Mia Moja and One Summer

Happy Monday, folks.  I just wanted to take a second and bend your ear.  There are a couple of books I think might interest you.

The first is MIA MOJA, an anthology celebrating Thunderstorm Books’ 100th hardcover. Edited by myself and Michael McBride, this sucker contains novelettes from Brian Keene and Bryan Smith (reprints) and original novelettes by myself, Mike, J.F. Gonzalez, Mary SanGiovanni, Shane McKenzie, Gene O’Neill, and Ronald Kelly.  This one is a signed hardcover limited to 80 copies and should be considered by serious collectors.  Check it out.

The second book I want to tell you about is pretty personal.  I became a writer because of my older brother Mark.  He was one of the kindest, funniest spinners of stories I’ve ever known, and he could do great things with language.  For years, he wrote the satirical Mud Hollow News for our local paper.  He also wrote several novels, but none of them were ever published.  When my brother Mark died unexpectedly a few years ago, he left us as an unpublished writer.

Now, his sons have changed that.

ONE SUMMER is the book Mark considered his masterpiece.  Clocking in around 242k words (yeah, it’s a long one), ONE SUMMER of four friends who encounter a slew of trouble and terror while on a camping trip.  I never got to read the manuscript, so I’m very excited about getting a crack at the novel in its “closest to finished” state.  I hope you check it out.

IN THE DARK available for pre-order

IN THE DARK is available for pre-order through your local comic book shop. It features brand-new horror comics by myself, Rachel Deering, Scott Snyder, Justin Jordan, Cullen Bunn, Duane Swierczynski, Brian Keene, F. Paul Wilson, Tim Seeley, Marguerite Bennett, Matthew Dow Smith, James Tynion IV, Sean E. Williams, Mike Oliveri, Mike Henderson, Mack Chater, Alison Sampson, Valerie D’Orazio, and many more.

On a personal note, this sucker marks my return to comics after eight years away.  It’s great to be back.

To pre-order from your local comic shop, give them this code:  FEB140452 IDW

Pale Horses is here!

It’s here.  The book I’ve spent at least three years waiting to unleash on you is now available in paperback and for kindle. Pale Horses, my first crime novel, is (in my humble opinion) the best thing I’ve ever written.  A huge leap forward in my writing.  I want to extend a sincere thank you to the good folks at Snubnose Press for taking a chance on me and to everyone who read it, offered notes, or agreed to blurb this sucker.  It means a lot.

So, now I’ll tell you a bit about Pale Horses.  I’ll tell you it sits in the gray area between the crime and horror genres.  A quick synopsis is below, as well as some kind words other writers have had for the story and a link to a blog about why I wrote it in the first place (hint: it’s a pretty damn personal story).  I hope you like what you see, and I hope you check out Pale Horses.  You won’t be disappointed.

Most days, Sheriff Hal Kendrick can remember his wife’s name, but what frightens him are the days he can’t. When a local woman is found dead, naked and dumped on the banks of the Ohio River, Sheriff Kendrick is determined to solve the crime before Alzheimer’s disease destroys his ability to reason. No matter the cost, he will leave his county better than he found it, but murder is only the beginning, a spark that ignites a firestorm of violence, betrayal, and deceit.

Most mornings, former marine Korey Hunt can remember the previous night. Other times, he only remembers darkness. When a body is found on his family’s property, Korey wants to believe he’s incapable of murder. Deep down, however, killing is all he knows.

Death rides a Pale Horse, and no one in its path escapes unscathed.

Why I wrote Pale Horses.

Advance praise for Pale Horses

“Death rides a Pale Horse. Welcome to Folk County where Death’s ride is fueled by sex, meth, and corruption, and a cast of broken characters stagger through emotional darkness trying to find their way to something resembling normality. Fast paced, magnificently written, and memorable, Pale Horses recalls the best of Jim Thompson and Elmore Leonard while blazing its own trail. It’s small town noir that reads like a kick to the teeth, and even when you see the boot coming you can’t turn away.” – Lee Thomas, Bram Stoker Award and Lambda Literary Award-winning author of The German and Ash Street.

“Nate Southard’s Pale Horses is a fast-paced, smart, and nasty noir shocker, full of both heart and guts. And, his Hal Kendrick is a revelation. Achingly real and equally doomed, Sheriff Hal is someone you won’t be able to forget. I promise.” – Paul Tremblay, author The Little Sleep.

“Three damaged men. One mutilated corpse. A small Indiana town headed toward a homegrown apocalypse. Nate Southard’s Pale Horses is powerful and heartbreaking noir and not to be missed.” – Lynn Kostoff, author of Late Rain and A Choice of Nightmares.

“Nate Southard knows the secret to a great murder story: whodunnit doesn’t really matter. It’s about the characters, and Pale Horses is filled with memorable ones. You’ll care about these people.” – Sean Doolittle, author of Lake Country and Safer.

LIGHTS OUT available in paperback

This just in!  My “prison attacked by vampires” novel Lights Out is now available in paperback from Deadite Press.  If you’re into rugged, grimy, brutal vampires and even think they might mix well with a population of killers, psychos, and career criminals, this could be the book for you.  Pick up a copy!

Burnham State Maximum Security Penitentiary holds the worst criminals humanity has to offer. Murderers, rapists, and others who have preyed upon humanity populate the prison, creating a food chain of violence and fear. Something lives beneath Burnham, however, and after years of waiting, it has been set free.

And it is hungry.

Now, those who call Burnham home must band together if they hope to survive. After years of being called monsters, they will face something much worse, and they will know how it feels to be prey.

Pale Horses… a tease

Hello, all.  Formal announcements, including release date, are forthcoming, but I have permission to reveal the cover for my next novel.  For the first time, I’ll be releasing a straight-up crime novel.  I’m very proud of it.  More info is coming, but for now you can take a look at the cover…

Down ebook and other updates

Happy Tuesday, folks.  It is with great pleasure that I announce the Kindle edition of my latest novel Down is now available.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m incredibly proud of this book, and it’s probably my favorite of those I’ve written.  Check it out and let me know what you think.  It’s a little different and a little weird, but it’s horror through and through.

I updated the bookstore.  Everything I have available should be listed there now.  So if you’re looking for something of mine, check there.

It was recently announced that my Battle of Thermopylae-set story “Immortals” will be in the upcoming anthology Zombies: Shambling through History, which should be available in August from Prime Books.

In other news, there have been talks of releasing both Lights Out and He Stepped Through in affordable paperback and Kindle editions this year.  I also have a novella coming to Abattoir Press’ Sam Truman Mysteries and another release from Sinister Grin Press planned for later this year.  No release dates yet, but I’ll let you know as soon as I know.

Your Christmas time book update

December is here, and the Christmas shopping season is upon us. That means it’s high time I told you what I have available, what’s coming out soon, and where to get it.

Down is currently available as a trade paperback.  I’m told the ebook is on its way, but I don’t know if it will be out in time for Christmas.  This novel, about a rock band that crashes in a forest full of surprises both terrifying and a little surreal, was recently given a glowing review by Black Static.  It’s a little different than my other books, and I’m very, very proud of it.

Scavengers, the prose adaptation of my zombie graphic novel A Trip to Rundberg, is currently available as a paperback and for kindle. The kindle edition is currently available for one dollar.

Just Like Hell, by far the most hardcore of my books, is available as a paperback and for both kindle and nook.  It contains four bonus short stories.

Red Sky, a novel about a bank heist gone wrong, an abandoned factory, and the strange mutated things that live there, should be available in paperback from Deadite Press before Christmas. If you can’t wait, the ebook is avilable now.

He Stepped Through, which I’ve described as the Lovecraftion episode of The Shield, can be found used on Amazon.  It’s quick, but it’s a damn good read.