The Family Tree

By John Everson

Its roots are old… and twisted!

The blood of the tree is its sap. It has sustained Scott Belvedere’s family for generations. It’s the secret ingredient behind the family’s intoxicating ale and bourbon, among other elixirs. But only when Scott inherits The Family Tree Inn, deep in the hills of Virginia, does he learn anything about his family, its symbiotic history, or the mammoth, ancient tree around which the inn is literally built. And after he stumbles upon the bony secrets hidden in its roots, while in the welcoming arms of the innkeeper’s daughter, he realizes that not only is blood thicker than water—it’s the only thing that might save him from the hideous fate of his ancestors…

“Everson has published yet another horror masterpiece that is in my top five for this year. A haunting and original book, The family tree is a creepy tale of family heritage and devotion that you won’t soon forget”
~ Shattered Ravings

The Family Tree was originally released by Samhain Publishing in 2014 and was also released in a limited edition hardcover by Sinister Grin Press in 2015 and in a Polish translation edition by Dom Horroru in 2019. When Samhain Publishing went out of business, Dark Arts Books reissued the novel with a new cover.


ISBN: ‎ 978-1544153865
Release Date: 2017
(Dark Arts Books Edition)
Trade Paperback: 214 pages


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John Everson is known for his use of eroticism with his horror and in The Family Tree, he proves once again that he is the master of dark and sexy. If you’re not turned on during one of the many hot scenes then maybe you should check to see if you’re breathing.


A fantastic short novel by a new-to-me author I’ve been looking forward to reading, The Family Tree did not disappoint. With a a tone reminiscent of a well-written Laymon novel, you know from the outset where the story’s going but the joy is in the journey. Lighthearted, FUN, and unburdened by literary pretension, this story is much heavier on sex than violence. Recommended.


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