The eldest child of an existentialist librarian and a teacher/child-care specialist, Nathan had always tended towards the literary. Lurid ghost stories and big books chock full of pictures from classic horror movies captured his imagination early on, and nothing was ever quite the same again. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, he wanted to be a writer from as far back as the age of 10 This career dream was later replaced by chef, paleontologist, teacher, and any number of things, but he would find himself being drawn back to writing again and again.
Due largely to his love of movies, his first serious writing was screenplays, of which he’s written five over the past several years. He has also written over a dozen novels, including the super-hero novels Chanson Noir, Cobalt City Blues, Greetings from Buena Rosa, and Ride Like the Devil, and Cobalt City: RESISTANCE. His short fiction has appeared in such places as Thuglit.com, Byzarium, Crossed Genres, Absent Willow Review, WilyWriters.com, and in the anthologies Close Encounters of the Urban Kind by Apex Books, Cthulhurotica, Rigor Amortis, Cobalt City Christmas, Human Tales, Rock ‘N’ Roll is Dead, Space Tramps, and Cobalt City Timeslip. His ghost story “None Left Behind” won the Hauntings competition at the prestigious Hugo House in 2007, and his urban/sci-fi story “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime” has appeared on the long-list for storySouth Notable Stories 2009. And “Frames of Reference” was an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow’s Years Best Horror 2010.
Nathan currently lives in the Bohemian wilds of Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood where he blogs about writing, film, fringe candy, and social justice. He is known to haunt the local coffee houses, comic shop, dives, and karaoke stages. Nathan lives with his paper-artist cohort and their strategic strike team of semi-feral cats.
Interview about Ink Calls to Ink.
What people are saying about Nathan and his writing:
If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere and American Gods, this is probably the closest you’ll come to that style of storytelling. It’s an amazing story with political intrigue and beloved well-known characters who get to spring back into life, this time outside the pages of fairy tales. Highly recommended indeed.
— Carmilla Voiez (regarding Ink Calls to Ink)
“Dancing Tonight!” is a marvelously-graphic portrait of the post-apocalypse. Sweet and sultry.
— Steven J. Scearce (regarding “Dancing Tonight! Live Music!” in Rigor Amortis)
In the hands of a lesser talent these fairy tale characters could have been cloying. Crowder strikes a delicate balance between noir and sheer delight in the art of storytelling.
— S. P. Miskowski (regarding “Ink Calls to Ink”)
I loved this book. It’s a fast-paced romp through a city out of time. The characters are ingenious and interact with one another in realistic ways. The storyline is a delight as it unfolds. Imagine Gotham City with a lot more superheroes, a lot more villains, and more modern technology.
— Angel Leigh McCoy (regarding Cobalt City Blues)
Crowder mixes up the headlong rush through his Cobalt City with some nice observations on the trials and tribulations of being stuck behind a mask — dating isn’t easy — as well as the problems of fatherhood in tights, being dead for decades, or finding out your evil universe twin has a really tacky wardrobe. The book has a big, big cast of characters, but each gets their spotlight moment and you won’t have any trouble keeping track of who is who.
— Rosemary Jones (regarding Cobalt City Blues)
Nathan Crowder’s strong debut novel Greetings from Buena Rosa evokes both the grit of the gumshoe detective and the good-vs-evil of superhero fiction.
— Torrey Podmajersky (regarding Greetings from Buena Rosa)
Delightful to a word, Crowder’s tale asks, aloud, whether we ought to settle for illusions or to reach, instead, for higher good. I hope we can emulate his rocketman if ever we have to answer.
— K.J. Hannah Greenberg, Tangent (regarding “Deacon Carter’s Last Dime”)