Well, this is a great way to start the weekend. Wayne Brenner at The Austin Chronicle posted an amazing review of Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? today. Go check it out.
My next novel, Porcelain, is currently available for pre-order from Lethe Press. Due in March, Porcelain has been a long time coming. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this one, and I think it shows. So, what’s it about? And what have folks been saying about it? Here ya go…
Comedian Jason Hawks carries with him a mountain of emotional issues and an impressive drug habit. When he learns his high school sweetheart went on a shooting spree before turning the gun on herself, he returns home to confront a past that includes a drunken orgy in an abandoned factory and six close friends who never spoke to each other again. Something more sinister is at work than teenage hormones, however, and what Jason learns as he reconnects with his past will either fix him or shatter him further. And it could send an entire city into an abyss of lust-fueled horror.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR PORCELAIN…
“Equal parts horror and character-driven redemption tale, Nate Southard’s Porcelain is a supernatural and pyschosexual romp that will make you squirm in more ways than one. That should be enough for you. Perv.” — Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil’s Rock
“In Porcelain, Nate Southard turns his talents to one of the central horror stories of the modern era: a band of old friends drawn back together to confront an evil from their youth. The characters who populate these pages carry their damage with them, but they struggle to overcome it as they wrestle with the sinister forces they uncover. With Porcelain, Nate Southard has written a response to Peter Straub’s Ghost Story and Stephen King’s It. Horror fans will applaud.” — John Langan, author of The Fisherman and The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies
“Porcelain is creepy and provocative. Southard has carefully crafted a suspenseful story that makes the reader beg to know more with every page. An addicting read from beginning to end.” — Tiffany Scandal, author of Jigsaw Youth and Perdida
“Nate Southard’s Porcelain is the kind of mature erotic body horror that brings to mind Cronenberg at his venereal peak. Southard deftly navigates the existential space between good sex and the threat of losing one’s physical autonomy without crossing the line into either prurient exploitation or puritan judgment. He handles his flawed characters’ anxieties about the past and the present with care, while keeping the central mystery moving forward at a compelling pace. Porcelain made me lose sleep because, like the characters in it, I couldn’t stop myself once I started it. You had better block off some time before you go inside this book. It’ll take you over.” — Bracken MacLeod, author of Stranded and Come to Dust
Ahoy, mates! Or some other weird greeting. I dunno. I’m awkward.
So, I’ll be appearing at STAPLE! The Independence Media Expo on September 9th and 10th in Austin, Texas. STAPLE! is it little comic con that could, and I’m thrilled to once again be a part of it. Sunday the 10th, at 2:30, I’ll be on a panel with Lee Thomas, Gabino Iglesias, Wrath James White, and Nicky Drayden discussing genre writing. Come check us out and say hi, and then come see us in the dealers’ room!
It’s been a long time. Sorry about that. As you may have noticed, the website’s been having some issue. It appears we’re now back up and running, so I figured I should update everybody on life and stuff.
First off, I have a new short story collection available. Selected Stories, published by Independent Legions, is now available in both paperback and ebook. It’s a pretty comprehensive collection. Any short of mine you want to read is probably in there.
Also, I’m dipping my toes into that Patreon stuff all the kids are raving about. The Barnyard Series will be a quartet or serialized strange crime and horror novellas. Just one dollar gets you access. You can also sign up for additional material, like bonus essays, never before seen stories, recipes, or to become a character in the series! Check it out….
Finally, Sinister Grin Press has released several of my previous books. If you’re looking for Red Sky, Lights Out, or Just Like Hell, you can grab ’em below:
It’s good to be back, friends. More soon….
…Are we back online? Testing?
Howdy do, folks?! It’s with great pleasure that I can announce Red Sky is once again available in paperback and ebook. Thanks so much to Sinister Grin press for releasing the new edition. In the coming year, they’ll also be re-releasing Lights Out and Just Like Hell (with a little added surprise), so stay tuned for that.
Heya, everyone! If you’re fans of my over the top zombie/hot rod novel The Slab City Event, then I have some excellent news for you! The fine folks at Sinister Grin Press were kind enough to create as serious of Slab City Event T-Shirts. You can pick the color, and there are plenty of options. Go grab one, wear it with pride, and I will give you an awkward-yet-heartfelt thumbs up if I ever see you wearing one. Have a good one, people!
This coming weekend, I’ll be appearing at Armadillocon in Austin, TX. It looks like this will be my only convention appearance this year (yay, hometown convention!), so you might want to come out. or not. I’m not the boss of you.
Anyway, here’s my schedule….
Career Adjustments for the Writer
Sat 3:00 PM-4:00 PM Ballroom E
Liu, Maresca, Southard, Swendson, Weisman, Wells*,
Knowing when it’s time to switch agent, publisher, genre, or even (last resort) your name.
Southern Gothic Fiction
Sat 7:00 PM-8:00 PM Ballroom D
Lansdale*, Richerson, Southard, Spencer, Wade, Wood
What is the intersection of Southern Gothic and SF/F? Do the themes being explored today differ from Southern Gothic of the past? Why does the South seem to have a monopoly on deeply flawed, eccentric, morally ambivalent characters?
Sat 8:30 PM-9:00 PM Conference Center
Sat 10:00 PM-11:00 PM Southpark A
Finn, Osborne, Rountree*, Sanger, Southard
Are they considered horror or dark fantasy, and are they even viable in today’s literature?
Short Fiction You Shold Have Read Last Year
Sun 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Southpark A
Fischer, Rylander, Sisson*, Southard, Schwarz
Our panelists discuss short fiction from the last year that you need to know about.
Sun 2:00 PM-3:00 PM Dealers’ Room
Rose, Oliver, Southard, Swendson, Yoachim
In a few days, my new collection Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? will be available. This one’s a big deal for me. Firstly, because it’s a collection of four novellas, which is something I’ve wanted ever since seeing the cover of Stephen King’s Different Seasons back in the 80’s. Secondly, it features an introduction by Laird Barron, which still just barely makes sense to me. Laird’s a damn hero of mine, and it’s an amazing honor to have him write an intro for this collection. Finally, this is the first time I’ve worked with J. David Osborne and Broken River Books, something I’m hoping to do again sooner rather than later.
Because of all of this, I’ve decided to celebrate the release of Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? with a contest. So listen up. Hopefully, you’ll think this is as cool an idea as I do….
THE WILL THE SUN EVER COME OUT AGAIN? RELEASE AND REVIEW CONTEST
WHAT IS IT?
At its most basic, the contest is a chance for you to win free shit by doing nothing more than offering an honest review of my new book, Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?
Okay, check this out. Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? will be available this week. Once it’s available, pick up a copy and give it a read. Leave an honest review (seriously, just be honest…I’m not fishing for five stars, here) at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Goodreads, and then mail a link to said review to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your review enters you in the contest. On June 1st, I’ll draw three winners from the entries via super awesome, name-from-a-hat technology.
Prior to this, I will need to buy a hat.
DO I GET ONE ENTRY FOR EACH SITE?
Sure, why not? If you review on each site, you get an entry for each site. No cutting and pasting, though!
CAN I WIN MORE THAN ONCE?
No. Don’t be greedy.
WHAT IF I REVIEW BOOKS PROFESSIONALLY?
Then I thank you for your service. But I’m afraid I’m only counting reviews from the three sites mentioned above.
WHAT IF MY REVIEW IS JUST A LINK TO MY BLOG OR WEBSITE, WHERE I’VE REVIEWED THE BOOK?
Get out of my spotlight. I mean, thanks for reviewing the book, but we’re trying to promote me, here, not you.
OKAY, FINE. SO, WHAT CAN I WIN?
Ah! Now, we’re talking (also, I realize this is just me typing and that we’re not really talking). As I said above, there will be three random winners. Those winners will, well, win…
Book package containing the limited, hardcover edition of my novel Pale Horses, signed and personalized; a copy limited, hardcover anthology Is There a Demon In You?, featuring novels by myself, Brian Keene, Wrath James White, and Mary SanGiovanni; and a personalized paperback of my novel Down.
Book package containing a signed, personalized limited hardcover of my novel Lights Out and a signed, personalized paperback of my novel The Slab City Event.
Book Package containing a signed, personalized limited hardcover of my novella Like Thunder and a signed, personalized paperback of Pale Horses.
ANY SPECIAL ADDENDUMS?
Star ratings without reviews don’t count. Reviews that make it shockingly obvious you haven’t read the book don’t count.
All right. You have until June 1st. Go!
So, there you have it.
In March, the super awesome Broken River Books will release my next collection. Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? collects four novellas into one dark, weird, potentially heartbreaking package. Among those novellas you’ll see redneck magician Charlie Crawford (in anticipation of his first novel, which is completed) and ancient evil The Darkness Below (from Down). It also collects my long out of print novella He Stepped Through, which has been rewritten a tad.
But wait…there’s more.
I’m both thrilled and honored to tell you Laird Barron wrote an amazing introduction for this. Laird’s a freakin’ hero of mine, so this is absolutely jaw-dropping for me.
So stay tuned in March. Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again? Dig it, baby.