ZOMBIES GALORE anthology launch set for August 30 in Walsall

Posted in News on August 20, 2014 by Christian Larsen
ZOMBIES GALORE cover art by Stephen Cooney.

ZOMBIES GALORE cover art by Stephen Cooney.

ZOMBIES GALORE, an anthology originally conceived as the follow-up to ZOMBIES GONE WILD, will finally be clawing its way up to the surface with a book launch event scheduled for August 30th from noon to 3:00 at Southcart Books in Walsall, England, just outside beautiful downtown Birmingham.

The event will be presented by ZOMBIES GALORE publisher Knightwatch Press and will be hosted by Jasper Bark (FOR THE NIGHT IS DARK), with guests Adam Millard (OF DEVILS AND DEVIANTS), David Croser (RICE PUDDING REALITY), Theresa Derwin (HER DARK VOICE), and Ash Hartwell (DARK MOUNTAINS).  With free cake, tea, and coffee to go with the interviews, readings, chats, it’s being billed as a mini-con, so if you’re in the Walsall area, you’d better go to this thing.

Edited by Derwin, ZOMBIES GALORE will feature the following authors and titles, in addition to my own “Son of Anubis” and many others:

The above table of contents is not complete, or even in order. It’s all so hush-hush, I’m surprised I can even get away with telling you, but I guess the government chooses its battles. Now, if I were to tell you about the zombie measles, I’m sure the CDC would be all over me.

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 provides “great chills, guaranteed”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 18, 2014 by Christian Larsen

SHADOW MASTERS, now available in paperback and ebook.

SHADOW MASTERS, now available in paperback and ebook formats.

“Solon Hosophos” has posted a four-star review on Goodreads of SHADOW MASTERS, the 2013 anthology from The Horror Zine featuring my short story, “The People Eaters.”

Hosophos says that SHADOW MASTERS is “combination of perfectly crafted classic horror stories and great new approaches; this book has all I want from an anthology in this genre. There were zombies, werwolves, ghosts, haunted houses, and possessions and it brought new things into the realm of horror as well!”

If you haven’t read SHADOW MASTERS, edited by Jeani Rector, you’re missing all-original stories from a ton of heavy hitters, and maybe a few new authors you’ve maybe never heard of, but will really enjoy:

If you have read SHADOW MASTERS, and you liked it, then get ready for The Horror Zine’s upcoming anthology, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, due this winter 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.

Barnes & Noble doses dark fiction at Summer Writer’s Day

Posted in News on August 17, 2014 by Christian Larsen

While there was something for everyone at Barnes & Noble’s Summer Writers Day this weekend, including poetry, children’s literature, memoirs, local history, puzzles, philosophy, and theology, programming was heavy on horror, mystery, science-fiction, and thrillers–moreso than ever before.

Jack Ketchum liked it. So will you.

Jack Ketchum liked THE NEW BLACK. So will you.

I finally had the chance to personally meet Richard Thomas, editor of THE NEW BLACK, an anthology of neo-noir stories that Jack Ketchum says “ought to be the New High Standard for dark fiction anthologies. It’s loaded with intelligence and talent. Every one of the pieces in this extraordinary compilation is worthy of your full attention.”

I sat next to Michael Matula, author of TRY NOT TO BURN, about a rookie cop who is shot and killed, and then has to find a way out of Hell. Matula called it a “lighthearted romp”, but you know he’s being sarcastic, because pretty much everybody’s dead in his story. This was my fourth event with Matula. We’re becoming regulars at this kind of thing.

 

Kirkus: "A sharp murder mystery held together by likable characters."

Kirkus Indie Reviews: “A sharp murder mystery held together by likable characters.”

JoBe Cerny, the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy (if you can believe it–and you should), wrote the non-fiction book HOW ACTORS MAKE MONEY AND CREATE CAREERS, which, as far as I can tell, kills none of its participants off, but he showed some range with his murder mystery RED CIN. That’s right–the voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy is killing people off.

J. Michael Major, whom I met at a book signing last year in Woodstock, was there talking about his writing and publishing process … and ONE MAN’S CASTLE, which won the 2014 Lovey Award for best first novel. Murder. Revenge. Life on the run … ONE MAN’S CASTLE has it all–and more, and it definitely brought up the body count at Barnes & Noble.

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her, and now she's on the run.

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her, and now she’s on the run.

And the keynote speaker yesterday was Stacey Kade, author of THE PAPER DOLL series of science-fiction thrillers for young adults. THE HUNT, the second in the series, was published by Disney-Hyperion this year. Her first book for Disney-Hyperion, THE GHOST AND THE GOTH, a paranormal young adult romance, was published in 2010.

Of course, I was there, too, peddling copies of LOSING TOUCH, winner of the 2013 Preditors & Editors™ Readers’ Poll for best horror novel, and the inaugural DRAWA Award® for best first novel. But after hanging out with these folks, I’m thinking that maybe I’m not always the skeeviest guy in the room. Sometimes.

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 Barnes & Noble Summer Author’s Day Today

Posted in News on August 16, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Today’s the day for the Barnes & Noble Summer Author’s Day, a free event that might just land you a new favorite book or writer.

Come to the Barnes & Noble on Green Bay Road in Racine to talk about reading, writing, and what gets stuck inside an author’s head that can only come out on the page.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

I’ll be signing copies of LOSING TOUCH, and participating in the following author’s panel, moderated by Ann Marie Pilot:

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., young adult writer Stacey Kade (author of THE HUNT) will be hosting a workshop for attendees, and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., readers and authors will mingle during the ‘open house’ portion of the program, signing copies of their books.

It all starts at 11:30 today at the Barnes & Noble in Racine, 2710 South Green Bay Road in the Southland Center. Make some time to come on by and support a brick and mortar bookstore, right in your own backyard. And support the authors who live there, too. We’ll love you for it.

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.

BLEED is “a truly original and amazing collection”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on August 14, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Horror, suspense, and science-fiction reviewer Marvin Vernon says that BLEED (Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing), edited by Lori Michelle, is an “exceptional anthology with an unusual theme and fiction that rises over the average in terms of quality and substance”:

Support the National Children's Cancer Society with BLEED.

Support the National Children’s Cancer Society with BLEED.

The best reason for buying BLEED, the emotionally moving anthology of horror fiction edited by Lori Michelle, is that the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to The National Children’s Cancer Society. The second best reason for buying it is that it is one of the best horror anthology I have read in a long time.

Bleed is a collection of 47 short works by known and lesser known authors in the horror genre. Most of the works are short fiction but there are about a half dozen essays and a few poems. The theme anthology focuses on the horror and devastation of cancer. This may sound depressing but Editor Lori Michelle does an amazing job of balancing the book with very different tales of horror, grief, emotional loss and even hope. Sometimes the tales are directly related to the illness. Sometimes the authors use fictional plagues or monsters to make the case. And in other stories, it is an allegory that may not connect right away but later as the story absorbs into your brain.

The first four works pretty much set the pace and shows Michelle’s deft handling of the topic. The introductory essay “True Horror” by Lori Michelle describes her experiences dealing with her son’s diagnosis and treatment of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is followed by “With Paper Armour and Wooden Sword” by Tracie McBride, a piece of fantasy fiction that deals with the relentless devastation the disease brings to families and society. But once you finish it and are reeling from the power of the work, you get Bentley Little’s “The Addition” a very subtle and gentle horror tale that at first seems to have no connection until later when the message hits you. Then the pace is changed again with “Welcome to the World, Mister Smiles” by T. Fox Dunham, a horror tale that directly involves cancer and its treatment but with a terrifying twist.

From then on, the stories continue with much more variety then you would suspect for what appears to be a narrow theme. Yet the contributing writers display an abundant of imagination and a refined skill for portraying feelings of grief, loss powerlessness and, most importantly, hope. No story or essay is weak and if there are better pieces than others it comes from a comparison of strength rather than weaknesses…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you haven’t picked up a copy yourself, here are the stories, poems, and essays you’re missing:

Proceeds from the sale of BLEED are donated to The National Children’s Cancer Society. Support the fight against childhood cancer by picking up a copy of BLEED in paperbackKindle, or Nook 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.

CHILD OF THE HEART writer joins B&N author lineup

Posted in News on August 13, 2014 by Christian Larsen

 

Now available at BN.com.

Now available at BN.com.

Bernice Willms, author of the mystery CHILD OF THE HEART, has joined the roster of authors for Summer Author’s Day, this Saturday at the Barnes & Noble in Racine.

CHILD OF THE HEART is about a teenager fighting to clear the name of her intellectually-challenged uncle, who stands accused of murder.

I’ll be signing copies of my own book, LOSING TOUCH (and any others that you want me to sign, because hey–who am I to judge?), and participating in the author’s panel beginning at 11:30.

Ann Marie Pilot will moderate the Q&A with the following:

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., young adult writer Stacey Kade (author of THE HUNT) will be hosting a workshop for attendees, and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., readers and authors will mingle during the ‘open house’ portion of the program, signing copies of their books.

This Saturday, come kick the tires on a new author, because there’s bound to be something right up your alley, whether you like horror, mystery, history, thrillers, theology, or memoirs. If you like to read, you’re going to love what Barnes & Noble in Racine has in store for you.

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.

Meet the authors at Barnes & Noble this Saturday

Posted in News on August 10, 2014 by Christian Larsen

What kind of storytellers are lurking in your backyard? Find out this Saturday, August 16th, at the Barnes & Noble Summer Author’s Day in Racine.

I’ll be fielding questions during the author’s panel, hearing from other local authors about their works, and signing copies of LOSING TOUCH during the festivities.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

LOSING TOUCH, on the shelf at the Racine Barnes & Noble.

The panel of authors begins at 11:30. It will be moderated by Ann Marie Pilot, and will include the following participants:

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., young adult writer Stacey Kade (author of THE HUNT) will be hosting a workshop for attendees, and from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., readers and authors will mingle during the ‘open house’ portion of the program, signing copies of their books.

This Saturday, get a mix of horror, thriller, young adult fiction, local history, memoirs, philosophy, and just plain, lettered fun. It starts in earnest at 11:30 at the Barnes & Noble Southland Center in Racine.

See you there!

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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