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?

18951321_10154429248230426_1279062730126548703_n

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).

meandjustin

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.

kingboys.png

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.
Advertisements

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

Posted in News on October 1, 2017 by Christian
LOSING TOUCH final

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
12366632_10153770990927389_522339098_n

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.

Authorferst 2017 small.jpg

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.

Lake County Authorfest lineup announced

Posted in News on July 9, 2017 by Christian

Mysteries and mayhem. Supernatural chillers and super-science thrillers. Something for the kids. Young adult fiction and fiction for grownups. Travel. Memoirs. Food for the soul. Food for the stomach. Live music, too. In other words: you’ll find something for everyone at the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest on August 5th at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center.

2017

Brought to you by This Old Book in Grayslake, Lake County Authorfest will feature more than 35 authors at this family-friendly and admission-free event:

New to the event this year is the Youth Creative Writing Contest for kids ages 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Winners in each category win a $50 This Old Book gift certificate and an Authorfest goodie bag. Pieces should be no longer than 2,000 words and the deadline to enter is July 24th. Click here for more information.

A portion of the proceeds go toward the Ray Bradbury Museum project in Waukegan, which seeks to restore the Carnegie library at 1 North Sheridan Road where Bradbury spent his formative years and (some would argue), the Greentown of DANDELION WINE, SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and FAREWELL SUMMER had its genesis.

DSC_4714_Conv_thumb.jpg

There it is … less than 20 miles from my front door.

But come August 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., your destination isn’t Waukegan–it’s 2007 Civic Center Way in Round Lake Beach for the 2nd Annual Lake County Authorfest. Have something to eat, listen to live music, get your kids’ faces painted, and don’t forget to pick up a couple of new books while you’re there!

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

2017 Lake County Authorfest to host THE BLACKENING OF FLESH book signing

Posted in News on July 5, 2017 by Christian

Pick up a signed copy of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH at the 2nd annual Lake County Authorfest in Round Lake Beach on Saturday, August 5th. In THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, Jared Dix graduates high school to find out his suburban Chicago home is haunted by five Prohibition-Era gangsters, and with the event taking place in the heart of the Lake County suburbs, a return visit seemed like a natural fit.

12366632_10153770990927389_522339098_n

The past won’t stay buried.

I signed copies of my books at the 1st annual Lake County Authorfest last summer, too, but this year’s event sponsored by This Old Book in Grayslake promises to be bigger and better than ever, with a raffle, a scavenger hunt, live music by The Gardiner Jazz Combo, children’s book readings, free face paintings for the kids, and a chance to participate in a community art project hosted by the Grayslake Art Alliance.

This year’s event will also feature a youth creative writing contest with children writing for one of three age categories: 4 to 8, 9 to 12, and 13 to 18. Pieces should be no more than 2,000 words and can be on any subject. Three finalists will be chosen from each age category and featured at a special booth at Authorfest on August 5th. Winners from each category will win a $50 gift certificate to This Old Book in Grayslake and an Authorfest goodie bag. Click here to submit. The deadline to enter is July 24th.

The 2nd annual Lake County Authorfest will take place at the Round Lake Beach Civic Center at 2007 Civic Center Way (behind Meijer) on Saturday, August 5th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free, and a portion of the proceeds go to support the proposed Ray Bradbury Museum in Waukegan, Illinois, so drop a few bucks, pick up a new read or two from one of the more than 35 participating authors, and support a great cause.

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