After many years the Pumpkin Man is back, and this time he is killing his previous victim’s parents, but he’s also seeking a young woman, Jenn. There isn’t an obvious link between the killer and Jenn, except for Meredith: a witch with a connection to the Pumpkin Man and Jenn’s aunt. Jenn doesn’t know much about her Aunt Meredith, but now as her aunt’s sole heir, Jenn has inherited a journal and a seaside cottage.
Jenn is unaware of the killer that stalks her when she and her best friend move into Meredith’s isolated seaside cottage. There Jenn also discovers that the house is full books and tools of witchcraft and magic. It isn’t long before Jenn begins to experiment with the magic, but the door she opens could let in good or evil.
In The Pumpkin Man danger is ever present for Jenn, her best friend, and the little seaside community that suffered at the hand of the murderer. Gory and disturbing, this is the latest horror novel by John Everson. He was a finalist in 2007 for the Bram Stoker Award for Best Short Fiction and won the Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel for Covenant in 2004.