Bringing Gerald’s Game to life and the challenges of filmmaking: a discussion with Mike Flanagan

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2017 by Christian

Cool read for King fans…

Of the mountains of terrors that have come from Stephen King’s catalog, Gerald’s Game had been widely regarded as the book least likely to receive a film adaptation.  Not because it isn’t worthy of a silver-screen or television series project, but because there is so much that goes on in the book that was considered impossible to properly show in a film – mainly the fact that the almost the entire book is told within the confines of a single bedroom.  It’s a challenge most filmmakers would grimace at, but not Mike Flanagan.  From Absentia to Oculus to Hush to Ouija: Origin of Evil, Flanagan is no stranger to uphill battles and he’s always enjoyed the trip to the peak.

Anyone who has read the book can see why it would be such a difficult source material to adapt into a screenplay.  Carla Gugino said it was one of…

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Barrington Area Library hosts THE BLACKENING OF FLESH signing

Posted in News on April 21, 2017 by Christian

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH comes to the northwest suburbs this weekend with the third annual Barrington Author Fair hosted by the Barrington Area Library.

The past won’t stay buried.

I’ll be signing copies of my sophomore novel about a high school senior who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, and I’ll be joined by over 30 authors in the meeting room:

  • Nathalie Aguila (LIV: A CCB GIRL PUBLICATION) Children’s
  • Paul Alan (REBEL LEXIS) Science Fiction
  • Joan Wester Anderson (WHERE ANGELS WALK) Nonfiction
  • T.D. Arkenberg (NONE SHALL SLEEP) Contemporary Fiction
  • Donald J. Bingle (FORCED CONVERSION) Military Science Fiction
  • Dellen Blackmon (PLAN B: MEN IN RELATIONAL CRISIS) Family and Relationships
  • Dyllis Braithwaite (OH, I LOVE WHAT YOU’RE WEARING!) Nonfiction
  • Deanna Cabinian (ONE NIGHT) Young Adult
  • Orlando Ceaser (I WAKE UP WANTING YOU) Poetry
  • Dennis F. Depcik (WOULDN’T IT BE SOMETHING) Biography
  • Lance Erlick (XENOGENIC: FIRST CONTACT) Science Fiction
  • Kathi Frelk (KATHI’S COOKIE CHRONICLES) Cookbook
  • Pauline Gruber (THE GIRL AND THE GARGOYLE) YA Paranormal Romance
  • Virginia and Bob Hanson (JOURNEY HOME) Historical Adventure Drama
  • Elizabeth Harmon (HEATING IT UP: A RED HOT RUSSIANS NOVELLA) Contemporary Romance
  • Jason Hill (RED CHANNELS: THE BIBLE OF BLACKLISTING) Media History
  • Julie Kendrick (A FATAL DEVELOPMENT) Cozy Mystery
  • Bob and Yasmin Kinton (CASEY THE COW) Children’s
  • Trudy Kleckner (PAPER AIRPLAINES) Poetry
  • Vanessa M. Knight (THE MAKEUP TEST) Romance
  • Diane P. Kostick (CHRONICLES OF BARRINGTON) Local History
  • Claudia M. Lenart (SEASONS OF JOY: EVERYDAY IS FOR OUTDOOR PLAY) Picture Book
  • Chris Lindberg (DEVIL IN THE DARK) Thriller
  • Catherine Chifflot Nealey (ART & CHAKRAS) Coloring Book
  • James Proebstle (UNINTENTED CONSEQUENCES) Nonfiction
  • Laura Quinn (PUNK CHARMING) Romance
  • Susan Schulhof (FUN4BABIES) Parenting
  • Rembert Stokes (FROM GOD TO DNA) Nonfiction
  • Jen Vakharia (THE ROOKERY) Picture Book
  • Patricia Shinn Wojtowicz and Christine Petersen Streed (RELATIVE DISENCHANTMENT) Literary Fiction
  • Donn Ziebell (GORKY, RUSSIA) Travel Memoir

How much is admission, you ask? Don’t be silly. It’s free, and a bargain at twice the price, because you get nearly 20 more authors in the Zimmerman room. Yes, you totally do:

  • Margie Macak (THROUGH THE WOODS MY SHIP HAS SAILS) Memoir
  • Patricia M. McClure (LOSING A HERO TO ALZHEIMER’S: THE STORY OF PEARL) Aging and Relationships
  • Cynthia Ripley Miller (ON THE EDGE OF SUNRISE) Romantic Historical Fiction
  • Dawn Napier (STAR PACK) Science Fiction
  • Molly Page (100 THINGS TO DO IN CHICAGO BEFORE YOU DIE) Nonfiction Travel
  • Melissa Mae Palmer (MY SECRETS OF SURVIVORSHIP – WE SOLVED THE MYSTERY!) Health and Inspiration
  • Marsha Portnoy (AFTER TONO’S PARTY) Fiction
  • Georgann Prochaska (THE CASE OF THE HOUND WHO DIDN’T STAY) Mystery
  • Dr. Shakuntala Rajagopal (SONG OF THE MOUNTAINS, MY PILGRIMAGE TO MAA GANGA) Memoir
  • T.S. Rhodes (PIRATES OF THE GOLDEN AGE) Nonfiction
  • Patrick Rizio (LACOST: THE EVOLUTION OF JASON) Science Fiction
  • Kimberley Schumacher (MY LETTERS TO AMY) Fiction
  • Gerry and Janet Souter (THE CONSTITUTION) Historical Nonfiction
  • Thomas J.J. Starr (VIRTUAL VENGEANCE) Adventure Fiction
  • Amy Wagner (THE IMPOLITE CONSTRUCTION SITE) Children’s
  • CJ Warrant (FORGETTING JANE) Dark Romantic Thriller
  • Jeffrey Westhoff (THE BOY WHO KNEW TOO MUCH) YA Spy Thriller

It’s all part of “Barrington Books Week” and runs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Barrington Area Library, 505 N. Northwest Highway in Barrington, packing horror, sci-fi, thriller, and mystery into two short hours with popular genres like romance, adventure, and contemporary lit alongside history, memoirs, travel, and poetry. You do not want to miss this.

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 Barrington Author Fair

Posted in News on March 22, 2017 by Christian

The Barrington Author Fair returns to 505 N. Northwest Highway on April 22nd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. where I’ll be signing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. The third annual author fair will offer readers unique selections of compelling horror, science-fiction, and fantasy, as well as adventure, romance, thrillers and more for readers of all ages.

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The past won’t stay buried.

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 Barrington Author Fair on April 22 is just part of a the Barrington-Area Library‘s week-long literary festival from Friday, April 21 through Saturday April 29, featuring authors with local appeal across multiple genres, exclusive events, and even a workshop on bookbinding with April Sheridan.

Admission to the author fair is free and refreshments will be served.

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

Alternate cover concept/promo image for THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in Observations & Musings on February 5, 2017 by Christian

Pat R. Steiner has created two more brilliant pieces of art inspired by my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, now available in paperback and Kindle from Post Mortem Press.

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH is about a high school graduate whose suburban home is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters who are desperate to escape the house where they were executed 54 years earlier.

First is an alternate cover, which has a certain Gastby-esque quality to it (at least, that’s what it brought to mind for me):

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Meyer Wolfsheim would be proud.

And next, Steiner provided our first real look at Monica, one of the people still alive who knows about the sinister history of Jared’s house:

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You can also just make out Wendy O. Williams on her Plasmatics T-shirt.

Click here to check out more of Pat’s artwork (and for links to his writing, too)–you’ll be glad you did. Maybe it’ll inspire you to create your own artwork or stories, which could set off a chain reaction of art inspiring art. Let the next domino fall.

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

Brilliant new marketing image for THE BLACKENING OF FLESH

Posted in Observations & Musings on January 29, 2017 by Christian

THE BLACKENING OF FLESH, my sophomore novel from Post Mortem Press about a high school graduate in 1984 who’s house is haunted by five Prohibition-era gangsters, has been out for about a year now, but every now and then something makes it new to me all over again: an enthusiastic purchase at a pop con or a lit fest, a thoughtful review (even a sentence or two is nice!), or a fresh piece of artwork inspired by the book, like this one by author and illustrator Pat R. Steiner:

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I love it.

In addition to his art portfolio, Steiner is also the author of “The Shoe Tree” in CHIRAL MAD, and “Kilroy Wasn’t There” from QUALIA NOUS and his brand-new horror collection, BETA SLEEPWEAR AND OTHER NIGHTMARES. Check out his stuff. Maybe leave a review?

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 Elgin Literary Festival

Posted in News on January 15, 2017 by Christian

The third annual Elgin Literary Festival book signing returns to the Hemmens Cultural Center on January 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. where I’ll be signing copies of my ghosts and gangsters novel, THE BLACKENING OF FLESH. But it’s more than a book signing. Fest-goers will also enjoy panel discussions, lectures, and children’s activities.

The festival begins at 5:00 p.m. Friday in the Rehearsal Room of the Hemmens Cultural Center with a panel discussion entitled “Harry Potter and the Eternal Franchise” with panelists Karly Kirkpatrick, Bart Scott, Elizabeth Melvin, and Melissa Franic. Panels and discussions continue until 10:30 that evening.

On Saturday, enjoy the “The World of Publishing” presentation by Sourcebooks vice president and editorial director Todd Stock on the Exhibit Hall stage or the “Master the Author Autobiography” panel with Elizabeth Melvin, Liliana Escobedo, and Melissa Franic in the Green Room. Both sessions run from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Then, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., shop the exhibit hall for that next great find. Participating authors and featured speakers will be personalizing copies of their latest, and I’ll be signing copies of my novels THE BLACKENING OF FLESH and LOSING TOUCH, as well as anthologies with my name shuffled into the table of contents.

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The past won’t stay buried.

Panels and presentations continue until 5:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, including “Confessions of a Successful Novelist” by Sara Donati and Rosnia Lippi, a “Writers’ Tales” panel discussion with Callista Buchen, Pat Verducci, Christopher Castellani, Sara Donati and Karly Kirkpatrick, and “The Art of Perspective” with Christopher Castellani.

And those are just the afternoon events on the Exhibit Hall stage. Click here for a full program of events, and make plans to stop by for some or all of this free two-day event sponsored by the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Hemmens Cultural Center, Bravo Magazine, and Side Street Studio Arts.

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

Book review: 44 Lies by 22 Liars – Flash fiction from Post Mortem Press

Posted in Book Reviews, News on January 6, 2017 by Christian

This antho is kind of a sleeper, so it’s really nice to read a review like this…

Grim Reader Reviews

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Your mileage will definitely vary with this collection of flash fiction from Post Mortem Press. I almost gave up on this book. I was deep into two novels at the time and decided to read the odd flash piece as a break. It didn’t really work for me so I left it alone until I’d finished the other books. I am sure glad that I did. I went through the book initially reading the pieces by writers who I enjoy reading and some of these stories were great then read the rest of the collection and found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

One of the real standouts is Jessica McHugh’s ‘The D-Word’. It’s a short piece about a service robot and was one of the most original in the collection, gave me a little bit of the feels too and Robert Essig also impressed with ‘Names on the Sidewalk’…

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