Lowhim served in the US Army as a Green Beret Engineer and graduated from Columbia University. He's been published in LA review of LA, Nine Line Anthology, and Afterwords.
Born in the bubbling cauldron of Tanzania, where he picked up his first pen at the age of two and chewed. He's progressed much since then. He wrote his first story at 5, a knockoff of all the prince-saves-princess stories he'd read at the time. Life did not rest. It took him to India, then frigid Michigan. The shock, according to parent-sources, was a character building exercise. Lowhim, however, only remembered clenched fingers trying to write. Shorts about teen angst kept him going.
Soon he was hitchhiking the mountainous American West where the outlaw locals kept his journal full of color. It wasn't long before he joined the US Army where the detritus of Babylon only furthered his literary ambitions. Iraq wasn't done with him. He would return, an engineer in 5th SFG. When he returned from this trip, he finished his first novel.
Released upon the world, he attended Columbia University. He spent his free time writing and working with other authors. He graduated and has since been penning some of the most ambitious novels this side of that Pluto rock.
Lowhim currently lives with his girlfriend in the Bronx. You can visit his blog at: http://nelsonlowhim.blogspot.com/
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His novels are: When Gods Fail (the series), The Struggle Trilogy, Tree of Freedom, and CityMuse
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When Gods Fail III: Resurrection
The only friend Tom ever had is murdered. And the emptiness of the land has not been filled by the new commune. Tom struggles to move away from his past and find peace. But all he finds is that he's good at killing. And he does just that, and comes home a hero. But this isn't normal life. This post-nuclear wasteland is treacherous, and being a hero is just the thing to get you killed.
The Creatures Within
A man finds himself living with the love of his life. But beneath the surface something is wrong. tremors turn to nightmares. Then the creatures invade his life. His past has caught up with him, but he cannot shake it. And soon life as he knows it will end...
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A man gets a chilling phone call. It's from his past. He rushes to save himself, but finds out that this phone call might be one he can never escape.
Cleanse the Soul
A man in prison claws at the walls around him. Accused of a crime he didn't commit, he thinks on his family, life, and he trembles. His captors wear him down, and pick his defenses apart. Pain and exhaustion come together and make him feel like an animal who has nothing more than the truth to hold on to.
But what happens when he loses that?
In the not too distant future, the South's been occupied. The locals have had enough of being pushed around, and rebellion's a brewin'.
Tim's one of the men willing to fight, and he's just seen his best friend captured. Tim needs to break him out, but how? He visits all the people he knows and gathers a force.
But no one has ever freed a captive. Can Tim succeed?
A Cabin Tale
In a cabin surrounded by a forest, a boy is alone with his grandpa. It's a windy night. A branch scrapes against a window, and threatens to break it. The young boy stares on and trembles. Outside, footsteps plod. Creatures are trying to break in.
The grandpa tries to soothe the boy with a story. But the story is about an evil that the boy soon finds he can't escape...
Game of Die
Krafer is a well to do young man living in the City. One night he decides to clean his clothes. Down in the dark laundry room, he finds men playing a game of die. He joins them, and soon realizes that this game may not be like any other he's played before. In fact, there may not be any escape for him—except to finish the game. And if the game finishes he's scared of what might happen next...
To Love a Rat
Joe, a soldier, meets a woman while on a deployment in Iraq.
Soon he's embroiled in a forbidden affair, and he finds himself making the most difficult decision in his life.
When Gods Fail II
Alone again in the vast wasteland, Tom is haunted by ghosts.
He moves to escape his sins, and he's thrust into the arms of a new power in the land. This power, a group of survivalists, tolerates no dissent.
Soon his hopes are shattered when he is forced to choose between a new close friend and himself... After he chooses he will never be the same... but will he at least have a soul?
The Struggle Trilogy
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This is the followup to "The Struggle", The Struggle Knows Not, and The Logic of Morals. "The struggle knows not the logic of morals" is an Arabic saying. Our Protagonist is an Iraqi man, Walid, who is not inherently violent, though violence is tearing his world apart. He tries to fight back to defend the honor of his community. Will he live to see another day?
Matt lives in the city and is happily married. One day he sets his eyes on the most beautiful woman in the world. Against his best instincts, he follows her. What transpires is a trip down a rabbit hole that will fill him with regret and forever change him.
Tree of Freedom
In the French countryside two Iraq war veterans, Rick and King, find the tortured body of King's sister. They set out to find her killer. When they discover that they'll have to tear through the upper echelons of the Russian Mafia for revenge, they realize this may be the last thing they ever do.
This trilogy focuses on different stories with the same theme: Fallen Dreams...
When Gods Fail: The fallen dreams of civilization, as Tom finds himself facing the end man
Satan's Plea: The fallen dreams of the Prince of Darkness who only wants freedom to expand his mind.
Kill Writer: The fallen dreams of a soldier—patriotic, proud—when he finds policy colliding with what he believes...
When Gods Fail
Exploring a cave, Tom finds himself trapped when a series of earthquakes seal the cave entrance. Weeks later, he pulls himself out.
He can't believe his eyes: there's nothing but ashes for miles.
He sets out to find help, or maybe a phone to call his wife.
When he finds people, he learns a terrible truth: the world as he knows it is over...
Where the Sun Sets
Where the Sun sets is a collection that includes three short stories and a "novellete". The stories take place all around the world, as well as beyond our world. Take a trip through the human experience with these stories.
A man wakes up after an uncomfortable night... Liquor, a bar, an unknown dwelling, all drip through his memory.
He settles down with another drink. A man from the night walks in front of him.
Clara watches as her husband is lowered into the ground. Tears fall from her cheeks onto the dusty African earth. With her husband's body lies a terrible secret.
Should she tell her son?
As she retraces her steps to find an answer, she realizes that everything she thought she knew may have been the problem to begin with.
This version includes an excerpt from Tree of Freedom.
The battle between good and evil, God and Satan.
But is everything we know about this struggle a matter of propaganda? Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, Shaytan sure thinks so. In this letter he tries to convince the human race, you, of his intentions.
A man wakes up from a dream.
His hotel room—European and sparse—is littered with his effects. The dream refuses to fade away... images of war, murder, the hatred of his friends back home haunt him, skew his interactions with the world.
The story Night After is also included, as is an excerpt from Tree of Freedom.
Jim is a soldier in the most elite unit in the American military. Black ops. Cleans up his country's dirty laundry.
He loves it, loves working on his own, loves that he's good at it, loves that he's ridding the world of evil, one bad guy at a time.
Missions on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, sniping through gullies and crosswinds. It's tough work, but someone's got to do it.
"The struggle knows not the logic of morals" is an Arabic saying. This story follows a man who has decided to start a struggle of his own. Surrounded by a world of violence, he realizes that he is not as strong as he hoped. With his family's well-being in jeopardy, we witness his struggle with the darkness that lies within us all.
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