Hear TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD at B&N in Racine

Posted in News on July 1, 2015 by Christian
Coming June 14...

Coming June 14 from HarperCollins.

If you went to high school in America after the Kennedy assassination, you probably read TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Harper Lee’s only novel. It won a Pulitzer, was adapted into a film starring Gregory Peck, and birthed a million horrible theme papers … and now it’s got its very own sequel: GO SET A WATCHMAN, penned by Lee before she wrote MOCKINGBIRD, making it a prequel of sorts, but set 30 years later.

WATCHMAN is scheduled for release July 14, and Barnes & Noble in Racine is celebrating with a read-a-thon of MOCKINGBIRD from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Monday, July 13. I’ll be reading from 7:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., which is probably before the ham costume part, but still pretty cool. Other readers include Jordan Debbink (HEROES OF FAITH), Gavin Schmitt (THE MILWAUKEE MAFIA), and Elizabeth Ridley (SEARCHING FOR CELIA).

The event is absolutely free and part of Barnes & Noble’s read-a-thon at their stores nationwide, so if you don’t live or work near Racine, Wisconsin, you’ll be able to find a Barnes & Noble near you, where you can listen to passages read aloud from TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD on Monday, July 13.

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.

Pick up LOSING TOUCH at GRASP

Posted in News on June 13, 2015 by Christian
Coming June 27-28 to Grand Rapids.

Coming June 27-28 to Grand Rapids.

Hey, Michiganders … I’m making my first “official” visit to the Mitten State on June 27-28. I’ll be signing copies of LOSING TOUCH at the GRASP Comic Expo in Grand Rapids along with fellow Post Mortem Press authors Joe Williams (JUSTIFY THE THRILL), Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and C. Bryan Brown (THEY ARE AMONG US).

GRASP stands for “Grand Rapids Alternative Small Press” but there will be loads of big talent on hand, including comic book writers, creators, and artists, and if you want to jump start a career in the business, there will be plenty of seminars and presentations to help you take the first step … or that next step.

The GRASP Comic Expo runs the weekend of June 27-28 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern) at the DeltaPlex in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Tickets are just $15 for a two-day pass, or $10 for either Saturday or Sunday. Kids ages 5-12 are five bucks a day, and under five are free.

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 things I learned at Printer’s Row Lit Fest

Posted in News, Observations & Musings on June 6, 2015 by Christian
Pick it up in person, or pick it up online!

Pick it up in person, or pick it up online!

Had a fantastic “Day One” at Printer’s Row Lit Fest with fellow Post Mortem Press authors C. Bryan Brown (THEY ARE AMONG US), Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and Michael Matula (SECOND CHANCE), but being there a third time reminded me that these types of events are like fingerprints: incriminating.

Damningly, damningly incriminating.

But it wasn’t all embarrassment and culpability. I sold a few copies of my novel LOSING TOUCH, as well as the anthologies THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, both of which include stories of mine.

Also, I learned several important life lessons. Five to be exact:

  1. There was once a cereal called ‘Yummy Mummy’. Wikipedia tells me that this is British slang for rich, young moms who are also good cooks, but in 1987, General Mills thought that sugar-starved American kids would also like to eat desiccated corpse-themed cereal.

    Dear God.

    Dear God.

  2. Orange juice just tastes better when Pelayo pours it. I don’t know what her secret is, but boyo, all that vitamin C had me feeling pretty good for a while. So good, in fact, that I had to sit down before gravity took the choice out of my hands.
  3. Downtown parking lots have “event” rates that are much higher, but not as clearly posted. This is Chicago, and something I should have already known. It’s like getting kicked in the groin, though. Super painful, but you forget how bad it is until the next time.
  4. The Jedi mind trick does not work on prospective buyers. Not only is this tactic super ineffective, but I’m told that waving your hand in a stranger’s face while quietly intoning: “You will buy these books, now,” is considered somewhat rude. Friggin’ Toydarians.

    Republic credits are no good out here. I need something more real.

    Republic credits will do fine.

  5. You should never “mention” your publisher’s wife on Facebook while you’re known to be visiting a public restroom. Just trying to be efficient, wiping a few social network tasks off my mental white board, you know?

When I got back to the table, I had some ‘splainin’ to do, but I have been assured that all is forgiven… just like I have forgiven the Post Mortem Printer’s Row vets who were too busy being in other states to attend this year: Brian Dobbins (WITCH’S CARTEL), Josef Matulich (POWER TOOLS IN THE SACRED GROVE), and some guy named Max Booth III (TOXICITY).

No thoughts were stolen in the taking of this photograph.

No thoughts were stolen in the taking of this photograph. That I know of…

See you tomorrow at 531 South Dearborn for day two of Printer’s Row Lit Fest. What new and wonderful things will we learn together?

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.

Printer’s Row and LOSING TOUCH touched on during HSF podcast

Posted in News on June 5, 2015 by Christian

Jason R. Davis, author of CAUGHT IN THE WEB, has launched a new podcast called HSF Fiction, part of Shriek Speak Radio, and he was nice enough to make me his first guest. Visit this link to Listen to “Episode 1” (100% Jar Jar Binks-free) by clicking the play button under the written introduction.

Now available in paperback and e-book formats.

Now available in paperback and e-book formats.

“HSF” stands for “horror, science-fiction, and fantasy”, and Jason and I talked about all three, especially (but not exclusively) in conjunction with my novel, LOSING TOUCH, which combines those genres. We also discussed the anthologies QUALIA NOUS, a 2014 Bram Stoker Award® finalist, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, available now from Post Mortem Press.

We also more than mentioned Printer’s Row Lit Fest, which happens tomorrow and Sunday at and around West Polk and South Dearborn in Chicago. Jason will be there at the FoF Publishing table, signing copies of HATCHED and CAUGHT IN THE WEB. I’ll be at the Post Mortem Press table, personalizing copies of LOSING TOUCH and the anthology THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE.

While you’re there, enjoy music, food, and fun, including the panel discussion with Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), M.E. May (PURGED) and J. Michael Major (ONE MAN’S CASTLE) called “How to Write Serial Killers” in the Mystery Writers of America tent from 3-4 on Saturday. I am assuming it won’t be about how to correspond with people in prison, but you never know.

You never know what you’re gonna get at Printer’s Row Lit Fest, so in that way, it’s very much like a box of chocolates. Delicious, readable chocolates that you probably shouldn’t eat, unless you find a chocolatier selling little edible books, which would be kind of weird and cool, and I suppose, entirely possible.

So, in summation, listen to the podcast, and then come to Printer’s Row in Chicago this weekend. If you can find the Harold Washington Library, you can find the lit fest. We’ll 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.

Join Post Mortem Press at Printer’s Row

Posted in News on May 15, 2015 by Christian

Join me at this year’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago, June 6-7. I’ll be signing copies of LOSING TOUCH alongside my fellow Post Mortem Press authors Brian Dobbins (WITCH’S CARTEL), C. Bryan Brown (THEY ARE AMONG US), Cynthia Pelayo (SANTA MUERTE), and Michael Matula (TRY NOT TO BURN), who will also be signing copies of the sequel, TRY NOT TO BURN II.

Me and Max Booth (TOXICITY) at last year's event.

Me and Max Booth (TOXICITY) at last year’s event.

TRY NOT TO BURN is the story of a rookie cop who is killed in the line of duty and wakes up in Hell, and that’s just the beginning of the first book. It has been described as a cross between Dante’s INFERNO and THE MATRIX, so come to Printer’s Row for a signed copy of both volumes and get your freak on, buddy.

Aim for the intersection of West Polk and South Dearborn, and we’ll be at a booth along one of those axes. Not sure just where yet, but a stroll up and down the street couldn’t hurt. Along with small press vendors, you’ll find a load of other interesting stops, including antique and specialty booksellers, food, music, panels, writers’ groups, and tchotchkes like the baseball jerseys of famous writers. Can you guess what Douglas Adams’s jersey number is?

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.

Two tales in QUALIA NOUS bring home Stokers

Posted in News on May 10, 2015 by Christian
Now available in paperback via Amazon.com.

Now available in paperback via Amazon.com.

QUALIA NOUS, itself a finalist for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in an anthology, did not come away from last night’s ceremony empty-handed. Usman Tanveer Malik’s “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” and Rena Mason’s “Ruminations” both took home the award for Superior Achievement in Short Fiction.

In addition to my own story, “Cataldo’s Copy”, QUALIA NOUS also features the work of award-winners and bestsellers such as Gary Braunbeck, Elizabeth Massie, Thomas F. Monteleone, Lucy Snyder (who won two Stokers last night), John Everson, William F. Nolan, Gene O’Neill, and Stephen King, to name just a few. Edited by Michael Bailey, QUALIA NOUS is now available in paperback from Written Backwards.

Here are all of last night’s Stoker Award Winners:

Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee both won Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Horror Writer’s Association. ChiZine won the Specialty Press Award. QUALIA NOUS’s Rena Mason won the Silver Hammer Award, presented for outstanding service to the HWA. The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award was presented to Tom Calen, Brock Cooper, and Doug Murano, and the first annual Mentor of the Year award went to Kathy Ptacek.

And remember, to celebrate the Bram Stoker Awards® and the World Horror Convention, pick up the anthology SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS for your Kindle for just 99¢, on sale all month long 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.

Read SHRIEKS & SHIVERS for less than a buck!

Posted in News on May 7, 2015 by Christian
Just 99¢ for Kindle, for a limited time only.

99¢ for Kindle, for a limited time.

May brings flowers from April showers, along with the unofficial beginning of summer at Memorial Day. It also brings us the annual World Horror Convention and this years Bram Stoker Awards®. To celebrate, Post Mortem Press has lowered the price of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE for Kindle to only 99¢ for the entire month of May. SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS has over 30 all original short stories from many Stoker Award winners and nominees, including an original story from 2015 Grand Master William F. Nolan, and my story, “Center Stage Sideshow”.

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 also available in paperback. The Bram Stoker Awards® will be presented during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday.

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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