Meet me today at the Tinley Park Authors Expo and Book Fair

Posted in News on November 18, 2017 by Christian

Pick up your personalized copy of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH  today from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m at the Tinley Park Public Library during its 2nd Author Expo and Book Fair.

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Not only will I be bringing ghosts and gangsters to the mix, but I’ll be joined by these fine authors:

Be sure to visit all of our adult, teen, and children’s author tables to increase your chances of winning one of the raffle prizes: three bestseller book baskets and a $25 Amazon gift card. Each author will have 200 drawing tickets to hand out to patrons who visit their table, so the more tables you visit, the better your chances of winning!

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.
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THE BLACKENING OF FLESH comes to Tinley Park Nov. 18th

Posted in News on November 5, 2017 by Christian

If you’re not hearing Christmas music yet on your “favorite” light rock station, give it a minute. But let’s slow down a second. This is the month of thanksgiving. Sorry, let me try that again. This is the month of Thanksgiving–capital ‘T’. It’s coming … November 23rd. Turkey. Stuffing. Pumpkin pie. Maybe a little football. Let’s not whip by that.

But another date to circle is Saturday, November 18th. That’s when I’ll be at the Tinley Park Author Expo, signing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH in which a lonely high school graduate’s house is inhabited by the ghosts of five Prohibition-era gangsters–who are planning more than a heist … or a haunting.

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The past won’t stay buried.

If you’re looking for something a little more, um, upbeat, you’ll find plenty of humor, romance, fantasy, and self-help among the mystery, history, science-fiction, suspense, thrillers, and more. With more than 25 children’s, teen, and adult authors on hand, you’re sure to find something that appeals to you, or readers on your holiday gift list.

Sorry. Too soon?

Plus, the more authors you visit, the better your odds of winning a special gift basket filled with an Amazon gift card, bestsellers, and some library swag. Each author will be handing out drawing tickets in addition to talking about their publications, the craft of writing, and topics related to their preferred genres.

It all happens Saturday, November 18th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Tinley Park Public Library at 7851 Timber Drive in Tinley Park. No registration. No tickets needed. Just come ready to find a new title or two.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

Stephen & Owen King visit Milwaukee

Posted in News on October 1, 2017 by Christian

At first blush, it might seem like horror writers never get out–that we spend our lives hunched over a manual typewriter, tapping out nightmares barricaded in our homes like Dr. Muñoz from H.P. Lovecraft’s “Cool Air”, but we were out in force last night. Stephen King and his son, Owen, visited the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee as part of their tour to promote their collaborative novel, SLEEPING BEAUTIES. To the horror community, what better excuse is there to come out for a few hours and associate with the living?

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It was our Woodstock.

I attended the event with Rondo Award-winner Justin Hamelin, author of THICKER THAN BLOOD, and Stephen King enthusiast Will Reckling, who helped us navigate from the Illinois border to downtown Milwaukee, got our beers and nachos for us at Mo’s Irish Pub, and was the best darn Event Dad a kid could ask for. Also in attendance were fellow writers Dawn Napier (STAR PACK), C.A. Verstraete (LIZZY BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER), W.D. Gagliani (WOLF’S BLIND), and David Benton, author of the upcoming novel, FAUNA (watch out for that one because it’s really good).

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Me, some guy in the background, and Justin Hamelin at Mo’s Irish Pub.

The stage was bare except for a couple of chairs and a small table between them when the Kings walked out and sat down to talk to each other and to us, “just folks”. After both Stephen and Owen made some brief and informal introductory remarks, they each read a short passage from their new book together, and then asked each other questions. New questions every night, they said. Owen joked that by the end of the book tour, he might ask his dad when he last cut his toenails.

Now I’m wondering what Stephen King’s toenails are like. Horror.

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Photo courtesy of Event Dad.

We weren’t supposed to record the event, and I wasn’t taking notes, so right now in the cold light of dawn I’m having trouble remembering everything they talked about, but at some point (and it might have been during the audience Q&A session), Stephen talked about what inspired him to write IT. He said he was living in Boulder at the time, and he was crossing a bridge wearing cowboy boots that knocked on the wooden planks. That reminded him of “Three Billy Goats Gruff”. Instead of a troll under a bridge, what if the monster lived in the sewers? He also apologized to clowns everywhere.

The evening ended with everyone getting a hardcopy of SLEEPING BEAUTIES, and 400 people even got copies flat signed by both authors. I didn’t get a signed one, but at least two people mentioned above did. Overall, not a bad way to end September.

Now bring on Halloween!

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

Save on LOSING TOUCH eBook with “31 Days of Discounts” sale from Post Mortem Press

Posted in News on October 1, 2017 by Christian
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Less than a buck? Yes, please.

It’s October. Time to check the couch cushions for spare change, because for a limited time, you can pick up select eBook titles from Post Mortem Press for just 99¢, including LOSING TOUCH, my story about an unemployed family man who tries to take control of his life with his newfound ability to walk through walls.

Featuring a foreword by New York Times-bestselling author Piers Anthony, LOSING TOUCH won the Preditors & Editors™ Award for Best Horror Novel and the DRAWA® for first novel.

I realize that you may already have LOSING TOUCH if you’re reading this blog, but I didn’t forget about you. With Post Mortem Press’s “31 Days of Discounts” sale, you can download each of the following eBooks for 99¢, which I super recommend:

The above titles retail for as much as $5.99, so hey … strike while the iron’s hot because it’s going to be a long winter. And if you’re a fan of single-sitting reads, collect these fine collections/anthologies for your personal Kindle library, just $1.99 each:

Skip a couple vending machine snacks and you’ve got even more options, like THE BLACKENING OF FLESH or any of these fine books for just $2.99:

And then there’s these new and favorite novels for just $3.99. Prime rib for the price of ground chuck:

Click on those links. It won’t cost you nothin’. And if you’ve read any of these titles and are so inclined, please leave a review and help spread the word, but first and foremost, now’s the time to take a flier on an eBook. All it costs is the jingle in your pocket.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

Get Lit in Oswego with THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in News on September 24, 2017 by Christian
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The past won’t stay buried.

The leaves? They’ll be turning soon, and if you play your cards right, so will the pages. The 6th Annual Oswego Literary Festival returns October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and I’ll be personalizing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, as well as the anthologies QUALIA NOUS, GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, and THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE. But if horror’s not your thing, don’t worry: over 40 area authors will be participating.

Donna Seaman, author of IDENTITY UNKNOWN, will lead a discussion entitled: “Reading with Intent: The Art of Book Reviewing” at 11:00 a.m. Seaman’s work has been featured on “The Download” and “After Hours” on WGN-AM (720), “Chicago Tonight” on WTTW-TV (Ch. 11), and reviewed in such newspapers as The Seattle Times and The Washington Post. Get there a little earlier, and you can thrill the shorties with Kathy Elstad’s presentation, “Kids Come and Meet Miss Polka Dottie” at 10:30 a.m.

After you’ve picked up a new title or three from the attending authors, browse for bargains at The Friends of the Library Fall Used Book Sale, and be sure to enjoy live performances by students from the Fox River Academy of Music and Art. No cover charge and no admission fees. Just fine art and fine reading in the heart of Kendall County. It all happens at the Oswego Public Library at 32 West Jefferson Street on Saturday, October 7th!

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH signing at the Stockhausen Center on 9/23

Posted in News on September 5, 2017 by Christian

Get your new Fall read on and support a great cause at The 4th Annual Showcase of Authors presented by The Threshold, Incorporated. I’ll be signing copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH of September 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Stockhausen Center in West Bend with these authors leading the way:

In all, more than twenty authors will be personalizing some of the best-kept secrets in mystery, thrillers, romance, comedy, science-fiction, memoirs, folk tales, dark fantasy and more. Win some prizes, browse the craft fair, and come nice and hungry, because Schwai’s Meats and Sausage will be grilling.

After you’re done munching, come check out the titles for sale. THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is about a high school graduate who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, and they’re planning more than a heist or a haunting. I’ll also be signing short story anthologies such as GOTHIC BLUE BOOK V, THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE, and QUALIA NOUS, which also features a tale by Stephen King.

The past won’t stay buried.

A portion of the event proceeds benefits The Threshold, Inc., a community organization dedicated to creating opportunities for people with disabilities. So come on down (or up) to the Stockhausen Center in West Bend on September 23rd from 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., and get a new book to fall into.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.

Enjoy stories, music, games, and food today at Lake County AuthorFest

Posted in News on August 5, 2017 by Christian

It’s the beginning of August. Back to school ads are already popping up like weeds. Summer is on the back nine, but it’s not over yet. It’s the first Saturday in August. The sun is out. Do something fun outside by heading to Round Lake Beach and the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest from 10:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., where you’ll find award-winning mysteries, thrillers, horror, fantasy, science-fiction, books for kids, travel books, cookbooks, memoirs, and so much more.

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What’s that? Kids? Yep, bring the kids! Activities include children’s book readings and face painting—not to mention a community art project hosted by the Grayslake Art Alliance that visitors of all ages can take part in. You can also win a prize in the raffle or in the scavenger hunt. Plus, enjoy some live music by the Gardiner Jazz Combo and Here Comes Summer. And come hungry. There will be food. There will also be authors:

Profits from Lake County Authorfest support The Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan. Bradbury, a Waukegan native, spent much of his formative years at the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan, which inspired so much of his work, including DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER. The Ray Bradbury Museum project seeks to open an interactive museum in the same space, inspiring future generations’ creativity.

Sponsors include Hotel EMC2, Meijer in Round Lake Beach, the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, Century 21 of Mundelein, the Writers Bloc, and M. Fisher Studios Photography.

Christian A. Larsen is the author of the novels LOSING TOUCH and THE BLACKENING OF FLESHnow available from Post Mortem Press.