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.

LOSING TOUCH reading at From the Beyond Con in August

Posted in News on April 26, 2015 by Christian
Coming August 8th to Schurz High School in Chicago.

Coming August 8th to Schurz High School in Chicago.

Come to Schurz High School on August 8th for the From the Beyond Sci-Fi and Fantasy Con, where I’ll be reading from LOSING TOUCH, and signing copies of my sci-fi and horror books, including the anthology SHRIEKS & SHIVERS, which features short stories by William F. Nolan (LOGAN’S RUN), Elizabeth Massie (SINEATER), and Joe McKinney (FLESH EATERS).

In addition to cosplay and any number of vendors, From the Beyond will also be hosting a film festival, featuring some of the best independent sci-fi and fantasy films that you’ve never seen, as well as the “To The Stars” sci-fi short story competition, which is open for entries until May 31. Click here for entry rules and details if you’re an author, and if you’re a sci-fi/fantasy enthusiast, make plans to attend From the Beyond on August 8th!

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 area authors on Saturday at B&N

Posted in News on April 2, 2015 by Christian

51fMvRwwKsL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Spring is in the air, more or less, and Barnes & Noble in Racine is celebrating this Saturday with it’s sixth annual Spring Author’s Day. I’ll be part of the discussion on horror and fiction in general between 12:00 noon and 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), 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), G.J. Wise (SPIRITWOOD), and me (LOSING TOUCH).

From 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., local interest and history authors take the stage, including 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.

Kirkus: QUALIA NOUS “is of a uniformly high quality”

Posted in Book Reviews, News on April 1, 2015 by Christian

Kirkus Reviews has published a glowing review of Michael Bailey’s latest anthology from Written Backwards, QUALIA NOUS, which features my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”:

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

QUALIA NOUS, nominated for a 2014 Stoker Award®.

In his introduction to this anthology, Bailey grimly ruminates on the nature of the potential immortality of art, even as its creators are condemned to eventual annihilation: “Every author in Qualia Nous will die. Yes, that is blunt, and a horrifying thought, but their words and the worlds they have created will survive (perchance in the infinite).” The liminal space between the infinite and the finite is much on the mind of the writers contained within this volume, including heavy hitters of the genre such as Stephen King, Gene O’Neill, Lucy A. Snyder, Richard Thomas, Jason V. Brock, James Chambers, Pat R. Steiner, and John Everson. With 25 stories, two poems, and four novelettes, the tome is a dense compendium of psychological horror rooted in the realm of hard sci-fi. The anthology offers a particularly literary-minded selection from the genres, with pieces that blend character study and emotionally complex narrative with plot-and-suspense-driven premises…

Read the rest of the review here, and if you’re not totally sold on this anthology, why, then … get a load of this table of contents:

Click here to order a paperback copy of QUALIA NOUS, one of the five nominees for the 2015 Bram Stoker Award® for superior achievement in an anthology, to be presented 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.

Run, don’t walk, to The Dead Walk Fest

Posted in News on March 27, 2015 by Christian

Tomorrow and Sunday, the dead walk at Schurz High School in Chicago. I’ll be there signing copies of LOSING TOUCH, the anthology SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS, featuring my zombie short story, “Center Stage Sideshow”, and the Bram Stoker Award®-nominated anthology QUALIA NOUS, featuring my story “Cataldo’s Copy” and “The Jaunt” by Stephen King.

You’ll want to come for the vendor’s room–and stay for the movies, like the zom-com CHIP AND BERNIE’S ZOMANCE, a buddy-comedy featuring Tim Conway (“McHale’s Navy”, “The Carol Burnett Show”, “Dorf”) about a reality tv show set during the zombie apocalypse, screening tomorrow at 4:00:

Or if you like your zombie movies gritty and dark, there’s DEAD WEIGHT, an independent feature film set and shot in Central Wisconsin by Oshkosh natives Adam Bartlett and John Pata, screening tomorrow at 7:00:

Wrapping up the film festival on Sunday is CHRYSALIS, screening at 6:00. In CHRYSALIS, a weaponized virus turns most of humanity into mindless cannibals who destroy civilization and hunt down the survivors:

1779924_662468783866944_8898726023684927380_nAnd those are just some of the movies screening this weekend at The Dead Walk Fest hosted by Schurz High School. Tickets are just $15 at the door for two full days of movies, memorabilia, books, and of course, the zombie walk on Sunday, so get your best zombie getup and be part of the fun.

If you need some tips, special-effects master Joe Mistretta will also be holding a separately-ticketed workshop on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. called “How to Spill Blood”. If you love gore, you will not want to miss this session.

I’ll be sharing a table this weekend with Burial Day Books, publishers of GOTHIC BLUE BOOK IV: THE FOLKLORE EDITION, featuring a story by THE WALKING DEAD novelist Jay Bonansinga.

Hope to 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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