SHRIEKS & SHIVERS is an “exceptional collection”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on December 17, 2014 by Christian

SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, which features my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow” has earned a positive review by David Goudsward in HELLNOTES:

Pre-order now in Kindle, paperback, or hardcover.

Pre-order now in Kindle, paperback, or hardcover.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE is the third anthology selected from pages of the e-zine by Jeani Rector. Rector is no slouch when it comes to writing horror, with highly respected novels and short stories to her credit, but as an editor and anthologist, she is even better—I might even suggest phenomenal. In five years, she has catapulted THE HORROR ZINE from an innocuous little website into an award-winning e-pub juggernaut, where best-selling scribes (the current issue includes a Piers Anthony story) and lesser-known authors intermingle freely in the table of contents.

Read the rest of the review by clicking here.

With a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Bentley Little and an introduction by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenwriter John Russo, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is like a dinner party of today’s horror crowd:

Pre-order your choice of Kindlepaperback, or hardcover editions today, and prepare to read the first really frightening anthology of 2015 with SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming January 6th from Post Mortem Press.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

Kill totals on SONS OF ANARCHY

Posted in Observations & Musings on December 9, 2014 by Christian
How will it end tonight? More deaths?

How will it end tonight? More deaths? Probably more deaths.

SONS OF ANARCHY ends tonight at 9:00 CST after seven years of mayhem and so many Machiavellian twists and “changes of direction” you’d need a trail of breadcrumbs to bring you back to the burned out weapons storehouse in the pilot.

Seven years of a motorcycle gang running a small town in northern California–with influence reaching across the western United States and even to Northern Ireland–and there’s bound to be violence. But even the most hardcore 1%ers have their limit, right? If you kill people by the dozens, you’re bound to get caught. It’s a numbers game.

So I chased the numbers.

You might be surprised to learn (like I was) that there were 25 named, fully-patched members of the founding club (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original or “SAMCRO”). Some were long dead before the show started, but they made the list, and in total, I was able to find reference to 158 confirmed killings for an average of 6.32 murders per member, and that’s just counting the murders we know about.

And some members don’t even have any kills under their belt at all (beware the links if you aren’t caught up–there be spoilers ahead):

  1. GoGo (0)
  2. Greg the Peg (0)
  3. Herman Kozik (0)
  4. Keith McGee (0)
  5. Eric Miles (0)
  6. ‘Filthy’ Phil Russell (0)
  7. John Teller (0)
  8. Chico Vellenueva (0)
  9. Orlin West (0)
  10. Thomas Whitney (0)
  11. Piney Winston (1)
  12. Frankie Diamonds (2)
  13. Allesandro Montez (2)
  14. Ratboy Skogstrom (2)
  15. Lenny Janowitz (3)
  16. Rane Quinn (3)
  17. Otto Delaney (4)
  18. Bobby Munson (5)
  19. Juice Ortiz (7)
  20. Clay Morrow (14)
  21. Chibs Telford (15)
  22. Opie Winston (16)
  23. Happy Lowman (21)
  24. Tig Traeger (24)
  25. Jax Teller (38)

Jax has killed 38 people leading up to the series finale tonight, and he’s not currently serving a life sentence for at least some of them? Wow. Just wow. Taken with a larger pool of kills, that’s a lot of dead bodies–and I might have missed some.

Kurt Sutter’s show bible might have even more toe tags to hang courtesy of patched charter members, but I haven’t read it yet. Whatever the case, I’ll be watching tonight, mourning whatever turn of events Sutter has in store.

Because you know there won’t be a happy ending. Right?

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

Come to the Chicago Book Expo today

Posted in News on December 6, 2014 by Christian

I’ll be signing copies of LOSING TOUCH from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. today at the 3rd annual Chicago Book Expo at Columbia College Chicago, 1104 S. Wabash. Post Mortem Press authors Michael Matula (TRY NOT TO BURN) and Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE) will also be on hand, signing their novels.

Admission is free and open to the public. The Chicago Book Expo brings readers together with Chicago-area authors, publishers, and literary non-profits with readings, panel discussions, and a vendors’ room filled with local presses and authors selling books that just might be the next great holiday gift–for yourself or someone else.

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Columbia College in Chicago.

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Columbia College in Chicago.

The 3rd annual Chicago Book Expo is sponsored by the Columbia College Department of Creative WritingChicago Book Review, the Chicago Literary Hall of FameNewcity Magazine, and CHIRP Radio.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

Pre-order SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS in paperback and hardcover

Posted in News on December 2, 2014 by Christian
Pre-order now in Kindle, paperback, or hardcover.

Pre-order now in Kindle, paperback, or hardcover.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, the upcoming anthology from Post Mortem Press edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine, has been available to pre-order for Kindle for about a month … and now, you can pre-order the title in paperback and hardcover, too.

Pre-orders for the paperback are just $15, three dollars off the cover price. Orders placed before Christmas Eve will ship for delivery prior to January 6th, the general release date. The hardcover, which is also now available to pre-order, is a limited-edition, foil stamped hardback with a full color dust jacket. There will only be one pressing of the hardcover edition, which you can pre-order for $75.

With a foreword by Bram Stoker Award®-winner Bentley Little and an introduction by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenwriter John Russo, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS features thirty of the scariest stories you’ll read all year:

Pre-order your choice of Kindle, paperback, or hardcover editions today, and prepare to read the first really scary anthology of 2015 with SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming January 6th from Post Mortem Press.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

2014 Chicago Paranormal Festival Award Winners

Posted in News on November 30, 2014 by Christian
Directed by Ben Wydeven.

Written and directed by Ben Wydeven.

The best part of my day at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival was seeing some of the movies. I saw all of “Stage 3” (Randy Lee Beasley), “Insane” (Adam O’Brien), “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby), and “A Hot Summer Chill” (Ben Wydeven), and parts of “The Place Where You Live” (Alexis Van Hurkman) and also BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas). My only disappointment was not seeing all of all of them.

Beyond that, I can’t say which ones were my favorites, because I really did very much enjoy all the movies I saw. But there were first-, second-, and third-place awards in the feature and short film categories, which I can report as a matter of record:

Short Films

  1. “Le Passage” (Fabien Montagner)
  2. “Insane” (Adam O’Brien)
  3. “The Heebie-Jeebies” (Todd Slawsby)

Feature Films

  1. BACHELOR’S GROVE (Ricardo Islas)
  2. THE BRIDGEWATER TRIANGLE (Aaron Cadieux)
  3. TRUE CRIME PARANORMAL: FREETOWN (Rachel Hoffman)

Not only were a bunch of terrific independent films watched that day, but filmgoers and event attendees helped collect a bunch of new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for the holiday season. And it all went in a coffin!

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Click the image to find out how you can support Toys for Tots.

Breaking Fate Entertainment’s next film festival, the Indie Horror Film Festival, will be held the weekend of March 21st and 22nd at Schurz High School in Chicago.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

CPFF spotlight: “The Place Where You Live”

Posted in News on November 30, 2014 by Christian
"The Place Where You Live" screens today at the CPFF.

“The Place Where You Live” screens today at the CPFF.

What are ghosts if not creatures existing with one foot in two different dimensions? What happens when our counterpart, our exact double, from another dimension wants something of ours that they’ve lost? In the short “The Place Where You Live“, written and directed by Alexis Van Hurkman, the latter question is asked and answered.

Nina Ashton (Dawn Krosnowski), a professor of physics, is confronted by her own theories when she’s abducted by her counterpart from an alternate dimension — in which her husband (John Bruce) has died.

Replaced by her doppelgänger, Nina struggles to rebuild the machine which will reopen the gateway between worlds, in order to regain the life that should be hers.

“The Place Where You Live” screens today during the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival at Schurz High School. Doors open at 9:30, and the last film begins screening at 5:10.

Admission is just $10 at the door, or you can donate a new, unwrapped toy or two non-perishable food items for free admission. Come visit the vendor room, where I’ll be signing copies of the anthologies FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS and SO IT GOES, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.

CPFF spotlight: “Insane”

Posted in News on November 29, 2014 by Christian
Screening tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest.

Screening tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Fest.

Films begin screening at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow at the Chicago Paranormal Film Festival. Doors open at Schurz High School on the corner of North Milwaukee and West Addison at 9:30 a.m., so get there early for the good seats. What am I saying? They’re all good seats.

First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in the “feature film” and “short film” categories. The short film block starts at 2:45 p.m. and includes “Insane“, about a director (Andrew Fleming) who is scouting a shoot in an abandoned psychiatric hospital and accidentally stirs the ghost of a vengeful spirit. Directed by Adam O’Brien, INSANE was inspired by events that happened in a West Virginia sanitarium during the roaring 20s.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door, or you can donate a new, unopened toy and/or two non-perishable food items for admission to this all-day event, including a dozen films and access to the vendors’ room, where I’ll be signing copies of BLEED, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and my novel, LOSING TOUCH.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of LOSING TOUCH, featuring a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Piers Anthony, now available in paperback and ebook formats from Post Mortem Press.
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