Pick of the Week (#5): Just Like Hell, by Nate Southard
-selection made by Rodney Carlstrom
The Book: Dillon is a popular high school football star, gay, and tied to a chair in the dark. His lover is bound and gagged next to him. Around him are his teammates – his captors. They aren't happy that they've been playing with a “faggot” and they intend to repay the disgrace. There will be humiliation, blood, and pain. But then it gets out of control. What started as black-hearted entertainment has turned into a cat-and-mouse game of gruesome justice. By the end of the night, four people will be dead. And those left alive will be forever scared. Deadite Press presents Nate Southard's modern hardcore horror classic of torture, terror, and bloody vengeance. This edition also includes four bonus stories: “A Team-Building Exercise,” “Miss Kenner and Me,” “Senorita,” and “Work Pit Four.”
The Author:Nate Southard's books include Scavengers, Red Sky, Just Like Hell, Broken Skin, This Little Light of Mine, and He Stepped Through. His short fiction has appeared in such venues as Cemetery Dance, Black Static, Thuglit, and the upcoming anthology Supernatural Noir. A graduate of The University of Texas with a degree in Radio, Television, and Film, Nate lives in Austin, Texas. You can learn more at www.natesouthard.com
The Publisher: Deadite Press publishes the very best in cult horror. Home of Brian Keene, Edward Lee, Bryan Smith, J.F. Gonzalez, Wrath James White, Robert Devereaux, Dave Brockie, David Agranoff, Andre Duza, and Carlton Mellick III. For more information check out: www.deaditepress.com
My Comments: In an age of rage and hate for being 'different,' Just Like Hell isn't just fiction, it's a horrifying reality that many are too afraid to write about. At it's worst it's an all too plausible situation, and at it's worst it's a glimpse into the real evil that we as humans can do to one another.
Although not all of the extra stories that followed Just Like Hell had the same feel or tone to them as the title novella, each story brought a different aspect of Southard's writing style to my awareness. Not only can Southard write, he can make you think too. Which isn't as common these days as most people might think.
When I originally heard about Just Like Hell, and the rave reviews that were being given to it, I had to check it out for myself. Thanks to Deadite Press for reissuing it, I had an opportunity to do so. And let me tell you, there's a reason it's considered a modern hardcore classic. It is one brutal read! Definitely worth picking up for anybody that's willing to read outside of their comfort zone for a change, and honestly think about what they're reading.
So make Nate Southards's Just Like Hell from Deadite Press the SSP Blog's Pick of the Week!
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