Red Sky paperback coming soon

When a bank job goes horrifically wrong, career criminal Danny Black leads his crew from El Paso into the deserts of New Mexico in a desperate bid for escape. With a psychopath and a hostage keeping a gutshot redneck company in the back seat, Denny soon finds himself with no choice but to hole up in an abandoned factory, the former home of Red Sky Manufacturing. — Surrounded by nothing and no one, Danny thinks he may have finally found some breathing room, a chance to think and to plan. Danny and his crew aren’t the only living things in Red Sky, though. Something waits in the abandoned factory’s shadows, something horrible and violent. Something hungry. — And when the sun drops, it will feast.

The paperback edition of Red Sky will be available from Deadite Press in November.  It sports an original cover by Alan M. Clark. Red Sky was my first published novel, and I’m very proud of it.  A lot of action in this one.  Pick it up.  I think you’ll dig it.

The “Get Yourself Killed” Static Broadcasts Contest

As regular visitors can see, my website has looked a little different this past week.  Last Monday, the site was hacked.  In order to fix everything, we had to update Word Press and wipe almost everything clean.  So we had to load up a new theme.  Because of that, my old graphics header is no longer compatible with my website.  That picture above of a forest floor?  I don’t want that to stick around.

So, I thought it was high time for a contest.


Design a new graphics header for my blog, and I will make you a character in my next novel.  It’s possible you’ll survive, but I wouldn’t say it’s likely.  In fact, I’d say it’s almost impossible.


1. Contest Deadline is Halloween.  Any entries received after October 31st, 2012 will not be considered.

2. To enter, either post your entry in the specified thread on my message board (you will need to register), or email your entry as an attachment to

3. Entries must conform to the following specs: 940 pixels wide, 198 pixels high, 96 dpi, JPEG format.

4. While you may use any graphic from my books, it is by no means a requirement. Get creative!

5. Winners will be decided by a panel of judges and announced on November 5th.

6. In order to win the Grand Prize, you must be willing to reveal at least some details regarding your life, physical appearance, and so forth.  Otherwise, I’m just using a name.


Grand Prize: I will make you a character in an upcoming novel.  Your header image will be displayed on my home page for a minimum of six months.

Second Prize: Signed copies of my books Something Went Wrong and This Little Light of Mine.

Third Prize: Signed Copies of my books A Trip to Rundberg and the German edition of Red Sky.


Nate Southard: Hi.  I work here.  I write books and things.  Usually, they’re scary.

Lee Thomas:  Lee Thomas is the author of The German, Torn, and The Dust of Wonderland.  He is a winner of both the Lambda Literary Award and the Bram Stoker Award.  He also possesses a keen and demanding design sense that has sent many a designer insane.

Maria Cruz: Playing the part of our “Civilian who likes pretty things” is my close friend Maria Cruz.  She plays a lot of video games and probably just wants to see something with Hello Kitty or a cartoon ninja on it. When she reads the bio I wrote for her, she might get angry.

Tom Piccirilli Fundraiser

In the last few days, genre fans have probably noticed the call to arms concerning Tom Piccirilli.  Last week, he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and on Monday he had a tennis ball-sized tumor removed from his brain.  He’s in a tough fight, and as many aspiring authors know, medical bills can be life-shattering for those who make their livings from prose.

In that light, Tom’s family has started a fundraiser to help offset his medical costs.  In just a few days, they’ve raised almost $15,000, but that will probably do little more than scratch the surface.  If you can, please go to the fundraiser website and give.  Tom is one of the most talented writers I’ve ever know, with his book Every Shallow Cut being particularly amazing.  Speaking of, publishers ChiZine have said 100% of all proceeds of the Every Shallow Cut ebook will go to Tom, so if you’d like to check out this amazing author, please do so.