THE BLACKENING OF FLESH part of multi-genre offering at upcoming Oswego Literary Festival

Posted in News on September 25, 2016 by Christian
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The past won’t stay buried.

If you’re not already thinking Halloweenie thoughts, Saturday’s a great opportunity to inject some pumpkin spice into your veins (not literally, though). It’s October 1st, and the Oswego Public Library is hosting the 5th Annual Oswego Literary Festival, where I’ll be personalizing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I’ll be joining horror scribes from the creepiest cobwebbed corners of our genre’s dusty basement: Norm Cowie, writer of the horror-comedy LUCIFER’S; John Everson, author of the thriller-and-chiller THE FAMILY TREE; Kate Gingold, researcher of the non-fiction paranormal tome HAUNTED BY HISTORY: SPECTRES IN A SMALL TOWN; and game-creator Greg Stolze, two-time story contributor to the WHISPERS FROM THE ABYSS franchise.

If horror’s not your thing, no worries! The 5th Annual Oswego Literary Festival plays to multiple tastes and age groups. Here’s a list of a bunch more authors who will be signing copies of their books, broken down by genre:

Children’s Books

Historical Fiction

Memoir

Mystery & Suspense

Non-Fiction

Romance

Women’s Literature

Young Adult Fiction

Festival programming also includes panel discussions on writing and publishing, and music provided by the Fox River Academy of Music and Art. And in addition to the authors listed above, multiple publishers and writers groups will be in attendance to provide you prospective writers with more information about the craft and business of writing, if that’s your thing. And did I mention that admission is free?

With cooler weather coming, it’s the perfect time to stock up on your new fall and winter reads by nationally-known authors and maybe a gem or two from someone who lives in your neighborhood. So, there’s plenty of reasons to head out to the Oswego Public Library at 32 West Jefferson Street this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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 comes to Barnes & Noble in Racine

Posted in News on September 18, 2016 by Christian

It’s that time of year again: Halloween-time … and Barnes & Noble in Racine is getting in on the action with Horrorfest 2016 on Friday, October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event features appearances by three of the area’s scariest authors … plus I get to tag along, too, which ain’t too bad!

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John Everson, author of THE PUMPKIN MAN, THE 13TH, and NIGHTWHERE, will be signing copies of his newest novel, THE FAMILY TREE for his readers at the event. In it, Scott Belvedere inherits the family inn, built around an old tree that oozes sap used to make special ale and bourbon. But the Belvedere family doesn’t keep its skeletons in the closet; they keep them in the roots of the tree, and those secrets are horrifying, to say the least. What’s better than THE FAMILY TREE? A signed copy of THE FAMILY TREE. Get one.

WOLF’S BLIND is W.D. Gagliani’s latest entry in the Nick Lupo series. Lupo is a homicide detective … and a werewolf, which can come in handy when trying to recuperate from a near-fatal explosion. But something is keeping him from shape-shifting and healing while he’s on the run from the mafia. Equal parts thriller and horror, WOLF’S BLIND is the sixth installment in the series, but makes a great entry point for the uninitiated. Come on out and complete your collection. Or start one!

We’ve all heard the poem: “Lizzie Borden had an axe. // She gave her mother 40 whacks. // When she saw what she had done. // She gave her father 41.” While both Andrew and Abby Borden were felled by considerably fewer whacks, (and by a hatchet, not an axe) what if the rhyme missed the most interesting detail? What if Lizzie did it because she had to? C.A. Verstraete will have copies of her new novel, LIZZIE BORDEN, ZOMBIE HUNTER on hand, so you can explore the most horrifying ‘what if’ of this famous case.

And speaking of horror novels inspired by historical killings, my latest novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, draws from a less high profile but chillingly sinister crime that happened in my hometown of Park Ridge, Illinois. We are often so sure we can tell the good guys from the bad guys, but what if we’re wrong? Let the ghosts and gangsters help you sort it out in THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. And I’d be happy to sign your copy. I might even bring a few copies of LOSING TOUCH in which to make my mark, too.

So come on out to Barnes & Noble in Racine on Friday, October 21st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for Horrorfest 2016. You’ll find the store on Green Bay Road just north of Durand in the Southland Shopping Center next to Dick’s Sporting Goods, and you might also just find your new favorite book just in time for Halloween.

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

Original content, novel excerpts, author interviews, special offers, and MORE!

Posted in News on September 14, 2016 by Christian

The title of the blog post pretty much sums it up, except how to get it. Sign up for the Post Mortem Press newsletter, and it’s yours.

Oh, and if you sign up before 10:59 p.m. CDT on September 15, you’ll get yourself a free ebook. Might be THE BLACKENING OF FLESH or LOSING TOUCH, or it might be an anthology like SHRIEKS AND SHIVERS or THE GHOST IS THE MACHINE. Who knows?

You won’t end up on any lists, except the one you signed up for, and every now and again, you’ll get a nice little visit from PMP in your inbox. Short stories, sneak peeks, Q&As with Post Mortem authors, and exclusive offers that only subscribers get.

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“No more than two emails per month, probably fewer,” said PMP founder and editor-in-chief Eric Beebe.

Subscribers get lots of goodies, but you’ll get a free ebook if you make your (digital) mark on the subscription list before 10:59 CDT Thursday night. What’s the downside?

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

Indie Author Day is coming October 8

Posted in News on September 11, 2016 by Christian

I’ll be bringing an element of dark fantasy and science fiction to Indie Author Day October 8th at Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville. If you’re not local, that’s no problem. This literary gathering is webular in nature, so you can log in from McMurdo Station (hello, R.J. MacReady!) and it’ll be like you’re right here with us instead of fending off a penguin attack or whatever.

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The past won’t stay buried.

The Q&A will bring together writers, agents, and publishing industry insiders from across the country. Moderated by First Amendment attorney Jon Fine, the web panel is just part of the fun. After the online portion wraps up, stick around and chat with area writers and publishing professionals. I’ll have copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH and LOSING TOUCH for sale from my 2001 Honda Accord mobile store.

October has always brought us Halloween. Now it brings indie authors together with readers in their own backyard and across the country. It all happens October 8th … and I’ll see you from Cook Memorial Library in Libertyville.

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

Oswego Literary Festival to feature THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in News on September 3, 2016 by Christian
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The past won’t stay buried.

Ghosts and gangsters are coming to the fifth annual Oswego Literary Festival. Forty authors will be signing their newest and most popular works at the Oswego Public Library on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and I’ll be bringing copies of THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, about a teenager who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era mobsters.

I can’t think of a better way to kick off the month of Halloween, but it won’t be all scares and creeps. With a 25% bigger roster of authors taking part in the event this year, you’d be hard-pressed to find a genre—fiction and non-fiction—that’s not represented. You’ll find everything from cookbooks and memoirs to humor and suspense. And don’t forget to bring the kids. There’ll be children’s activities, presentations, live music, and more. Everyone is welcome … and it’s free to attend.

Presented by the Cultural Arts Commission and the Oswego Library District, the festival is hosted by the Oswego Public Library at 32 West Jefferson Street. For more information about the event, please call 630-554-4636 or email info@oswegoil.org. Or just come on out. Yeah, but tell a bunch of people about it first.

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

Howe, Downes lead reinvigorated Yes at Chicago’s Copernicus Center

Posted in Observations & Musings on August 21, 2016 by Christian

I became a big fan of the progressive rock band Yes by listening through my brother’s bedroom wall. I was into rap at the time, so the complex melodies, the sweeping lyrical landscapes, and classical-length compositions were a bit … too much for me at first, but it sowed the seeds, and eventually, I bought my own copies of THE YES ALBUM, FRAGILE, and CLOSE TO THE EDGE so I didn’t have to borrow Dave’s.

They were even my first major-label, arena concert when Dave took me to the then-Rosemont Horizon on May 6, 1991 to see a supergroup version of Yes with Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Bill Bruford, Tony Kaye, Steve Howe, Rick Wakeman, Alan White, and Trevor Rabin representing key eras in the group’s history. And I got to see a version of it again last night at the Copernicus Center in Chicago.

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But the current version of Yes featured only Steve Howe (guitar) from the group I saw before. He was joined by Geoff Downes, keyboardist from DRAMA, which they played in full to open the set. (And I recently discovered this is a much better album than I gave it credit for.) Howe and Downes were in fine form … but I was kind of expecting that. Yes musicians have to be in fine form. But who were these other guys, tasked with the recreation of some of symphonic rock’s most difficult passages?

Alan White, who has been the band’s drummer since 1972, is recuperating from back surgery, so Jay Schellen more than ably manned the kit for him at last night’s show, nailing the most difficult parts of “Ritual (Nous Sommes du Soleil)”. Singer Jon Davison is Jon Anderson’s replacement’s replacement. Like Anderson, he is one of those rare natural alto tenors, and hit every soaring high note while waggling his long brown hair like a latter-day traveling minstrel. If Bluto Blutarski had been there, guitars would have been smashed, I’m sure. But this was the music we were there to see.

Still, how would Chris Squire’s replacement replace probably the greatest bassist of all time? Squire was the last remaining original member of Yes when he died of cancer last summer. How could anyone ever take his place? His trebly tone and hummingbird quick plucking were matched only by his inventiveness. In comes Billy Sherwood … and made me think I was seeing a ghost. Hearing one, too, which is probably more important when you’re at a concert.

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I am NOT a camera. I was actually a lot closer than this while I was taking the picture.

Listening to Yes music is an investment. By-and-large, it is not catchy. Hardly ever poppy. But as I find when I return to their music every couple of years, it surprises me how the passages come back, like reading a really good book that you haven’t cracked in years. The last revisit I made to Yes was in 2012 when I was writing LOSING TOUCH, and their music makes several cameo appearances, including “The Revealing Science of God”, which they played last night with note-for-note perfection.

Morgan Dunsmore would have been proud.

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

Buy now to save on these select horror titles

Posted in News on August 13, 2016 by Christian

Aside from parents, who really 100% likes back-to-school time? As a student, I can remember feeling a sense of anticipation, but there was some dread, too. And to you students out there reading this, believe me, teachers feel the same way.

This year, whether you’re a teacher or a student (or a relieved parent), there’s a way to make this time of year that much more enjoyable: the “Back-to-School 99¢ Kindle Sale” from Post Mortem Press, including my sophomore novel: THE BLACKENING OF FLESH.

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Time’s running out to save on these nearly-free ebooks from Post Mortem Press.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is about a high schooler who, during the summer of 1984, graduates into a whole new world of terror when he discovers that his house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters. And this time, they’re planning more than a heist.

But THE BLACKENING OF FLESH isn’t the only title that Post Mortem Press is practically giving away. Here’s a list of hidden gems and new horror featuring school-age characters that you can save on now … but only for a limited time:

A teenager’s father is a serial killer. The horror of the silver screen creeps into reality. Magical abilities. Possessed dolls. Dystopian futures. Ghostly apparitions. Nostalgia steeped in the world of the weird. Haunted theaters. Asylums and crypts. Cartels and the patron saint of death. Own them all for less than a buck each, so this back-to-school season, you can save your scratch for college-lined notebook paper.

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