2014 Preditors & Editors™ horror award winners

Posted in News on January 28, 2015 by Christian

Horror fans, you have spoken. The votes are cast and tallied, and the 2014 Preditors & Editors™ horror award results are in. THE HORROR ZINE has taken the top spot among fiction magazines for the fourth straight year, and its founder, Jeani Rector, is again the best magazine editor, according to voters. Fourth straight year for her, too.

Congratulations to Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine!

Congratulations to Jeani Rector and The Horror Zine!

Here are the top ten finishers in the horror novel category:

1. VENGEANCE IS MINE by Leon Opio (Indie Gypsy)
2. THE PIERCING by Helen McCabe (Telos Publishing)
3t. ANGEL MANOR by Chantal Noordeloos (Horrific Tales Publishing)
3t. PRETTY LITTLE DEAD GIRLS by Mercedes M. Yardley (Ragnarok Publications)
5t. RAMPANT by Joshua Werner (Source Point Press)
5t. SANGUINARY by Margo Bond Collins (Bathory Gate Press)
7. POOR JEFFREY by Paul Flewitt (Vamptasy)
8t. APPARITION LAKE by Doug Lamoreux & Daniel D. Lamoreux (Creativia)
8t. MORGAN by Liz DeJesus (Indie Gypsy)
10t. THE SEER’S LOVER by Kat de Falla (The Wild Rose Press)
10t. BLACK VENOM by Tamara A. Lowery (Gypsy Shadow Publishing)

And of course, you’ll want to know the top-ten horror short stories:

1. “Baby’s Breath” by Sydney Leigh (Great Old Ones)
2. “The Corridor” by Robert Scott (Hello Horror)
3. “Red Handed” by Tina Wayland (Every Day Fiction)
4. “Chooser of the Unslain” by Cynthia Booth & Roy C. Booth (Harren Press)
5. “Bound by Blood” by Margo Bond Collins (Bathory Gate Press)
6. “Sasha Brook” by Shebat Legion (Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Press)
7t. “The Infected” by Taylor Grant (Cemetery Dance)
7t. “10:30” by Mark Tompkins (Undead Literature)
9. “Taking the Piss” by Jasper Bark (Crystal Lake Publishing)
10. “The Screamin’ Siren” by Roy C. BoothAxel Kohagen (Chupa Cabra House)

Click here to see last year’s horror winners, and click here to see all of this year’s winners in every category. If you see something on any of the lists that piques your interest, click the link and investigate further. You never know when you’re going to find your new favorite book or story…

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.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is “full of scares, creeps and utterly horrifying things”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 26, 2015 by Christian

Goodreads reviewer Dave Granger says SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, which features my story, “Center Stage Sideshow”, is sure to earn new fans for each contributor. In a review he posted earlier this month on the social cataloging site, Granger wrote:

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Jeani Rector has done it again, though this may be the best anthology she’s put together so far. As much as I liked the last one, SHADOW MASTERS, this one is far above that. The stories in here are diverse and well written, full of scares, creeps and utterly horrifying things.

It really has something for everyone. Do you like monsters? Check. Twilight Zone type of stories? Check. Subtle horror? Check. Whatever your taste there’s some great stories in this one you can’t miss. Not to mention a great introduction by Bentley Little and one by John Russo.

Stories in here that can’t be missed are by Ray Garton, William F. Nolan, Jason V. Brock, Shaun Meeks, Christian A. Larsen, Tom Piccirilli, Lisa Morton and really, I loved every single one in this. Going back over the names and stories right now, there’s not a single one I wouldn’t read again. Each writer in here has just earned a new fan.

Available now in Kindle, paperback and limited-edition hardcover from Post Mortem Press, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS includes a foreword by  Bentley Little (THE INFLUENCE) and an introduction by NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD screenwriter John Russo. Oh, and these stories, too:

If you enjoy the stories in SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS as much as I think you will, I also recommend A FEAST OF FRIGHTS FROM THE HORROR ZINE, also edited by THZ chief Jeani Rector.

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.

SHRIEKS & SHIVERS features “well-crafted horror to satisfy every imagination”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 23, 2015 by Christian

The positive reviews are starting to pile up for SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, the new anthology from The Horror Zine and Post Mortem Press, which features my own “Center Stage Sideshow”. C. Vale’s five-star review says:

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

If you stopped me on the street and asked me which is my favorite story from the SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS anthology, Jason V. Brock‘s shocking “Transposition” may “pop” in to my head.

Or I could say that my favorite is Elizabeth Massie‘s “Squatters” where the ignorant and hypocritical meet with brutal consequences. Or it could be Shaun Meeks‘ pulpy “Stash House,” which read a little like a scene from a film noir screenplay (with more than a splash of gruesome horror added). Or the works of Waggoner or Rose or Mason or Piccirilli may have topped my list. The stories are as unique as the people behind them (appreciated the bios and links to author blogs,etc.) and each satisfies a different craving. All of them were swallowed with enjoyment and discomfort in equal measure.

My two favorites today are “Center Stage Side Show” and “One Last Tweet.”

Christian A. Larsen’s “Center Stage Side Show” is told from the border between innocence and sexual awakening. It transports readers back to a time in their own lives when they, in their youth, screwed up the courage to glance behind the curtain and take a peek at the bigger, scarier world previously beyond their reach – and what a nasty world they find here! Mr. Larsen’s old timey yarn leaves an indelible (and sticky) impression…

Read the rest of the review here, but don’t stop there … read the book!

Edited by Jeani Rector, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS features a foreword by Bentley Little (THE SUMMONING) while screenwriter, director, and novelist John Russo (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) contributes the introduction to these terrifying tales:

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is now available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon, and limited-edition hardcover from Post Mortem Press. Pick up a copy today, and be sure to leave your own review.

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.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is “scary and imminently readable”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 13, 2015 by Christian

Amazon reader Wesley Irvin has written a five-star review of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, the latest anthology from The Horror Zine to feature a short story of mine.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

This is one of those short fiction books that goes far above the usual entertainment bar. It isn’t just a collection of finely written, well-edited, painstakingly sculpted literary pieces so perfectly scribed it takes your breath away. But also has material directly related to the craft (my favorite being John Russo‘s, ‘A word about Zombies’).

In my Kindle version I was also able to tap the writer’s names and go directly to their own websites, or find their publishers and websites internet addresses to read even more. Considering you have such greats as Bentley Little, Ray Garton, William F. Nolan, and Tom Piccirilli floating around with the assorted bodies, boogers and boogy men, that’s a pretty big deal…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t been initiated yet, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS features the following terrifying tales:

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is now available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon, and limited-edition hardcover from Post Mortem Press. Pick up a copy today, and try to stay warm while the stories chill you to the bone.

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.

Five tips for selling books at cons and fests

Posted in Observations & Musings on January 11, 2015 by Christian

I am no expert. I want to make that abundantly clear up front, but I’ve been asked to lay out some tips for an author attending her first book festival on how to attract readers. After attending a couple dozen to promote LOSING TOUCH, here’s what I think are the five most important things to keep in mind:

  1. Invest in your display. Even if you don’t have four-color posters or banners, things like book stands make you look more professional. Have something the reader can walk away with for free–bookmarks are probably the best, but I’ve seen people use postcards, business cards, or even fliers. Also? Bring a tablecloth that’s big enough to cover the entire table.
  2. Be ready to take payment. Nothing kills a sale like not being ready at the cash register. Go to the bank and get plenty of singles. And you never want to lose a sale because your customer doesn’t have cash, so invest in a card reader like Square, Inc., or a Paypal triangle. I’ve sold a bunch of books to people, even though they had burned through all their cash, because I was ready to take plastic.
  3. Stand. Don’t sit. Those dogs can get barking when you stand all day at the vendor booth–believe me, I know. Sit when it’s quiet. But you should already be standing when people amble your way. If you absolutely must be sitting, try to invest in a chair that will have you up a little bit higher–like a bar stool or something. If you’re more engaged, your customers will be, too.
  4. Have your pitch ready. Know what you’re going to say about your book, and practice it. You should probably have a couple of pitches down. Different readers will have a different entry point to your book. Emphasize the aspects of your book that they’ll like. Not sure what they’ll like? I usually start a pitch by asking: “What do you like to read?” Clever? No, but it does the job.

    Your pitch doesn't have to be "One for the Angels". Just have it down.

    Your pitch doesn’t have to be “One for the Angels”. Just have it down so you’re not struggling for words.

  5. The devil’s in the details. Bring Sharpies to sign your book. Pens and paper to keep track of your sales. Pack a lunch, too. You might get a chance to grab some food–or you might not. If you’re hungry, you’ll be focused on waiting for the event to end and not on attracting and closing sales. And try to stay off your laptop, tablet, or phone, unless it’s related to a sale.

These recommendations are hardly part of a secret formula–they’re more just the tentpoles of a common sense approach. Some people dread these types of events, but I can honestly say that I usually enjoy them. If you don’t, it shows, and if it shows, why are you even trying? Above all, have fun at these.

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.

Read SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS at the “deep freeze discount” price

Posted in News on January 9, 2015 by Christian
Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Three straight days of school cancelations and bitter cold, and we’re heading into a weekend of even more freezing weather. It leaves me wondering: what’s a reader to do inside huddled by the space heater?

Read a new book, that’s what. Post Mortem Press is making it easy to read SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, the latest anthology from The Horror Zine, edited by Jeani Rector. This weekend, download the Kindle edition of one of the most frightening anthologies of the new year for just $2.99.

That’s thirty chilling, scream-inducing short stories by some of the best in the horror business, not to mention a foreword by novelist Bentley Little (THE SUMMONING) and an introduction by screenwriter John Russo (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD):

You can also enjoy SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS in paperback, or limited edition hardcover, but if you like reading on a device, take advantage of the “deep freeze discount” this weekend and download it from Amazon today!

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.

SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS officially released today!

Posted in News on January 6, 2015 by Christian
Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Now available in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

Copies are already shipping, but today is the official release date for SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS (Post Mortem Press), the latest anthology from The Horror Zine, edited by Jeani Rector. The anthology, featuring my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow” is available now in Kindle, paperback, and limited edition hardcover.

In his advance review for Hellnotes, David Goudsward says “Rector gleefully bounces from haunted castles to sideshow freaks, from parasitophobics to somniphobics, and from organ harvesting to suicidal sky divers. Even when the standard beasties such as zombies, ghosts, lycanthropes, and witches appear, they are new twists, not the same tired tropes.”

Bram Stoker Award®-winner Bentley Little (THE SUMMONING) offers the foreword, and screenwriter, director, and novelist John Russo (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) contributes the introduction to the following stories by some of the best emerging and established talent in the field:

Order your copy of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS today in Kindle, paperback, or extremely limited-edition hardcover, and be the first kid on your block to read the first really frightening anthology of 2015.

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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