Shivers VI

The table of contents for Shivers VI, which will contain my story “I Found a Little Hole,” has been released.  I suddenly find myself thrilled to a ridiculous degree!

Pre-order Shivers VI here. 

Cemetery Dance Publications is proud to announce the sixth entry in this award-nominated and best-selling anthology series! Shivers VI is by far the largest volume to date and the first volume in the series to be published as Limited Edition and Lettered Edition hardcovers signed by the editor for the collectors in addition to the affordable trade paperback edition for general readers!

Shivers VI weighs in at 410 pages and contains more than 110,000 words from today’s most popular authors of horror and suspense including Stephen King, Peter Straub, Al Sarrantonio, Jay Bonansinga, Lisa Tuttle, David B. Silva, Melanie Tem, Brian Hodge, Brian Keene, Alan Peter Ryan, Blake Crouch and Jack Kilborn, Bev Vincent, Brian James Freeman, Norman Prentiss, and many others.

Two of the longest pieces are a long lost novella, “The Crate” by Stephen King, which was only published once and hasn’t been in print in more than three decades, and “A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter” by Peter Straub, a novella that is “creepy to the core” and “shines a terrible light on the backstory of Straub’s acclaimed A Dark Matter” according to the coveted Starred Review from Publishers Weekly.

Featuring original dark fiction with a handful of rare reprints, Shivers VI is available only from Cemetery Dance Publications.

Table of Contents:
“Serial” by Blake Crouch & Jack Kilborn
“The Crate” a novella by Stephen King
“The Last Beautiful Day” by Brian James Freeman
“Cobwebs” by Kealan Patrick Burke
“The Old Ways” by Norman Prentiss
“Waiting for Darkness” by Brian Keene
“Like Lick ‘Em Sticks, Like Tina Fey” by Glen Hirshberg
“Ghost Writer in My Eye” by Wayne Allen Sallee
“Palisado” by Alan Peter Ryan
“Stillness” by Richard Thomas
“In the Raw” by Brian Hodge
“I Found A Little Hole” by Nate Southard
“Fallow” by Scott Nicholson
“Last” by Al Sarrantonio
“Mole” by Jay Bonansinga
“The Shoes” by Melanie Tem
“Bits and Pieces” by Lisa Tuttle
“Trouble Follows” by David B. Silva
“Keeping It in the Family” by Robert Morrish
“It Is the Tale” by Bev Vincent
“A Special Place: The Heart of A Dark Matter” a novella by Peter Straub

Armadillocon Schedule

This weekend, I’ll be taking part in Armadillocon, Austin’s sci-fi, fantasy, and just-a-dash of horror con.  It’s held at the Renaissance Hotel in north Austin.  As far as conventions go, it’s a very affordable one.  If you’re in town and have some time on your hands, you can do a lot worse.        

I’ll be spending most of the weekend manning the World Horror table in the dealers’ room, but I’ll be taking part in a few panels and such to keep me up and moving.


This is a Test of the Zombie Early Detection System
Fri 6:00 PM-7:00 PM Sabine
N. Southard, P. Roberts, M. Williams, A. Allston, L. Thomas*
Being prepared for the Zombie Apocalypse. And, why doesn’t anyone notice it’s happening before we get shambling hordes? 

Sat 12:30 PM-1:00 PM Pecos
Not sure what I’ll be reading, but it will probably be a selection from Broken Skin, or maybe “The Blisters on My Heart.”  

Vampires: From Folklore to Fanfic
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Sabine
Ma. Finn*, R. Klaw, S. Cupp, N. Southard, N. Holzner, S. White
Our panelists discuss the long history of vampires and the changes they have undergone over the years.

Stump the Panel
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM San Antonio
G. Faust, N. Southard*, D. Johnson, J. Rountree, R. Rose 

Supernatural Noir and Spectres in Coal Dust

Ellen Datlow has released the Table of Contents for the upcoming Supernatural Noir.  It’s one hell of a lineup, and I’m pleased as all hell to be a part of it. 

Introduction Ellen Datlow
The Dingus by Gregory Frost
The Getaway by Paul G. Tremblay
Mortal Bait by Richard Bowes
Little Shit by Melanie Tem
Ditch Witch by Lucius Shepard
The Last Triangle by Jeffrey Ford
The Carrion Gods in Their Heaven by Laird Barron
The Romance by Elizabeth Bear
Dead Sister by Joe R. Lansdale
Comfortable in Her Skin by Lee Thomas
But For Scars by Tom Piccirilli
The Blisters on My Heart by Nate Southard
The Absent Eye by Brian Evenson
The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Dreamer of the Day by Nick Mamatas

In Paris, In the Mouth of Kronos by John Langan  Yep, that’s me sandwiched between Tom Piccirilli and Brian Evenson.  Not bad company!  Also, I found out yesterday that my story “A Sprinkling of Ashes” will be included in the upcoming Michael Knost antho Spectres in Coal Dust.  No official word on the stories in the book, but I can share the other authors in the Table of Contents. 

Gary A. Braunbeck
Christopher Golden
Tom Piccirilli
Steve Rasnic Tem
Elizabeth Massie
Lee Thomas
Ronald Kelly
Bev Vincent
William Meikle
Nate Southard
Joshua Reynolds
Barbara Jo Fleming
Michael Bracken
Brian J. Hatcher




Bad Magick available for pre-order.

Bad Magick, a novel I co-wrote with Steven Shrewsbury and which was born at a continental breakfast back in 2006, is now available for pre-order.

In 1901, famed mystic Aleister Crowley passes through a barbaric land known as El Paso, Texas. There he meets a one-armed confederate and a Russian monk known as Rasputin.  Together, these outcasts stand witness to the terrible things men can do in the name of civilization, things normally locked behind closed doors or hidden deep in the shadows.

When a band of militant Jesuits arrives in search of the prayer shawl of Mary, El Paso’s barbarism is eclipsed by religious brutality, but when a white buffalo appears, only Crowley and his new companions stand between mankind and oblivion .

Bad Magick is a grisly bit of fun.  It’s a hardcover limited to 150 copies.  We’re expecting this one to sell out fast, so get out there and order it!

Supernatural Noir

A few others (namely Paul Tremblay, Laird Barron, and Lee Thomas) have already announced their inclusion in this, so I’m going to do the same.

Ellen Datlow has selected my new story “The Blisters on My Heart” for her upcoming anthology Supernatural Noir.  I don’t have a lot of details on this one yet, as it hasn’t been formally announced, but what I’ve seen of the Table of Contents is impressive.  It’s a huge honor to be a part of a Datlow anthology.  I’ll be sure to share more details as I get them.

Two Reviews and a Mid-Year Report Card

There’s a new review of He Stepped Through at Dark Scribe Magazine.  You can find another at Horror Drive-In.  It’s great to see people are digging the book. Copies of the limited edition paperback are on backorder, but you can order the digital or lettered edition right now.

Well, we’re halfway through 2010, and it’s been a good year.  So far, I’ve had five shorts and a novella released.  The rest of the year should see my first novel and another novella at least enter the pre-order stage.  Here’s what we have so far…


He Stepped Through
Published May 2009 by Bloodletting Books.


“Miss Kenner and Me”
Published in Thuglit # 35, January/February 2010.

“The Taste of Memories”
Published in Dark Faith: Last Rites, April 2010, Apex Books.

“In the Middle of Poplar Street”
Published in Dead Set, April 2010, 23 House Publishing.

“Armageddon: Now Available in High Definition”
Published in Darkness on the Edge, April 2010, PS Publishing

“That’s All Right”
Published at Dark Recesses, July 2010.


This Little Light of Mine
Novella to be published by Burning Effigy Press.

Red Sky
Novel to be published by Thunderstorm Books.

Bad Magick
Novel co-written with Steve Shrewsbury to be published by Bloodletting Press.