About wesleysouthard

A writer with a few short story sales under my belt and several big plans in my pocket. When not watching The Office for hours on end, I spend my free time reading, writing and editing.

Various Updates

Hey, everyone! My sincere apologies for the severe lack of updates here. It’s been a crazy couple of months, and I’m trying to stay busy with my writing in any way I can. Here’s what’s been happening:

Since the last time we spoke, I’ve managed to squeeze in two different convention shows. The first was in Newville, PA at the Cumberland Drive-In for Creature Feature Weekend. Though the event was two days, I was only able to make it out for the Saturday, which turned out to be enough. I was shocked at the turnout and ended up selling a ton of books. Also, big shouts out go to Joseph Pesavento who came all the way down from New York City, and Jeremy Megargee who drove over from West Virginia. It was a pleasure to meet you gentlemen. The other show was last weekend in Monroeville, PA for Living Dead Weekend at the infamous Monroeville Mall. I was joined by my good friend, filmmaker Mike Lombardo, and we had a blast. We both sold a ton, and we’re really grateful to all the wonderful fans in the Pittsburgh area. Hopefully, depending on what next year looks like, I will have a ton of conventions going on all over the country, so I hope to see you all on the road.

My wife and I were able to sneak off for a short vacation last month, and while we were gone, I was able to record some promotional material for the upcoming release of my novel CRUEL SUMMER. I was able to shoot a video I think will be really cool for people to watch, but only after the book has been out for a bit. All will make sense soon.

Speaking of CRUEL SUMMER, hopefully I will have a cover and release date for the paperback and e-book soon. But I can tell you the cover will be kick-ass. Also, there may be news on an audiobook version very soon, as well.

On the foreign front, I have signed a couple of contracts with my Italian pubisher Dunwich Edizioni for the rights to CRUEL SUMMER and SLAVES TO GRAVITY (co-written with Somer Canon). Though the latter doesn’t have a date yet, CRUEL SUMMER will see print in Italy in June 2021.

Short stories galore! A few weeks ago, the epic MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM anthology was released, which included my new story “My Body.” The story has already been getting shout outs in the few reviews that have shown up online, so that’s pretty nice to see. On November 15, I will have another short story in the Frank Michaels Errington tribute anthology ONE OF US. That story is called “We Bare All” and I’m quite happy with how that one came out. The last story to be released this year will be out soon. The anthology hasn’t been announced yet, but from what I hear it’s going to have quite a fantastic lineup. I’m really looking forward to it coming out.

As far as upcoming longer works, there’s a lot to look forward to. Earlier this summer, I co-wrote a novella with someone (it’s a secret for now), and we’re currently waiting to hear back from a publisher on it. As we teased on social media a few weeks ago, Lucas Mangum and I have started work on a project that we’re both really excited about. If you’re a Lucio Fulci fan, you’re going to love this. And lastly, I’m currently outlining a new novel, which will be my take on the old haunted house trope, of course with my own twist. It’s shaping up quite nicely. I’m super excited to get this outline done so I can finally start it.

And that’s it for now. You keep reading, I’ll keep writing.


Craziest Week Ever!

Once again, I’m sorry for the lack of consistent updates here on the site. I’m terrible at blogging, but I’ve been saying that for over ten years on here, so you should be used to it by this point. Anyway…

Holy shit! Since last Tuesday, just like the Fresh Prince, my world got flip-turned upside down–in the best way possible!

Let’s start with last Tuesday. On August 4th, author Somer Canon and I saw the long-awaited release of our horror/sci-fi novella SLAVES TO GRAVITY. Both Somer and I worked incredibly hard on this book, and the overwhelmingly positive responses to it from readers and reviewers has been very gratifying. Thank you to those who have purchased and posted their reviews online, both in word and in video. We are very grateful.

Also, early last week, I finished up the first draft of a new book! I can’t reveal too much about it right now, but look for it sometime next year.

And then Saturday happened. I had been waiting for last Saturday for a very long time, at least since the Splatterpunk Awards were first created back in 2018. I’m so grateful that we in the horror genre finally have an award that celebrates extreme and splatterpunk horror, two sub categories that are mostly looked over by the mainstream. After seeing those awards in person last year at KillerCon in Austin, I knew I had to have one eventually. My wife, Katie, who is the wonderful host of the Make Me Read Your Book Podcast, was used as the statue presenter at the ceremony last year, and she let me see the award up close. But I refused to touch it, just like NHL players and fans to do the Stanley Cup before their teams win it all. I was incredibly fortunate and grateful to have not one, but two nominations this year for both ONE FOR THE ROAD in the novella category and RESISTING MADNESS in the collection category. I never honestly thought I would win either, my mind already picking who I thought was going to take them. If anyone was actually watching the ceremony online, my reaction was absolutely genuine. I was completely shocked, and to be honest I still am. I’m grateful to everyone who nominated my work and to the judges for choosing my werid little novella. If you weren’t able to watch, here’s a copy of my speech I read (stuttered and cried through) below:

“Before I get to my list of thank you’s, I have a few things I want to say.  ONE FOR THE ROAD was a big deal to me for a great many reasons.  I wrote this novella during a big change in my life.  Back in November 2017, my wife and I moved to Pennsylvania from Indiana.  Though she was from there, I’d had spent most of my life living in the Midwest.  The move was a huge step for me, probably the biggest change I’ve ever had to do.  When we got settled in, I had a few months before I started my new job, and I desperately needed something to work on, and that’s how ONE FOR THE ROAD got started.  This book, in more ways than one, represented change.  It was the first book I had gotten traditionally published, and it gave me the confidence in my writing and my career to help me move forward in the best way possible.  Getting this book published opened up so many opportunities that I would have never had before, and for that, I have thank Jeff Burk, formerly of Deadite Press, for picking my weird little book out of the slush pile and giving me a chance to show my voice to world.  Thank you to Rose O’Keefe for publishing the book and continually having faith in my work.  Thank you to Paul Goblirsch of Thunderstorm Books for producing a gorgeous hardcover.  To Mauro Saracino and the crew at Dunwich Edizioni for taking on this American nobody and allowing my book to reach your Italian audience.  Thank you to Kelli Owen, Bob Ford, Mary SanGiovanni, Brian Keene, all the PA locals, my friends and family, and to my wife Katie, who’s love and encouragement helps me get through everyday life.  And most of all to my readers and the folks who helped nominate this book.  I am eternally grateful for your readership and your confidence in my work.  And congrats to all the nominees this year.  Every work on the list was fantastic and absolutely deserved to be here.  Cheers!”

And lastly, Sunday. I knew Paul Goblirsch from Thunderstorm Books was planning to put my newest novel CRUEL SUMMER up for pre-order on Sunday. It was something we had planned for a couple of weeks. What I wasn’t expecting was for all 45 copies to sell out in four hours! I’m absolutely blown away by this. I had two book previously published through them, both through the Private Reserve series, which sell out to subscribers. This was my first Black Voltage series book, which was released to the general pubic. Thank you to every single person who shelled out the $100 for a copy. I truly hope you dig the story. It’s a book I’ve wanted to write for so long, and it may be my absolute favorite thing I’ve written up until now. Also, Paul is throwing in a little something extra in with each copy, a small item I had made up a while back specifically for this Thunderstorm Books release. If you missed out on a copy, the guys at Death’s Head Press will be putting out a trade paperback and e-book later this year.

So yeah, there it is. What a week! Thank you once again to everyone who continues to support my writing and allows me to do what I love every single day.

See you all soon and happy reading!

Now Available: SLAVES TO GRAVITY

The collaborative novella between myself and author Somer Canon, SLAVES TO GRAVITY, is now available from Silver Shamrock Publishing! It comes in both trade paperback and e-book editions.

Official synopsis:

After waking up in a hospital bed, paralyzed from the waist down, Charlie Snyder had no idea where life would take her. Dejected, broken, and permanently bound to a wheelchair, she believed her life was truly over. That is…until gravity no longer applied.

It started out slow. Floating from room to room. Menial tasks without assistance. When she decided to venture outside and take some real risks with her newfound ability, she rose above her own constraints to reveal a whole new world, and found other damaged individuals just like her to confide in.

But there are other things out there, waiting in the dark. Repulsive, secretive creatures that don’t want Charlie to touch the sky. And they’ll stop at nothing to keep her on the ground.

Slaves To Gravity Release Date

Slaves to Gravity final coverSo myself, my co-author Somer Canon, and our publisher Ken McKinley at Silver Shamrock Publishing have decided to push the release back from its original date of July 7th.  We did this so that we could have a bit more time to work on edits, add a few extra goodies in the release, and give reviewers a bit more time to read the book.

The new release date will be August 4th, 2020!

Below is the official synopsis:

After waking up in a hospital bed, paralyzed from the waist down, Charlie Snyder had no idea where life would take her.  Dejected, broken, and permanently bound to a wheelchair, she believed her life was truly over.  That is…until gravity no longer applied.

It started out slow.  Floating from room to room.  Menial tasks without assistance.  When she decided to venture outside and take some real risks with her newfound ability, she rose above her own constraints to reveal a whole new world, and found other damaged individuals just like her to confide in.

But there are others things out there, waiting in the dark.  Repulsive, secretive creatures that don’t want Charlie to touch the sky.  And they’ll stop at nothing to keep her on the ground.

 

New Novel Announcement!

Cruel SummerToday, I am happy to announce that my newest novel CRUEL SUMMER will be out on September 24th 2020 from Poltergeist Press!  I am incredibly proud of this novel and work put in by not only myself, but Anna and Matt Hayward with the production, Don Nobel with the fantastic cover, and Jamie, Sadie, Todd, Ron, and Kyle for their beta-reading input.  I’m so thrilled to now be part of the Poltergeist Press family of authors.  This book will be available in four different editions: mass market-sized paperback, trade hardcover, e-book, and a signed/lettered hardcover from Thunderstorm Books.  Below is the official back cover copy:

Melissa Braun is a broken woman.  Only wanting what’s best for her family, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to mend her fractured relationship with her abusive boyfriend.  In a last ditch effort, she hopes the sun and sand of a much-needed Florida vacation will bring them closer together.

Patrick Braun is a demoralized kid.  Quiet and sullen, he only wants his mother to see her boyfriend’s torment crippling everything they love.  After years of silence, he refuses to stand by and let the abuse continue to tear them apart.

Hoyt Rainey is a vile man.  Unable to keep his hands to himself, he finally takes his anger one step too far.  Only this time, he finds himself on the receiving end of his own punishment.  Down and down he goes, plunging deeper into the dark blue abyss of the sea.

Melissa and Patrick finally believe they are safe, the trouble now behind them for good.  They are wrong.

Gods never really stay dead―they only lie in wait.  And when a beast as old as time discovers Hoyt…he, too, won’t stay gone for long.

The nights grow darker, the water flows colder, and the cruelty of summer lives on.

 

One For The Road Italian Edition

One For the road kindleToday is the official release of the Italian language edition of my novella ONE FOR THE ROAD!  This marks the first time my work has been published in another language, and I’m beyond excited to be branching out to different readerships around the world.  Thank you to Dunwich Edizioni for making this happen.  Hopefully this will be the first of many!

Grazie ai miei nuovi lettori italiani!  Goditi la follia!

The book can be purchased here (L’e-book può essere acquistato qui.)

Slaves To Gravity COVER REVEAL

The good news from Silver Shamrock Publishing keeps rolling in!  Somer Canon and I get to reveal the official cover for our collaborative novella SLAVES TO GRAVITY!  This cover designed was created by Kealan Patrick Burke and Elderlemon Design.  Somer and I couldn’t be happier with the finished product.  See you on July 7th!

Slaves to Gravity cover

Midnight in the Pentagram

Midnight AuthorAs it was announced earlier today on social media, my short story “My Body” was accepted to be in the upcoming epic demonology anthology MIDNIGHT IN THE PENTAGRAM from Silver Shamrock Publishing.  This book is building up quite the all-star roster, which they are still adding to:

Brian Keene
Graham Masterton
Catherine Cavendish
James Newman
Chad Lutzke
Tim Curran
Shannon Felton
Todd Keisling
Tony Tremblay
Stephanie Ellis
Willie Meikle
Jason Parent
Laurel Hightower
Matt Hayward
Tim Meyer
Azzurra Nox
JG Faherty
Armand Rosamilia
Charlotte Platt
Mark Steensland
Michael Patrick Hicks
Cameron Ulam

Coming late summer 2020…

On a side note: I am already thrilled to be in this book, getting to share the TOC with many of my friends and peers, but to be in the same pages as my literary hero Graham Masterton is an absolute dream come true.  I can’t even stand how excited I am for this!

 

 

Make Me Read Your Book Podcast

Make Me Read logoA few months ago, before the world went all splody, my wife, Katie, started a new podcast.  Since she’s around so many amazing horror authors on a fairly regular basis, she saw an opportunity as a new reader to the genre to bring a fresh concept to the podcast game.  MAKE ME READ YOUR BOOK is a podcast for new readers, where every week Katie interviews a great mix of established names and up-and-comers in the horror world, reads a book of theirs based on their suggestion, and then discusses the book and how she felt about it.

So far she’s interviewed Jonathan Janz, Somer Canon, Ronald Malfi, Paul Tremblay, Brian Keene, Mary Hart, Jeff Strand, Jacob Haddon, Mary SanGiovanni, James A. Moore, Asher Ellis, Bracken MacLeod, Kristopher Triana, Samantha Kolesnik, Wile E. Young, and Chandler Morrison.  Over the next three weeks she has C.V. Hunt, Simon Clark, and Tim Lebbon.

MAKE ME READ YOUR BOOK is available across all podcast platforms, including Google Play, iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, and Podbean.  Subscribe, leave a review, and make sure to follow her on Facebook (Make Me Read Your Book Podcast), Twitter (@makemereadpod), and Instagram (makemereadpod) and let her know what you think.

Happy listening!