With Flashback Weekend postponed last year due to the pandemic, I missed seeing all of my friends there. I've met so many talented folks at Flashback over the years.
One of my favorites from many Flashback Weekends is author John Everson. A Bram Stoker Award-winning horror author, John has written more than 10 books and 100 short stories.
His current project is Voodoo Heart, due to be released later this year. A case gets really personal for a New Orleans detective when his wife goes missing. She is just the latest in a string of disappearances which have all previously resulted in bloody bed sheets and an abandoned heart.
I have not read all of John's books yet, but my favorite so far is The Pumpkin Man. After losing her father, the main character goes to a cabin to spend time with friends. After she finds old boxes and a ouija board, things start to get really scary. It is creepy, scary and all you'd want in a horror story.
For me, the setting and even the basic storyline isn't hugely important in horror stories. They are merely the setup for the horror. Great authors can spin interesting tales from anywhere. That's what separates them from the pack.
John writes intriguing stories. His characters are not cardboard, nor cookie-cutter. His developments make sense, while remaining scary. The conclusions are always gratifying, no matter the outcomes of the characters.
I look forward to diving into Voodoo Heart and catching up with John soon. Until then, I will follow his updates on JohnEverson.com. Also, check out FlashbackWeekend.com for their updates.
John Everson and me in Rosemont, IL-August 2018.