Monthly Archives: June 2009

Site updates and more

I’ve updated the bookstore with links to purchase Drive, Rundberg, and Fear from Overlook Connection.  If you haven’t checked out the bookstore yet, you should.  If I’ve appeared in an anthology, there’s a link to it on that page.  I have no idea if there are any Nate Southard “completists” out there, but if any of you have money to burn, there are worse ways to burn it.

At the top of the bookstore, you’ll find a link to pre-order the Darkness on the Edge anthology.  This is a collection of Bruce Springsteen-inspired stories, and it contains my short “Armageddon: Now Available in High Definintion.”  Better than that, it features stories from Jim Moore, Tom Piccirilli, Lee Thomas, Sarah Langan, and a slew of others.  Lee and I signed signature sheets for this last week, so you should see it sometime this Fall.

I’m told the issue of Cemetery Dance that features my short story “The Message” is due to hit stands somewhere between late-July and early-September.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that we see this one soon.  I’m very proud of the flash piece I wrote for this one.

Sorry about the lack of non-WHC updates lately.  Since winning the bid, it’s been a mad dash to get the first round of thngs set up.  We’re hoping to be done with that in the next week or two, and then we can settle into cruise control for awhile.

World Horror Convention 2011 – Two New Guests!

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION ANNOUNCES
TWO NEW GUESTS
Award Winning and Critically Acclaimed Authors
Joe R. Lansdale and Brian Keene Join WHC 2011

Austin – June 22 The World Horror Convention Austin is proud to announce the additions of legendary author Joe R. Lansdale and bestselling author Brian Keene to the lineup for its 2011 convention. Lansdale, the master of mojo storytelling, will be taking on the mantle of Toastmaster for the event, while Keene will be in attendance to run an intensive workshop on the business of writing.

“You can’t have a spec-fic convention in Texas without Joe,” said Convention Co-Chair, Lee Thomas. “Well, you could but it would be just plain wrong. He’s iconic. With superlative works in the suspense, science fiction, Western and horror genres, he is a versatile and exceptional craftsman, and we’re honored he’ll be attending.”

Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Lost Echoes and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for literature, and seven Bram Stoker Awards.

Lansdale joins award-winning authors Sarah Langan and Brian Keene on the WHC 2011 guest list. Special guest Keene’s workshop on the business of writing will be a unique WHC presentation.

“Attendees are going to have their eyes opened,” Nate Southard, Co-Chair of the convention, said. “Brian has always dedicated himself to helping aspiring writers, and his presentation will carry on this commitment. His distinguished career has given him insights into the realities of publishing – the good, the bad, and the grotesque – and he’s going to share them with a roomful of his colleagues.”

Keene, who came to prominence in 2003 with the release of his debut novel The Rising and has since published over 20 books, in addition to his work with Marvel Comics, will be presenting Business Unusual: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Business Of Writing But Were Afraid To Ask. Seating for this informational seminar will be limited and pre-registration required. Details are forthcoming.

This international conference of horror’s brightest talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011. Additional Guests of Honor, registration information, and hotel information will be forthcoming. A website featuring convention information is currently in development.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:
Sarah Langan: www.sarahlangan.com
Joe R. Lansdale: www.joerlansdale.com
Brian Keene: www.briankeene.com

For more information please contact Nate Southard at natesouthard AT gmail DOT com or Lee Thomas at leethomas1 AT aol DOT com.

World Horror Convention 2011 – Austin, TX

WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2011 IN AUSTIN, TX
Award Winning and Critically Acclaimed Author
Sarah Langan confirmed as Guest of Honor

 

Austin – June 15 The World Horror Society has named Austin, Texas as the location for the 2011 World Horror Convention (WHC). The international gathering of horror’s brightest talents and their fans will take place from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

Austin, Texas was chosen for its unique style and rich genre history. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre was filmed near the city, and the remakes of both Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th were filmed in town. Austin also serves as home to the largest urban bat colony in North America, and at sunset 1.5 million bats fly over the city, truly marking it as a horror locale. (There’s a reason the city’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird.”)

“Texas has a long history of strange fiction, serving as home to such luminaries as Robert E. Howard, Michael Moorcock, and Joe R. Lansdale,” says Convention Co-Chair, Nate Southard. “Bringing the World Horror Convention to Austin is a natural. It’s a vibrant city with a taste for the eccentric and a love of the arts. Further, its central, southern location makes it convenient for travelers throughout the US, and visitors from abroad will have no trouble reaching us either.”

Known as both the Capital of Texas and the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin provides the entertainment and cultural draws of a large city with the intimacy of a small town. This smaller size translates to ease of transportation in and around the city with many opportunities for convention attendees to absorb what Austin has to offer.

Convention Chairs, Southard and Lee Thomas, promise to bring the convention back to the US in style. Focusing on literary horror’s newest stars, WHC 2011 has already confirmed author Sarah Langan as its first Guest of Honor.

“We couldn’t be more pleased,” Lee Thomas, Co-Chair of the event, said. “Sarah was at the top of our list, and her enthusiastic agreement to attend really set the tone for what we hope to achieve with this convention. We’ll be inviting additional industry luminaries, and we’ll make announcements when those folks are confirmed.”

Ms. Langan’s first novel, The Keeper, was named a New York Times editor’s choice. Her second novel, The Missing, won the Bram Stoker Award for outstanding novel and earned an American Library Association Award. Her third novel, Audrey’s Door, will be released in late 2009 and has already been optioned by the Weinstein Company for film.

Additional Guests of Honor, registration information, and hotel information will be forthcoming. A website featuring convention information is currently in development.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry; publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

For more information please contact Nate Southard at natesouthard AT gmail DOT com or Lee Thomas at leethomas1 AT aol DOT com.

Upcoming books I plan to buy

As you can probably guess, I’m an avid reader.  My “to be read” pile is about a mile high, and it just keeps growing.  With any luck, I’ll catch up someday.  I’m not too hopeful, though.  Besides, what’s the fun in having nothing left to read?

That said, here are a few books that are scheduled to see print by year’s end.  I plan to pick up every last one of them, and so should you.

ZOO by Otsuichi
September 15, 2009

I love Japanese horror and science fiction, so it’s a great thrill to see Viz release their new Haikasoru line.  Of their opening salvo, I have to say I’m most excited about this collection from horror writer Otsuichi.  The synopsis reads…

A man receives a photo of his girlfriend every day in the mail…so that he can keep track of her decomposition. A deathtrap that takes a week to kill its victims. Haunted parks and airplanes held in the sky by the power of belief.

Now, I don’t know about you, but that sounds like great reading to me!  If there’s one thing I love, it’s a great big slathering of crazy ideas.  I’m looking forward to September and the release of this one.

SHADOW SEASON by Tom Piccirilli
October 27, 2009

SHADOW SEASON is the story of a blind ex-cop turned teacher at an isolated girls’ school. Amid some scandalous events concerning an enamored student, he tries to struggle by with his handicap and a lot of unresolved issues dealing with his girlfriend, his dead wife, and his former partner. When a deadly blizzard hits, it brings along with it a mysterious girl and a pair of killers.

Here’s the deal… Tom Piccirilli is one of the best writers working today.  He always brings the goods, and the man can work prose like you won’t believe.  For a long time, the man walked the fine line between crime fiction and horror.  Now he’s firmly planted himself on the crime side of the line, and I couldn’t be happier.  Recent novels like The Cold Spot, The Dead Letters, and The Midnight Road have been some of the best of his career.  For Pete’s sake (whoever Pete is) pre-order this book!

AUDREY’S DOOR by Sarah Langan
September 29, 2009

In an interview, Langan described the book like this…

Next novel is Audrey’s Door, about a lonely, injured woman in New York who finds love, but is so afraid of being hurt that she breaks it off, and moves into a haunted apartment in Morningside Heights, where her obsessive-compulsive disorder gets the better of her, and she begins to build a door.

Here’s a little nugget of information for you: Sarah Langan is the best new author of the last five years.  She writes prose that makes me green with envy.  Her novels move from the mundane to the epic with a subtlety that will catch you by surprise.  Her characters are fascinating, believable, and relatable.  I’ll be buying Sarah’s books until I die.

URBAN GOTHIC by Brian Keene
August 2009

When their car broke down in a dangerous neighborhood of the inner city, Kerri and her friends thought they would find shelter in the old dark row house. They thought it was abandoned. They thought they would be safe there until morning. They were wrong on all counts. The residents of the row house live in the cellar and rarely come out in the light of day. They’re far worse than anything on the streets outside. And they don’t like intruders. Before the sun comes up, Kerri and her friends will fight for their very lives… though death is only part of their nightmare.

Brian Keene writes fun slabs of mayhem.  He can surprise you with tenderness now and then, but mostly he just pulls the cord and lets the saw rip.  He’s called Urban Gothic his most violent book to date, and I can’t wait to give it a read.  Maybe I’ll have to try going to the beach and reading it there.  Urban Gothic feels like the perfect beach book.

So there’s a quartet of books I plan to buy.  I think you should buy them, too.  In the meantime, what else is coming out that I should pick up?  This pile of books doesn’t want me catching up!

Summer Watchin’

You may be interested in knowing right off the bat that this is not an entry about stalking Summer Glau.  Sorry if I’ve disappointed you.

No, I’m talking about summer TV, that blessed thing that keeps me frmo going outside and burning my bald scalp.

Now, this year’s summer watchin’ is augmented by the extended RESCUE ME season.  After a lackluster season four (saved by the wonderful final scene), Leary and company are back and firing on all cylinders with stories that are some of the best the series has produced. I’m not sure how much of the season is left, but I hope it lasts a while longer.

Bravo will be delivering the one-two punch of TOP CHEF MASTERS and PROJECT RUNWAY.  I don’t much care for reality TV, but these competitions full of contestants that are truly talented individuals really get me going.  I do have some concern that TOP CHEF MASTERS will devalue the regular TOP CHEF, but I’ll still tune in to see if celeb chefs are just as crazy as their everyday counterparts.

Of course, both of those reality competitions are just pretenders to the SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE throne.  This is my third year watching this show I’ve just fallen in love with.  There’s something about watching incredibly talented dancers chace their dreams (without having to haul around retired sports stars or soap opera actors) that fills me with wonder.  During last night’s final tryout round in Las Vegas, pint-sized Tokyo popper Nobuya collapsed into tears, thanking his teachers, when he made it through a round of ballroom.  It was just amazing, and I completely fell in love with the guy then and there. 

Yeah, I probably lose horror writer cred for watching that show.  In my defense, I’ll just say I don’t need to defend myself.

So, what’s everybody else watching during the summer months?