Scavengers goes limited!

Hi, everybody.  My small town zombie action slab of batshit insanity Scavengers is about to go back into print.  After the folding of Creeping Hemlock Press, Sinister Grin Press was kind enough to offer me a deal.  A new paperback and kindle edition will be available late this year or early next.

But first…!

Scavengers is finally getting a signed, limited edition.  At $45, this hardcover is going to look sweeeeet.  It’s got new cover art, and Sinister Grin always delivers on the production values.

This sucker is pre-order only, and you have until June 15th to order you copy.  Go!  Buy!

Housecore Horror Festival appearance

This weekend, I’ll appearing at Phil Anselmo’s Housecore Horror Festival as a guest of Sinister Grin Press.  We’ll have copies of Down and The Slab City Event on sale, and I’ll be trying to hide the fact that I’m not a metalhead.  Stop by and say hello.  If you buy a book and tell me your favorite Superchunk song, I’ll write you a little story.


Friday, Octover 24th 3pm-7pm (with Shane McKenzie and Ed Kurtz)
Saturday, October 25th 10am-2pm (with Shane McKenzie)
Sunday, October 26th noon-4pm (with Shane McKenzie)

LIKE THUNDER available now!

Ladies and gentlemen, my new novella LIKE THUNDER is now available from Thunderstorm Books.  Part of their Elemental line, this chapbook is a fun little collectible (and I like to think the story’s pretty awesome, too).  Go check it out!

To four friends desperate to start a new life, it seemed like a good idea: knock over a cartel safe house, grab as much coke and cash as they can find, and disappear. They had a plan. It should have been easy.

But then came the storm.

And the standoff.

And then something changed the entire world.

“Like Thunder is a potent dose of face-numbing fun. Like a Tarantino movie with an ending that would make M. Night Shyamalan shit his diaper and suck his thumb. Nate, as usual, serves up a steaming dish of bad assery.”
—Shane McKenzie, author of Muerte Con Carne and Toilet Baby

Noir @ the Bar New Orleans!

March 22nd. 7:30PM. The Irish House at 1432 St. Charles Ave.

I’m pleased as punch to announce that I’ll be appearing in New Orleans for the first time next month. I’ll be taking part in the New Orleans chapter of Noir @ the Bar, and I’ll be appearing with the incredible crime authors Charles Gramlich, Greg Herren, Laura Lippman, and Megan Abbott. It’s exciting to join these great authors.  I already have my copy of Megan’s Bury Me Deep packed up so I can get her to sign it.

Long story short, this is an amazing lineup.  If you’re anywhere near New Orleans, you don’t want to miss this sucker.

Sam Truman: The Pale Man

On March 1st, Abattoir Press will release my new novella The Pale Man, which I wrote as an episode of their ongoing series starring private eye Sam Truman.  IMPORTANT: this is a stand-alone story.  You don’t need to read the first four in order to enjoy it.

When a mysterious woman hires Sam Truman to find both her brother and a family heirloom known as The Pale Man, Sam is grateful for the money.  So grateful, in fact, that he’s willing to enter The Phillips-Rogers Project, a tenement known for its hellish conditions and abundant crime, in order to find them.  What he finds inside The PR, however, is something horrible and not of this world.  Nightmares wait inside The Phillips-Rogers Project, and The Pale Man holds the key.

The Pale Man will be released on its own as an ebook in March, and in a paperback omnibus edition with episodes four and six later this year.

Red Sky now available in paperback!

That’s right, my novel about a bank heist gone wrong, an abandoned factory in the desert, and the horrible things that happen there is now available as a paperback.

Amazon currently lists the book as “temporarily out of stoc” because it was uploaded recently, but there ARE copies available.

Thanks to Deadite for releasing Red Sky in an affordable version, and thanks to Alan Clark for a great cover! Stay tuned for further Deadite releases!

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.

Jack Ketchum Named World Horror 2011 Grand Master!



Fans name “The scariest guy in America” as convention Grand Master.

Austin – January 17: The registered members of the World Horror Convention 2011 have voted and named author Jack Ketchum as their Grand Master. The international conference of horror’s premier talents and their fans will take place in Austin, Texas from April 28th through May 1st, 2011.

Stephen King once commented, “Who’s the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum.” Many of Ketchum’s fans would agree, as his work often foregoes supernatural trappings and explores real-world terrors with human beings as his monsters-of-choice.

“There’s no one like Ketchum,” said convention co-chair Lee Thomas.  “His work is brilliantly crafted, always relevant, and disturbing as hell. Plus, he’s one of the nicest guys you’re ever going to meet.”

“Ketchum’s work was some of the first to really capture my imagination and inspire me as a writer,” said Nate Southard, convention co-chair.  “His prose is among the best I’ve ever read, and he’s a master of voice, theme, and character.  It’s an honor to have him attend our convention.”

The Grand Master Award is presented to an outstanding contributor to the horror genre by election. Only registered members of the World Horror Convention are eligible to vote, and recipients must be alive at the time of voting. Former Grand Masters include Ray Bradbury, Ramsey Campbell, Peter Straub, Dean Koontz, Clive Barker, Anne Rice, and Stephen King.

Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk — a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself. His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000 — and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time. He has written eleven novels, arguably twelve, four of which have been filmed — The Lost, The Girl Next Door, Red, and Offspring. The Woman, his film collaboration with Lucky McKee (May) will be screened at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, Peaceable Kingdom, Sleep Disorder (with Edward Lee), and Closing Time and Other Stories. His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards.

The World Horror Convention is an annual gathering of professionals in the horror industry: publishers, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, dealers and, of course, horror fans. WHC serves as both an industry insider’s networking event and a chance for fans of the genre to get together, meet some of the creative talents in the field, and generally spend a weekend celebrating All Things Scary.

Visit our guests at:

Steve Niles:
Joe Hill:
Sarah Langan:
Joe R. Lansdale:
Brett Savory:
Sandra Kasturi:
Vincent Chong:
Brian Keene:
Del Howison:

Jack Ketchum:

For more information please contact Nate Southard at registration [at] or Lee Thomas at info [at]

Wrapping up the Blog Tour!

We’re wrapping up the blog tour to day over at Norm Partridge’s American Frankenstein.  Today, I’m talking abit about that Halloween staple the haunted house and how today’s measure up to the first one I ever attended.  Check it out!

I just want to take a second to thank Lee Thomas, Paul Tremblay, Brian Keene, Tim Lebbon, and Norm Partridge for letting me hijack their blogs for a day, and I want to thank everybody who followed along and read.

On Monday, my debut novel Red Sky will be available for pre-order from Thunderstorm Books.  If you’ve ever wanted to see hardened criminals face off against mutated monstrosities in an abandoned factory, then maybe you’ll consider reserving a copy.  Thanks!