I’m excited to announce the arrival of my first chapbook, UNFIT FOR BURIAL: FOUR SHORT STORIES. It compiles my now out of print stories ‘With Many Thanks to Newark’, ‘God Bless You’, ‘A Promise Not Kept’, and ‘Between Those Walls’. This chapbook is the result of a lot of hard work from a few talented people who I consider my close friends. A massive thank you to Jacob Haddon for putting this chapbook together for me, to Bob Ford for the cover design, and Susan Scofield for allowing me use her photograph for the cover. You three are the best. I owe you all big time.
Although the paperback will still be a week or so away (I’m waiting to approve the proof copy that’s being shipped to me as I type this), the chapbook is currently available in eBook form for Kindle and at Smashwords, both for only $2.99 a piece.
I hope you’ll decide to check it out. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Unfit For Burial: Four Short Stories
With his father dying in a hospital bed several states away, Tesh Hagman boards a plane of nightmares where not everyone is quite what they seem. “Why the hell is everyone smiling?”
A woman. A killer. A stairwell.
Ted is just trying to lose his virginity to Keira, the girlfriend of his dreams, but how is his eagerness viewed from beyond the grave?
His wife is dying, and Doug Brett is determined to break from prison to see her one last time…even if something unseen is keeping him there. What exactly is Warden Dempson keeping between those walls?
Four short stories of horror and suspense from up and coming author Wesley Southard.
It feels like it’s been forever, but I finally have a new story out for sale! My story “By The Throat” is now available in Eulogies II: Tales from the Cellar from Horror World Press. This brand new anthology–edited by Nanci Kalanta, Christopher Jones and Tony Trembly–features over thirty brand new stories and poems, from both new and established horror voices.
1.The Thing with Nothing to Give and Nothing to Lose – Tom Piccirilli
2. Once What Was Bone – Gary Braunbeck
3. Spare the Rod – Lucy Snyder
4. Born Again – Michael Boatman
5. A Serving of Nomu Sashimi – Eric J. Guignard
6. Latchkey Kid – V.M Zito
7. By the Throat – Wesley Southard
8. Loneliness Makes the Loudest Noise – Monica O’Rourke
9. Footnotes – Magda Knight
10. Chuck – Eric Dimbleby
11. Chiyoung and Dongsun’s Song – T.T Zuma
12. On the Hooks – Keith Minnion
13. Jasmine & Opium – Rebecca Brown
14. The Bore – John McIlveen
15. Poetry by Arthur Crowe
16. Dissolution – Sean Logan
17. Touch – Gerard Houarner
18. Neck Bolt Lynch Pin – Steve Vernon
19. Puttyskin – Malcolm Laughton
20. The Second Carriage – Jonathan Templar
21. Song in Absentia – Janet Joyce Holden
22. Meepy – Brent Jenkins
23. The Black Father of the Night – David Schembri
24. Muralistic – Matthew Warner
25. Awaiting Redemption – Maurice Broaddus
26. The Cat in the Cage – Nicole Cushing
27. A Mean Piece of Water – Mary Madewell
28. Kitty – Gary McMahon
29. Mister Whisper – James A. Moore
30. Writer’s Block – Thad Linson
31. The Miracle Material – Abra Staffin-Wiebe
32. The Lilac Hedge – Rose Blackthorn
I am absolutely honored to be a part of this amazing list of authors, including the great Tom Piccirilli, Gary Braunbeck and James A. Moore. And I’m thrilled that “By The Throat” has finally found the home it deserves. It still remains my favorite story that I’ve written, and anyone that knows me personally knows how special it is to me.
And by the way, all proceeds are going to help pay for Tom Piccirilli’s medical bills. Tom had tumors removed from his brain a few months ago, and as we all know, medical bills for such surgeries and treatments these days can be astronomical. Over the last several months, the horror community really stood up and came together to help Tom and his family through this terrible ordeal, and this is Nanci and the contributor’s way of helping. I really do hope everyone decides to pick up a copy–if not for the stories, then for a good cause.
Unfortunately, I missed the live taping of The Funky Werepig from a about a month ago (I’m a little behind in my episode listening), but I had a pleasant surprise from my buddy Greg Hall, who gave me a shout out and few very nice words about my work near the beginning of the show. You can listen to it here, along with an interview with horror writer James A. Moore. (Click the little play button next to the James A. Moore episode on 8/22/12)
My friend Jacob Haddon recently started his own quarterly e-book magazine, Lamplight Magazine, and after reading the first issue, I can tell you it’s a winner. Issue 1 features an interview and a new story from author Robert Ford, part 1 of a serial novella from Kevin Lucia, an essay from J.F. Gonzalez, and new fiction from William Meikle, Nathan Yocum, Rahul Kanakia, Ian Creasey and Mandy DeGeit. Oh, and I did mention the first issue is free? Download it here and enjoy!
I’m happy to announce the publication of Cover of Darkness Magazine’s June 2012 issue, which contains my short story, “Between Those Walls,” can be purchased here. This is my first appearance in a quarterly fiction magazine, so I’m extremely excited, as I’m sure you can imagine.
“Between Those Walls” is actually one of my earliest attempts at short story writing and submitting, and contains one of my favorite characters to date, Warden Jerome Dempson (who I plan on revisiting eventually, maybe even several times). The original final draft came out to around 11,000 words, which I tried to sell as a two-parter to a magazine a few years ago. In a seven paragraph rejection letter (yes, SEVEN), the editor explained in fine detail why he had decided to pass. He went on to explain what he liked about the story, what he didn’t like, and why 11k was far too long for this particular story. He was right on every point. Yes, there are editors out there willing to help newbies and not just push them aside.
Over the course of a few years I slowly cut it down to the manageable 5900 words it currently sits at, and I’m very happy how it turned out. There was something about writing a prison break that was too hard to pass up.
Here’s the description: His wife is dying, and Doug Brett is determined to break from prison to see her one last time…even if something unseen is keeping him there. What exactly is Warden Dempson keeping between those walls?
I hope that you’ll give it a chance. Hell, it’s only $10 (plus shipping)!
As of today, Daily Flash 2012 is finally available to the public! Within the 544 pages are 366 five hundred or less word flash fiction stories, one quick read for every day of 2012 (yes, including February 29th), and includes my official second short story publication. I’m very pleased to be finally sharing the pages of this fine anthology with many of my writer friends, like Brent Abell, Michele Mixell, Sheri White, and Lesley Conner–not to mention the hundreds of other authors that fill these pages.
My story “God Bless You,” which falls on July 19th (I only say this because there’s no TOC in the book), is my attempt at subtle, kind of gross humor. I didn’t want to be overly serious with it, and what came out will hopefully make you laugh and say “WTF?”
Here’s the tagline: A woman. A killer. A stairwell. A completely ridiculous story.
As of right now, it’s available on Amazon in trade paperback. I will update my Biblio page as it becomes available on Barnes and Noble and in its various forms of E-books.
Thanks, everyone! Hope you enjoy!