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Vigilantes of Love

By John Everson

The 10th Anniversary edition of Vigilantes of Love, John Everson’s second book-length collection of tales of short fantasy and the macabre, 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 originally issued in 2003 by Chicago-based Twilight Tales, a year before a limited edition of Everson’s first novel, the Bram Stoker Award-winning Covenant, was released. While Everson’s first book of short fiction, Cage of Bones & Other Deadly Obsessions, focused on erotic horror, Vigilantes of Love was something of a flip side — this collection offers light and dark fantasy tales, mixed with the occasional slice of horror.

The Dark Arts Books 10th Anniversary edition of Vigilantes of Love is an expanded release that includes six never-before-collected Everson tales — including his first horror publication, “Learning To Build” — alongside Vigilantes of Love‘s original 15 dark fantasy and horror stories. The book includes the voodoo-zombie oriented title story, written especially for the collection, as well as “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
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
Key To Her Heart
Why Do You Stay With Him?

About the Author
Books By John Everson

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Vigilantes of Love
Release Date: April 2013
Trade Paperback: 228 pages

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“A collection of fifteen well written stories that range from fantasy to horror… All of them are worth reading.”
Jimmy Z,

“Each of [Everson’s] stories is a dark and tantalizing show well worth the price of admission”
— Ray Wallace,
Twilight Showcase

“Everson has a clear and sometimes poetic style that lulls and enthralls, drawing you in…only to snap you up.”
Michele Patterson,
Painted Rock

“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, victims of their own desires, and what comes across as a fable or two.”
Scott A. Johnson,
The Horror Channel