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by John Everson.
OVERVIEW: Joe Kieran has found that unearthing the truth for a newspaper can be painful, and telling it, heartbreaking. Hiding from his past big city exposés in the quiet coastal town of Terrel, he stumbles upon a web of mysterious teen suicides that somehow connect a ring of five women. Is there really a malevolent presence inside Terrel Cliff that holds all of the town in thrall as Angelica, a fortune teller, suggests? Or is there a murderous covenant between five women to sacrifice their first-born? When Angelica is kidnapped right under his nose, Joe suspects that there is more at work in Terrel than a dark, tragic streak.
Deep beneath the remains of a long-demolished lighthouse on its tragic cliff, Joe discovers Terrel's secret history and salvation. And in his desperate bid to save two women, he forges a new covenant, one that puts his own soul in deadly danger.
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.
2011 DP Trade paperback. 336 pages.