A Quickie with John Everson
Nikki Noir (NN): What’s your darkest fantasy? And why will you never act it out in real life?
John Everson (JE): Well, I’d love to sit in the bar of my “sex club from hell” novel NightWhere and watch the denizens of that club. But… that’s not a real place! Honestly, I don’t have any truly “dark fantasies” that I’d like to try. I think I must exorcise them all onto paper for my fiction! My own needs and desires are pretty simple – I’d love to have enough money to buy all the pinball machines I want for my basement arcade room, and have the time to play them. Nothing too dark there!
NN: We all have a guilty pleasure. What’s the movie, television program, or music that you love that most people wouldn't know about you?
JE: I’m not very guilty. I love lots of things that I know people would make fun of me for… but I’m not embarrassed by them. For example, I’m a huge fan of girl-pop. I was a music critic for 20 years, and back when I worked for an alternative music magazine, I kept a poster of Madonna on my office door. The rest of the people in the office? They all had NIN, Smashing Pumpkins, 11th Dream Day posters… I had Madonna. I love all sorts of music, but my iPod has Fifth Harmony, Britney Spears, Debbie Gibson and Ashlee Simpson right next to Muse, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, The Cure and New Order. When I had a business trip a couple years ago to Seoul and Tokyo, I came back obsessed with a couple J-Pop and K-pop acts, much to my family’s chagrin. But they just don’t get much better than Silent Siren and Hyuna!
I don’t watch much TV, but when I do, I’m usually watching “Barney Miller” reruns, not “Game of Thrones.” My real “guilty pleasure” that I don’t feel guilty at all about is watching ‘70s / ‘80s exploitation films. On almost every weekend you can find me at night in my basement watching Italian Horror, American Grindhouse and occasional arthouse films – pretty much all of them lensed between 1965-1985. I’ve even started blogging reviews of some, like Pets. It’s not a pleasure I can share with most people who expect blood to look real, effects to be CGI and lips to always be perfectly synched with the audio!
NN: If you could collaborate with any small press author on a project, who would it be and why?
JE: I’d love to write an apocalyptic thriller with W.D. Gagliani and David Benton because… well… we started one together and never finished it! That project was one of those classic “we were all in a bar together talking one night and scribbled a couple ideas down on a napkin” kind of setups, and we all actually wrote a couple chapters… and then life and other deadlines got in the way and it’s been a couple years now since any of us have touched it. One of these days…
NN: Tell us about your latest project or work in progress
JE: I actually just turned in my 11th novel, The Devil’s Equinox, a couple weeks ago to my publisher, Flame Tree Press. It’s kind of an erotic horror, occult, Rosemary’s Baby kind of book, and the publisher actually commissioned the cover while I was still writing it. So while it’s just gone into the editing queue, you can already pre-order it on Amazon It will be released in June. Here’s the quick synopsis:
Austin secretly wishes his wife would drop dead. He even says so one boozy midnight at the bar to a sultry stranger with a mysterious tattoo. When his wife later introduces that stranger as Regina, their new neighbor, Austin hopes she will be a good influence on his wife. Instead, one night he comes home to find his wife dead. Soon he’s entranced with Regina, who introduces him to a strange world of bloodletting, rituals and magic. A world that puts everything he loves in peril. Can Austin save his daughter, and himself, before the planets align for the Devil’s Equinox?
NN: Of all the characters you’ve created, do you have a favorite and why?
JE: I have two, actually – one from each side of the good and evil coin! I love Ligeia, the Siren in my novel of the same name. To me, she’s not simply some malevolent force, but a woman who is giving back some of what she got. She was horribly wronged in the past and she won’t take it in the present. I always call that book my “Fatal Attraction with a mermaid” novel.
I also love my “fallen angel” Selena, an important, but secondary character in my erotic horror “sex club from hell” book NightWhere. So much so, that I’ve wanted to write a NightWhere sequel for some time now that would finally tell her story.
NN: What’s your favorite philosophical quote or phrase to live by?
JE: Drink the beer before it goes flat.
Author Website: www.johneverson.com