Mad Men: the best horror on television

It’s been two days since the latest episode of AMC’s Mad Men, and I’m still thinking about it.  Really, it’s to the point where I wish I could shake it from my brain.  I can’t though, because while watching this latest episode in what is turning into the best season of this show, it struck my like a fist in the gut…

Mad Men is a horror show.

What started four years ago as a show about great-looking people in the cut throat world of advertising in the sixties has slowly revealed its true colors.  The confident armor the lead characters wore has been chipped away, and we can see the terrified, lost people beneath.  They’re selfish and broken, and they’re becoming monsters, destroying their children even more than they’re destroying themselves.  What righteous characters remain are surrounded by these monsters, and there’s no way out.

I don’t want to give away too many details (or any, really), because the show is best discovered layer by layer.  If you haven’t watched Mad Men, however, do yourself a favor and get caught up.  There’s a reason it wins so many awards.

Remember this, though… you might think you’re watching a drama, but you’re really watching horror.  It’s a quiet horror, one you might not even realize is so scary until later on, when you’re all alone and have time to think.  Give it a chance, though.  You might be surprised.

You might be horrified.

He Stepped Through on Bookgasm

Great review of He Stepped Through at Bookgasm today.

“Ice-T and Body Count’s “Cop Killer” ain’t got $hit on Southard’s Lovecraftian tale, which maintains tension and breakneck pacing over a taut 52 pages.”

Check out the full review!

Sadly, it looks like we might not see any more printed copies of the book (save the $99 lettered edition).  I have one or two copies left, so if you’re interested email me at natesouthard(at)

Or go here for the ebook.

Sprinting through exciting days

A lot on my plate, lately.  I’m about 50,000 words into a new novel, and I’m about seven weeks away from my first novel being available for pre-order (at least that’s what I’m told).  In less than three weeks, I’ll be hanging out at Fantastic Fest, enjoying weird flicks and promoting World Horror.  Add the actual planning of World Horror on top of that, and that’s one heaping plate.

I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Right now, everything is moving in a series of sprints and scrambles.  it keeps my head occupied, and it keeps me on my toes.  As I try to conjure ways to promote a collectors’ edition of a book with a low print run and impressive price point, I’m already looking down the road at what might be coming next.

Exciting days, folks.  Let’s see how they fly.