Monthly Archives: January 2010

Butcher Knives & Body Counts

The final contributor list for Dark Scribe Press’ Butcher Knives & Body Counts: Essays on the Formula, Frights and Fun of the Slasher Film was released this past weekend, and I’m pleased to point out that my name is on it.

I wrote an essay on April Fool’s Day, the 1986 classic which has long been my favorite slasher flick.  By now, you probably know my essay doesn’t trash the movie.  You’ll have to pick up the book, however, to see my rather original take on it (at least I think it’s original).

The book is scheduled for an October release, and it includes essays by Jack Ketchum, John Skipp, Lee Thomas, Jeeff Strand, and a host of others.  I know I’m looking forward to it! 

You can find out more at http://swingingmachetes.blogspot.com/

New World Horror Guest!

VINCENT CHONG ADDED AS ARTIST GUEST OF HONOR FOR WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2011

Two-time winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist

joins all-star convention line-up.

 

Austin – January 21: The World Horror Convention 2011 is honored to announce the addition of visionary artist and designer, Vincent Chong, as Artist Guest of Honor. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

“I’ve been a fan of Vinny’s work for years,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas. “His use of texture and color are stunning, unique, and have put him in high demand the world over. It’s rare to find an artist whose work elicits such a strong sense of foreboding, particularly when the images he creates are so strikingly beautiful. Vinny is a wonder, and we can’t wait to bring him to the U.S. to meet his fans.”

Vincent Chong works as a freelance illustrator and designer in the UK. He has worked with clients from around the world on projects ranging from book and magazine illustrations to album art. His incredible illustrations have adorned the covers of the top names in horror fiction, including works by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Joe Hill, Simon Clark, and others.

Chong joins award-winning authors Steve Niles, Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brian Keene on the WHC 2011 guest list. Additional Guests of Honor will be announced in the months to come. A website featuring convention and hotel information, registration, and more is live at http://www.whc2011.org/.

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:

Steve Niles: http://www.steveniles.com/

Joe Hill: http://www.joehillfiction.com/

Sarah Langan: http://www.sarahlangan.com/

Joe R. Lansdale: http://www.joerlansdale.com/

Brian Keene: http://www.briankeene.com/

Vincent Chong: http://www.vincentchong-art.co.uk/

Without A Net

I can’t remember where I read it, but I remember an interview (or maybe it was a section of On Writing) where Stephen King said he started a novel with a list of characters and an inkling of an idea, nothing more.  That impresses the hell out of me.  Really, it does.  I rarely write anything without a clear idea where it’s going.  Just Like Hell was outlined pretty extensively.  The novel I have coming out later this year was written purely so I could get to the next-to-last scene, which had been stuck in my head for months.  Every long piece I’ve written (and nearly all of the short ones) at least had an ending in place before I started writing them, and most of them had pretty clear outlines, at least in my head.

I’ve tried it the other way, of course.  My files are littered with half-finished manuscripts, things that started out on a wing and a prayer only to crash and burn.  You’d think I would have learned my lesson by now.

Well, I’m doing it again.

About ten days ago, I started writing what I thought would be a short story.  I didn’t have an ending or even a story in mind.  Truthfully, I only had the characters and their initial situation in mind.  Everything else, I figured, would work itself out in 5000 words or so.  Almost 25k words later, it looks like I’m crashing through a novel.

And I’m having a blast.

I’ve never made it this far on the seat of my pants before.  Things are falling into place, and the action keeps charging forward.  I’m still not sure how it’s going to end, but the ride is sure to be a wild one.  Seriously, I’ve never had this much fun writing something before.  With any luck, this could turn into something special.

So wish me luck.  I’m diving back in.

Good weekend for riding

The sun finally peeked out from behind the clouds Saturday, so I decided to take The Late Late Show out for some miles.  A little bit of research led me to believe FM 1431 would be a fun road, and goddamn was I right!  This twisty little road that snakes through the Hill Country from Cedar Park to Marble Falls was the best time I’ve ever had on my sportster.  The Late Late Show handled every dip, rise, and curve like a champ.

Yesterday, the sun was gone, but the rain hadn’t arrived yet, so I took the bike out Highway 620 to Bee Caves Rd, then on to 360 and home.  A different ride, since much of it was highway, but there were still twists and turns to be had.

It was around this time last year when I finally decided to get my ass in gear and work toward buying that motorcycle I’ve always wanted.  I’m happy to say that weekends like this one really tell me I made the right choice.  There’s nothing like the feeling of twisting that throttle and getting the wind in your face.  It’s just amazing!

Just Like Hell, the ebook

It is with great pleasure that I announce my signing with Lovecraft Press to produce an electronic edition of my novella Just Like Hell.  The novella, first published by Thunderstorm Books in 2008, was very well received, and I’ve been itching to get it into the hands of more readers.  Well, now Lovecraft Press founder Robert Willis is giving me the chance.

The electronic edition is scheduled for release in March and will be available for your ereader of choice.

Dillon has the world on a string. With a record-breaking football season and several scholarship offers in his pocket, he can write his own future.

But Dillon has a secret, something he’s never told the rest of his team. Even his best friends don’t know. They might not understand. They might overreact.

Now the secret is out. Maybe that’s why Dillon just woke up in the trunk of a car.

And maybe that’s why Dillon is about to go through something Just Like Hell.

“Nate Southard is one of the best new writers of his generation, and something new by him is always cause for celebration. I’m a big fan.”
— Brian Keene, author of Dark Hollow and Ghost Walk

“Just Like Hell is a vicious and disturbing work of prose in which the economy of language works like a finely honed blade, separating muscle from bone. Fans of Jack Ketchum, Thomas Tessier and Ed Lee have a new name to look for in Nate Southard. Southard’s work is brutal, horrific, beautiful and moving – just like life.”
— Lee Thomas, Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Stained, Parish Damned and The Dust of Wonderland

“Nate Southard writes with the no-nonsense intensity and the confident swagger of a bare-knuckle boxer.”
— Chris Golden, author of The Myth Hunters and Wildwood Road

Coming Soon

I thought it would be a good idea to run through my upcoming projects and let you guys know a bit more about them and any updates on when they might be available.

BOOKS

He Stepped Through
(Signed, limited edition chapbook from Bloodletting Books)

This may be be my favorite work in the past year or more.  I combined my love of The Shield with my love of the Cthulhu Mythos, and it created this really gritty, dark thing.  This story of a crooked cop investigating a string of murders that aren’t so much ritualistic as completely psychotic took my writing to a new level.

This one should be out in the next few months.  Originally scheduled for January/February, it’s been pushed back a little.  I’m hoping to see it in February, but I can’t tell for sure.

Copies still available.

Signed paperback
Signed hardback

Bad Magick
(Novel co-written with Steven Shrewsbury, published by Morningstar Press)

Technically unannounced, but Shrews has mentioned it numerous times, so what the hell?  This one is about Aleister Crowley and Rasputin in the Old West.  No idea when this will be available or how many copies.  You’ll know as soon as I do. 

Unannounced Novella 

If you know where to look, there’s some info on this one.  This one was co-written with Lee Thomas.  Hopefully, it’ll see the light of day sometime this Spring.

Unannounced Novel

Coming late this year from the same publisher as the unannounced novella.

COMICS

“Something’s Coming”
(Comics short to be published in an upcoming issue of Grave Tales)

Your guess is as good as mine.  I sold the script for this six-pager maybe four years ago.  I’m pretty sure it’s been drawn and lettered, but a new issue of Grave Tales hasn’t seen print in a few years, and nobody knows if another’s coming.  We’ll see.

SHORT STORIES

Well, so far I have six short stories coming out this year (hopefully).  One or two of them might be up in the air, due to inactivity on the part of the publishers, but I guess we’ll see.  The stories are…

“Miss Kenner and Me”
Appearing at Thuglit.com, January/February 2010.

“Armageddon: Now Available in High Definition”
Appearing in Darkness on the Edge, an anthology of Bruce Springsteen-inspired fiction coming soon from PS Publishing.

“The Taste of Memories”
Appearing in the promotional chapbook Dark Faith: Last Rites, published by Apex Books.

“In the Middle of Poplar Street”
Dead Set, published by 23 House.

“That’s All Right”
Appearing in Somewhere South of Hell anthology from Full Moon Press, mid-2010.

“I Found a Little Hole”
Appearing in Shivers VI from Cemetery Dance, early-2010.

New World Horror Guest of Honor!

STEVE NILES ADDED AS MEDIA GUEST OF HONOR FOR WORLD HORROR CONVENTION 2011

Graphic novel icon and creator of 30 Days of Nightjoins

a stellar line-up for Austin convention.

Austin – January 4: The World Horror Convention 2011 is honored to announce the addition of graphic novel great and screenwriter, Steve Niles, to its list of guests. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

“Steve revived horror comics as the creator of 30 Days of Night,” said convention chair Nate Southard. “But that is only the tip of the iceberg. He has all but defined horror comics for nearly a decade, and his novel and film work have cemented Steve as one of the top voices in dark fiction across numerous media. We’re thrilled to have him as a guest.”

Niles got his start in the industry when he formed his own publishing company called Arcane Comix, where he published, edited and adapted several comics and anthologies for Eclipse Comics. His adaptations include works by Clive Barker, Richard Matheson and Harlan Ellison, and he has worked with such talents as Bernie Wrightson, Sam Raimi, Rob Zombie, and Thomas Jane. In 2002, the success of 30 Days of Night sparked renewed interest in the horror genre, and has since gone on to be the basis for tie-in novels, a web-based action series on FearNet.com and a successful major motion picture. The sequel 30 Days of Night: Dark Days will be released in 2010. Recent years have seen the release of such comics projects as City of Dust and The Lost Ones.

Niles joins award-winning authors Joe Hill, Sarah Langan, Joe R. Lansdale, and Brian Keene on the WHC 2011 guest list. Additional Guests of Honor will be announced in the months to come. A website featuring convention and hotel information, registration, and more is live at www.whc2011.org.

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:

Steve Niles: www.steveniles.com

Joe Hill: www.joehillfiction.com

Sarah Langan: www.sarahlangan.com

Joe R. Lansdale: www.joerlansdale.com

Brian Keene: www.briankeene.com

Dark Faith and chapbook offer

Dark Faith, an anthology of religious-themed horror tales, is now available for pre-order.  The anthology contains stories by Brian Keene, Gary Braunbeck, and Nick Mamatas, among others, and while my name isn’t in the table of contents, if you pre-order the book you’ll receive a promotional chapbook called Dark Faith: Last Rites that contains a story by me.

I don’t want to give away too much of the story, but I will say it features Charlie Crawdad from Deeper Waters.  Go check it out!