Something Went Wrong now available!

My second fiction collection, Something Went Wrong, is now available for purchase from Thunderstorm Books!  Limited to 100 copies, this signed collector’s edition contains reprints of some of my favorite stories from the past five years and some great new stuff, including the title novella, which might be my best work to date.

Here’s the back cover copy for your viewing pleasure…

A smitten thug makes a choice between saving the world or the woman he loves…

With wood and nails, a man builds a weapon of hatred and violence in order to battle his past….

In the middle of the night, a lonely man wakes to find a sack of body parts on his doorstep….

A mysterious agent wonders if he can live with his new job while training under a man who horrifies him….

Terror and true love. Determination and hatred. Sadness and hope. All this and more awaits you in Nate Southard’s second collection of short tales. Including the original novella Something Went Wrong, these seventeen stories of broken, angry, mournful, and iron-willed people will show you the lengths the desperate and lonely will go to when the stakes are high and things go wrong.

Suicide by Metaphor

(Author’s Note: what follows is a long, honest blog entry about a dark time I’ve been going through and how a friend of mine helped me turn the corner and climb out of it. It is in no way meant to make light of suicide.)

I won’t lie to you, because one thing I promised myself when I started this writing gig was that I’d always be honest with my fans, readers, and friends.  I suppose if I was hip to how the young kids talk today, I’d say I’m being ‘real.’  Like most folks these days, I come from a long line of people with problems.  Growing up, my mother was hospitalized with emotional problems several times.  My alcoholic uncle committed suicide when I was four.  I moved to Austin, Texas when I was 22, partly for school and partly to get away from my past.  I met a girl, fell in love, and left my past behind.

It caught up to me. Continue reading

Announcing… Something Went Wrong

It is with great pleasure that I announce my second short story collection.  On July 16th, Thunderstorm Books will release Something Went Wrong as a signed, limited edition.  Not sure on the price point yet, but it should be around $40 or under. Zach McCain did a wonderful job on the cover, giving me exactly what I wanted.

Now for the stories… Something Went Wrong contains some of my favorites from the past two years.  I’ve still got some stories that have remained uncollected, and they’ll probably stay that way.  These stories, however, are ones I’m especially proud of, ad I’d like to see them read by as many folks as possible.  The title novella, for instance, is probably my favorite work to date, a deeply personal story that I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to finish.

So look for Something Went Wrong in a couple of weeks.  I think you’ll dig it.  And here’s the stories it includes…

Something Went Wrong (original novella)
A Team-Building Exercise
The Message
Armageddon: Now Available in High Definition
Work Pit Four
In the Middle of Poplar Street
Even Better the Second Time
Going Home, Ugly Stick in Hand
It Burns
For Just One Night
Miss Kenner and Me
I Found a Little Hole
That’s All Right
The Taste of Memories
Another Lonesome Day
The Blisters on My Heart