Halloween week underway after Iannelli HorrorFest

Posted in News on October 27, 2014 by Christian

The ghosts of Chicagoland’s greatest artisans listened in as five of the area’s spookiest authors read from their newest and most popular works yesterday at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge. John Everson, Richard Thomas, Brian Pinkerton, J. Michael Major, and I each read in the shadow of Iannelli’s Madonna in the main room in front of an intimate and enthusiastic crowd at Homegrown Horrorfest 2014.

Pinkerton, Major, Everson, Thomas and me (sitting).

Pinkerton, Major, Everson, Thomas and me (kneeling), after the event.

If you missed the festivities, you can troll each writer’s website (linked above), or live vicariously through our works, like THE FAMILY TREE by John Everson, BURNT TONGUES, an anthology edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer, KILLER’S DIARY by Brian Pinkerton, ONE MAN’S CASTLE by J. Michael Major, and my own novel, LOSING TOUCH. Everson, Thomas, and I also read from QUALIA NOUS, edited by Michael Bailey.

The Kalo Foundation was founded in 2006 to safeguard the artistic legacy of Park Ridge through education, advocacy, and preservation, and a portion of the proceeds from book sales at yesterday’s event benefitted the restoration of Iannelli Studios, where Alfonso Iannelli lived and worked at the center of a thriving artist colony in the early part of the 20th Century.

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.

Halloween week begins today at Iannelli Studios

Posted in News on October 26, 2014 by Christian

You never really outgrow story time. The stories may change, but experiencing a narrative roller coaster never gets old. From 2:00 to 5:00 this afternoon, come hear some of Chicagoland’s scariest authors read from their newest and most popular works as Halloween week gets underway.

Iannelli and wife, Margaret, 1916.

Iannelli and wife, Margaret in 1916 (Chicago Daily News).

Brian Pinkerton (author of KILLER’S DIARY), Richard Thomas (editor of THE NEW BLACK), J. Michael Major (ONE MAN’S CASTLE), and John Everson (THE FAMILY TREE), will join me as we read and sign books this afternoon at Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge.

The event is free, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of all titles will benefit the Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge, which was founded in 2006 to safeguard the artistic legacy of the city through education, advocacy, and preservation.

Alfonso Iannelli was a sculptor, artist, and industrial designer who’s studios at the corner of Northwest Highway and Elm Street in Park Ridge grew to become one of Chicagoland’s most famous art studios in the early 20th century.

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.

Horror writers converge tonight at Racine B&N

Posted in News on October 24, 2014 by Christian

Halloween is a mere seven days away, and tonight’s the night to start the festivities … at the Racine Barnes & Noble on South Green Bay Road. I will be part of the author’s panel at 6:00 p.m., as we talk with each other (and you) about horror, why we write it and why we read it.

Participating authors include W.D. Gagliani (WOLF’S TRAP), David Benton (AWKWARD SILENCES), Christine Verstraete (GIRL Z: MY LIFE AS A TEENAGE ZOMBIE), and Linda Godfrey (AMERICAN MONSTERS). I’m told there will also be copies of LOSING TOUCH on hand.

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

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

At 7:00 p.m., Godfrey will be discussing her latest release, AMERICAN MONSTERS, a comprehensive guide covering the history, sightings and lore surrounding the most mysterious monsters in America—including Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, and more. Godfrey will also be answering your questions about her experiences and what inspires her.

The program is free, and starts at 6:00 p.m. sharp. You’ll find the Racine Barnes & Noble in the Southland Center at 2710 South Green Bay Road. 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.

PR Journal-Topics: Get Spooked At Kalo

Posted in News on October 23, 2014 by Christian

In this week’s issue, the Park Ridge Journal & Topics previews Sunday’s Homegrown Horrorfest 2014 at Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge, featuring readings from Brian PinkertonJ. Michael MajorJohn Everson, Richard Thomas, and me:

The Journal | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Page 13A

The Journal | Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | Page 13A

We will be reading from some of our newest and most popular works, and personalizing copies for those who wish to purchase books.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts of the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center at 255 N. Northwest Highway in Park Ridge, which was the home and workspace of Alfonso Iannelli.

In addition to collaborating with architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Iannelli designed the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge and the Rock of Gibraltar relief at One Prudential Plaza 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.

LOSING TOUCH, QUALIA NOUS, coming to SE Wisc. Festival of Books

Posted in News on October 16, 2014 by Christian
QUALIA NOUS, featuring Stephen King's "The Jaunt".

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

For four straight years, the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books has been a book lover’s dream, with presentations, performances, creativity, and conversation … and Saturday, November 8th, I’ll be among the authors signing, bringing with me copies of LOSING TOUCH and QUALIA NOUS, which features my short story, “Cataldo’s Copy”, and “The Jaunt” by horror icon Stephen King.

Yep, that Stephen King.

QUALIA NOUS, edited by Michael Bailey, is Written Backwards’s first dedicated foray into the sci-fi end of the horror spectrum, and contains the work of thirty writers, award-winners and bestsellers among them:

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

Now available in paperback, Kindle, and Nook formats.

I’ll be signing QUALIA NOUS, LOSING TOUCH, and other titles in the Author’s Marketplace on the campus of UW-Waukesha between 11:30 and 4:00. But I’m just the undercard. Over 60 authors from around the country will be taking part in the festivities, including book signings and readings, a cookbook stage and demonstrations, panel discussions, and events for adults and young adults. Click here for directions.

This is the 5th year for this free community-wide event which is organized by the UW-Waukesha Foundation in cooperation with community groups that include the Waukesha County Federated Library System, the Waukesha Public Library, the Literacy Council of Greater Waukesha, and Martha Merrell’s Books and Cafe.

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.

Herald-Advocate covers QUALIA NOUS

Posted in News on October 14, 2014 by Christian

In a recent edition of its entertainment section, the Park Ridge Herald Advocate and Sun-Times Media Group reported on QUALIA NOUS, the sci-fi/horror anthology from Written Backwards:

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

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

In good company…

Park Ridge native Christian A. Larsen, a 1993 Maine South High School graduate, is sharing space with bestselling author Stephen King; William F. Nolan, who wrote “Logan’s Run;” and Gary Braunbeck, who won the Bram Stoker Award seven times.

They all have stories in “Qualia Nous.” The science fiction-horror anthology is available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com. Larsen’s contribution is a short story, “Cataldo’s Copy.”

He is also the author of the novel, “Losing Touch” (Post Mortem Press).

Edited by Michael Bailey, QUALIA NOUS features pieces from thirty writers, including two poems from Marge Simon:

QUALIA NOUS is available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble, and you can also pick up a copy signed by three of the contributors at Homegrown Horrorfest at Iannelli Studios in Park Ridge. John Everson (author of THE FAMILY TREE), Richard Thomas (editor of THE NEW BLACK), and I will be reading and signing our newest and most popular works, along with J. Michael Major (author of ONE MAN’S CASTLE) and Brian Pinkerton (KILLER’S DIARY).

The event is free, and a portion of the proceeds from each book sale will go toward supporting the Kalo Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2006 to safeguard the artistic legacy of of Park Ridge through education, advocacy, and preservation.

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.

31% off BLEED helps you fight cancer for less

Posted in News on October 11, 2014 by Christian
Use promo code HALLOWEEN31 for 31% off.

Use promo code HALLOWEEN31 for 31% off the cover price.

September was Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fight the good fight in October.

Perpetual Motion Machine Publishing’s anthology BLEED is on sale this month for 31% off the cover price when you buy from the publisher, and as always, the proceeds from each sale go to the National Children’s Cancer Society.

Every year, doctors diagnose over 15,000 kids with cancer, and that’s in the United States alone. Imagine being one of 15,000 families with a child suffering from cancer. One is too many, but 15,000? It’s a fight worth fighting.

You won’t beat cancer by buying a book, but you can nudge us closer to a cure. Edited by Lori Michelle, BLEED features the following terrifying–and touching–poems, essays, and stories:

It’s October, as good a month as any to stick it to childhood cancer. Click here to donate to the National Children’s Cancer Society, or click here to buy BLEED in paperback or eBook formats for 31% off the cover price, but be sure to enter the promo code HALLOWEEN31.

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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