- Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Leisure Books (20 Aug. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0843963549
- ISBN-13: 978-0843963540
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11.1 x 2.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,803,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Siren Mass Market Paperback – 20 Aug 2010
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“SIREN is a richly lyrical and melancholic meditation on loss and desperate yearning. It is also a superbly effective exercise in soul-ripping terror. Modern horror doesn't get much better than this.” - Bryan Smith, author of Depraved and The Killing Kind “John Everson hits one out of the park and into deep water! SIREN is as wicked a tale of intense sexual obsession as any you're likely to read, and it'll definitely make you afraid -- very afraid -- of the water. If you weren't before, you will be after venturing into its pages. You won't be able to stop reading ... but beware - this sexy Siren has teeth, and she knows how to use 'em!”
- W.D. Gagliani, Author of Wolf's Gambit “With SIREN, John Everson brings horror fiction back to its roots: scary, sexy and surprising. His best work yet!” - Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman and The Dragon Factory
"SIREN is a richly lyrical and melancholic meditation on loss and desperate yearning. It is also a superbly effective exercise in soul-ripping terror. Modern horror doesn't get much better than this." - Bryan Smith, author of Depraved and The Killing Kind "John Everson hits one out of the park and into deep water! SIREN is as wicked a tale of intense sexual obsession as any you're likely to read, and it'll definitely make you afraid -- very afraid -- of the water. If you weren't before, you will be after venturing into its pages. You won't be able to stop reading ... but beware - this sexy Siren has teeth, and she knows how to use 'em!"
- W.D. Gagliani, Author of Wolf's Gambit"With SIREN, John Everson brings horror fiction back to its roots: scary, sexy and surprising. His best work yet!" - Jonathan Maberry, multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author of The Wolfman and The Dragon Factory
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About the Author
John Everson's short stories have appeared in 22 small press anthologies, 55 have appeared in magazines, and three collections of his short fiction have been published by small presses. He was a 2007 Bram Stoker Award Finalist for Best Short Fiction and won the a 2004 Bram Stoker Award- Best First Novel for "Covenant. "This was Everson's fourth novel with Dorchester.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have always been a great fan of horror novels since I started reading them as a boy in the early fifties and over the years have amassed a large collection, mainly paperback copies and I am now replacing those available with Kindle Editions. This re-organisation has also given me the chance to revisit books that I have not read for a while and try out authors that are new to me. This is the first of John Everson's novels that I have tried and it will not be the last.
Evan is a sad, shell of a man since his son drowned in front of his eyes more than a year before, and is riddled with guilt as his fear of the sea prevented him from saving his boy. Each night he walks the deserted beach for hours before collecting his alcholic wife from the local bar. Then one night he was drawn to the sound of a beautiful, naked woman singing near the shore in the moonlight. Driven by desire and temptation, Evan returns to the spot every night until he finds her again, but she is a siren, one of the legendary sea creatures who prey on unsuspecting men and she has claimed Evan as her next lover.
SIREN is a well written erotic horror novel that holds the reader with a need to find out what will happen next and stick with it until the violent climax. Siren is full of gore and suspense and some graphic sexual descriptions but the story unfolds well and despite being a bit repetitive at times is a strong, enjoyable, unusual tale.
I shall cetainly look for Mr.Everson's other works.
The Kindle Edition is well formatted with hardly any noticable errors.
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Since then, things haven't gone well for Evan and Sarah. Their once tight marriage is on the rocks, and now Sarah spends her time drowning her sorrows in the local bar, while Evan wanders the edge of ocean at night. So when he again encounters the same beautiful woman naked on the beach, and this time she comes to him ... he succumbs, beginning an obsession that quickly devolves into horror.
When Evan confides in a friend, he tells Evan of the old legends of the Siren of Delilah, who's reputed to have haunted the beach, luring ships and people to their deaths, leaving behind their half eaten bodies ... or making them go permanently missing. Naturally Evan refuses to believe his friend's warnings, but he does recognize his obsession with the woman on the beach must come to an end if he's ever to salvage his marriage. The real moments of suspense in SIREN begin when Evan recommits to his wife, and the reader learns that Evan's obsession with the woman on the beach goes both ways...
I really enjoyed reading SIREN. It has the structure of a traditional horror novel: an opening death scene, and a handful of intermittent death scenes with nobody-characters to build suspense for the main character's interaction with the Siren. What added an extra layer of interest was the story *within* the main story -- of a rum runner captain in the 1880s and his crew, and how they came to transport the siren, Ligeia, to her final destination off the Delilah coast. The tale of the captain and his crew not only adds a unique flavor to this kind of book, but also serves to lend the reader some sympathy toward the siren herself. Murderous though Ligeia may be, the awful treatment she receives at the hands of the rum runners gives the reader a reason to have sympathy for her plight.
Add in a very well done interaction between Evan and his wife Sarah as they seek to rekindle their love and rebuild their marriage, and you have a great formula to build suspense for the things that inevitably happen to all of the characters. A final perk for me was the setting of the book, which felt fresh, gothic, and magical, being in a small seaside town where a mythological creature has made her lair. All in all, this is a book I can recommend with confidence. Plenty of blood, but plenty of suspense, too. Everson has done a great job with SIREN.
Evan and his wife Sarah have lost their 12 year old son in a drowning incident.
The stress of the loss of their only child results in their relationship drifting apart...Sarah likes to drown herself in alcohol and Evan likes to torture himself by walking up and down the beach every night. The very same beach at which his son drowned.
During one of these nightly walks, Evan hears a beautiful song. Following it, he finds a beautiful naked woman who suddenly dives into the ocean from the rocky outcropping on which they stood. Thinking that she will drown, he gets himself back to the beach to see if he can find her. He can't. Until he hears the song again, a few nights later. Needless to say, it's the song of the Siren.
From there the story of the Siren is told in a couple of ways, from Evan's viewpoint in the current time period, and from the viewpoint of the captain of a rum running ship at the end of the 1800s. The history of the Siren is sensuous, sexual and horrific. There is a heck of a lot of sex which sometimes bothers me, but not in this novel, as it is part of the story. These scenes are extremely well written and suck you in (like that pun?). Too bad the siren sings for her supper and her supper is men! In addition to the sex scenes there are a lot of very gory scenes which were also well written and necessary to the story.
Some may not like the ending, but I definitely did. I felt that it was really the only way it could end.
All in all, I thought this was a terrific novel, that moved incredibly fast and left me thinking that any man who, while walking the shore, hears a beautiful intriguing song...should RUN!
The focus of this ill-fated fable is Evan and his shattered relationship with his wife Sarah who each suffer separately from the loss of their son Josh. Evan's crippling fear of the water kept him from saving his only child from drowning and while Sarah finds comfort at the bottom of the bottle, Evan walks the beach every night reliving the nightmare of his son's death again and again. It's in this vulnerable state that Evan comes across Ligeia, our titular Siren. Evan unknowingly abandons his fear as he is hypnotized into the ocean and the arms of Ligeia whose beautiful song could only be ignored by the tone deaf. Unfortunately, "fear and lust are Ligiea's favorite seasonings." It is in this context that Everson weaves fear and seduction into a haunted tale of loss, redemption, and frightening fatale attraction.
SIREN does not always take itself so seriously as Evan's coworker and close friend, Bill, offers some comic relief while helping his confidant escape the power of the "sea witch." When you want to slap Evan into reality, Bill is there to tell Evan what's what. When Evan is on the brink of destruction, Bill is there to give him a dose of reality and a helping hand along the way. One of my personal favorites from Bill's arsenal of worldly advice, "bitches don't like the word good-bye." Bill is often crass spilling unfiltered dialogue, but I appreciated his character's incongruity to the sappy and smitten Evan in the small doses that were offered.
Everson has cleverly included a 100 year old subplot that is told in pieces throughout the main story. This thread follows the Lady Luck and her crew, a rumrunner in the1880s, with an interesting side story that is best discovered by the reader. I found these brief trips in the past to add more historical weight to the town Delilah and preserve the Siren's ancient roots.
For those who are Everson fans already this will be almost completely new territory, but his sexually-charged prose and strong atmosphere are still prevalent. And for the uninitiated, what are you waiting for? Go get SIREN! Prepare to fall in love, and then get your head bitten off! You've been warned.