Who I Am


I was born in Massachusetts in 1970, but spent most of my life in the South. I studied literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at the University of New Orleans. Among other things, I’ve been a cook on oil rigs and barges, a waiter, and a bartender in New Orleans.

My most recent book is called Wounds: Six Stories from the Border of Hell, from Saga PressMy first book is North American Lake Monsters, from Small Beer Press. I’ve won two Shirley Jackson Awards, and have shortlisted for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Bram Stoker Awards. My novella “The Visible Filth” was made into a movie called Wounds, from Annapurna Pictures. It’s written and directed by Babak Anvari and stars Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, and Dakota Johnson. It’s due later in 2019.

I live in Asheville, NC.


11 thoughts on “Who I Am

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  2. Glyn Jackson

    I enjoyed North American Monsters very much, excited by your mention of a Mars NOVEL, looking forward to reading more of your stories, Very Best, Glyn Jackson

  3. Nathan, I told you you’d win last year at the Shirley Jackson awards. They announced your book second in the tie, but I was so nervous right before and crushed when they announced the first winner. I was so sure! And then the tie was announced, and I was thinking, ‘I told him that around this time last year!’

    I’m so gratified to see that I was right. The only thing that could have been better was to see you there.

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  5. timlees

    Hi Nathan,
    I’m on vacation in Asheville and just picked up Lake Monsters, which looks wonderful. Was surprised to see we’ve both been published by Andy Cox. Black Static?
    All best,
    Tim Lees

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  7. Thoroughly enjoyed The Visible Filth. Egad, that visual of the thing crawling out of that person’s throat! I’m a former bartender as well, and working on some horror writing of my own. Glad you could mine your experience from the bar to come up with a kick ass tale.

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