QUALIA NOUS “is an absolute gem”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on October 1, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Essayist and short story writer Kari J. Wolfe has posted a nice review of QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author Michael Bailey, featuring my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”:

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King's "The Jaunt".

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”.

Out of all the books I have reviewed recently, QUALIA NOUS is right up there for me with Jeff VanderMeer’s SOUTHERN REACH trilogy.

Qualia is defined as “instances of subjective, conscious experience; the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions arising from the stimulation of the senses by phenomena; the way it feels to have mental states.”

Nous is defined as “intellections; awareness; perception; understanding; reason; thought; intuition; the faculty of the human mind; having the ability to understand what is true or real; practical intelligence.”

Put them together and you have a mix of the psychological side of science fiction and horror, the latest anthology produced by Michael Bailey of Written Backwards. Bailey has put together a collection of thirty-one stories that is not only a complete pleasure to read, but to savor every word. This wasn’t a book that I wanted to skim through quickly and throw on a shelf to collect dust.

The anthology starts with a short story entitled “The Jaunt” by Stephen King. Yes, THAT Stephen King. The story is about a family getting ready to go on their first interplanetary journey by teleportation. It’s a simple story, as most King stories are, but the twist at the end will send chills down your spine…

Read the rest of the review here. And if you’re not already totally sold on QUALIA NOUS, here’s what you’ll find between the covers (which Bailey designed and created himself):

Click here to order a paperback copy of QUALIA NOUS, and when you’re done, 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.

LOSING TOUCH to be part of Barnes & Noble’s HorrorFest 2014

Posted in News on September 29, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Halloween starts a week early this year. Barnes & Noble in Racine is hosting HorrorFest 2014 on Friday, October 24th, and I’ll be part of the authors’ panel between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m., talking about LOSING TOUCH and writing horror.

Rumor has it that Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author W.D. Gagliani, author of WOLF’S  CUT will also have a seat on the panel, along with a number of other great horror authors.

From 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., Linda Godfrey, author of WEIRD WISCONSIN, will be conducting a workshop about writing, research, and the craft of horror. Godfrey’s specialty is local cryptozoology, so if you’ve seen a hodag or chupacabra in your backyard, she might be able to help you with that.

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

LOSING TOUCH on the shelf at Barnes & Noble.

At 8:00 p.m., the open house begins–which is your chance to talk to some of the area’s spookiest writers about their work, and maybe pick up a signed volume in the process.

And the best part is, when it’s all over, Halloween is still a week away, so if you like the holiday as much as I do, going to Barnes & Noble’s HorrorFest 2014 will help turn an afternoon of trick-or-treating into the weeklong festival it deserves to be.

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 A FEAST OF FRIGHTS for just 99¢

Posted in News on September 25, 2014 by Christian Larsen
A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, now on sale for just 99¢.

A FEAST OF FRIGHTS, now on sale for just 99¢.

Jeani Rector, editor of The Horror Zine, has read a lot of horror fiction in her time. She grew up a horror fan and loved it so much, she founded the magazine, which is all about the horror.

She has also edited five anthologies featuring contributors such as Joe R. Lansdale, Graham Masterton, and Ramsey Campbell, and she says that A FEAST OF FRIGHTS is “the scariest book that The Horror Zine has ever produced.”

And its on sale now for just 99¢. But the sale ends tomorrow…

Now is your chance to download the eBook that Bentley Little, author of the Bram Stoker Award®-winning novel THE REVELATION, calls “amazing stuff”. That’s less than a buck for all of this:

If you enjoy A FEAST OF FRIGHTS as much as I think you will, you should also consider WHAT FEARS BECOME, SHADOW MASTERS, and SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, coming in early 2015 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.

QUALIA NOUS is “infinitely worthwhile”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on September 24, 2014 by Christian Larsen

Amazon has posted its first review of QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Bram Stoker Award®-nominated Michael Bailey, and it’s a doozy. Five-stars from C. Vale for the latest Written Backwards publication:

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King's "The Jaunt".

QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”.

This book is a beauty. I take it everywhere I go in case I have a few minutes to sneak in just one more page, which has led to my meeting a variety of folks. They stop me, often with necks craned to one side because they’re too impatient to wait for the answer, and ask, “What is that you’re reading?” I gladly stop and show them the cover and the definitions of the title words and explain that while it’s technically a horror anthology, it’s also so much more than that description allows.

I tell them that Michael Bailey seems only able to put together intriguing, thought-provoking, high-quality literary anthologies that hover just above genre descriptions. They walk away as impressed with the heavy-hitters listed on the TOC as they were by the cover art.

During my first read through, I was excited to see a story early on by Lori Michelle. I had purchased BLEED a few months ago and knew her to be a capable editor and effective writer (I also send healing thoughts to her family regularly since reading her story). “Shades of Naught” flattened me. She seemed to take an underdeveloped, wisp of a thought/fear that I had in the back of my head and develop it into a well thought out and fascinating story. Beautifully done.

Christian A. Larsen’s “Cataldo’s Copy” was another unsettling, off-kilter, and graphic work in the same vein as his “724” and LOSING TOUCH – both of which I have come to love. It’s the type of quiet, creeping horror that he does masterfully. And, hopefully this won’t ruin his reputation, but I found it to be one of the sweetest, most life-affirming stories that I’ve read in a while.

Then came “The Neighborhood Has a Barbecue” by Max Booth III…like Lori Michelle, I had come to know Max Booth III as a capable editor first with his SO IT GOES tribute to Kurt Vonnegut. Now I find him turning the human v. machine paradigm on its head and myself enjoying the building anticipation that led to an unpredictable ending.

When I last left off with Pat R. Steiner, he had me disturbed, saddened and horrified. In other words, I had read his “The Shoe Tree” in CHIRAL MAD. The same qualities popped up in his “Kilroy Wasn’t There” but were encased in a very different style, showing off his versatility…

Read the rest of the review here, and if you haven’t read QUALIA NOUS for yourself yet, here’s what your missing–selections from thirty writers, including one very conspicuous household name, right there to lead it off:

Click here to order QUALIA NOUS, the latest anthology from Michael Bailey … and when you’re done, 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.

Usher in Autumn with LOSING TOUCH at Andrea’s Gifts in Kenosha

Posted in News on September 17, 2014 by Christian Larsen
Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Celebrate the last day of summer and support the Kenosha Literacy Council and Kenosha Public Library with a LOSING TOUCH signing event at Andrea’s Gifts in Kenosha.

I’ll see you Sunday between noon to 2 p.m, and you football fans don’t even have to worry about missing the Bears game. They play the Jets on Monday night. (Packer fans can swing by during halftime–or whenever the Packers put the game out of reach and bury the Lions.)

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will go toward the Kenosha Literacy Council and the Kenosha Public Library, which is reason enough to go, but then, Andreas Gift’s is always reason enough to go.

Here’s a look at the roster of authors who will be on hand:

Last day of summer, right? Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream soda or malted milkshake at the soda fountain. Autumn chill in the air? How about a steamy cup of coffee or bowl of savory soup?

Getting a jump on your holiday shopping? Andrea’s Gifts always has a curious selection of gifts, and a friendly, helpful staff to help you choose if you’re stumped.

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.

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS is an Amazon bestseller … two years later!

Posted in News on September 10, 2014 by Christian Larsen
FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, now available at Amazon.

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS, now available at Amazon.

Nearly two years after its publication, FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS (West Pigeon Press), featuring my short story, “724”, is a top-50 horror anthology at Amazon.com. Contributor Doug Murano alerted me to the fact this afternoon, and at last check, VEIL was #45 for  paperbacks and #41 for Kindle.

John Boden of SHOCK TOTEM says that FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS “contains some brilliant work” and is “well worth your time and money” … and that is especially true with the paperback listing at $6.30, and the Kindle edition coming in at 99¢.

In writing for ONE TITLE REVIEWS, Samantha Moore says “These stories are grittier, more terrifying, many of which break typical literary style and form. Some of these pieces take older horror themes and reinvent them; others stand alone in originality and style.”

And in its review, Unspeakable Gibberer writes that FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS makes “the reader say, ‘I’ve never read anything like that.’ Each one of these stories impacted me in some way, whether it was out of fear or discomfort.”

FOR WHEN THE VEIL DROPS features “resonant, unbridled dark fiction” from the following authors:

Choose the paperback or Kindle edition available at Amazon.com, each for less than $7.00.

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.

Jack the Ripper identified? Check ZOMBIE JESUS antho for more crackpot theories

Posted in News on September 8, 2014 by Christian Larsen

So by now you may have heard the hubbub that Aaron Kosminski, a contemporary suspect in the Whitechapel murders, has been identified as Jack the Ripper in a mitochondrial DNA analysis of one of the victim’s shawls. Wow, and here I thought it was the Loch Ness Monster:

In ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES (Dark Moon Books), you’ll find E.F. Schraeder’s theory presented in “The Helpful Doctor” nestled between the Nessie-is-Jack bunko and the schizophrenic woman-hater slicing up prostitutes before his enforced incarceration on the believability spectrum, but you can’t rule it out. Or can you?

Of course you can.

Or can’t.

ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, now available at Amazon.com.

ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES, now available at Amazon.com.

Same goes for all the stories brought together by ZOMBIE JESUS editor Max Booth III, like my wild-eyed ideas in “Sic Semper Versipellis” about why John Wilkes Booth really assassinated Abraham Lincoln … and it all adds up!

Each of the following tales touch on major flash points of western history, giving us a new perspective on all of them:

Pick up a copy of ZOMBIE JESUS AND OTHER TRUE STORIES and find out what your high school history teacher didn’t want you to know–the crackpot theories of a bunch of nutty writer types.

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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