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…

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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.

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The Pale Man now available!

The Pale Man, a Sam Truman Mystery is now available as an ebook for the princely sum of $2.  This is a creepy, strange little novella about private investigators, a housing project set for demolition, a family heirloom, and a lot of terrible, terrible things.  Check it out.  I think you’ll enjoy it.

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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.

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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.

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Red Sky: Novel of the Year

German genre magazine Virus has named Red Sky Novel of the Year! Thank you very much to Virus, my German publisher Festa-Verlag, and all of my readers in Germany and all of Europe.  You’re all amazing.

And now…I celebrate.

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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!

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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.

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Winding down the year….

Hey there, folks.  I wanted to drop in and catch you up on all things Nate.  Or both things Nate.  We’ll have to start writing and see how many things there are.  Might be a few, might be a lot.

So this past weekend was Thanksgiving, and it was a good time.  Got together with my ex on Wednesday to watch Sons of Anarchy and drink bourbon.  I am thankful for a lot of things this year, but one of the biggest things is tht I’ve managed to stay friends with Shawna.  It means a lot to me, and the fact that it weirds out everybody we know is a fun little cherry on top.

I spent my Thanksgiving dinner with Wrath James White and his family.  The dinner was amazing, though incredibly filling.  I’m still working on my leftovers, which includes 99% of a pumpkin pie I took because I didn’t know the White family had already baked four pies.

Friday was spent with my family, wondering why my brother likes to bring up personal things in front of children.  I made a mental note to finally stop telling him personal things.  I broke that promise two days later.  Took the pie with me, and no one touched it.  Who wants a pie?  Er…most of a pie.

Sunday night, I made my second appearance at the Cap City Comedy open mic night.  It went amazingly, much better than the first time.  I still don’t know how far I want to go with this comedy thing (or how far I can go with what talent I have), but right now it’s very fun, and I’m looking forward to doing it again as soon as possible.

I have a few more things to announce in the coming weeks/months, but I want to make sure I have all my ducks in a row, first.

And now…bring on the holidays!

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Tag!

Kelli Owen tagged me a week back and guilted me into doing this.  Just kidding!  I had fun. There was no guilt involved.  If you’ve ever met Kelli, you know she’s far too mani to pull off a good guilt trip.  Poor girl…

Anyway…enjoy!

1) What is the title of your next book?

Red Sky

 2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
 
Fun story, but I’m only going to tell you part of it.  I wrote the entire book for a single scene, and the idea for that scene came from a music video.  I’ve now given you twice as much information about Red Sky’s origins than I’ve given anybody else.
 
3) What genre does your book fall under?
 
It’s certainly a horror book, though a good portion over it is pretty firmly entrenched in the crime genre.
 
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
 
Believe it or not, I’ve never considered this.  For Danny Black, the career criminal who serves as the closest thing we have to a hero, I want somebody both handsome and gritty.  I really want to say John Hamm.  Like, a  weathered John Hamm.  Or Josh Halloway.  Or Timothy Olyphant. For his best friend and partner in crime Nelson, I want somebody who can be a little more fun, a little more caring.  I’d say Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  At this point we’re just going through my man crushes.  For psycho lovebirds Gina and Dale, I’d go with Lizzy Caplan and maybe Ryan Hurst.  Twitchy driver Wallace? Either Aaron Paul or Dominic Monaghan.  For hostage Mel (short for Melanie), I’ll say Ellie Kemper, who I want to see in a dramatic role.  I’d also demand a Kelly Clarkson cameo, preferably with her wearing glasses. I’ve said to much…
 
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
 
When a bank robbery goes sour and a string of career criminals hides out in an abandoned factory, they find themselves hunted by both the military and a group of horrific creatures.
 
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 
The book will be published by Deadite Press.
 
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
 
The first draft took a little over two months to complete.  Another two years passed before the book wasx ready to be published, though.
 
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
 
I’d hope it would compare to some of the better siege and action works in the genre, like Jack Ketchum’s Ladies Night and David Wellington’s books.  If you like monsters, shooting, and a good car chase, this is a damn good book for you.
 
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
 
Asking me question two again isn’t going to get you a new answer.
 
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
 
I love the idea of horrible things happening under our noses, secret corners to the world and secrets that most people never have to face.  Somewhere between conspiracy theories and the edge of the galaxy, there’s this idea that everything is just a little weirder…a little grimier…than the one we see.  Red Sky is a peek into one of those corners.  And there’s a tie to my vampire novel Lights Out.  Also, Laird Barron said it reminded him of Predator.  That’s got to count for something.
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