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John Everson
Mit Haut und Haar verfällt Evan der bildschönen Ligeia, die ihn mit ihrem betörenden Gesang Abend für Abend zum Strand lockt. Er wird erst misstrauisch, als mehrere Leichen vor der Küste der verschlafenen Hafenstadt Delilah auftauchen.
Hinter der geheimnisvollen Fremden steckt jedoch mehr: Ihre Spur führt zurück ins Jahr 1887, auf ein Schmugglerschiff, dessen Crew einer Bestie in Frauengestalt zum Opfer fiel.
Als Evan erkennt, auf wen er sich eingelassen hat, hat ihn Ligeia bereits in die Tiefe des Ozeans entführt ...
Verlag: Festa Verlag
ISBN: 978-3-86552-188-0
Jessi's Bewertung: starstarstarstar

John Everson Der Autor
John Everson (geboren am 14. März 1966) ist ein amerikanischer Horrorschriftsteller. Er hat bisher acht Romane und sechs Bände mit Kurzgeschichten veröffentlicht. Sein erster Roman Covenant erschien 2004 und gewann den Bram Stoker Award als bester Debütroman.
Introduce yourself to the readers
I’m a horror author and occasional musician from Chicago. I started selling short horror stories to magazines 20 years ago, and have been publishing novels for the past 10 years. My first novel, Covenant, a “demon” book, was originally released in 2004 on an independent press, and then won the Bram Stoker Award the following year. Thanks to that, it was translated into Polish, and for a while, there were more copies of it in print in Poland than in the U.S.! Then finally, in 2008, it was released in mass market paperback by Leisure Books, a publisher in New York City. I sold four more novels to Leisure, including SIREN , which was translated last year by Festa Verlag as LIGEIA. I was really excited that my novels were first translated in Polish and German, because my grandmother was 100% Polish and my grandfather 100% German. It seems fitting that this is where my books have been translated! After doing five books for Leisure Books, I followed my editor to Samhain Publishing, where I’ve published three more novels. NIGHTWHEREwas my first book for them, and was a Bram Stoker finalist last year.
When do you have the best ideas?
Ideas come from all sorts of places. I spend a couple hours a day in my car driving to and from my dayjob, so I’ve gotten a lot of ideas there, during my daily drive. But I’ve gotten ideas in the bathroom, while reading the newspaper, while sitting in a bar staring at a TV…. The prologue for NIGHTWHEREactually popped up out of nowhere while I was doing some writing in a bar eating hotwings. Something on TV (which was playing sports) made me come up with the idea for the Field of Flesh.
What inspires you while writing a book?
Life! This is much like the “ideas” question – inspiration comes from all over. Music can be important for me – I never write without good music in the background. But then… I don’t like to do anything without music!
Do people or incidents of your own life appear in your books?
I don’t typically write about any incidents that really happened, or people that I know. I don’t think I have any “incidents” in my life that would be all that interesting to re-tell in a story. But certainly some little things that I’ve heard people say, or attitudes that people express – those have found their way now and then into characters. And places that I’ve been or seen – I like to use familiar locations in my stories… because I know those things are real, and so they add a nice realistic backdrop to the fiction I’m telling.
What is your book "NIGHTWHERE" about?
NIGHTWHEREis a story that works (I hope) on a couple levels. On one level, it’s a story of a relationship where one person has totally “left the building” while the other will do anything to rekindle the love. It’s a Don Quixote exercise, in a sense… a grand effort to try to stop the unstoppable. On another, it’s simply the story of a woman, Rae, who realizes that all the sex clubs and swingers clubs that she and her husband have played at are NOTHING compared to the real lure of a sex club where truly anything goes – any amount of pain or bloodshed or… death. The dark side excites her, and like the myth of a man who descends into hell to try to bring back his beloved… Mark fights his way back into NIGHTWHEREto bring NIGHTWHEREback to her senses… and his love. He tries to save her soul. Because NightWhere is more than just an extreme sex club. It may even be the actual doorway to hell.
Are there any advantages or disadvantages in the life of an author?
Well… the disadvantage is, I don’t get to write all the time. I have a regular full-time job to make sure I can pay the mortgage and keep the lights on. Because money from writing comes in spits and spurts. One month you get a lot... the next two, very little. I wish I could spend every day working on the next novel… but I can’t. So the disadvantage is, I can’t really focus on stories all the time. And sometimes, actually, very little. But the advantage is… when I can carve out the time work on a story… I can enter a whole other world. And I’m the only one who can see and enjoy that world… until it’s published.
Do your books deliver a certain message?
I don’t think I’m trying to deliver a message… but I do tend to write a lot about the dangers of obsession. Joe, the reporter of my first two novels, COVENANT and SACRIFICE, can’t give up on chasing a news story… and so he ends up in some pretty horrible, scary situations – with a demon on his back. Evan, the lead character of SIREN (published as Ligeia by Festa Verlag) is obsessed with the gorgeous, erotic siren he meets on the beach… and that obsession will cost him dearly by the end of the book. And both Rae and Mark are obsessed in NIGHTWHERE… one with violent sex, and the other with his wife… again… leading to horror. I’m not trying to give a “message” per se… but maybe I am saying… relax. Don’t try quite so hard or you’ll come to a bitter end!
How much time passes between an idea and the completion of a book?
That completely depends on the project. A friend showed me the news story that gave me the idea for COVENANT back in 1994. The novel was ultimately published in 2004, ten years later. The sequel, SACRIFICE was first thought of and worked on in 2002 and finished in 2005. SIREN, THE PUMPKIN MAN, and VIOLET EYES were all scribbled down as ideas in a “what should my next book be” brainstorming session in December 2008. I really liked them all, and so they became the novels that I wrote one by one over the next four years. The other book, NIGHTWHERE, was originally thought of back in 2000, when I was finishing the original draft of COVENANT. At the time, I was worried that I couldn’t do the idea justice, because it was so extreme and “out there” so I kept putting off writing it and doing other projects first. But the idea stayed with me, so when the new horror line at Samhain Publishing was formed, with my editor, Don D’Auria from Leisure Books at the helm, I pitched the idea and NIGHTWHERE became my first novel for the new line. So, like COVENANT, that book took 10 years from the original idea until the finished manuscript.
Do you have a certain model? (Do you take somebody as an example?)
One of my favorite modern horror novelists is Edward Lee. I love his stories because they are so crazy, fast-moving, and over the top… no matter how extreme the violence (or sex), they end up working like an unexpected rollercoaster ride for the reader. Those are the kinds of stories that I enjoy reading, because they rivet my interest and take me for an amazing ride. So those are the kind of stories I’d really like to tell.
Which is your best book (or favourite) of all you have written?
I think SIREN (LIGEIA) is probably the most personal novel for me… because at its core is the broken heart of a father who could not save his son. I was a new father at the time I first envisioned the book and not being able to protect my boy was the most fearful thing on my mind. The novel also has the cautionary aspect of being lured by the promise of sexual desire… which can lead to ruin. But probably my favorite book is NIGHTWHERE… because it’s the book I was afraid to write for so long… because of the subject matter. And in the end… I think it turned out exactly as I’d hoped!
Are there moments where you have no more ideas?
I have ideas when I need them! I don’t have them strike me day after day after day. I think some people work like that. Me? I kind of take a couple hours to sit and come up with ideas. And then I spend the next couple years working through those ideas as short stories or novels… and then I sit down and make myself work through another idea session. I keep lists of story ideas and kind of work through them, one after the next. I know the original idea for my latest novel, THE FAMILY TREE, first surfaced a long time ago. But then in one of those “Brainstorming Idea Sessions” about a year and a half ago, I fleshed it out to be something I could really work on. And it became my next novel. But there are still several ideas from the idea session that it was worked out in that I haven’t started to flesh out… and I want to. With my daytime job, I can’t ever knock out 3-4 novels in a year, so one really good idea session can give me the grist for a couple years’ worth of work!
Is there a certain object which always has to be present while you are writing?
A computer? I don’t like writing with pen and paper (though I have done it… when writing on a beach!) I need a laptop or a computer… and I really like to have music playing. With those two things… the rest of the world fades away, and I can focus on spinning the story in my mind.
How do you handle negative reviews or opinions?
The best kind to handle are the ones that are really over the top. When someone posts a 1-star review and says ‘this is the most horrible thing I have ever read in my entire life’… I don’t worry too much about it. I know in my heart that I’m not the best but I’m also pretty sure that I’m not the worst writer in my particular niche. It’s when someone who makes it clear that they LIKE my niche, but really were disappointed in my book, that are hard to read. Those are the people you were trying to reach and entertain, and when you clearly failed some…. That’s hard. Spin it however you like, but we, as writers are entertainers. And when we get “boos” instead of handclaps… that’s tough. Hopefully, whatever the story is that gets a bad review has also gotten some good reviews. And you need to focus on those. You set out to tell an entertaining story that horror lovers would enjoy. So you have to ask yourself… did some enjoy it? Yes! Look – they said so in that review right there, next to the one who hated you and called you a baboon! So you did your job. Maybe you didn’t please everyone, but you did make some fans happy. That’s how you handle negative reviews. If you can’t do that, then you should never read reviews at all. Some authors don’t. I can’t personally be that insulated. I like to see if I’m failing for 75%, 50% or 25% of the readers. Luckily, according to the star ratings, it seems that I’ve succeeded for the vast majority of readers, so that does make those nasty reviews easier to accept when they come up. There will ALWAYS be some, and you have to be prepared to let them be.
Can you imagine to publish a book of a different genre?
I grew up reading science fiction, not horror. So yes, I could see myself writing a big intergalactic science fiction novel some day. I just haven’t had the idea for it yet!
Will there be a reading in germany?
No… but I wish it was! I was in Munich on a business trip two years ago, and I loved it.. I wish that I could come back. So maybe someday…. If the books become really popular… some horror convention will bring me back to Germany so that I can be a guest at the convention and meet the readers!
Describe yourself in 5 words
Cheerfully Subversive and Insatiably Independent. Does “and” count as a word, because if not, I’d add “provocatively” in there!