Will the Sun Ever Come Out Again?

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.

SLAB CITY paperback, ebook, and giveaway

Hi, everybody.  It’s been a while.  That’s my fault.  I do most of my yapping over on facebook, these days.  I’ll try to bring it back over here, so we’ll see how that goes.

So what’s new?  Well, my zombies featuring hot rods, go-go dancers, paranoid militants, bikers, retirees, and an old man with a giant pistol and a lot of drugs novel THE SLAB CITY EVENT is about to graduate from limited edition to paperback and ebook. The folks at Sinister Grin Press tell me both edition should be available within the next few weeks.

To help celebrate this good news, Sinister Grin is also hosting a book giveaway over at Goodreads. Head on over, sign up, and maybe you can win some free books!

See all of you soon!

Oklahoma Appearance, Pale Horses Hardback, more….

First up, on April 11th I’ll be reading and signing in Norman, Oklahoma for another round of Noir at the Bar.  This time, I’ll be appearing with fellow Austin authors Shane McKenzie, Ed Kurtz, and Gabino Iglesias, as well as Paul J. Garth, Troy James Weaver, Robert Spencer, and J. David Osborne.  Place is The Blue Bonnet at 321 E Main St, and the time is 8PM.  Be there!

Also, Pale Horses is now available in a limited edition collector’s hardcover from Thunderstorm Books.  The print run is limited to 66 copies, all of which are signed. Daniele Serra provided the amazing new cover.

Finally, my brother Mark’s postumously released novel One Summer is now available for purchase through Barnes and Noble.  Feel free to check it out.  I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’ve been reading Mark’s writing since before I picked up a pen.  Guy’s good.

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

Smell ya later, 2013

Wow.  More than two months since my last post.  Sorry about that.  Sometimes, it feels like I spend more time apologizing for a lack of blog updates than I do writing blog updates.  Interesting.

Anyway, 2013 is winding down hard.  I figured that means it’s time for my pseudo-annual recap and promise to keep better track of things in the new year.  Let’s dig in, shall we?

In retrospect, I suppose 2013 was neither good nor bad, just one of those mixed bags we find outselves in as we trudge through our adult lives.  Honestly, that feels a tiny bit depressing.  There’s a little bit of a “This is the rest of your life” feeling to it, but I’m self-aware enough to know the rest of my life will be what I want it to be, so I suppose there’s no reason to be bummed.  Ha!  Have at thee, feelings!

Professionally, it was a year that was somehow relatively slow, disgustingly frustrating, and amazingly powerful.  It appears it was also a pretty good year for adverbs and adjectives. PALE HORSES, a book I’ve worked on for at least the past five years, was released in October.  While I’ll probably write better books in the future, PALE HORSES is the best thing I’ve written to date.  I mean that.  At no other point have I written something with characters that sing like in this book.  Of course, that’s just my point of view.  What I’m trying to say is that I’m very proud of PALE HORSES.  I sincerely hope you guys read it and enjoy it.

Four other books came out from me this year.  Abattoir Press released THE PALE MAN, fifth in their Sam Truman series.  Working on someone else’s property was a fun challenge.  Sinister Grin released a signed limited edition of THE SLAB CITY EVENT, a zombie novel told as a series of short stories that proved to be an interesting experiment. Deadite Press released a trade paperback of my vampires attack a prison novel LIGHTS OUT, and they also released the paperback of SIXTY-FIVE STIRRUP IRON ROAD, a collaborative novel between myself, Brian Keene, Shane McKenzie, Edward Lee, Jack Ketchum, Wrath James White, J.F. Gonzalez, Ryan Harding, and Bryan Smith.  Proceeds from that book go to benefit the great Tom Piccirilli, who is successfully recovering from a bout with brain cancer.

2013 was also the year I finally started working in kitchens again.  Back in the late nineties, I worked in a casino buffet.  After two years, I left that job knowing exactly as much about cooking as I had when I started, which is to say nothing.  This year, I interned at a local Thai place (that sadly shuttered six week later).  I learned more in six weeks than I had in two years at that casino.  Most importantly, I learned that I really do love cooking and that I want to do it professionally.  I’m happy to report that 2014 will see me start my first pro kitchen job, the kind where I’m really expected to cook instead of just shoving large amounts of chicken pieces in an oven and hoping for the best. 

But what does 2014 have in store, writing-wise?  Well, Thunderstorm Books will be releasing a new novelette of mine called SAFE HOUSE, and later in the year they’ll be releasing a signed limited hardcover of PALE HORSES.  Sinister Grin will eventually release a paperback and ebook of THE SLAB CITY EVENT.  After that, I’m not sure.  I’m currently working on two novels, but I have no interest in trying to sell them until I feel they’re ready.  I’ve reached a point in my writing career where I’m not worried about “Keeping my name out there.”  I want to tell the best stories I can, to write as well as possible, and that takes time.  How much time?  We’ll see.  I’ll let you know when I know.

So that’s 2013.  It had its ups; it had its downs.  Once again, I can say I survived the year relatively unscathed.  Here’s to 2014.  May it rule hard.

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…

The Haul. “It starts with an idea….”

Spring is here, and I’m glad to see it.  For me, it means tax time is over, the cold mornings have stopped, and I get to start thinking about taking out my motorcycle for longer rides and figuring out which conventions I’ll be able to attend.

A little while back, I decided maybe I’d combine the two.

See, about three years back, I bought my first motorcycle, The Late Late Show.  I’d been wanting one most of my life, but through a combination of finances and not wanting to give family members heart attacks, I waited.  In the three years since, I’ve spent a fair amount of time winding through the Texas hill country.  I took a weekend trip to Abilene (a tourist destination if ever there was one), but I’ve never done a looooong trip on The Late Late Show.  That’s about to change, though.

See, this September, I’ll be attending KillerCon in Las Vegas.  I’m choosing KillerCon as one of my stops for several reasons: it’s affordable, it’s a great excuse to go to Vegas for a weekend, and it’ll make for a great ride.

My plan is to take four days to get there and four days to get back.  I’ll get to see The Very Large Array and The Petrified Forest.  I’ll roll over Hoover Dam.  I’ll be making nightly stops along the way, and I’ll be updating my progress here.  This will be my longest trip on two wheels, and I plan to share it with you.  In the meantime, I’ll share some of my preparations.  It’ll be fun. 

It starts with an idea.  This is mine.  Hope you’ll all be along for the ride.