Archive for September, 2011

Forecaster says: quiet summer makes for busy fall

Posted in News on September 16, 2011 by Christian

When it rains, it pours. After a few acceptances rolled in over the summer, I’ve already had several this week.  On top of that, my short story “Barycenter” was just published by The Cynic Online Magazine. The title of the magazine is enough to make me love it, but the stories will grab you, too. Current features include:

  • Modern Love v 2.01 by Henry J Rozycki
  • Want Real Solutions? Stop Electing Idiots by Ross Rosenfeld
  • The Proposal by Daniel K Gilbert
  • The O & D by Jass Richards
  • No Such Thing by Susan Breeden
  • Rusty Metal and Grass by Arun Durvasula
  • The Great Zelito Flea Circus by Bill Crocker
  • A Little Slice of Heaven by Scott Mainprize

If you’re looking for the common thread with all these pieces (and mine), here’s the magazine’s editorial statement:

It’s about perserverence and having a voice and giving a place, a voice for others. It’s about making it in a world that’s against you and no matter how much you feel like you’re standing still, taking a punch in the mouth and standing tall. It’s about thought, both silly and serious, and it’s definitely about pushing all the wrong buttons. And it’s about art and fun and getting out of the mainstream, while keeping a toe in the brook.

So, if you click on the link to my story, click on a few others, too. You’re bound to enjoy…

WHAT FEARS BECOME now available as a trade paperback!

Posted in News on September 15, 2011 by Christian

Just a month after its release as an ebook, Imajin Books has made WHAT FEARS BECOME: AN ANTHOLOGY FROM THE HORROR ZINE available as a trade paperback through Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, and Powell’s Books, as well as

As just one contributor among many fine talents, I’m proud to say the positive reviews are piling up. Fangoria says “each spine-tingling chiller takes the reader into the depths of eerie imaginations” while Midnight Street Magazine calls it “an inspired mix of energetic and captivating horror.”

And how could it not be? Bentley Little, Graham Masterton, Ramsey Campbell, Joe R. Lansdale, Elizabeth Massie, Ronald Malfi, Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Melanie Tem, Scott Nicholson, Piers Anthony, and Conrad Williams are just the tip of the creepiest iceberg in a horrifying sea.

If you haven’t read it yet, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the trade paperback. For a traditionalist like me, its somehow even scarier than the ebook.

Midnight Screaming to press “Ice Reduces Swelling”

Posted in News on September 14, 2011 by Christian

I just got the notification this evening that Midnight Screaming has accepted a short story I wrote last summer called “Ice Reduces Swelling.” It’s my own little dystopian take on how some people might choose to solve the unemployment problem. Of course, as the road to hell is paved with good intentions, you have unexpected consequences and all that good stuff. All I’ve been told so far is it will be in an upcoming issue. Their next issues come out in October and January, so we’ll see (or I’ll see, and I’ll keep you posted)…

As a reader, I genuniely hope you enjoy the magazine. As a writer, I know I do. Get a load of this “who we are” explanation:

Midnight Screaming happens when you get a great new idea for a story, you sit down to write and type a few words. You think for a bit, type a few words, think for a bit, and then suddenly it’s midnight and you only have a paragraph or, when the next issue needs to be printed tomorrow, but you’re still trying to format it at midnight. It is the same sort of feeling you get when the laptop you thought you loved crashes and all of your files are lost in the black hole of digital evil.

That bit of misfortune has never happened to me, but stuff like it has (of course). And in explaining it to their readers and writers that way tells me that this is a magazine that gets it (plus … they accepted my story, which is also an excellent litmus test, right?).

Whortleberry Press to print “Hoofbeats on the Rooftop”

Posted in News on September 11, 2011 by Christian

The kids are back in school, the Chicago Bears are back to playing games that count, and the leaves have even started turning subtle hues of yellow if you look hard enough. It might still feel like summer, just like the calendar is insisting, but the holidays are coming, sure as shootin’, Tex.

I wrote a story last November called “Hoofbeats on the Rooftop” about a boy who didn’t believe in Santa Claus, and tried to ruin his brother’s Christmas by telling him. Let’s just say that by the end of the story, he believes again, but not for the reasons you might think. “Hoofbeats on the Rooftop” is not a cuddly, warm-and-fuzzy Christmas story.

I bring all this up because Whortleberry Press just picked up the story for their Christmas Angels anthology. And the best news? It’s slated for release October 15, so you don’t have that long to wait.

“The Disease of Perception” published by Diagonal Proof

Posted in News on September 7, 2011 by Christian

Ever since I read Robert Heinlein’s “They,” I wondered about how people viewed perception, and how we (the sane, ostensibly) viewed the mentally disturbed. While my new story, “The Disease of Perception” is by many degrees different than Heinlein’s, it does deal with how we understand reality, and offers up a theory about sanity/insanity that isn’t chemical or biological, but physical.

Diagonal Proof  published this story in their August issue, which (oddly–or perhaps not so oddly, depending on how you view reality) was published today, September 7.  The issue is packed with terrific fiction (and not all of the speculative variety). Here’s a rundown:

  • A Distant Dialogue by Eric V. Neagu
  • The Disease Of Perception by Christian A. Larsen
  • Limbo, Maybe by Peter McArdle
  • In Memory Of The Whippoorwill by Jacob Peppers
  • Heart Of The Heartless by David A. DiPesa
  • Scotty Ronson, P.I. by Beau Johnson
  • His New Phone by Howard Mosley-Chalk
  • Unfortunate Excuses by Eric V. Neagu
  • The Bus Stop Dreaming by Anna Eggemeyer
  • Take The Second Left On Your Right by Michael C. Keith
  • The Waves by Patrick Blackden
  • Our Illuminated Era by Maxwell Jameson

Some good reading there, and it won’t cost you nothin’…