Fiction Writings



“A sumptuous and remarkable adaptation of the classic story by Algernon Blackwood. This comics version manages to infuse the story not just with the dread and cosmic horror of the original, but also displays a deep appreciation for the natural world. Unexpectedly beautiful.” – Jeff Vandermeer, best-selling author of Borne and The Southern Reach Trilogy

This immortal novella of extra-dimensional weirdness on the Danube comes to vivid life in graphic comic form thanks to the incredibly detailed black-and-white linework of Sam Ford. Writer Nathan Carson’s thoughtful retelling reverently preserves the plot while breathing character-driven depth into this all-time classic. Two adventurous women, one British, one Swedish, encounter strange horrors in the Hungarian wilderness of 1907. What they discover on that crumbling sandbar makes them question their sanity, fear for their lives, and revel in otherworldly strangeness. Readers familiar with the story will delight in seeing it depicted in such painstaking, quality illustrations. And those for whom it is new will want to leave a light on for many nights after.


Starr Creek

“…a fittingly and gleefully weird macabre piece of fiction… the perfect blast of backwater Lovecraftian lore for our Trumptastic moment.” - Vice

Starr Creek is the debut novella by Portland writer and musician Nathan Carson. Set in 1986 rural Oregon, Starr Creek features Heavy Metal teens, Christian biker gangs, and hopped up kids on 3-wheeled ATVs. They all collide when strange occurrences unveil an alien world inhabiting the Oregon woods.


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King C

2018 (Forbidden Futures, Issue 2)

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Eternal Frankenstein

January 2018 (Word Horde)

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The Challenge From Beyond

2017 (Sigh Co. Graphics)

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September 2017 in Walk on the Weird Side (Lovecraft Arts & Sciences)


Wither on the Vine, or, Strickfaden's monster

October 2016 in Eternal Frankenstein (Word Horde)


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The Velveteen Volvo

December 2017 in Test Patterns (Planet X Publications)

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October 2017 in Tales from a Talking Board (Word Horde)


the projection booth

October 2016 in The Madness of Dr. Caligari (Fedogan & Bremer)


the king of lapland's daughter

July 2016 in Swords v Cthulhu (Stone Skin Press)


the sculptress has no hands

October 2015 in Strange Aeons Magazine


The Lurker in the Shadows

“A fine bit of whatthefuckery.” - Cody Goodfellow

"Nathan, I just started reading your story. I am stunned -- this is the most convincing pastiche on HPL's letter style I've seen.” - Martin Andersson (Swedish Dunsany scholar)

"Finally sat down and read your story –most amusing! (Although I don't believe HPL would ever have begun a sentence – much less a paragraph – with an ampersand.) We all wish HPL could have lived longer and tasted some of the fruits of his later success but you shrewdly convey that maybe he wouldn't have approved of some aspects of that success (can't imagine he would have liked the Stuart Gordon films, for example)." - S. T.

August 2015 in Cthulhu Fhtagn! (Word Horde)


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Don't Take Me Alive


October 2014