Post Mortem Press has unveiled the final cover art for my novel, LOSING TOUCH, featuring a cover blurb by W.D. Gagliani. Gary McCluskey, who provided cover art for Gina Rinalli’s DAYS LONG DEAD, by Luke Keiosk’s THE GREENWICH MEMOIRS, and Everett Bell’s THEY COME AT MIDNIGHT, also painted Morgan Dunsmore’s disintegrating face.
LOSING TOUCH cover art by Gary McCluskey.
Morgan Dunsmore feels like everything is out of reach–a paying job, a healthy marriage, and even a good bowel movement. Complicated by his wife’s recent back surgery, Morgan tries to protect his wife and kids from his anxieties, not to mention their financial burdens, but that just pushes them away even further.
And in the middle of it all, he starts to lose his tangibility.
He may be able to walk through walls, but that ability comes with a price. He has to learn not just how to control it, but how to use it without anyone finding out, not even his family. He doesn’t want to become a circus freak or government test subject while providing for his wife and kids, but there doesn’t seem to be any honest work for a man who can secretly phase through solid matter. The temptations, on the other hand–the temptations are endless, and when he succumbs to the first, the rest begin to fall like dominoes…
Here’s what some of my horror colleagues are saying about LOSING TOUCH:
- “For anyone ever wishing for a superpower, this book will punch you in the face and ask, ‘Really, you idiot?’ At once frightening, touching, and all-too-human, LOSING TOUCH is a unique gem of a read.”
– Elizabeth Massie, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of SINEATER, DESPER HOLLOW, and HELL GATE
- “A fun, dark, refreshingly-original science fiction tale that never loses sight of what is most important: character. Among all the highs and lows that come with Morgan’s growing (super?) power, Larsen has a lot to say about the human condition, and the pressure-filled tightrope walk that is adult life with a young family. Don’t let this one slip through your fingers! (Unless you share Morgan’s affliction).”
– Justin McConnell, writer & director of THE ETERNAL and THE COLLAPSED
- “LOSING TOUCH is an exciting adventure that travels at a lightning-quick pace through doppelgangers and quantum tunneling. What happens when a normal family man has the ability to thrust his hands through solid objects? Larsen has delivered an original, impressive debut. Don’t miss it.”
– Jeani Rector, editor of THE HORROR ZINE and author of PESTILENCE: A MEDIEVAL TALE OF PLAGUE
- “It’s been said there are amateur writers and unpublished and unknown pro writers. Larsen’s writing was unknown to me. But after reading LOSING TOUCH I can recommend his work without reservation. He is indeed a solid pro. The novel has an unusual premise, the prose precise, the plot compelling, and the story has satisfying closure. Do yourself a favor, read this interesting novel. Then you, like me, will watch for his byline.”
– Gene O’Neill, Bram Stoker Award®-winning author of TASTE OF TENDERLOIN and DANCE OF THE BLUE LADY AND OTHER STORIES
- “Christian A. Larsen’s LOSING TOUCH is a near-perfect blend of the hyperreal and the surreal, turning the microscope on everyman Morgan Dunsmore, an unemployed copywriter and family man who is forced to confront the black hole of his own inadequacy and his inability to provide for wife and sons. Suddenly afflicted with a strange super-power that allows him to phase through solid objects, he may have found the answer to all his problems—or he may have found his own undoing. For Morgan’s journey is an uncomfortable ride through conscience and subconscious, simultaneously humorous and tragic, ultimately offering the chance for a redemption we all hope we might have. Reminiscent of Michael Louis Calvillo’s best work, LOSING TOUCH is a morality tale that flirts with Horror’s “Bizarro” sub-genre without losing either control or its protagonist’s humanity. Larsen’s novel is a winner not because it shocks or goes for the gross-out (even though it touches on subjects we don’t often see), but because it will make you think—and feel—human.”
– W.D. Gagliani, Bram Stoker Award®-nominated author of WOLF’S TRAP and SAVAGE NIGHTS
- “Phase through LOSING TOUCH and materialize on the other side having absorbed something marvelous. From the opening scene to conclusion, Larsen writes with an expert hand and keeps you immersed in a novel reminiscent to early King. The special power in this case is quantum tunneling, or “phasing” and the subject matter is handled with honest realism, pulling you directly through the page.”
– Michael Bailey, multi award-winning author of PALINDROME HANNAH, PHOENIX ROSE, PSYCHOTROPIC DRAGON, and editor of CHIRAL MAD
- “If a good fairy grants you a wish, don’t wish to walk through walls. But if you like occasional grimy realism in a sometimes hard-hitting story, here it is.”
– Piers Anthony, author of the NY Times bestselling Xanth series
LOSING TOUCH will be available on Amazon.com starting June 25, but you can pick up a copy ahead of that date at Post Mortem Press table during the World Horror Convention June 13-16, and at the Chicago launch event at The Aberdeen Tap from 1-4 on June 23. Read Between the Lynes Bookstore will also be holding a signing event in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, June 30th between 11-1.