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John Everson

 

Everson was born in 1966 and spent most of his childhood in Tinley Park, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in journalism in 1988 and worked for two years at The Star Newspapers in Chicago Heights, IL, where he began the weekly music review column "Pop Stops." He wrote this column for the newspaper for nearly 20 years, even after leavingThe Star as a full-time reporter to serve as an editor for the Illinois Entertainer magazine for four years. It was during his tenure at theIllinois Entertainer that he began actively writing and submitting short fiction in the horror and fantasy genres. His first two novels feature a reporter, Joe Kieran, as the lead character, drawing on his experience in journalism.

In 2000, his first collection of short fiction appeared from Delirium Books, a small press publisher of horror fiction which has since released several collectible hardcover editions of Everson books, including his first novel, Covenant, in 2004.

Covenant was reissued mass market paperback publisher Leisure Books in 2008, which also reissued the sequel Sacrifice in 2009 as well as his next two novels, The 13th and Siren. His fifth novel, The Pumpkin Man was released by Leisure's parent company,Dorchester Publishing and has been optioned for production by Shadowcast Pictures. His sixth novel, NightWhere, will be issued by Samhain Publishing in 2012.

Both Covenant and Sacrifice have been translated into Polish and released by Red Horse and Replika Books. Covenant has also been translated into Turkish, and is in the process of being translated into French.

Everson's work has been featured in numerous anthologies including, Necro Files: Two Decades of Extreme Horror, The Green Hornet Casefiles, Best New Werewolf Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Vampire Tales (Vol. 1), Best New Zombie Tales (Vol. 2) and Kolchak: The Night Stalker Casebook.

In addition to writing, Everson is also the publisher of Dark Arts Books. Since 2006, this press has released an average of one four-author anthology per year consisting of multiple stories from each author.

Everson lives with his wife Geri and son Shaun in Naperville, Illinois.

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