Download body horror stories at sharply reduced prices

Posted in News on July 21, 2014 by Christian Larsen
Buy ZF2 right now … before the price goes up!

Buy ZF2 right now … before the price goes up!

Smart Rhino Publications is holding a Kindle Countdown Summer Sale this week only, and ZIPPERED FLESH 2, featuring my story, “The Little Things” is available through Thursday at substantially reduced prices as part of the offering.

Steroids from Hell. Horrendous piercings. Bizarre brain modifications. Obscene amputations. Facial reconstruction. Self-mutilation. Implants. Chilling tales by some of the best horror and suspense writers today, determined to keep you fearful all night (and skittish during the day). The Kindle Countdown Summer Sale starts cheap and works its way back up to regular price on Thursday, so get in on this … like, right now.

Other Smart Rhino titles include: GREEN TSUNAMI (Laura Cooney & L.L. Soares), SOMEONE WICKED (eds. J.M. Reinbold & Weldon Burge), UNCOMMON ASSASSINS (ed. Weldon Burge), and the first installment of the ZIPPERED FLESH anthology series.

ZIPPERED FLESH 2 also features a pair of Bram Stoker Award®-nominated short stories, including Lisa Mannetti’s “The Hunger Artist” and Michael Bailey’s “Primal Tongue”, both of which were finalists for the 2013 award in the short fiction category. Here’s everything you get with ZIPPERED FLESH 2, on a sliding scale of savings:

The sale ends on Thursday, but don’t wait on this. With Smart Rhino Publications’ Kindle Countdown Summer Sale, the sooner you buy, the more you save.

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.

Just $1.99 for SHADOW MASTERS ebook edition

Posted in News on July 13, 2014 by Christian Larsen
SHADOW MASTERS ebook on sale for just $1.99 ... for a limited time.

Get SHADOW MASTERS for just $1.99 … for a limited time.

For a limited time only, the ebook edition of SHADOW MASTERS is on sale for $1.99, marked down from the regular purchase price of $4.99.

That’s 38 stories at a nickel a pop, and that doesn’t even count the foreword by Joe R. Lansdale (which, using my formula, is coming to you F-R-E-E with the purchase of the ebook–not a bad deal)!

Susie Moloney, who won the 2012 Michael Van Rooy Memorial Award for her novel THE THIRTEEN, says reading the first half of the book “was like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop!

“Didn’t bother pacing myself through the second half, either. Some old favorites in here, like Bentley LittleChristian Larsen, and Elizabeth Massie. I was also blown away by some new discoveries for me, like Yvonne Navarro and Melanie Tem.”

Jeani Rector has been putting out anthologies annually since she founded The Horror Zine in July 2009, and her editing skills are in top form here, as evidenced by the table of contents below:

Click here to download SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books) and start reading now on your Kindle for just $1.99. Or maybe pick up a paperback copy, if you’re old school like that.

Also, be on the lookout for the next anthology from The Horror Zine, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming early next year 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.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE “totally captivated” reviewer

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 12, 2014 by Christian Larsen
THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now available at Amazon.com.

THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, now available at Amazon.com.

Quinn Cullen, Director of Romance at Visionary Press Cooperative, has written a five-star review of THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, a book of steampunk-inspired ghost stories from Post Mortem Press featuring my own “The Talent’s in the Bones”.

Of the anthology, Cullen says: “Bravo! I’ve read many anthologies but this is the only one I’ve read and been totally captivated by each story. My absolute favorite is “Eidiss” written by Rose Blackthorn, followed closely by “Photo Finish” written by Rob Smales. I commend each author for their excellent contributions.”

Click here to read the review on Amazon, and if you haven’t read THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE yet, you’re missing out on fifteen sinister tales, including one from Bram Stoker Award®-winner Joe Hill:

Order THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, edited by Patrick Scalisi, in paperback or ebook from Amazon.com and when you’re done reading it, if you could leave a review … that would be just ducky…

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.

QUALIA NOUS … coming soon!

Posted in News on July 11, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Editor Michael Bailey has begun the editing and typesetting of QUALIA NOUS, the forthcoming sci-fi/horror anthology from Written Backwards featuring a short story from Stephen King, and he says that with some good fortune, the book may be ready before the end of the summer.

Here’s a look at the wraparound jacket with a list of all the contributing authors, starting with King…

Michael Bailey also created the cover art.

Michael Bailey also created the cover art.

What? Contributor names (if you could read them) but no titles? You’re calling monkeyshines on me? All right. All right. I can’t stand the harsh language. Here are the titles for each contributor:

Did you catch that? Gary A. Braunbeck will also be contributing. No official title announcement just yet, but word is that Braunbeck will be closing out the anthology with a novelette. The title information should be coming along pretty quickly … since the anthology could be available from Written Backwards as early as next month.

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.

SHADOW MASTERS features a “whole bunch of great writers”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on July 10, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Amazon reader Solon9 has written a five-star review of SHADOW MASTERS, the Horror Zine’s 2013 anthology which features my short story, “The People Eaters”:

SHADOW MASTERS, now available in paperback and ebook formats.

Now available at Amazon.

This anthology of suspense horror has some real gems. Be it a pen turning an average writer into a bestselling author, an ordinary office worker or Policeman turned into vessels of unearthly horror, houses turning into living beings, nowadays people being turned into historical slaves or some zombies/werewolves that either do what they do best or turn into reanimated members of society.

The full spectrum of classical horror motives is provided in around 30 short stories with new plots, unexpected turns and classic but not boring story lines.

I got this work of magical art as a…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to pick up a copy here and leave your own review.

SHADOW MASTERS, edited by Jeani Rector, continues The Horror Zine’s series of horror anthologies, and features both established and emerging writers, like:

Pick up a copy of SHADOW MASTERS (Imajin Books) in paperbackKindle or Nook formats, and be on the lookout for the next anthology from the Horror Zine, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming early next year 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.

I’ve lost a muse

Posted in Observations & Musings on July 7, 2014 by Christian Larsen

She wasn’t the smartest or most athletic mutt in the world, but she wasn’t an idiot, either, and if dogs could play pickup basketball, I bet Mandy could have held her own (unlike me). She was our pet for eleven years, and she died yesterday. We were preparing ourselves for this for a while. Mandy was full grown when we adopted her, which meant she could have been as old as fifteen, and for a chow-shepherd mix, that’s kind of old.

Mandy loved the snow. Just look at her, all Chewbacca-like.

Mandy loved the snow. Just look at her, all Chewbacca-like.

So, I thought I was prepared. Old dogs die. Puppies are born. Circle of life. Don’t be stupid. But when she just kind of drifted away in my arms, just melted into oblivion, she took a part of me with her. A small part–a part that will easily heal with the passage of a little time, but I’ll never be quite the same person again. Hey, are any of us?

That dumb dog had a way of making me feel so stupid with that wise visage of hers.

That dumb dog had a way of making me feel so stupid with that wise visage of hers.

Our kids were out of town with relatives for the Independence Day weekend, so we had to break it to them. My ten-year-old cried quietly (can I even say he took it like a man?), but watching my eight-year-old’s realization that Mandy was never coming back, watching his face screw up with tears, crying about how he lost his buddy? Wow, that was hard. It was like losing her all over again just hours later.

How is it that dogs can smile when they really can't?

How is it that dogs can smile when they really can’t?

I’m not going to miss poop duty, or muddy paw prints when it rains, or the clots of dog fur that got everywhere, or the occasional (very occasional) bursts of nonsense barking that I can only attribute to teenage vampires lurking somewhere near the house. But I will miss my dog, and I’m glad that she was around for the start of my writing career. She appears in quite a few of my stories. Or a fictionalized version does, anyway.

She was “Freya” in “Bast“, which appears in WHAT FEARS BECOME. She was “Harp” in LOSING TOUCH. She’s even a lot of the dog that plays a fairly significant supporting role in my current novel, LAKE WASHEGAMA. The irony of it is, the dog in that story, “Cash”, dies, but I’m happy to report that Mandy passed away much more peacefully. I was glad to be with her at the end. I suppose that’s all I could have really asked for, after the eleven years she gave us, through the birth of our two boys, layoffs and unemployment, several career changes, hospital stays and major surgeries, she was there for all of it.

Thanks, Mandy. You will live forever in my stories and in my heart.

Horror royalty to top QUALIA NOUS TOC

Posted in News on July 4, 2014 by Christian Larsen
"Cataldo's Copy" to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

Stephen King’s “The Jaunt” to feature in QUALIA NOUS.

Editor Michael Bailey has revealed the final story title in the QUALIA NOUS table of contents, and it’s a doozy. “The Jaunt” will lead off the sci-fi/horror anthology from Written Backwards, and if you don’t recognize the title, it’s written by a gentleman by the name of Stephen King.

The novelette is about a teleportation device that is used to transport unconscious travelers. Exclusively unconscious travelers. People who are awake suffer severe side effects–the kind of thing that could ruin a family vacation, say. Worse than Montezuma’s Revenge.

In addition to poetry from Marge Simon and a yet-unnamed contributor, the table of contents will look something like this:

Yep, that’s my name tucked in there among all those talented and accomplished writers, and words simply can’t describe how thrilled I am to be part of this upcoming anthology, due later this year from Written Backwards.

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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