The premise was simple and the reveal was so ham handedly foreshadowed that it lacked punch. Plus up to that point there was two options to the reveal and the author chose the much weaker one.

The sex in here is hugely salacious without being the least bit sexy or h
Oct 28, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
John Everson may not write the type of horror I enjoy reading, but it's clear he can write. This Bram Stoker award winning novel is almost melodic in its prose as Everson peels back the layers of evil that undermines his fictional town of Terrel in a gradual fashion. The pace occasionally drags, but Everson's eye for detail helps fill in the lags as his (somewhat frustrating) protagonist circles ever closer to the truth. In the end there's plenty of Everson's trade mark sex scenes - some of whic ...more
Sep 09, 2008 rated it it was amazing

I agree with what some have said, the book started a little slow but at no times was it boring. Everson packed in a lot of history and background in 300 pages and at times it seems he gives some very small amount of information into someone's story.
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The story takes an unexpected sexual twist near the last 100 pages but I think it works well. I loved the small sections of the book where Joe is being used by the two women in his life who are being possed by t
Jul 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I believe this was the author’s first book and was awarded the Bram Stoker. Not my cup of tea but Everson’s collection of short stories,Needles & Sins , is brilliant. Sacrifice is another recommended read
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
A good ol' fashioned haunting tale, but with a twist in both setting and tone. Unlike a horror tale with a slant towards mystery, we're given a glimpse around each proverbial corner just before the protagonist steps around them ... or the bad guy leaps out at him. While some aspects of the story seem familiar to a degree you may consider it predictable, I found there was more than enough authenticity in the characters to make the read an enjoyable one.
Mar 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Just ok. Author is a great speaker, heard him speak this week, He considers this book erotic horror, but I must have a different definition of erotic, I thought it was gratuitous sex, a guy's fantasy maybe, but definitely not erotic. Don't understand how this book won the Bram Stoker award, must have been a very lean year...
AJ Garrett
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great read for any horror enthusiast. The storyline and characters were obviously well thought out. This title is definitely worthy of its Bram Stoker Award. My only issue with the book is that I’ve been tainted with a comparative curse. My issue is that I tend to compare one work with another. Although a great read individually, I much preferred Mr. Everson’s newest novel Nightwhere.
Ken B
Feb 08, 2012 rated it liked it
A small town is hiding from the truth about what is living in the cliff overlooking their town and what is driving a plague of suicides from that cliff. Our hero puts together the pieces and finds himself in the middle of a century old mystery.

Full of sex and gore!

I liked it!

Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty solid erotic horror read with more horror and just the right amount of "erotic." A little slow on getting me to care about the characters, but once it got going, it was very good.

In this story, reporter Joe Kieran is investigating a string of suicides of young people, and finds out that their mothers have a deal with a demon who resides in the cliff near town. It's a struggle to learn what is truly going on because no one in town really wants to talk about it, but it's clear they all k
Aug 20, 2019 rated it did not like it
Boring reporter man, Joe, moves into town after some crazy reporter drama he stirred up in Chicago. He meets a bunch of women, describes them disgustingly, has sex with a couple, and solves absolutely zero mysteries.

If the Average Joe man focuses on how fuckable various women are at funerals, they are as despicable as this Joe. Joe goes on to learn one of his sexy times was not actually consensual on the women's part (spoiler reasons). He's more bothered by whether she actually consi
Diane Hropic
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Engaging thriller but very disturbing.
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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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