Archive for February, 2012

It’s a Leap Day Miracle! Thank you Leap Day William.

Posted in News on February 29, 2012 by Christian

Once every four years, on February 29, Leap Day William swims out of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean and trades candy for children’s tears. And he certainly has this year. Thanks to Leap Day William (and you, of course), the shortest month of the year has also been the busiest month ever at ExLibrisLarsen.com. That makes this the third month in a row for record traffic. I’ve had my busiest day and my highest daily average this month, too (the latter kind of goes without saying).

So thank you, web visitor, and remember that today is a day to don your festive blue and yellow (lest you be poked in the eye and have your hair pulled), and if you’re near Boston, their Leap Day ice maze is a can’t miss attraction. (Yankees suck!) Also, don’t forget the Leap Dave Williams marathon on the USA Network. Jim Carrey and Andie MacDowell are at their best in this festive holiday pageant.

Today is the day to have some Leap Day fun. Real life is for March!

The British Fantasy Society reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in Book Reviews, News on February 27, 2012 by Christian

WHAT FEARS BECOME, featuring my short story “Bast,” has been reviewed by The British Fantasy Society. Since 1971, the British Fantasy society has promoted the best in the fantasy, science fiction and horror genres.

Reviewed by Rebekah Lunt

I may as well just say it straight: I really enjoyed this anthology, and I think you should give it a chance.

I know for some the thought of short stories, or an anthology of short stories, poems and art, would send them screaming away in horror… especially if you told them that some of it is written by ‘new’ writers (read: amateur, previously unpublished, etc.) This is why I don’t want you to move immediately onto the next review, thinking you already know this book won’t be worth your time. This book is exactly the opposite of anything weak or negative you might be prejudiced to expect. It has a nice balance between established and otherwise writers and…

Read the rest of the review here.

Read SERMONS OF THE REFUTER at Schlock Magazine

Posted in News on February 27, 2012 by Christian

“Sermons of the Refuter” is now live at Schlock Magazine. It imagines the discovery of Simon Magus’s lost work of the same name. Simon Magus was a Samaritan magician converted to Christianity by Philip the Evangelist. Simon’s confrontation with Peter is documented in Acts 8:9-24, in which he is accused of trying to buy the favor of God and position in the church–later defined as the crime of “Simony” (no, the name is not a coincidence). Simon Magus also appears in the anti-heretical texts of Irenaeus, Justin Martyr, Hippolytus, and Epipanius, none of which paint him as a very nice person.

What kind of magazine would publish short fiction about such claptrap? Why, a schlocky one, of course:

Schlock is a quarterly anthology featuring short and serialised fiction, illustration and photography. We aim to publish original works of speculative fiction, exploring various subgenres through experimental fusions in style and format. Schlock’s contemporary themes take a playful and irreverent look at genre fiction, given individual flair by a regular rotation of writers and artists.

Front and back cover for TPP PRESENTS: MURDER

Posted in News on February 25, 2012 by Christian

Sometimes, falling asleep at 8:45 on a Friday night on the floor with a kid under each arm watching The House on Haunted Hill can be a good thing. Okay, that’s always a good thing, even when it means waking up at 1:30, and I mean wide awake–at least it is in this instance, because it gave me an early look at the complete cover for Thadd Presley Presents: Murder. And here it is, courtesy of my movie-and-a-sleepover induced insomnia:

Thadd Presley Presents: Murder is finished and will be available soon in paperback and on Kindles.

Cover art for Thadd Presley Presents: Murder

Posted in News on February 21, 2012 by Christian

The forthcoming Thadd Presley Presents: Murder, featuring my short story, “The Rights of the Infected,” has cover art. You could have probably guessed that, it being a book. I’m still waiting for the release date, and I’ll let you know when I find that out, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at the cover art by graphic artist Simon Critchell:

The anthology will be available as both an ebook and traditional ink-and-paper volume available through the usual suspects, date TBA…

Thadd Presley Presents to publish “The Rights of the Infected”

Posted in News on February 20, 2012 by Christian

What if someone could be a carrier of a zombie virus and not die right away? How would the world react to someone who would eventually die and reanimate into a murderous, undead cannibal? My short story, “The Rights of the Infected,” explores this possibility, and it will be published in the upcoming anthology Thadd Presley Presents: Murder (edited by Weston Kincade with artwork from Simon Critchell), along with these chilling pieces:

  • “A Million Pieces” by Peggy McFarland
  • “The Colour of Murder” by Dorothy Davies
  • “Dinner is in the Dog” by Simon Critchell
  • “Lydia’s Ride” by Sirena M. Gibson
  • “Top of the Heap” by Nathan Robinson
  • “The Birthday Party” by Matthew C. Funk
  • “Without a Witness” by W.C. Sowder
  • “Justifiable Homicide” by Janett L. Grady
  • “Deathbed” by Bruce Memblatt
  • “Prison Torment” by Weston Kincade
  • “Bonsai” by Nate D. Burleigh
  • “Cannibal” by Simon Critchell
  • “No Fear” by Efraim Z. Graves
  • “It Was Dark” by Matt Hatfield
  • “Requiem in a Messy Room” by Bruce Memblatt
  • “The Garden of Eden” by Salena Casha
  • “Miggs” by Simon Critchell
  • “Rubbish Day” by Thadd Presley
  • “Moss Covered Baby Doll” by Thadd Presley
  • “The Fish” by David Perlmutter
  • “Children of Mislaid Hope” by Jason Hughes
  • “Dumped” by Nate D. Burleigh
  • “Lollipop” by Keith G. Laufenberg

Release date and availability information soon to come.

Preview SPARKS for FREE at Smashwords

Posted in News on February 17, 2012 by Christian

Enjoy a fifth of Sparks: Exciting New Fantasy From Today’s Brightest Stars at Smashwords today. A whole fifth, and no hangovers guaranteed! And when you’re done with the free preview, buy the entire anthology, including my story, “What the Moon Saw” for just $2.99. And if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow Sparks for free!

As always, Smashwords is flexible on the format thing, so even if you don’t have a dedicated e-reader, you’re still set:

  • Online Reading (HTML, good for sampling in web browser)
  • Online Reading (JavaScript, experimental, buggy)
  • Kindle (.mobi for Kindle devices and Kindle apps)
  • Epub (Apple iPad/iBooks, Nook, Sony Reader, Kobo, and most e-reading apps including Stanza, Aldiko, Adobe Digital Editions, others)
  • PDF (good for reading on PC, or for home printing)
  • RTF (readable on most word processors)
  • LRF (Use only for older model Sony Readers that don’t support .epub)
  • Palm Doc (PDB) (for Palm reading devices)
  • Plain Text (download) (flexible, but lacks much formatting)
  • Plain Text (view) (viewable as web page)

When you’re done reading, be sure to leave a review–let us writers know what kind of writing you’d like to see more of in the future.

Pick up SPARKS at Amazon today!

Posted in News on February 15, 2012 by Christian

Read my new flash fiction, “What the Moon Saw” in Sparks: Exciting New Fantasy from Today’s Brightest Stars (Earthbound Fiction), now available at Amazon.com for just $2.99 and at no cost whatsoever to Amazon Prime members. “What the Moon Saw” is a story about a kid who wants to solve his bully problem by turning himself into a werewolf.

Here are some early reader reviews:

I must admit that I normally don’t read compliations such as this, I usually tend to prefer a novel or fantasy series for my evening read. That said, this was a refreshing change from my usual pick and I tore through it. I found it fun, fantastical and exhilerating, I put it on my Kindle Fire and Iphone to re-read it when I fly. If I were to sum it up in one word it would be “Excellentness” knowing that is not a word, I will suffice to say “excellent” and hope that you get the picture.

Firebird69

I thought this book had a wide range of different styles, which I like. The stories were all different and unique, and were refreshingly creative. Some of the stories were shorter and more like flash fiction, but since I read it when I had a few minutes to spare during the day it worked out great. I had several favorites, like the one about shape shifters and the one about the selkie. ( Hope I spelled that right) All in all it was well worth the money, and provided me with a great read.

Bookworm67

Sparks was a nice little departure from reality for me, and the story lengths were good for a quick read on my breaks. I liked most of the stories in the book, they were well written and different from what you might regularly find. I also liked being able to read it on my kindle, I’m a bit of a techie and prefer not to buy the printed version when I can download it faster and easier to my kindle. I enjoyed this book, and I would suggest it to people looking for good fantasy short stories.

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Here’s what Amazon has to say about Sparks: Exciting New Fantasy From Today’s Brightest Stars:

The combined talents of today’s hottest new fantasy writers are now on display in one incredible collection. These stories will transport you to a world of spellbinding fantasy, adventure, humor and heartbreak – where the wondrous and what-if are common fare and myths and fables of old are alive and well.

These glittering tales of the strange and fantastic are the perfect length for our busy modern lives. Let your mind be enveloped in the warm glow of the truly original, but be careful – you never know what might ignite when you play with Sparks. 

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Dread Central reviews WHAT FEARS BECOME

Posted in News on February 6, 2012 by Christian

Reviewed by Mr. Dark
February 6th, 2012

We’re at an odd time for the art of print. Writers, poets, and artists are having a very hard time mass marketing their work, as the world moves towards digital-only publishing and the death of print. Publishers are going out of business, bookstores are shrinking, the entire industry is facing the gloom that the music industry faced not so many years ago when digital trumped physical.

More and more, print artists are turning to the web to reach the masses. Just like musicians before them, they find that releasing their work for free or donations on the web will get their names out there far better than traditional means such as agents and manuscripts.

With What Fears Become, we have the reverse: a website dedicated to print art actually publishing a hard copy of the finest of their work. The Horror Zine is a UK-based site featuring poetry, art, and fiction from artists all over the world. Chief editor Jeani Rector has collected these into a volume published by a small Canadian independent publisher, Imajin Books. I’m happy to say…

Read the rest of the review here.

Sneak peek at Sparks’ cover art

Posted in News on February 3, 2012 by Christian

Earthbound Fiction’s upcoming fantasy ebook anthology, Sparks, is coming soon. I don’t have an exact date yet, but I do have the final proof. It’s a terrific collection of fantasy if I do say so myself, including the following outstanding contributions:

  • SILVER LINING by B. Morris Allen
  • LARRY THE TROLL by T. Fox Dunham
  • THE GETAWAY by Alex Shvartsman
  • BIG, BLUE STEEL by Michael Hodges
  • TO THE SEA by Lauren Liebowitz
  • MIDLAND CITY PIZZA PALACE SEEKS GIANT TO MASH DOUGH by Bartholomew Klick
  • LIGHTBLIND by Nathaniel Lee
  • THE WISHING FLOWER by Donald Jacob Uitvlugt
  • THE PRICE OF LOVE by Gary Cuba
  • WHAT THE MOON SAW by Christian A. Larsen
  • ISABELLE by Scott M. Davis
  • SHADOW TWIN by Jamie Lackey
  • BEYOND THE REACH OF TIME AND CIRCUMSTANCE by Joshua J. Mark
  • MOMMA AND PAPA by Charles Suddeth
  • THE TRICK TO FALLING by Paul Rehac
  • TWO CARDS ON THE TABLE by Tim Jeffries

Yep, that’s one of mine tucked in there.

Obviously, we’re not merely talking sword & sorcery here. From urban to supernatural, Sparks has it all–and it brings gritty realism to the fantastic. As the editors put it: “Even wizards and werewolves have bad hair days, fights with girlfriends, and sometimes the chosen one foretold by prophecy wakes up and says, ‘You know what? The world can freakin’ save itself.'”

And, as promised, here is the cover art: