Archive for August, 2011

I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

Posted in News on August 31, 2011 by Christian

Jersey Devil Press just published “Projekt Gesichtkreis,” a story of mine that turns what we know about the moon and the 20th century space race on its head.

Imagine how crazy it must have seemed in the spring of 1961 when Yuri Gagarin became the first person to fly into outer space, and President Kennedy vowed to put an American on the moon before the decade was out. On the moon! And no American had even been to outer space yet, even…

Projekt Gesichtkreis” is a story that supposes, among other things, that humanity is capable of more than it thinks it is—both good and bad.

Norwegian science-fiction? Yes, there is…

Posted in News on August 26, 2011 by Christian

Not too long ago, I watched the Swedish version of the John Ajvide Lindqvist novel Let the Right One In. I was so taken with it, I watched the English-language version of it, Let Me In, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee (the kid from The Road). I was actually expecting the Swedish version to be better, but it wasn’t. Here’s the trailer for the American version, if you haven’t already seen it:

So it got me thinking. If Sweden could turn out such a terrific (and I mean terrific) piece of genre fiction, then what about Norway? I Googled around and discovered that the American triumverate of Issac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Robert Heinlein had an analog in the Norwegian pair Jon Bing and Tor Åge Bringsværd. Unfortunately, most of what they’ve written (often in collaboration) remains untranslated in English, and a monoglot like me is stuck.

So I emailed them (separately) and received gracious responses from both of them (separately) indicating what works I could read in my native tongue. Bringsværd pointed me to the following pieces:

  • “The Man Who Collected The First of September 1973.” The Book of Fantasy. ‘ed’. Jorge Luis Borges. Viking, 1988. Print.
  • “Codemus.” The World Treasure of Science Fiction. ‘ed’. David Hartwell. Little Brown & Co., 1989. Print.
  • “The Glass Mountain.” Drama Contemporary Scandinavia. ‘ed’. Per Brask. PAJ Publications, 1989. Print.

Jon Bing went so far as to email me a short story of his entitled “The Owl of Bear Island,” a wonderful short piece found in Tales From the Planet Earth, edited by Frederik Pohl. I’ve read Mr. Bing’s piece and I can tell you that it is a literary treat to read a story by someone who is not only a master of the genre, but who writes from a non-American, non-British perspective. There’s nothing overt, heavy-handed, or American bashing about it–it just has a different feel to it. I highly recommend it, and while I’m at it, I’ll ask if anyone knows if I can get Bing and Bringsværd’s 1979 miniseries Blindpassajer on DVD that I can be sure will play in my player. So … can I?

Movie recommendation: The Collapsed

Posted in Movie Reviews on August 24, 2011 by Christian

The Collapsed: “Shocking, fearful quality.”

There are two prevailing opinions of post-apocalyptic  stories. The first is that they are part of a tired, played-out meme, and the  second is that they are well-established genre pieces tracing their lineage  back to Mary Shelly’s 1826 novel, The Last Man.  Neither  opinion is wrong any more than it’s right. It all depends on the quality of a given work—and that’s just what you get with Justin McConnell’s The  Collapsed. Quality. Shocking, fearful quality.

A week removed from the utter and unexplained collapse of  civilization, Scott Weaver (John Fantasia) leads his wife, son and daughter  through the wreckage of the urban center they called home. His hope is to lead them to…

Read the rest of the review at TheHorrorZine.com.

What Fears Become Trailer

Posted in News on August 23, 2011 by Christian

“Bast” in this month’s issue of THE HORROR ZINE

Posted in News on August 19, 2011 by Christian

If you’ve been counting the pennies in the mason jar under your front porch, waiting for the moment you have the $4.99 to buy the Kindle edition of WHAT FEARS BECOME: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE, I can help you (without charging a high interest loan). You can read the first six stories (including my story, “Bast”) for free at Smashwords. You can also read “Bast” in the September issue of The Horror Zine.

The September issue of The Horror Zine includes:

On the Home Page:

  • WHAT FEARS BECOME
  • Ramsey Campbell
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • Ronald Malfi

On the Special Page:

  • John Gilmore

In Fiction:

  • Ramsey Campbell
  • Christian A. Larsen
  • Rachel Coles
  • K. A. Opperman
  • Paul Edwards

In Poetry:

  • Norbert Hirschhorn
  • Juan Perez
  • Joseph Danoski

In Art:

  • Ryan Doan
  • Paula McDonald
  • Carissa Stevens

On the News Page:

  • WHAT FEARS BECOME
  • Ronald Malfi
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • Terry Grimwood

Enjoy! And all without the 30% vig. You’re welcome.

First Amazon.com review of WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in News on August 15, 2011 by Christian
I swear I didn’t write this, nor did I put Book Reader “Book Reader” up to it. Heck, I don’t even know who Book Reader “Book Reader”, but he or she has excellent taste!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOOK, August 15, 2011
This review is from: What Fears Become: An Anthology from The Horror Zine (Kindle Edition)

I cannot believe all the star power that is in The Horror Zine’s WHAT FEARS BECOME.

Here we have fiction by Bentley Little, Joe R. Lansdale, Piers Anthony, Ramsey Campbell, Graham Masterton, Elizabeth Massie (who doesn’t love her), Melanie Tem, Scott Nicholson, Ron Malfi (who can forget his novel SNOW), Conrad Williams and more, all in one book!

But as good as these best-sellering authors are, I am amazed by the talent of the unknowns, or should I say, the lesser-knowns. Christian A. Larsen’s “Bast” is a truly frightening story about…

Read the rest of the review (and buy WHAT FEARS BECOME) here.

What Fears Become now available as ebook!

Posted in News on August 15, 2011 by Christian

August 15th seemed like it would never get here. And now that it is here (barely), I can report that What Fears Become: An Anthology From The Horror Zine is now available as an ebook from Imajin at Amazon.com.  Just $4.99! There has literally never been a better time to buy, largely owing to the fact that the book has only been commercially available for about seven minutes, but I digress.

Here’s a look at the table of contents:

Foreword by Simon Clark: A Small Matter of Life and Death

Fiction

  • BAST by Christian A. Larsen
  • DOGLEG by Bentley Little
  • A BAD STRETCH OF ROAD by Dean H. Wild
  • THE HOUSE AT THE END OF SMITH STREET by Stephen M. Dare
  • GNAW by Lala Drona
  • REFLECTIONS OF EVIL by Graham Masterton
  • WANDERING DANIEL by Jagjiwan Sohal
  • NEXT TIME YOU’LL KNOW ME by Ramsey Campbell
  • 3 AM by James Marlow
  • LOSING JUDY by Andy Mee
  • FISH NIGHT by Joe R. Lansdale
  • METHODS OF DIVORCE by Philip Roberts
  • AND BABY, YOU CAN SLEEP WHILE I DRIVE by Elizabeth Massie
  • CHUPACABRA by Ronald Malfi
  • THE ORPHANS OF LETHE by Rachel Coles
  • BONFIRE NIGHT by Chris Castle
  • THE PRODUCT by Bruce Memblatt
  • OUIJA by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  • FRY DAY by Melanie Tem
  • THE CHAMBER by David Landrum
  • CHRISTENING by Scott Nicholson
  • LOST THINGS by Piers Anthony
  • A NEW DAY by Larry Green
  • RED KING by Jessica Handly
  • YOU SAID ALWAYS AND FOREVER by Richard Hill
  • URIRR by Conrad Williams
  • BONES IN THE MEADOW by Tim Jeffreys
  • ADELLE’S NIGHT by David K. Ginn
  • BONES FOR A PILLOW by Alexandra Seidel
  • MALL WALKERS by Chris Reed
  • WHAT THE BLIND MAN SAW by C. Dennis Moore

Poetry

  • Emon Anthousis
  • Dennis Bagwell
  • John T. Carney
  • Teresa Ann Frazee
  • John Grey
  • Christopher Hivner
  • Jean Jones
  • Ron Koppelberger
  • Alec B. Kowalczyk
  • Joe R. Lansdale
  • Everett Madrid
  • Juan Perez
  • Nathan Rowark
  • Stephanie Smith
  • Paul Sohar
  • Peter Steele
  • Anna Taborska
  • Scott H. Urban

The Artists

  • Thomas Bossert
  • Dale Bott
  • Ricardo Di Ceglia
  • Leah Herskowitz
  • Kalynn Kallweit
  • Daniel Kirk
  • Joseph Patrick McFarlane
  • Felicia Olin
  • Wayne Palesado
  • Tatomir Pitariu
  • Elizabeth Prasse
  • April A. Taylor
  • Charles Wang

Editor’s Corner

  • HORRORSCOPE by Jeani Rector
  • THE HOUSE ON HENLEY WAY by Jeani Rector

Good stuff, no? And if you’re a traditionalist, the trade paperback is coming this fall from Imajin Books. Now I can’t wait for that, either.