Archive for December, 2011

“Walking Away” to drop the first week of January

Posted in News on December 29, 2011 by Christian

If you’ve ever felt trapped by the expectations of people around you, you’ll understand “Walking Away,” which will be published by Midwestern Gothic the first week of January. Its their biggest issue yet, as you can plainly see by the table of contents:

  • When We Run Away We Will Eat Red Velvet Cake With Our Hands — Dawn West
  • The Spider on the Wall — Abby Norwood
  • Soiree (II) — Kristina Marie Darling
  • Lights in the Sky — Denise Dirks
  • Badlands — David LaBounty
  • A Man Tries not to Die — David James
  • At the Edge of a Time Zone — Jane Hoogestraat
  • The Scholar from Inner Mongolia Visits Missouri — Jane Hoogestraat
  • The Last Tannery in America — Christi Clancy
  • All You Can Eat — Jamey Davidsmeyer
  • Dear Mr. Saarinen — Jennifer Tappenden
  • Why I Grabbed the Tire Iron — Casey Frances
  • Inheritance — Scott Carpenter
  • The Scene of — Nancy Reddy
  • Trailing Amber — Tom Weller
  • Sister — Leah Sewell
  • Good Will — Katie Longofono
  • Split — Katie Longofono
  • Acknowledgement: to GG — Abbie Amadio
  • Walking Away — Christian A. Larsen
  • Fence — Christopher Linforth
  • Black Stallion — Joan Colby
  • Feud — Joan Colby
  • Rend — Danilo Thomoas
  • Home — Erin O’Sullivan
  • The Bones of Blue Whales — Jason Ryberg
  • Tavern Bluff — Kevin Weidner
  • Hammerschlagen — Thomas Cannon
  • January 31st, 1955 — Benjamin Cartwright
  • [Unlabeled 1] — Benjamin Cartwright
  • The Boat Ride — Christopher Urban
  • Propane — Nick G. Lancaster
  • A Day in Light — Rob Kenagy
  • I Before E Except in Budweiser — Rob Kenagy
  • Lakeshore Mobile Estates — Rob Kenagy
  • Letter from a Welder’s Son, Unsent — Joe Kapitan
  • First Love in Three Gerunds — Kendall Walker
  • The Building — Sarah Carson
  • A Relief Map of Wisconsin, 1966 — Jeff Esterholm

I will post purchase cost and availability details as soon as I have them, but I am told you can choose PDF, Kindle or hardcopy when it goes on sale.

The cinematic equivalent of someone puking on a bad Christmas sweater–IN COLOR!

Posted in Movie Reviews on December 24, 2011 by Christian

If you love bad movies, this one just has to cap it all: Santa Claus vs. the Devil (1959). Not only is it a fairly strange mashup of the (largely) secular and religious aspects of Christmas (for comparison, think of the Easter Bunny hanging from a crucifix–eww), but it also incorporates space travel a full five years before Santa conquered the martians in … Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.

As a Christmas gift from me to you, here is Santa Claus vs. the Devil, in all it’s awful glory:

If you can sit through all 95 minutes, I’d consider that a Christmas miracle. If you’d like something a little less erp-inducing, try Christmas Angels, featuring “Hoofbeats on the Rooftop” by yours truly.

WHAT FEARS BECOME – Collected Suspense, Horror, and Dark Fantasy is featured in today’s FREE KINDLE NATION SHORTS; plus a link to enter to win a Kindle Fire!

Posted in News on December 21, 2011 by Christian

From Kindle Nation Daily…

A delicious sample of horror and suspense is offered up in today’s 10,500-word Free Kindle Nation Short, scary dishes chosen just for you from the 31 stories and 18 poems in the book.

From classic horror and pure suspense to Twilight-Zone-style dark fantasy, WHAT FEARS BECOME relentlessly explores our basic fears and leaves you with twisted endings that will make your skin crawl…

What Fears Become

An Anthology From the Horror Zine
Edited by Jeani Rector from The Horror Zine

4.7 Stars – 9 Reviews

Kindle Price: $2.99
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled

Click here to begin reading the free excerpt. getting some unexpected love

Posted in News on December 16, 2011 by Christian

I don’t know why, but December is a banner month for traffic at It’s already the busiest month I’ve had since I planted my flag in early June, beating the bump I got in August from WHAT FEARS BECOME visitors, and it’s only December 16th.

If you’re asking why, you’re not alone. I can’t really figure it, either, except a few weeks ago I mentioned To Kill a Mockingbird in a post and included a picture of a youngish and sallow-faced Robert Duvall. Search terms that lead to my site since then have included:

  • “how to kill a mockingbird”
  • “to kill a mockingbird” “yules”
  • “mockingbird homework cheats”

Okay, maybe  not the last one, but I’m sure it’s true on some level. So if I’m going to keep this my hit count up, I’m either going to have to actually help high schoolers write their papers, or I’m going to have to mention Romeo & Juliet gratuitously, like I just did, and maybe include a picture from the Franco Zeffirelli movie, like this:

And hopefully, that’s the last time I ever mention Romeo & Juliet on this website. Welcome high schoolers!

“Bast” now available in IMAJIN THIS!

Posted in News with tags , , on December 16, 2011 by Christian

My short story, “Bast,” is now available in Imajin Books’s new chapter ebook sampler, Imajin This. The exclusive ebook allows to you read the first three chapters of each book published by Imajin since the beginning of 2010.

Inside you’ll find a wide range of genres, including: mystery, suspense, romance, horror, fantasy, paranormal, young adult, and more.

Imajin This! is available for download through Smashwords and Amazon, where you’ll also find What Fears Become: An Anthology from the Horror Zine, “Bast’s” original publication home.

Imajin Books to re-release “Bast” as part of FREE ebook

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 14, 2011 by Christian

My short story, “Bast,” the first story in the popular horror anthology What Fears Become, is going to be re-released as part of a free chapter ebook from Imajin Books.

The ebook will be available to readers through and and will feature samples of Imajin Books’ popular novels (three chapters each) as well as Simon Clark’s fascinating introduction to What Fears Become and my horrifying little contribution, “Bast.”

The compilation, which will be published exclusively as an ebook, gives readers an excellent opportunity to familiarize themselves with the terrific fiction that Imajin Books publishes, and if you’re not so much into horror as I am, there will obviously be plenty of other offerings.

Here are a list of the other contributors:

Check out Imajin Books online and discover for yourself the excellent writing that major publishers don’t want you to know about. Indie books are as cool as indie bands.

Dark River Press reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in News on December 7, 2011 by Christian

“Bast” is meeting more unsuspecting eyeballs. What Fears Become, in which my story “Bast” appears, has been reviewed by Robert Leyland of Dark River Press (and it’s subsidiary magazine, Dark River):

Editor of The Horror Zine, Jeani Rector, has put together a collection of stories, poetry and art that will inspire and delight. Every page contains horrors ranging from a man-eating carpet to the souls of fish and sharks, and, of course, some of the usual suspects. Each story is a chiller, guaranteed to disturb even the most hardened horror reader, keeping them sweating and horribly awake through the witching hour and beyond.

What’s nice about this anthology is that there’s a good mix of big names, like Graham Masterton and Ramsey Campbell, and less well known, but no less talented, writers. As horror poetry seems to be ‘less than popular’ at the moment, it is good to see this underrated art form included also, and the artwork spattered throughout the anthology’s pages gives some visual ‘variation’ when reading for long stretches.

Of particular note for me were the short stories of Graham Masterton, Joe R. Lansdale and Richard Hill. Masterton takes on the Arthurian legend of The Lady of Shalott when an ancient mirror brings the legend horribly to life; Lansdale’s Fish Night explores the idea that even animals have souls; and Hill’s You Said Always and Forever plays on the ideas of broken relationships, stalkers (real or imagined), and psychosis.

The selection of poetry and artwork contains more than its fair share of gems, but, as poetry and art are so subjective, I’ll not taint your opinions with those of my own.

A major strength of this anthology is its diversity: not every story, poem or piece of art will appeal to everyone. I, for example, am not a fan of vampires, but man-eating carpets on the other hand…

What Fears Become is a well considered and well constructed collection of work which gives publicity, agency and audience to talented, but under-represented horror writers and artists. Support them. Go buy this book!

Click here for a screencap of the review.

Sonar4 reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in News with tags , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Christian

What Fears Become, featuring my story “Bast,” has been reviewed in Sonar4’s Landing Dock reviews:

What scares you in the night? What makes you even fear going to the bathroom unless there is a light everywhere you go?

In What Fears Become: An anthology from the Horror Zine Edited by Jeani Rector, you will once again sense that fear, drive yourself to the brink of insanity or beyond. Stories that deal with a cut leg replaced by a dog leg and to boot done by kids in the story Dogleg by Bentley Little, a guy who sleeps with a woman one second and then finds her this creature who gnaws at him in Gnaw by Lala Drona to Mall walkers by Chris Reed where a boy suddenly can’t figure out where all the time went in his life.

There is also…

Read the rest of the review here.

Earthbound Fiction to publish “What the Moon Saw”

Posted in News on December 3, 2011 by Christian

Earthbound Fiction has agreed to publish “What the Moon Saw,” a 500-word flash-fiction piece about a bullied boy who wants to become a werewolf. It’s my first 500-word story, but not my first 500-word effort. Stories that short are hard.

Imagine including (without wedging) all the narrative elements into a story of no more than a page: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and dénouement. Sure, those things would be easy to summarize in a page or less, but to actually tell a complete story, a compelling story, along the way? I’ve tried. A bunch. “What the Moon Saw” was my first success.

And in doing so, I’ve discovered something that I should have known all along. Flash fiction–good flash fiction–reads almost exactly like prose poetry, which is poetry written in paragraph form (and no, it almost never rhymes). A good writer of flash fiction has to have a poet’s sensibility, and ability to condense ideas into the fewest words possible without losing any meaning. I’m not saying that “What the Moon Saw” is poetry. Writing it like that seems a little too conceited. But it does have more poetic elements than most of my writing, which was purely accidental. Call it a happy accident. Call it serendipity.

I’ll post news on a publication date when I receive it.