Kenosha News: “He’s Not Scared of Writing”

Posted in News on March 2, 2015 by Christian

In response to QUALIA NOUS receiving a Bram Stoker Award® nomination for superior achievement in an anthology, the Kenosha News has published a feature on my career so far, which includes my contributions to QUALIA NOUS and SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, as well as my novel, LOSING TOUCH:

Me (rear) with three of my works (front row).

Photo courtesy of Christine A. Verstraete (Kenosha News).

Kenosha author Christian A. Larsen has been a teacher and a broadcaster. Now he can say he’s the author of a short story in a Bram Stoker Award-nominated anthology.

Larsen’s short story, “Cataldo’s Copy,” is among the 30 stories published in the anthology “Qualia Nous” that was recently nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in an Anthology by the Horror Writers Association.

The anthology also includes “The Jaunt” by Stephen King and “A New Man” by “Logan’s Run” author William F. Nolan. It is available through Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers.

Winners will be announced May 9 at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.

Call it the Oscar for horror writers; previous winners include Joyce Carol Oates, JK Rowling and King and others.

“It’s the award for horror authors,” said the 40-year-old Larsen.

His first novel, “Losing Touch,” is the story of a man who tries to improve his life with his ability to walk through walls and includes a foreword by New York Times best-selling author Piers Anthony

Click here to read the rest of the article by reporter Christine Verstraete. And if you don’t have copies of QUALIA NOUS, SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, or LOSING TOUCH yet, come see me at The Dead Walk Fest at Schurz High School in Chicago on March 28th and 29th, or the Spring Authors’ Day at Barnes & Noble in Racine on April 4th.

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 SHRIEKS & SHIVERS at The Dead Walk Fest

Posted in News on February 28, 2015 by Christian

1779924_662468783866944_8898726023684927380_nHey, Chicago horror fans … get a load of The Dead Walk Fest on March 28th and 29th at Schurz High School. I’ll be signing copies of my novel, LOSING TOUCH, the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated anthology QUALIA NOUS, and SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, featuring my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”, which touches on the undead motif of the event.

Burial Day Books, publishers of the Gothic Blue Book series, will also have a presence, and will be selling copies of GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION, featuring a story by THE WALKING DEAD novelist Jay Bonansinga.

In addition to the vendor’s room, you’ll be able to enjoy all the films, the zombie walk inside the building, the zombie costume contest, and the makeup effects workshop presented by Joe Mistretta. Saturday and Sunday passes are $7.00, weekend passes are $12.00, and the workshop is just $20.00. The zombie walk and costume contest on Sunday are included in the price of admission.

Here is the schedule of films for each day:

Saturday

Sunday

Click here for tickets to The Dead Walk Fest, presented by Breaking Fate Entertainment, and I’ll see you March 28th and 29th at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago.

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 nominated for Bram Stoker Award®

Posted in News on February 23, 2015 by Christian
QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology edited by Michael Bailey and featuring my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”, has been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in an anthology.

My story is just one of many, including “The Jaunt” by Stephen King, which leads off the table of contents.

In addition to the antho nod, two stories in QUALIA NOUS have been singled out for superior achievement in short fiction: “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman Tanveer Malik and “Ruminations” by Rena Mason.

Here is the entire table of contents:

The Bram Stoker Award® winners will be announced May 9th at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta.

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 Spring Author’s Day coming April 4

Posted in News on February 15, 2015 by Christian
Featuring the work of David Benton and W.D. Gagliani.

Featuring the work of David Benton and W.D. Gagliani.

Barnes & Noble in Racine is hosting its sixth Spring Author’s Day on April 4th, and I’ll be among the panelists during the horror and genre fiction authors’ discussion from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Childrens’ authors will open the event from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, including Karen Franco (JACOB’S HOOP), Linda Hocutt (WHERE’S CHARLIE?), Norma Lundstrom (ALL FAMILIES ARE SPECIAL), Rachel McNamara (MISTER E. CATERPILLAR), and Jennifer Nitz (RUBIX RUCKUS REUBENSTEIN TAKES HIMSELF ON A HIKE).

The horror and genre fiction authors’ discussion is next, featuring Dave Benton (X FILES: TRUST NO ONE), Bridget Birdsall (DOUBLE EXPOSURE), JoBe Cerny (TAYLOR STREET FILE OF RED CIN), W.D. Gagliani (WOLF’S TRAP), Bernice Willims (CHILD OF THE HEART), C.J. Wise (SPIRITWOOD), and me (LOSING TOUCH).

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

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

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., local interest and history authors take the stage, including Laurel Bragstad (IN THE COMFORT OF SHADOWS), Marcie Eanes (SENSUAL SOUNDS), George Fennell (RACINE, WISCONSIN), Carol Schaufel (BY THE GRACE OF GOD AND YOU), and Barbara & Ken Wardius (WISCONSIN LIGHTHOUSES).

Theology becomes the focus from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. with authors Anita Meyer (THE PRIMORDIAL LANGUAGE), Alice Stacionis (THE JOURNEY TO NOW AND BEYOND), and Darlene, Junia, Rodney, Sheryl & Titus Waldner (HUTTERITES: OUR STORY OF FREEDOM) taking the stage.

From 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., mingle and chat with the authors during the open house, and maybe pick up a signed copy of a book or two that piques your interest. Barnes & Noble in Racine brings writers and readers together on Saturday, April 4th, so if you’re a reader, you don’t want to miss this!

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.

“Get your fix” of horror with SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS

Posted in Book Reviews, News on February 3, 2015 by Christian

Fangoria has published a nice review of SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, written by PATRICK actress and horror aficionado Camilla Jackson. The latest anthology edited by Jeani Rector of The Horror Zine features my short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”:

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Click to read the full review, in situ.

Horror Zine founder and editor, Jeani Rector has masterfully put together a collection of spine-chilling and macabre tales in her third installment of anthologies, SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS FROM THE HORROR ZINE. The bite-sized short stories showcase Rector’s flair as not just an editor, but for seeking out the best in known and up and coming talent in the horror fiction genre in her third offering from THE HORROR ZINE. And although a new publisher is on board for this anthology (Post Mortem Press) the novel still follows the same solid format as the two previous compilations.

Bentley Little (THE REVELATION) gives deserved praise for Rector and her series of anthologies in his foreword that additionally conveys his sadness that this may be the last anthology in the series, concluding that SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS could potentially attain collectors item status, featuring stories from the likes of the next Stephen Kings and Clive Barkers. In John Russo’s (NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD) preface, ‘A Word About Zombies’, Russo muses on certain Zombie characteristics that took shape in NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD as well as the careful thought and consideration that was put into their fabled idiosyncratic quirks.

Like a sommelier of horror fiction, Rector has placed 31 authors at an equable level, fusing emerging writers with notable scribes such as William F. Nolan, Rena Mason, Elizabeth Massie and Joe McKinney, making this not only diverse in styles, but with the choice of anti-hero stretching from the typical zombie to utterly imaginative and unforeseen takes on the malefactor. Some examples include a ruthless tapeworm, supernatural sideshow freaks…

Read the rest of Jackson’s review here, so you can be sure you’re getting an excellent book … which you totally are. SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS is now available from Post Mortem Press in Kindlepaperback, and hardcover editions. Why not pick up a copy and 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.

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.
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