Vigilantes of Love [NOOK Book]


NEW FOR 2013: The 10th anniversary edition of VIGILANTES OF LOVE, John Everson's second book-length collection of short fantasy and horror fiction, includes a new preface by the author and six additional stories not present in the ...
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NEW FOR 2013: The 10th anniversary edition of VIGILANTES OF LOVE, John Everson's second book-length collection of short fantasy and horror fiction, includes a new preface by the author and six additional stories not present in the original release!

A woman whose life is shaped and doomed by the "Calling of the Moon"...

A girl who learns the secret powers of the "Seven Deadly Seeds"...

A boy who finds that the power of music can open a hidden world thanks to a flute hidden in the attic...

A man who learns the meaning behind the voodoo curse that brings the "Vigilantes of Love" from the hearts of the New Orleans swamps to punish the adulterers under the light of the full moon...

VIGILANTES OF LOVE offers these and many more tales of dark magic, the macabre and things that happen when you go one step beyond.

VIGILANTES OF LOVE was first issued in 2003 by Chicago-based Twilight Tales, just a year before a limited edition of Everson's first novel, the Bram Stoker Award-winning COVENANT, was released by Delirium Books.

This collection focuses more on dark fantasy than the more extreme erotic horror of his first short fiction collection, CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS. The 2013 10th Anniversary Edition also includes six never-before-collected Everson tales — including his first horror publication, "Learning To Build" — alongside VIGILANTES' original 15 dark fantasy and horror stories.

The book offers both light fantasy and the macabre including the voodoo-zombie oriented title story, written especially for the collection, "Calling of the Moon," which received an Honorable Mention in the Year's Best Fantasy & Horror anthology, and "Lovesong" a 5th Place winner in the 2000 World Horror Convention Fiction Contest.


PREFACE: 10th Anniversary Edition
INTRODUCTION: The Songs of Love

Calling of the Moon
A Time For Music
Trick and Treat
After the Fifth Step
Seven Deadly Seeds
Hard Heart
Anne's Perfect Smile
A Lack of Signs
Christmas, The Hard Way
The Humane Way
The Right Instrument
Vigilantes of Love

LOST STORIES: Rescued Vigilantes
Hair of the Dog
Learning To Build
The Key to Her Heart
Why Do You Stay With Him?

About the Author
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Editorial Reviews

The Horror Channel - Scott Johnson
From the opening story, Everson proves himself capable of horror, both understated and overt, and of capturing readers' imaginations with his compelling characters and unique twists on familiar themes. Each story is strengthened by vivid descriptions, but it is his ability to create characters with whom readers can identify that makes them all the more powerful. Included in this collection are not only ghosts and supernatural monsters but also fiends of the human variety... - Jimmy Z
John Everson has a flair for starting a story down one path and then just when we know where it is going and how it will end, he turns it around and reminds us that life is unpredictable. VIGILANTES OF LOVE is a collection of 15 well written stories that range from fantasy to horror. Some are hardcore horror stories and some are lighter fare. All of them are worth reading.

One of the better collections I have read in some time. I give it 5 bookwyrms.
Twilight Showcase - Ray Wallace
Each of [Everson's] stories is a dark and tantalizing show well worth the price of admission. - TT Zuma
There are several stories in VIGILANTES OF LOVE that I would consider not only above average, but superb. Quite simply, they are among the most enjoyable short stories that I have read in the past few years. Everson managed to put an emotional spin into these tales that affected me so deeply that I paused for awhile after reading each one. And it was not because any of these stories were overly intensive, in fact, I thought their approach subtle, but... they managed to pack one heck of a punch.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011933486
  • Publisher: Dark Arts Books
  • Publication date: 1/26/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

John Everson is the author of the Bram Stoker Award-winning novel COVENANT, as well as SACRIFICE, THE 13TH, SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN and NIGHTWHERE. He has also published dozens of short stories over the past 20 years in a variety of magazines and anthologies. In October of 2000, many of his erotic horror tales were collected and published in hardcover by Delirium Books as his first book-length collection, CAGE OF BONES & OTHER DEADLY OBSESSIONS.

His second collection, VIGILANTES OF LOVE, which focused more on fantasy, lighter horror and the macabre, followed three years later. His more recent fiction collections include NEEDLES & SINS (2007), CREEPTYCH (2010) and DEADLY NIGHTLUSTS (2010).

Everson is also the co-founder of Dark Arts Books, a member of the Horror Writers Association (HWA), and a former pop music critic for a suburban Chicago newspaper. Despite an omnipresent nagging dream of relocating to warmer climes, John still lives in the western suburbs of Chicago with his wife Geri, his son Shaun, and a petulant cockatoo. Find out more about his fiction, art and music at
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  • Posted April 8, 2011

    Short Stories with a Twist on Love...

    Vigilantes of Love is a quirky collection of horror short stories. Each story has a particular feel like these are tales that have been told to children through the ages to reinforce different moral lessons. I savored each story and refused to rush through them. The stories offer an obscure look into everyday people, which makes each story uncomfortably believable. The stories run the gambit of stark humor, family ties, adolescent wishes and harsh reality. There is a story here for everyone to enjoy. Honestly I enjoyed all the stories; they made me take stock of what I have around me. I have no doubt I will be visiting these stories again.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011


    I know that John Everson is somewhat known for his more "adult" horror novels, but this collection was my first exposure to him, and it proves that he is not a one-trick pony, but a writer who can stretch and explore different types of stories.

    Vigilantes of Love is a collection that is full of magic. Some of it gentle, some of it dark, but almost all of it lyrical and affecting. The stories here are written with a sure hand, they flow naturally and aren't overwritten. The writing is stylish and almost poetic at times, but always accessible. Even when he is writing about truly horrible things, there is always a beauty to the tales.

    My favorite tales in the bunch are "Love Song," "The Fifth Step," and "The Humane Way."

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